August is such a wonderful month and I’m sad to see it go! In our family August is full of birthday celebrations and LOTS of wedding anniversaries. I mentioned here that the hubby and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary this year and the best part is, we got to celebrate it with all the other couples in my family!
In my family, there is a long tradition of getting married in the month of August. My parents, both set of grandparents and both my aunts & uncles were all married in this glorious month. So when the Mr. and I got engaged there was absolutely no question when we were getting married! Several decades ago my mom’s family started a tradition of celebrating everyone’s anniversaries together and it has now turned into what is called the August Anniversary Club. Each year all the couples get together and celebrate all of the years of matrimony in our family. But here is the kicker, each year it rotates who hosts the dinner party and if you host you pick up the tab. It’s such a fun tradition and I look forward to it every year!
This year, the arrow landing on us and we were given the responsibility of hosting the anniversary dinner. I wanted to make it a special evening by adding a few personal touches without spending A DIME. Yes, my goal was to make invites and assemble table decor using only things I had around the house.
I started out by making simple dinner party invites using left over scrapbook paper and some ribbon. They only took a few minutes to make and it was fun sending formal invites via snail mail (Call me a nerd, but I love getting surprises in the mail. In fact, walking out to the mail box every day is one of the little things in life that I just love :p).
We took everyone to a Brazilian Steak House that recently opened up in the area. If you have never been to one before, you HAVE to try one. It’s all you can eat meat and not just any meat, beautiful filets, grilled chicken, seasoned beef, lamp chops and… ok I need to stop. What’s so much fun about a Brazilian Steak House is that they carve the meat right onto your plate and make it look like an art.
I LOVE dining out, but sometimes when you go to a public place you lose that personalized touch. But, that can easily be changed by bringing a few added elements of your own! If you are going hosting a dinner party call ahead and ask if you can bring some of your own decor. Most places are completely fine with it (with the exception of candles).
The first thing I wanted to do was make place cards. I took old wine corks that I had saved and turned them into place cards for each of the guests. (Annnnd now that I’m looking at this more closely, I totally cut the paper on an angle. Fail.)
Next, I added a simple bouquet of hydrangeas from my garden and placed them in the center of the table.
I didn’t go overboard with decor and I probably could have done more, but I added just enough to warm things up. Not to mention, I achieved my goal of not spending a dime :)
From left to right: My aunt & uncle (32 years), my 89 year old grandparents (66 years), my parents (36 years) and the hubby and I (3 years). All together that is 137 years of marriage, whew!