80th Birthday Party by ELD Wedding Planners
I was beyond honored to have planned another milestone celebration for Carl and Carol, the first being their 50th wedding anniversary garden party seven years ago.
Carol and Carl are by far my most special couple for so many reasons but my most favorite reason is that they share a love and respect for one another that began decades ago while in college and when Carl needed a date to a dance. Kids, careers, travel and lots of adventures later they are still in love and have a pretty feisty streak to them, well Carol does and Carl is the equalizer to that. The yin to her yang I call it. I admire them so much and strive to be like them.
Now back to the party; since Carl had a long career as a farmer after college we decided to go with the crop theme and created centerpieces that reflected the many crops he had grown including fresh bell peppers, tomatoes and artichokes. We also featured a die-cast replica of the tractor he farmed with (granted the tool box is on the wrong side, as Carl will point out).
Carol created photo posters highlighting the many facets of Carl’s life and guests were invited to sign the guest book they had at their wedding almost 60 years ago which is brought out for all major celebrations.
Although many of the guests had known each other since their childhood and college days, Carl went around the room and introduced each guest and told of how he knew them and how special they were to him. How amazing is it to say you’ve been friends for 70 years! We should all be so lucky.
The party was held at one of their favorite restaurants Tarpy’s Roadhouse where Executive Chef Todd Fisher of the Destination America Channel’s TV show The United States of Bacon fame creates magic in the kitchen. He even popped out and said “hi” to everyone at one point.
At dessert time guests were treated to delicious petit fours and were eventually rolled out of the restaurant with a tummy full of delicious food, a head filled with new memories and a heart filled with love for this very special man.
I know I’m definitely looking forward to being a part of their next celebration.
Carol Voss husband Carl Voss’ 80th Birthday Party held on 2/7/15
Venue: Tarpy’s Roadhouse, Monterey, CA www.tarpys.com
Florist: Nancy’s Mid Valley Florist
Bakery: Patisserie Bechler www.PatisserieBechler.com
Rentals: Chic Party Rentals www.chiceventrentals.com