DIY 50th Wedding Anniversary Party from Salty Bison

This past weekend my siblings and I threw a party celebrating our parents 50th wedding anniversary! Between the efforts of us all and the magical land of Pinterest we were able to make it happen.

50th anniversary engineer print

First my brother set up the base structures for us in my parents orchard, (i.e. tables, chairs, backdrops, lights) so we could then go in and fluff it up a bit with some decor.

50th anniversary party 2

My sister-in-law is a pro when it comes to a dessert table. There were non-stop amounts of  gourmet cupcakes, fruit and other delicious desserts. We borrowed the burlap table cloth from a friend and my SIL had those display holders from events she’s done in the past.dessert table 3

My brother is the tech-savvy child of the bunch, being a photographer he took all these pictures and also was able to set up a music system.anniversary party guests

anniversary party cream soda

My sister created the centerpieces and was a whiz in the kitchen making the ridiculous amounts of  side dishes and her husband fired up the Traegers and smoked the tri-tip that was so tender it melted in your mouth.

geranium centerpiece

My other SIL saved the day with her potato salad and her penmanship. I couldn’t write a menu on a chalkboard to save my life! (That chalkboard by the way is thrifted and actually was a mirror in its former life. I just put chalkboard paint on the remaining back board using a foam brush.) menu chalkboard

And of course all the nieces and nephews were our little minions, running and doing anything we asked. They were all such a great help!

I spent most of my efforts doing many small projects that had big visual impact. DIY 50th anniversary party

I first got an engineer print made of my parents wedding day. (We’ve talked about that here before) And then backed it and framed it out with reclaimed wood. Then I put together a memory tree. I got the idea from here. I used a large galvanized pot, burlap ribbon, decorative moss and some branches I found out in the orchard. Each guest wrote their favorite memory of our parents on a tag and then hung it on the tree.

memory tree for anniversary

Then I made an easy lacy fabric swag to hang on the old wooden barn doors a friend let us borrow. I was inspired by this photo. I just took strips of old white fabric and lace curtains I had on hand and knotted them across a thick piece of twine.lacy fabric swag

I also put together some Parking chalkboard arrow signs using my Salty Bison skills and reclaimed wood.chalkboard arrow sign

I tried my hand at personalized chalkboard art too. Note the last line…my Pops is a potato farmer.

personalized chalkboard poster

We wanted to give everyone that attended our “token” of appreciation so I had these little wooden tokens made to help remember the event. We topped some of the cupcakes with them and spread them out on the tables. I’m going to add a little magnet to the back of mine and put it on the fridge.

wooden token

And last of all I made an oversized “50” out of foam board, cardboard and duct tape.  I was inspired by this post to do it. Then I spray painted it gold and hung it at the end of the orchard.oversized 50

We had several people come up to us and comment on how fun the atmosphere was and the enjoyment of the food and evening. All in all I think everyone attending had a great time!

50th anniversary party

anniverary guests collage

It seems odd to be able to share my parents anniversary celebration on such a huge platform as Thirty Handmade Days. But I’m going to use it while I can and say Happy Anniversary MOM AND DAD!!! You’re the best! XOXOXO

Salty Bison
Salty Bison is the brain child of Devenie Boyer and Shawna Andreasen. Its humble beginnings consisted of a tiny garage and a messy kitchen table. With 10 kids between the two of them their "work from home" experience has left a trail of mismatched shoes, watermelon rinds and power tools. When their husbands are in charge of the littles you can often spot them prowling through scrap yards and thrift stores. Their upcycled custom work has appeared in restaurants, businesses and homes across the country. And how do they accomplish this you ask...with a steady diet of mint brownies and bruschetta. Their items are sold in their etsy shop and at major handcrafted events throughout the western states.
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  1. Becky Prasek says

    Thank you! Thank you for this post! My hubby’s parents will be married 50 years this coming spring. My mind has already been working overtime on this. Thanks for the beautiful ideas! Y

  2. says

    Thanks for the inspiration! My parents’ 50th is in May and now I’m excited to start working on it! We don’t have an orchard, but we are out in the country with a beautiful back yard and lots of space. Now if I can just figure out how to ensure good weather….

  3. Amanda says

    I love these ladies! Dev and Shawna do amazing work! They will be a great addition to QBM coming up! (But you already know that). Love you too Miq!
    Mand

  4. jude lemburg says

    please help, I help planning my sister’s 50th wedding anniversary, we are going with 50/60
    music, and décor, needs some ideas with food, and décor.
    thank you
    jude

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    Thank you.. wendy

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