The Surprise Wedding Anniversary Party
Last year was my parent’s 25th anniversary and it was always the plan to throw a big party for friends and family but life got in the way and we never got round to it. Since it was a bit sad to not have the party I decided to go it alone and organise it for my mum and dad this year as a 25+1 party and hopefully have as not a big year they wouldn’t be expecting it.
It was a lovely thing to do and I’m glad I did it just to see their faces of shock and happiness when they walked in and I said Happy Anniversary and then everyone jumped out and said surprise.
The cake was made by my friend Mel at Hercule’s Cakehouse www.herculescakehouse.co.uk I designed the cake topper – I managed to sneak out Mum and Dad’s wedding photo and scan it and add the text on photoshop. Mel printed it and made the cake for it to sit on. I was going to make the cake but it would have been very hard to make such a large cake without it being suspicious. Plus Mel’s cakes are far better than anything I could make. The cake tasted amazing and was a fantastic surprise for my parents and everyone at the party.
My cousin took the great photo of my parents arriving and their faces during the surprise. With the cake, Mr & Mrs / Will & Lori toothpick flags I made the huge amounts of champagne bottles in the recycling the next morning. My parents have very generous friends.
I made Mr & Mrs and Will & Lori biscuits which looked fabulous. I used my new drinks dispenser from Marks and Spencer’s for the pimms, cut up 2 kilograms of strawberries and made little flags which looked fabulous in the sandwiches.
There was a huge amount of food. I couldn’t let all the guests go hungry and I love making and baking as you all know. Even with all the food I forgot to eat during the party. There were lots of lovely things with a Vietnamese theme as my mum and dad went there for their 25th anniversary holiday including spring rolls, prawn crackers and chicken skewers. Also there was food with a Mediterranean theme with tomatoes, olives and anitpasti goodies and of course a few good English favourites like ham sandwiches, cress and cucumber sandwiches and cheesecakes.
I bought this fabulous heart candle holder to decorate the kitchen island with the flowers and the cake.
I was hoping for good weather and with that in mind bought 100 metres of fairy lights in 2 x 50metre pieces. I strung them up between the house (using clamps) and a metal bar backdrop stand I borrowed from my dad. I found the fabulous pom poms from lakeland in the first week I started planning and colours for the party came from them; white, light blue and purple. The pom poms looked fabulous with the lights as a canopy. If it had rained I did not have a plan, so I was very lucky the rain stopped.
I love the pom poms!
For decorations in the house I had these lovely star lights from homebase at Christmas. They really looked lovely and added something special to the night.
As a family who love flowers these were just a few of the bunches we were given at the party by friends and some I bought for the party too. Peonies, Cornflowers, Stocks and Arum Lilies.
It was a fabulous night and it was lovely to surprise my parents to celebrate their wedding anniversary.