Retro 1969 Surprise Wedding Anniversary Party

This past weekend, my siblings and I threw a surprise 45th wedding anniversary for our parents. And since they were married in 1969, we just had to go with a retro theme. The invitations were a play on the original Woodstock poster and guests were asked to dress in 1969 attire. Somehow, we are able to keep everything a surprise and our parents were truly shocked. (Our dad thought he walked into someone else’s party and almost turned around and left!) Since our parents never had an actual wedding, we wanted to give them everything they missed out on–the food, the music (first dance included), the cake and of course, the fun. We took a lot of family photos, but here are some of my favorite detail shots from the evening.

This banner was something we put together last minute. It was a little time consuming, but super easy and inexpensive. The brown fringe is actually just a disposable table cloth folded in quarters. Then we took scissors to it leaving about an inch and a half border at the top. Cute, right?

This banner was something we put together last-minute. It was a little time-consuming, but super easy and inexpensive. The brown fringe is actually just a disposable tablecloth folded in quarters. Then we took scissors to it leaving about an inch and a half border at the top. Cute, right?

The centerpieces were made up of an eclectic mix of glass jars and bottles from Pat Catans. We picked these up anywhere from $1-$3/piece. My hubby was also sweet and patient enough to do some work ahead of time to make setup the day of much easier. Since the mason jars had wider mouths, they were more difficult to arrange flowers in without using a couple of dozen flowers in each...unless you put a little piece of 1/2" galvanized steel hardware cloth inside each one. It's an instant grid so that your flowers stand up right! We also included frame Bible verses that focus on peace and love.

The centerpieces were made up of an eclectic mix of glass jars and bottles from Pat Catans. We picked these up anywhere from $1-$3/piece. My hubby was also sweet and patient enough to do some work ahead of time to make setup the day of much easier. Since the mason jars had wider mouths, they were more difficult to arrange flowers in without using a couple dozen flowers in each…unless you put a little piece of 1/2″ galvanized steel hardware cloth inside each one. It’s an instant grid so that your flowers stand upright! We also included framed Bible verses that focus on peace and love. Everything sat on a piece of suede fabric we fringed and picked up on clearance for less than $7 for several yards.

Little Miss Jessica did an AMAZING job on the cake. Not only did she bring our creative vision to life, we were told the white and banana cake were the best our guests ever had!

Little Miss Jess did an AMAZING job on the cake. Not only did she bring our creative vision to life, we were told the white and banana cake were the best our guests ever had!

We also ordered a wedding cake cutting set and engraved to say, "Jim and Gloria, Celebrating 45 Years". Our parents really enjoyed cutting their cake and tasting it together. So sweet!

We also ordered a wedding cake cutting set and had it engraved to say, “Jim and Gloria, Celebrating 45 Years”. Our parents really enjoyed cutting their cake and tasting it together. So sweet!

My cousin, Brian, and my wonderful hubby, Chris, enjoying the party. Don't they look great?

Our cousin, Brian, and my wonderful hubby, Chris, enjoying the party. Don’t they look great?

Here is an aerial view of the sweetheart table just for our parents. Since everything was a surprise for them, we took it upon ourselves to do a little shopping so they could fit in with the theme after a quick wardrobe change.

Here is an aerial view of the sweetheart table just for our parents. Since everything was a surprise for them, we took it upon ourselves to do a little shopping so they could fit in with the theme after a quick wardrobe change.

Each guest received either a nude shade of lipstick or a stick-on mustache...both must-have accessories for our 1969 party.

Each guest received either a nude shade of lipstick or a stick-on mustache…both must-have accessories for our 1969 party.

I know my niece, Lena, really enjoyed the lipstick favors...a girl after my own heart! Doesn't she make such a cute flower child?

I know my niece, Lena, really enjoyed the lipstick favors…a girl after my own heart! Doesn’t she make such a cute flower child?

Even the Miller Lite beer cans were throwback edition!

Even the Miller Lite beer cans were throwback edition!

And finally a shot of my parents with all five of their children. We're so blessed!

And finally a shot of our parents with all five of their children. We’re so blessed!

Well, the party was a huge success! And both A La Cart Catering and Little Miss Jess did an AMAZING job! It was so nice to spend time with the entire family and I know they are memories we will treasure forever. I hope you enjoyed reading all about it. Contact Delvaux Wedding & Event Planning to plan your next event!

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2 thoughts on “Retro 1969 Surprise Wedding Anniversary Party

  1. I am sitting here crying all over again! Thank you to our amazing 10 children, and 8 grandchildren! We love you all very much! The evening was a complete surprise and was perfect in every respect!

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