Tuesday, August 26, 2008

SURPRISE, Happy 30th Anniversary!

August 12 my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Friday I threw them a surprise party.

Three weeks ago I was talking to a friend about how it was coming up I had always thought of giving them a party but, "Their anniversary is less than a week away, what can I do?" She insisted that I should do something. Two days later I was talking to my sister and telling her about the conversation and not knowing if there was anything I could do. We looked at the calendar and there was no open weekend before the end of the month. Then she said, "What about a Friday?" Well... Friday.... That might work....

So I called my parents closest friends and ALL of them were able to come the day I had picked! So my sister and I went into stealth planning mode.

She got my mom's wedding dress and even found their wedding invitation and a memory book from their wedding. I found their wedding album and decided to do a Luau since my mom has always wanted to go to Hawaii. I found some food ideas that weren't too exotic and another friend had some leftover decorations from a luau she had last year.

So now the question, how to get them to our house. I called and talked to my dad asking if they were available to come over for dinner since it was the only day my brother could come before he went back to school. My dad checked the calendar (which I knew was already free since my sister had checked). So they thought they were coming because B and I wanted to have them all over for dinner.

Then my mom got this hair brain idea that I was pregnant and we were having them over because we were going to tell them this great news. I know you are wondering how do I know about this idea she had, my sister hears a LOT! She said my mom was telling people at Curves and at church. Then one of her friends called me about the party and also asked if I knew what my mom was telling everyone! I couldn't wait for her to find out I wasn't pregnant but really wanted to be there when she had to tell everyone I wasn't pregnant!

So the day before and especially Friday I was going crazy because I just knew she was going to stop by and ruin everything. She didn't show up! My brother called when they were almost at our house and the whole party went out to the street to meet them. When they turned onto our street we all started walking out and my mom and dad were wondering what all those people were doing walking like that, then my mom noticed someone and it all clicked for her. My dad just kept driving past our house! He was looking for a parking spot but it looked as if he was going to keep driving and go back home!

When my parents got married my dad had this fake butt he wore under his tuxedo jacket. Everyone was laughing but my mom didn't know what they were laughing about, she was sure my dad was going to do something to her. There are a few pictures in their wedding album with my dad and his butt. My sister and I both thought it would be great if we could find another butt for my dad to wear at the party. My sister was eager to help anyway she could. I told her she could call a few stores to see if they had one. "Oh I can't call, what would I say?" I told her, "Just ask if they have.... HAHAHAHAHAHA!" I couldn't even finish telling her to what to say. You know, "Hi, I was wondering if you have a plastic butt." Well I ended up making the calls and everyone I talked to said something like this, "Do we have.... WHAT?" Then I would have to say it again and explain what it was and then they would go check and tell me no. I finally found a store that had one (the only store that didn't have me repeat my question!) B picked it up on his way home from work the night before the party. So my dad got to wear a fake butt again! Priceless!

My parents were surprised, everyone had a great time and I even remembered to take a few pictures (I forgot to get a picture of the dress, I'll see what I can do about that).

Lots of clinking glasses and kissing

The Butt





The Happy Couple

The sign my sister made to look like the one they had on their wedding day

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.


  1. YOU are so cute! =) the party looks amazing - not that i'm surprised! =) LOVE YOU & miss you!

  2. oh man! AWESOME!
    and i thought the plastic butt was just a legend...

  3. what an awesome idea!! i still can't get over the fact that your dad wore a fake butt under his tux at the wedding! how awesome that you were able to find one for the party!

  4. how fun. i love memories like this.

    when i was first married, my dad and i planned a big deal surprise party for my mom for their 25th. they redid their vows and had their original wedding party. amazing!

    and then a few years ago, we got my dad with a whopper of a 60th birthday! i might have to post about that one.

    it's such a feeling of success and joy.

    job well done!


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