The Fortieth Anniversary Party, or FAP, as I will now call it, is moving dangerously close...I am starting to stress. I am starting to worry about space as well. My livingroom is big. In fact, the combined livingroom/dining room space is probably a good 700 or 800 square feet. Which is larger than most of my other options for where to hold the party (which really just includes my Aunt and Uncle's house, since, I can't afford to hold it somewhere I have to pay for). I know I can fit 50 or 60 people in my house. I have done it. It really wasn't bad. The problem is, I need to fit 50 or 60 people plus tables for all those people into my house. GROAN. That's 6 tables. Six LARGE tables. That is still quite feasible, but where do the people stand??? Do you think people will just wind up sitting at the tables to mingle? And is that a bad thing?? Should I set everything up except for two tables, and then right before we eat, set up the last two, to leave some mingling room??
Oh and what about place settings? I think I have come to the conclusion that it may actually be cheaper to buy plates and glasses than rent them. I am pretty sure I can buy glasses and plates for $1 each, which would be $100 or so in place settings. And then silverware. Not sure there. But this is where closeout stores and Ikea come in. This weekend I am going to start scouring town for place settings. There is a chance however, that my friend Jenny's mom might have some of this stuff, as she used to throw lots of large parties. Cross your fingers for that! Even just say, silverware, or 20 glasses would be a huge help.
So then there's the food. For FIFTY. That's a lot of food. I have decided lasagna (that I can cook at least a week in advance and freeze) is a good start. And I make a killer lasagna. Then I can cater salad and maybe another pasta dish. Maybe some chicken. That way, the most expensive part, the entree will be cheaper, because I made it. And the filler stuff won't cost me an arm and a leg.
And then there's getting a hold of a projector so I can do the obligatory slide show. Cause I gotta show the adorable pictures I have been archiving...
Oh and then there's the invitations. And here is where I need your help. Which picture should I put on the invitations? It will be in black and white, so keep that in mind.
Here is the first picture
I really need help deciding, so lemme know your thoughts. I know they are all a touch blurry, but it's the best I've got from way back when...my parents never had professional pictures taken. But remember, the picture will be printed to be about 2"x3" so it will be really small. You can view the pictures in the "small" setting to make it easier to judge the printed outcome. Some of the blur will go away.
Thanks for listening to my freak out!
Oh, and P.S. The picture of my parents at their wedding is completely photoshopped (and not quite done...don't look TOO closely!!) They don't have a single picture of just the two of them from the wedding. It was a rather rushed, leave-from-bootcamp-is-only-so-long, ceremony.