Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dinner Party for 75

This weekend I was fortunate to spend lots of time with my Granny (and of course Benjamin and Matt), which kept me away from blogging but got me thinking that I never did post about the wonderful night we had celebrating my Granny's 80th last November. 

In honour of the big birthday, my parents hosted a cozy sit down dinner for 75. This was just keeping it to immediate family and 3 or 4 close friends. Yes, my family is HUGE. Fortunately, they have a large basement space that - with a lot of creative arranging - we were able to comfortably seat everyone in. The food was delicious, the decor was simple but special, and it was a super fun celebration. Let me tell you a little about it...














Let's start with the table setting and decor...
 We rented basic ivory linens, platinum rimmed plates, silver water pitches and flatware, folding tables and chiavari chairs. We found, however, that buying candles at Dollarama, along with these little candle holders, was cheaper than renting (plus, with my sister's wedding around the corner, we knew we could always find more uses for them). We also had simple flower arrangements lining the centre of the (very long) table. 
Another shot of the table:
Here's my spot. The place cards were printed using a kit from Office Depot (as well as the leftovers from my own wedding). 
Notice how the table next to me (at the end of the long table in the first photo) is higher than the rest of the tables? That is because my parents have a very large, very heavy pool table. Initially, this seemed like it made the space not usable for the party as it could not be moved and takes up a lot of space. But, we decided that, with plywood, we could turn it into a "table." This is also why we rented extra-wide folding tables for the long centre strip of the arrangement- to help the pool table blend in and pass as a dinner table. Below, it is at the far end.
Here is the kiddie table

There is also a bar in the room that we decorated by laying two mirrors that we already had flat, and setting crystal and glass candlesticks of all sorts (some we had, some from Dollarama, Home Sense and thrift shops) on top. Versions of this make for easy centrepieces at any dinner party. It also reminds me of this centrepiece...

Lastly, here is a peek at the kitchen as dinner was being prepped. 
 You might also notice that my mother has created her ultimate gallery wall. More on that in a future post...
And lastly, the gift for Granny was a book of photos of all 8 of her children, sons- and daughters-in laws, 33 grandchildren and 1st great grandchild (now, including Ben, there are 3!). Quite the legacy for my Granny, an only child. I hope that, when I'm 80, I'm half the woman she is!

See you soon,

26 comments:

  1. Everything about this is lovely! Makes me wish I was there! : )

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  2. Hi Jenny,
    What a fabulous celebration for your grandmother! Everything looks wonderful. I have some of those same crystal candle sticks. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  3. Oh my, this is totally unreal. I love how beautiful it all is and how wonderful so many family members could come. I know this was a very special get together. Amazing undertaking. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Wow, beautiful room and I bet a great party! A single child to that huge of a family how wonderful and how great of you to plan and have this great moment with her.

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  5. Hi lovely lady.
    I love the way it all comes together!!! so Beautiful and your family would say the same.
    I know this was for the love of Family.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new tablescape. I am one of your old follow's
    XXOO Diane

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  6. Great job! It looks wonderful. What a wonderful testament to your gmom!

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  7. loved reading this post, thanks for sharing!

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  8. I stand and clap for you as this is so well done and very creative. It takes a lot to assemble a party of this size and I say you all did it very well. Happy Birthday to one lucky lady!

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  9. Gorgeous room! Candlelight is just magical isn't it?

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  10. Wonderful party! Happy B'day to your Gmom!
    Love those magical setting. Great job!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  11. Oh my goodness! That was quite an effort! You all did a wonderful job with it and I love the trays with the candles on the bar...What a treasure of memories for all!

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  12. Wow! From "only child" to this huge family! What an amazing life she's led. And what an amazing use of space for the party. Fantastic job!

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  13. My kind of party! Great job. Everything looks absolutely beautiful. Did you all serve it yourself, or did you bring in some help? This is a major undertaking! Thank you for sharing your magical evening. Cherry Kay

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  14. How very lovely! I just love a white table! Everything was so thoughtfully layed out! Beautiful!

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  15. I never thought I'd meet someone with a family like ours! Loved your table for 75! You all did such a beautiful job! You rented everything, we own everything! I loved the flower arrangements and the way you decorated the bar. Awesome pictures! I am sure you all had a lovely time and your Granny loved having all her love ones around her.
    Blessings My Friend,

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  16. Love this. I love the sparkle of the china and goblets. I'm sure your Granny was pleased to be honored in such a special way.

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  17. Oh, this gave me goosebumps! What a wonderful celebration! I am hosting (yikes!) a party for 25-30 for my father-in-law's 85th in October. I am in deep trouble if the weather is bad because there isn't enough room for everyone inside. I was really happy to see how yours was all set up - so special! What a wonderful way to celebrate such a special day!

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  18. Looks like it was truly a special event! Until I read the post, I thought it had been held at a restaurant. Everything was decorated so nicely. I'm sure it was a wonderful event - especially for your granny. ;)

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  19. What a lovely party and how nice to have a sit down dinner for the entire family! Your table is lovely and I loved every detail!

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  20. Amazing! What a fun event. You must have had a wonderful celebration.

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  21. Gorgeous ... and wow, 75!?!?!? Great goodness that's a lot of people, but it was elegant and stunning!

    inspirational for sure!

    Listen, I have a new series on my blog called: "A Picture is Worth ..." I'm trying to get back to posting pictures about my house, and I'd love it if you'd come by and see the bar in the dining room! :)

    xo,
    A

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  22. Great celebration for your grandma.

    The night and the tables looks great.

    Have agood weekend.

    Karin Şen Cankan
    karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

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  23. Wow, Jenny...this is great! I am totally touched by the effort your family put into creating this special celebration to honor your grandmother. Thank goodness your parents have a large enough home to accommodate so many guests! You guys did a fantastic job of using everything to your advantage, including the pool table. I love the way you combined tables and even created a very special table for the kids. The room was just beautiful!

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  24. What a fantastic party for your granny! You all did a fabulous job and were able to create an elegant party with so thrifty ideas! Well done! thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend!

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  25. I am planning my mother's 80th birthday party so I am SOOOOO happy you posted about this party. Your family did a lovely job with the setting. I am going to bookmark this page to send it to my sister as an inspiration page.

    Thank you so much for sharing it.

    Eldarose from http://RE-inventedstyle.blogspot.com

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