We decided at one point that the party would NOT be a surprise since because 30 years is a significant Anniversary, it was not likely that our parents wouldn't assume that we would do SOMETHING for them. With this in mind we let them know we had something planned but kept the details about what and where under wraps. What our parents didn't know was that the party was not our only gift to them. We decided to spruce up their backyard patio, to encourage them to get out of the house and enjoy themselves together. We decided to reveal the gift after the Anniversary event by having a Dessert & Champagne After-party at their home.
Take a look at what the Patio looked life before :
|The smoker, grill & swing have seen better days!|
|Conversation Seating Set|
|Patio Table and Umbrella|
|New Grille & my Beau taking a break from the heat!|
|Dad coming out for the surprise.|
|My dad broke down too :)|
|Mom overwhelmed with tears|
Our guests stayed for a couple of hours enjoying the new digs. Me and my sister kept this a secret from virtually all of our family. It was on need to know basis only, so no one would spoil the surprise, so my extended family was also pretty excited for my parents and and surprised at the big reveal.
|Dad & Savannah enjoying Breakfast|
|My nieces & my Beau polish off some grits !|
In fact, we stayed out there for most of the morning until it started getting too warm & we had to retreat into the AC ! My parents are really looking forward to the fall (cooler temperatures) and are already planning additional things they can add outside to make their space more enjoyable. They have been calling us both several times a week to let us know how much they are enjoying themselves and in fact my mom is planning a Labor Day Cookout ! LOL Mission accomplished.
Thoughts ? Comments ? Questions ?