Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Takin' a Trip Down Memory Main Street

I've been busy as a bee lately...

Hi Poodles!!
...planning a surprise 40th Wedding Anniversary Party for my parents, along with my sisters.

I had the brilliant idea to stage the party as "memory lane", and set up 3 different rooms with 3 different themes. (You know I can't resist theming things!)

Yeah, I'm awesome. HA!

The first room was Disneyland based, where my parents had their first date on November 23, 1972. That one was the most fun to stage because we are all HUGE Disney fan freaks in my family. And I especially love that Disneyland is a mid-century treasure trove!

Check out this awesome atomic print found at the
Pizza Port in Tomorrowland! It was specially created
for Disney by Melinamade Fabrics.
Many of our guests asked where I had found/purchased so many Disney items for the decor; they couldn't quite hide their shocked amusement when I explained that I already owned everything from our million and one trips to Disneyland over the years!

 I added many of the Disneyland treasures
I've collected, to my beloved bookcase.
The Pirates/New Orleans Square vignette was my favorite!
My younger sister built a rendition of Sleeping Beauty's castle out of foam core. It is so cool, I don't want to take it down!

I had some fun with PicMonkey today!
All lit up at night, just like the real thing! So pretty!
We even placed a small carousel horse inside the gate,
precisely like Disneyland!
The next room was set in my already somewhat retro-diner themed kitchen area, so it was much easier to arrange. My parent's got engaged at Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Southern CA, where they often went on dates. (My son found this to be hilarious, repeatedly saying, "Bob's Big Boy?? Like the blue cheese dressing? Who gets engaged at Bob's Big Boy?!" I told him to ask his Grandpa about that one. Ha!)

I edited a vintage Bob's menu for the party-
our friends then ordered off the menu! So fun!
*side note: Dad eventually got it right; re-proposing to my mom at Disneyland on their 35th anniversary!

Like I said Poodles, Disney FREAKS!

My older sister was in charge of the third room, a re-creation of the cake table and flowers from my parent's wedding reception. All of which turned out beautifully!

Good Job Sista!

 Lulu gave me a perfect
beehive and gorgeous makeup to match the
wedding reception. She rocks!
40 years in pictures
We ended the night with a stupendous surprise! Fireworks, created by my younger sister and I, went off right over the castle!! She made a dvd of fireworks she found on YouTube, and I created a soundtrack for it out of a couple different Disneyland fireworks shows my parents have seen over the years. I then mixed in some fireworks sounds, and Boom! Literally!

Not the best quality, but still pretty cool huh?!
The party was great fun, and my parents loved it. But I think my younger sister and I had the most fun, enjoying all our hard work with a little trip down Memory Main Street. Ha! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Happy 40 Years!!!

Now I need to have a cocktail party completely themed as Disneyland!

Husband just yelled, "NO!" HA! 

Hmmm... we'll have to see about that...


  1. That castle is pretty cool. I think my parents went to Disneyland for their honeymoon. Maybe it was a 70s thing.

    1. No, it's a Disneyland is the most awesome place ever, thing! ;)
      My parents were born and raised in San Diego, so Disneyland was a lot closer for them back then. But that doesn't really stop us from going every year. :)

  2. Awesome party! Everything looked amazing. You and your sisters did a great job. Congratulations to your parents on 40 years of marriage.

    1. Thank you! It was tons of work, but a lot of fun too. And since the party was at my house, I get to enjoy it a little longer. :)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  3. Seriously, that's awesome. Okay, so I'm slow...were the fireworks like real mini fireworks over the castle in the house? I watched the video but I couldn't tell if it was like - real fireworks???

    1. It is a REALLY poor quality video. Sorry, Blogger doesn't like me. ;)
      We made a dvd of a video of fireworks, and then made a separate soundtrack to them. It turned out surprisingly well, given the fact that we actually never had time to play them together and see how it went, BEFORE the party!
      Maygen made the castle, but so far it's still at my house. I don't want to give it up!

  4. I love everything about this especially you! Amaze! Go big or go home! Love yoy

  5. I lost what I post before... but I love everything About this. You can plan all my parties. Also who doesn't love Disney. I will send you my pic tomorrow. Love you

  6. I really want an Alice and wonderland party Tim Burton status.

  7. What an immensely touching, sweet, super special party - if there was a daughter of the year award, I would nominate you for it bigtime, honey.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you! Without my sister there would have been no castle, which would not have been half as fun. So big props go out to her! ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  8. How awesome! I love the cupcakes. I can't wait to see the Disneyland cocktail party!!!

    1. My 2nd "mom" made the soda shoppe cupcakes. They were delicious and adorable. My husband will have a fit if I have another party right now! ;) But it will eventually happen! Hehe!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn