MeeMaw & PawPaw’s 50 Anniversary Celebration!


On October 29th, 2010, my grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.




I really wanted to document this event on my blog, but I was torn. I write a food blog, after all! Would I be able to find a way to tie this family event in without changing the theme of my blog?

But of course.


MMMM. Cake. More on that a little later.

If you’re reading this, and you’re confused about the title, let me explain.

MeeMaw = my grandma

PawPaw = my grandpa

Capeesh? Yes, there is a story behind the names. No, I won’t be sharing that here.

But I will share this!


Meemaw, me, Pawpaw. College graduation, 2007. Go Billikens! Gosh…I feel old now.

Back on topic!

October 29th, 2010 marked my grandparent’s 50 anniversary. Their golden anniversary! That’s a big deal. And what better way to celebrate than by getting 150 of their closest friends together for an unforgettable bash?

The event was held at Catering to You, a reception hall in Florissant, Missouri. It was a really nice facility. My pictures just don’t do it justice!

It was decorated beautifully. You can thank Meemaw for that…it was her brainchild! The theme was black & white.


Look at the beautiful centerpieces! White ostrich feathers.



Immediate family arrived well before all of the guests, so I had plenty of time to snap some photos. I took a few shots of the head table…



The spot where my grandparents would renew their vows…


And a shot of the hors d’oeuvres.

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Soon enough, people started to arrive.



There was a huge guestbook for people to sign as they arrived.


Lots of family pictures were taken.


Aunt, Uncle, Mom


Sister and Stepdad






All of my cousins!


My sister, mom, and me

My mom was the emcee for the night, and I think she did an amazing job.


Vows were exchanged and speeches were given. All of Meemaw and Pawpaw’s children had a chance to say a few words, and a few of the grandchildren (including me!) did too. I think everyone did a great job, and I think Meemaw and Pawpaw enjoyed it.


Time for food! Who’s excited? I’m excited!

The food was absolutely amazing. I tried everything, and it was all GOOD. Top round of beef au jus, herb baked chicken breast, 5 cheese macaroni, parsley buttered red potatoes, homestyle green beans (with bacon!) caesar salad, and freshly baked dinner rolls with butter. I was in hog heaven! I piled my plate high!


I’m not going to lie: this photo is not my best work, but when you’re as hungry as I was, taking a wonderful picture wasn’t my top priority! It was good good good.

And what’s a wedding celebration without cake?

The bride’s cake:



The top layer was pineapple cake, the middle layer was yellow cake, and the bottom layer was strawberry cake!

And the groom’s cake:



Chocolate cake with chocolate icing! My favorite.

All together now:



Time to cut the cake!


I had a tiny piece, because I was saving myself for this:






The candy buffet! One word: amazing. This was a huuuuge hit, and included all of my grandparents’ favorite sweet treats.


Overall, the night was a success. It was great seeing everyone together and so happy. My grandparents had a great time, and so did everyone else!

Here’s to another 50 years. Smile

  • sonia

    the food was def. amazing!!

  • Mag O.

    I’m glad I checked out your blog before I headed off to work. Your family is so pretty. I love seeing photos of you all dressed up.

    • Stephanie

      Awww, thanks Mag!

  • Thanks Stephanie for including your Paw-Paw and me in your blog and for doing such a great job at highlighting the event. It was a wonderful evening and we had such a great time. And yes, the food was amazing! I would love to have a copy of your pics. They turned out good.

    • Stephanie

      Thanks Meemaw! I will definitely send you a copy of the pictures. 🙂

  • You did a fantastic job of covering the event. and I must say that my cousins Phillip and John Windom (Related by their father side) were looking quite dapper.

    • Stephanie

      thank you!!