I'm back, and a LOT more relaxed!!!
OK,..so the parents 50th Anniversary was a big success!!
Here's the low down:
I was a bit apprehensive about the hall (I'm not a snob,...REALLY).
The hall is a fireman's post,..much like a VFW Post. There's nothing wrong with that, they just need alot to make them look festive, and a bit more elegant.
So for 100 people, we had 10 tables of ten people each. Since my parents had a spring wedding, and used ALL of the spring colors, I opted to rent pastel overlays for all of the tables. We mixed up the colors so some of the tables were lavender, some peach and some pale green. This brought ALOT of life to the hall. My florist friend did arrangements for all of the tables, all mixed colors, all very pretty. I mentioned earlier that we used those "English Party Crackers" as favors, we filled them with gold foil wrapped chocolates, some wedding bubbles and a thank you note,....the crackers were made from gold foil. So with the colored tablecloths, the flowers, the favors and some votive candles, the tables looked really nice.
I made the cake, had some fun with it,...it was a deep, fudgy chocolate espresso cake, with mocha buttercream, I covered it in dark chocolate ganache,..then gilded it with edible gold dust.
I thought it would be nice to involve the guests, especially those invited who couldn't make it, so I included a blank scrap book page with all of the invitations. They all sent them back with some great pictures, stories and such. We put them in a beautiful book, which we kept on the reception table so all could see it as they came in.
We also made a video slide show of my parents, family and friends, which we kept running on a big screen tv near the bar.
The food, which I was kind of scared about, was basic wedding roast chicken, roast beef, vegetables and salad. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality,....I ate it, and liked it.
The service was great, the hall very professional.
I am very happy at the way it turned out, and more importantly, my parents and their guests were thrilled.