My in-laws (Don & Bev) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this fall. They wanted a cozy and intimate gathering, so we had just the immediate family over for a barbecue in our backyard (the debut of the new back-patio awning).
The night before the party, I assembled an album that we could all contribute to during the festivities. My husband snapped everyone's picture, we printed the pictures immediately on the Epson Artisan 700, I adhered each picture to a pre-assembled card, and then everyone wrote a note on the back of one of the cards. Time commitment: 3.5 hours.
It was a hit! Here are the highlights:
I chose a paper line by Graphic 45 that suits Don and Bev's aesthetic. They love old trains, maps, advertisements, and vintage art. In fact, they just returned from a train-themed vacation that covered most of the Intermountain West.
When I bought the coordinated papers, I also picked up a sheet of die-cut tags that I added as accents to the back of each card. I love this old phone! (p.s., this is the young lady who took that oldest grandson)
In honor of their golden anniversary, I also assembled small packages of gold-foil candies, everything from Hershey's Nuggets to Rolos to Werther's candy. I recruited help from the hubby on this one. While I worked on the album, he filled candy bags and wielded the stapler like a pro. Nothing like teamwork!
For the one family that couldn't make it to the party (due to the fact that they live in Alaska), I mailed blank cards along with instructions to add photos and notes and return them directly to Beverly.
Have a milestone event happening in your family? Nothing beats a themed mini-album to commemorate the day.