My grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July. My mom, uncle, and I plotted to throw them a great surprise party to celebrate them. I volunteered for decorations because I loveeeeee that sort of thing. Unfortunately, this was in their wood paneled church fellowship hall without any natural light so my pictures all look really dull.
I saw several examples of numbers covered with pictures on Pinterest, so I sneaked (I hate that word even though it is grammatically correct. I still say snuck.) into their home while they were in Alaska and got about sixty pictures of them and got black and white copies made. I wish I had three more because the top of the "0" really bugs me. I cut out poster board into the shapes that I wanted, then taped the pictures on the poster board with double-sided tape. I then cut around the pictures. If you are just doing one number, or if it's in your home, you could just tape the pictures to the wall, but I knew I wouldn't have time for that on the morning of the party. It's a good thing I didn't because these numbers are now hanging up in their house haha.
I used a lot of spray paint for this day. I spray painted the welcome sign, the "S" and "50", and all of the vases. The spray paint and primer sticks fairly well, but if you let it touch another painted surface, the paint peels off. Some of my vases touched each other during the commute, and small pieces peeled off.
I made a guestbook on Walmart.com and had it printed there. I used a calculator online to calculate how many days, minutes, seconds they had been married and used those numbers to tell a story about them in the book. Guests enjoyed looking at all the old pictures and writing them a message in the back.
I cut out little circles out of tissue paper to scatter on the table as well.
My mom had the cake made and it turned out beautifully!! So did all of the cupcakes.
I printed out little signs out of card stock and folded them to label the cupcakes.
I bought some plain white labels and designed them using Microsoft Word. I filled little party bags full of gold candy and left them at each seat. I used Werthers, Snickers, Twix, and Rolos.
I spray painted the mason jars with glitter spray paint and the regular vases (that I purchased at the Dollar Tree) with the gold paint and primer.
I then filled them with daisies, baby's breath, and some roses I purchased from a local florist.
The food was the best part.
My grandparents were so surprised! They thought they were going to one of their friend's birthday party, so they came with a gift.
Even though we stated no gifts, the guests still brought some really sweet presents.
My grandma opened the gifts while my grandpa socialized.