Karen & Stephen’s 40th Anniversary Party

Somehow in the middle of wedding season I managed to throw a party (along with my sister) for my parent’s 40th anniversary.

Forty is the “ruby” anniversary, so we decked out the venue (the Piedmont Community Center, chosen in no small part for the fact that my parents can walk there from their house) in red. My balloon guy brought it with tons of giant red balloons, and a close family friend way outdid herself on the flowers (she’s a corporate VP, but could totally have a second career as a florist, am I right?) But what really made the party were the many, many, many friends & family that came:

Carrot cake (my dad’s favorite) was in order, and inspiration hit me when telling the bakery what to write on it.

My parents were super young (18 & 20) when they got married, so hit their 40th at a place where they still love to go to a great party. As do their friends, as was evidenced by a fantastic dance party backed by two different live bands.

It was an amazing night – I’m so glad that we got to celebrate these two.

photos: the incredible Maddie Eisenhart of Hart & Sol West

posted in my life, parties, venues


  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:09 | Permalink

    FTW! Yay Karen & Stephen!

    Also, I really love that you have a balloon guy.

    • elizabeth
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 15:19 | Permalink

      my balloon guy is the BEST.

  2. Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:33 | Permalink

    This looks like such an AMAZING celebration!!!

    • elizabeth
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 15:20 | Permalink

      it was super great. I’ve decided that giant anniversary parties are the best – all of the best parts of weddings (tons of people you love celebrating you as a couple) without a lot of the stress!

  3. Karen
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 19:32 | Permalink

    It was a wonderful celebration in every way! It’s almost like a dream or a fairy tale to think we’ve been married 40 years! This party was waaaay more fun and so much less stressful than our wedding! Thanks, sweet daughter, for the great party. It was a party FTW! And you did us and yourself proud. Love you!