Monday, 16 November 2009

Happy Anniversary! Happy Birthday!

Well, the party is over and I'm happy to report it was very successful. We held it in the room you see above, which was in a local arena (how Canadian!) I took a few pictures at the beginning, but once people started to arrive I put my camera down and mostly forgot to pick it up again, so you won't get any sense of the fact that there were at least 50 people attending. However, there's the room set up and ready above.

Dad brought 13 of his little paintings and we held a silent auction, with the proceeds to be divided between Amnesty International and Canadian Friends Service Committee. It never hurts to clean out the basement a little either...

They also went through their photo collection and pinned up a selection of pictures of them throughout their lives, as well as a few general family photos.

Mostly familiar, but there were a few I hadn't seen before.

This one of Dad drew forth lots of comments and a few sighs... don't we all wish we could stay young, if not forever, at least longer!

The two little girls in the corner are my cousin's children, Julia and Olivia. They set all those places, and they took the guest book around to be signed by everyone, and in general were a great help. It was wonderful to see them - they came up all the way from Pennsylvania for the party (with their Mom, Aunt and Grandma).

A peek at some of the food... I'll be posting recipes for a lot of it, so not too many photos here; althought these are the Baked Scotch Eggs made with quail eggs.

The salad bar...

The vultures are beginning to circle...

And then there was a photo op... there they are! Congratulations, guys!

Happy 75th birthday Dad, and congratulations to you both on your 30th anniversary this year.


Marnie said...

Well done! Happy birthday and happy anniversary to the charming pair, and a big pat on the back to you for all your efforts to give them such a nice celebration.

Bellini Valli said...

They obviously have many friends, loved ones and family to share these special occasions with since the food spread from one end of the room to another.

Charlene Austin said...

Wow! The celebration looks FABULOUS. Hope you served some of your amazing pickles too!! I can hardly wait for next summer to make more.

Ferdzy said...

Thanks, Marnie. It was a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun.

Bellini, yes, they have a big community in spite of having moved to a small town a few years ago... there were lots more who couldn't make it because of distance. And of course, I cook too much!

Charlene, yes! There were pickles. Actually, I always give Dad 6 to 8 jars of pickles for his Christmas present. It's what he wants, LOL!