Fifty years. Fifty years of marriage. Of life. Of kids. Of multiplicity of cars. Of the every day. Fifty years of marriage is no little thing. As a matter of fact, it’s a very beautiful thing.
These two…the people who would be my mom and dad, were married fifty years ago this month.
And I want to share with you how I wanted to celebrate this very special occasion.
As I prepare for a gathering of our family for a celebratory dinner and evening together celebrating my parents, I decided to go very traditional with gold and white roses. And since it’s just a bit before Christmas, evergreens were used to add some color to this very festive affair.
I knew I wanted to use these large numbers to make the perfect impact for this event. And when I realized I actually have in my possession my parents wedding album, it was then I knew it was photos that I wanted to collage inside the numbers.
But first, the outer edge was to be painted with Deco Arts Dazzling Metallics in Champagne. With a name like champagne it had to be a perfect color for anniversary decor.
The photos were scanned into my computer so that I could print copies. No original 50-year old photos were hurt in the making of this project.
It was sort of like a puzzle to figure the photos into the shape. Even though it took a bit of effort to make this work, I was giddy with excitement when it was coming together. This just made me so happy to have all these amazing photos inside the Marquee Love Numbers.
Now…I know what you are going to say, “Are you going to add lights?” Nope. Not this time. I did not want to take away from the images.
The fact that these numbers are 12-inches tall gives them such great impact. It was enough to have these photos right here just like this.
Allow me to share a few more details of the dinner table with you.
For the invitation/keepsake, one of their wedding photos was printed out on photo paper, and then I ran the photo through my laser printer with only the text printing.
Then it was foiled with the Minc Machine. Oh. How. I. Love. This. Guys, you have to do this yourself, it is such an amazingly beautiful touch to create the foil on the black and white image.
Some attention to detail was required for the table setting. I used the Embellishment Kit Wreath from Heidi’s DIY Gift Wrap collection as a napkin ring. A Gold Rimmed Tag (exclusive at JoAnn Stores), from the same collection, was used as a name tag. I grabbed some glitter stickers for the name. A Color Magic Doily from the Gallery Wall Collection was used as a layering piece on the plate.
I changed up some of the place settings by using different ribbon from the DIY Gift Wrap. The Gold stretchy trim was wrapped around the napkin and adhered with a bit of hot glue. One of the Decorative Tags in White was altered by simply turning it over and using the solid white side as a name tag.
The attempt was to have an elegant setting but not too formal to make everyone feel as though they should be in black tie and gowns.
My parents are everyday people. But I wanted this dinner to really stand out. The crowd was going to be small and intimate, but my desire was to elevate this event to highlight the importance that it was.
A simple cream table cloth. Seasonal greens laid on the table. A few taper candles. A couple of vases of roses and baby’s breath…
…and a most gorgeous photo Marquee Love really brought this table together in a simple yet elegant way.
Celebrating a 50th anniversary is a special occasion. I think this table gives attention to just that.