Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fifty Years Ago Today . . .

It wasn't exactly 50 years ago today . . . 
for it was November 26
not October 19
But we chose that day to celebrate because
a) we met in October and that blind date was what really changed our lives --
not the wedding
b) the weather is much nicer in October and we could also have guests in the garden
c) a party on Thanksgiving weekend is never a good idea
d) our daughter, son in law and grands could come for several days

And so we celebrated early . . . 

My only request --
A big "50" hanging from the front porch!

Daughter Sarah was full of surprises

Our only "wedding" picture
because we were married at the Courthouse in Kansas City
she had blown up to poster size!
It greeted our guests!

A slide show running constantly --
not only of the last 50 years but also some of our childhood pictures
And now I know why we never dated in high school--
we were both pretty nerdy looking!

As our wedding never included flowers . . . 

She filled the house!

Flowers galore
Creamy white roses and white hydrangeas!

 Food was served in the dining room

Punch, cake, nuts and mints in the breakfast room

Additional seating plus beer and a bar outside!

Granddaughter Lucy -- all ready for the party
Granddaughter Piper got shy!

I shed a tear or two when the cake arrived
We never had one of those either!
Friend Rob of Crooner's Cakery made the cake

A festive table for cake, punch, nuts and mints!

The reception was form 1 to 4
so it was light
"reception" food

Chicken salad and mini croissants

Rare roast beef and rolls with jalapeño mayonnaise

Marinated vegetables

Heart shaped sugar cookies frosted with white and sprinkled with gold

The silver punch bowl (my 25th Anniversary present) filled with
champagne punch

 A smaller punch bowl held Anniversary Punch
Grand Lucy presided over that punch bowl.
She loved pour punch!

It was a great day and we were happy to share it with friends and family.
Our cousins, my brother and his sister, our nieces and nephews all came
As well as many friends -- both old and new!

We were both awed with the friends who came to wish us well.
It was fun to sit together on the couch and open the cards that were left --

Pictures of us you might ask -- where are they?
Daughter Sarah arranged for a professional photographer to be there
to record the event --
we've not gotten those back yet!


Kathy said...

Congratulations! What a lovely celebration!

acorn hollow said...

What a wonderful tribute to you both

martea said...

Celebrated in true Linderhof style!
Congratulations to the two of you!

Beth said...

Your daughter is so thoughtful! Every little touch made this such a special party. Happy anniversary!

Russell and LaDonna Scott said...

Very lovely! Happy 50th Anniversary to a wonderful couple!❤️

LavenderBlue said...

What a lovely event with personal touches. A toast to you both!!

Deanna said...

So very lovely,

Denise said...

This looks like a wonderful afternoon! Your daughter must have learned gracious entertaing from her parents. Everything looks lovley and welcoming. Thanks for sharing some of your celebration. Congratulations!

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary!! What a lovely celebration. And your home is so warm, charming.

Tricia said...

What a joyous (and gorgeous and delicious!) occasion to mark such a major milestone. We are just a couple of years behind you! And we, too, met on a blind date.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful photo of the two of you your daughter found. And what a super celebration she arranged. That cake is so special and I am amazed at how Lucy is growing up!

Southerncook said...

Congratulations to you both. Sarah did a fabulous job for such a special event and I'm sure a wonderful time was had by all. Walter and I celebrated our 50th on Aug. 29 but we opted to not do a big celebration. Walter did, however, gifted me with an show stopping gift. After 50 years it's as it should be. Now our next big occasion will be in Nov, I turn 70. YIKES!!!!!

I loved reading about your celebration and oh BTW, Walter and I were a blind date also. The one and only blind date I ever had.

Congratulations, Carolyn

Mikeinksnsascity said...

Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Congratulations to you both! What a lovely time your daughter made possible for you! I am very happy for you, Martha!
We didn't have a wedding either although it did take place in the little chapel in the church I grew up in. Just months before our wedding, my mother and I had an argument. My mother didn't like my sweetheart and she told me that day that she wouldn't be attending the wedding. All of my family loved him except for my mother. Anyway, long story short, I finally lost it with her {for the first time in my life} and told her there wasn't going to be a wedding. My hubby and I just went and got married quietly with a couple of our friends as witnesses. It took my mother over forty years to finally accept him and our marriage! She apologized and told us she had been wrong and that I made the right choice after all. My hubby and I were in the Ministry for years and it took a lot of praying on my part to forgive her for the damage that was done to my family. So, your wedding celebration brought a tear to my eye. I am hoping to celebrate fifty years in a few years with my hubby and invite the family. My parents and his are no longer with us {my mother just passed this past August} but it will be a bittersweet time of celebration for us. Thank you so much for sharing your special celebration with us. Blessings to you both...Sandi