Did you know that in 1962 a gallon of gas would cost you about 0.31 cents?
Or that a Hershey's chocolate bar would cast you 0.05 cents?
Or that the top movie of 1962 was Lawrence of Arabia, or To Kill A Mockingbird, depending on who you ask?
I bet for sure you didn't know that in November of 1962 John and Karol tied the knot.
That would be our parents.
Sue and I, and Orra, decided we had better do something a little special for them. You know, 50 years together being kind of a big deal and all. We decided to throw them an open house today - even though it is not their actual wedding anniversary - so no one had to travel in winter weather.
I think everyone had a good time. I certainly did. There were lots of memories, laughs, good food, and fun decorations.
I made up cards with the numbers 1 through 50, one for each year they have been married, and made each number correspond to something relating to our parents.
All 50 stretched along the wall! Everyone had fun reading and discussing the fun facts on the cards. It was a great interactive display.
Sue scanned family photos from the past 50 years, had then printed off, and them collaged them together in the shape of the number 50.
It made a great conversation piece above the food table.
Orra set up a memory table with the book created at our parents' 25th anniversary party, their wedding album, a print out of congratulations from people that couldn't make it to the party, and a certificate from the Prime Minister.
Ooooooh! Signed by the Prime Minister! Coooooooool!
On each of the tables we had a different wedding photo printed out with a list of things that were popular in 1962. (Top 10 movies, top 10 songs, etc...)
And, on the head table we had a row of family photos amongst the candles. We tried to stay with yellow and gold for our colors - 50 being the golden anniversary!
The pretty cake (yes, we ordered it *gasp*).
That is the cake topper from their wedding cake 50 years ago. A little yellowed but otherwise good as new.
When guests came through the door we had a photo frame for them to sign, instead of a guest book, a basket for cards, the thank you gifts for when they left, and a bouquet of red roses. We had red roses on most of the tables as that is what our mom's wedding bouquet was made up of.
Here is the photo after the guests signed it. Orra thought it would nice to hang on the wall instead of in a book where you wouldn't see it all the time. Sue and I agreed.
To thank everyone for joining us in celebrating our parents 50th we thought it might be nice to give a little something. Sue made up the peanut butter cookies and I made sugar cookie hearts and mini M&M cookies. A good family friend made the beautiful bag toppers. (Thanks Kansas!)
Me, Sue, and Orra giving the toast to our parents. Well, Orra gave the toast and Sue and I looked on and smiled.
Our latest family photo. Pretty good looking crew, I think.
The happy couple about to leave the reception from the Admiral Hotel in Vancouver in 1962. Who knew that 50 years later they would be celebrating with family and friends in Lillooet?
And who doesn't love the fashion from 1962? Love the accessories!
Beautiful dress, gloves, and veil and an equally handsome suit. Pretty spiffy looking couple, yes?
Happy 50th mom and dad!
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