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Celebrating My Parent's Wedding Anniversary

Updated on October 21, 2012

Celebrating 59 Years of Marriage!

My parents celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary
My parents celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary | Source

Recreating Valley Vineyards Family Cookout

Almost twenty years ago, we began going to Valley Vineyards just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, for my parent’s wedding anniversary celebration. All of my parents' siblings and my brother and sisters meet up for the grill your own steak or salmon meal.

Today we are celebrating my parents' 59th wedding anniversary, but our tradition has changed. We have found we can accommodate all family members better by having ‘Valley Vineyards’ at one of my sister’s houses.

For simplicity, we have decided to recreate our family tradition.

Grilling Steaks and Enjoying Family

Steaks grill as family visits
Steaks grill as family visits | Source

A Traditional Valley Vineyards Meal

  • A choice of steak or salmon
  • Two types of green salads
  • Green bean Almandine
  • Baked potato
  • Fresh breads including Texas toast
  • Dessert buffet
  • One Bottle of Valley Vineyard wine

Grilling Meat, Texas Toast and Wine Sampling

Valley Vineyards provides a choice of steak or salmon with the meal purchase. Because my sister is firing up her own grill, you can bring whatever meat you want. However, most of us tend to stick to steak or salmon as tradition dictates. Part of the highlight of the meal has always been the socializing around the grill. The husbands tend to gather around the grill, demonstrating their grilling expertise, while the wives verify that the wine selections are palatable.

Texas Toast has become a grilling tradition as well. Last year I was assigned to bring the toast and only brought three loaves for the men to lather in butter and grill. It is more of a tradition than I realized. The three loaves were gone fast. Enabling their love of toast, this year I am more prepared and am bringing five loaves! I hope it is enough!

Side Dishes: Pepperoni Salad, Green Bean Almandine and Broccoli Salad

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Pepperoni SaladGreen beans almandineBroccoli salad
Pepperoni Salad
Pepperoni Salad | Source
Green beans almandine
Green beans almandine | Source
Broccoli salad
Broccoli salad | Source

A Family Favorite: Pepperoni Salad

  • Salad greens
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Black Olives
  • Pepperoni (chopped)
  • Italian dressing

Side Dishes for the Anniversary Party

Just when you are ready to sit with your steak and Texas toast, it is time to add your sides. We decided to modify the side dishes available just a bit. We loved the pepperoni salad Valley Vineyards serves, but replaced the green salad with a broccoli salad. Additionally, the menu called for baked potatoes and green beans almandine.

There was plenty of food available, but we always save a little room for dessert.

Dessert Buffet at Anniversary Party

Pies in the dessert buffet
Pies in the dessert buffet | Source

Desserts and Coffee

Valley Vineyards provided a dessert buffet to follow the meal. There was a sampling of pies including pumpkin pie, cheese cake and a chocolate mousse. My oldest sister has a knack for pies so she has duplicated the dessert buffet for those who managed room after the steak, Texas toast, salad and potatoes.

This year’s selections included a chocolate mousse pie, a fruit pie, pecan pie and a cheesecake sampler.

For those with a drive home ahead of them or to take the crisp edge off the fall evening, hot coffee is available.

A Marriage Milestone

Glasses clinked...and my parents celebrate their 59th Anniversary
Glasses clinked...and my parents celebrate their 59th Anniversary | Source

Family Gathering to Celebrate Anniversary

My parents were married when they were nineteen years old on a beautiful fall day. 59 years later, they have nine children and over fifty grandchildren and great grandchildren. We, their children and their siblings, gather each year in early fall to celebrate their commitment to love and family. We take time from our busy lives to gather and visit while partaking in a family tradition of good food and great company.

Many might be surprised that my parents are the first to leave these gatherings. We all line up to give our parents hugs and kisses, and congratulate them again on their amazing accomplishment. While my parents enjoy the celebration, perhaps they return home to appreciate the peace and quiet they have earned as well.

I have never been surprised by their early departures. I have always thought they leave early because they know they no longer need to be the glue that keeps the family together. They sit back at family gatherings smiling that they created a family that chooses to spend time together. They are confident that their 59 years of marriage have resulted in more than a family.

They take pride in knowing they have created a legacy.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.


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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading, Funom! It was such a great accomplishment for our parents and it was a wonderful way to celebrate.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 5 years ago from Europe

      congratulations friend... What a fantastic way to celebrate the 59th Anniversary of your parent's marriage. It's lovely to read and watch.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, penlady for taking the time to read and comment. I was so when I saw that they were getting divorced, too! My parents are an amazing example. I am blessed to have them as parents, too!

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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      With so many couples divorcing today (just heard about Rhea Perlman and Danny Devito after 30 years of marriage), it's wonderful to read that they are still couples devoted to their marriage and the love they share.

      Beautiful hub. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Congratulations on your 50th, Moonlake! That is an amazing accomplishment. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Congratulations so your Mom and Dad. Hope we make it to 59. We have a good start celebrated our 50 on Sat. Great hub enjoyed reading it. Voted uP!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      It is fun to visit with my sisters and my husband lets me know when my meal is ready. This is not typical so I definitely enjoy it! Thanks for reading!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      My parents are definitely an example of a marriage commitment. Thanks for reading, Linda!

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      I'm always amazed and pleased to be able to spend time with couples who have lasted through so many decades together. That definitely isn't a trait in my family!

      This sounds like a wonderful way to have a get together. (And I think the wives have it made! At least... after they arrive.)

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Congratulations to your Mom and Dad! I love stories like this, so touching. Great hub. Voted beautiful and awesome.