Party for 40 Years

This past Thanksgiving weekend we celebrated my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. The one thing my mom and dad love most is being among family and friends, so we decided to throw them a modest but special party to honour their 40 years of matrimony. I rented a big cottage in Quebec (I use the term 'cottage' loosely) for our immediate family to stay for the whole weekend and invited friends and family from all over the place to pop by for a day. It was a great turn-out and a lot of people traveled long distances, including Jo and Rye from Halifax and some cousins from Timmins.

For the party, we had to remain minimalist since a lot of our energy was going into food preparation that included a big turkey dinner the day after the party. Plus we didn't have much time to prepare the cottage. So, for the decorations we got crafty. I made strands of pennant flags ahead of the date, and Jo crafted her famous poofs to hang around the cottage. My goal was to find blue gingham and red accents for the d├ęcor (my mom's maid of honour wore a long blue gingham dress at the 1973 nuptials, and ruby red is the colour for 40 years.) At De Serres craft store I found a small pad of scrapbook paper in a variety of designs, including blue gingham and red with white polka-dots. It was perfect for our little rustic affair. The size of the paper also made cutting out triangles quick and easy, I'll be keeping that in mind for future events.
With the scraps I added hearts to toothpicks for the food table and made a rather tacky doily to go under a dish. Jo's poofs were nice mix of white, blue and brown and she also brought paper plates in - wait for it - blue gingham. Lise provided the cake which was decorated with white icing and red swirls surrounding the number 40.

The kids had their own cakes to decorate. Since I had been gifted some pumpkin-shape cake pans, I decided to bring a bunch of these mini cakes with icing and sprinkles so that all the kids could keep busy with a little project. They made for quite the art pieces by the young guests between the ages of two and 10.

The whole day went off without a hitch, well almost.* At the end of the night several people had to dig out a vehicle that became stuck in a ditch. But once that was taken care of, we all went back inside for a bit of dancing before calling it a night.
For the rest of the weekend we enjoyed the nice weather on Lac Brassard. celebrated a few birthdays and cooked a collective Thanksgiving dinner.

This time, decorations were provided by my nieces.
*Unfortunately, I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked. All weekend I was preoccupied with the events while fighting a cold so I don't have many photos to show off.

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