Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Happy 41st Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my parents!  My mom and dad were married 41 years ago on a gorgeous Fall day with blue skies at St. Brigid Church in Lexington, Massachusetts.  They are high school sweethearts and their love for one another is still so strong and inspiring.  My mom once told me that she has never once lost "the spark" for my dad.  Classic Janis line.

Since last year was the big 40th celebration we (the hubs, my two brothers & SIL...and the twins) surprised them with a house on the beach in Santa Barbara for the weekend.  The house has the most amazing backyard and patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  It was the perfect setting for an authentic rustic Italian celebration.  The theme?  AMORE!! We drank wine and played Bocci in the afternoon.  Then we drank MORE wine and ate SOOOO much food... true italian style.  

I wish I took these pictures during sunset. Oh well, I blame the wine.  For the Rustic Italian Tablescape, I used mason jars tied with twine to hold bright yellow sunflowers, red ranunculus and sprigs of fresh rosemary. I also silk screened "AMORE" onto white dinner napkins and made little Luigi mustaches for pics.  We lined the patio with dozens of candles in mini mason jars tied with burlap and twine (like the one you see here on the table) and listened to a playlist of old school Italian music while we dined.

An italian party is not a party with out FOOD.  To start, we devoured sliced heirloom tomatoes with fresh buffalo mozzarella & basil topped with some EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar and an antipasto platter with figs and fresh focaccia.  For dinner, we ate homemade lasagna and meatballs (sorry, no pic of that!)

And an anniversary cake is not a cake without AMORE bunting!  We call this the "Queen Ann's Cake" after my Grammy Woodwood.  It's her recipe and my dad's all time favorite treat.  With my mom's permission, I'll share that recipe at some point.  Be warned - it is NOT low fat.

Here are a few candids from the weekend. Tons of food, tons of wine, tons of laughter and tons of fun.  



  1. Happy anniversary Mr. And Mrs. O!!!!! Such great ideas for the party!! Love your blog--

  2. hi lauren= thanks for the anniversary tribute. love dad

  3. Thank you for your anniversary wishes. Wow, did dad and I really look like that on our wedding day? Soooo young...everyone in the church must have been saying, "Look at those babies, this will never last!" Love reminiscing about the 40th anniv. party that you, Andy, Jimmy,Nicole and Jonathan hosted. Thank you for everything...I LOVE your blog.


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