Homemaking

Anniversary Dinner 2014

November 18, 2014

A tradition my brothers and I enjoy in our home is making our parents a special romantic dinner on their anniversary. It’s a neat way to honor them and show our appreciation for them. I know that my parents’ strong marriage and faithfulness to each other is one of the greatest blessings in my life and has given us stability through the thick & thin. I praise God for bringing them together and continue to marvel at their example of a godly marriage. Oh, and I absolutely looooove the story of how they met. Anyway, back to the anniversary. :)

I thought I would post pictures from this year’s meal to give you some ideas if you’re interested in doing the same:

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My brothers once again worked their decorating magic and turned this room into a romantic dining experience.

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For the first course we served a strawberry salad with pecans, red onion, spinach, and feta cheese. I made candied pecans and a pink poppyseed dressing. You can find the recipe here.

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We served a pumpkin bisque for the second course. It was certainly unusual and tasty, although I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin. The coconut milk gave it creaminess and a delightful texture. I swirled in a bit of sour cream and sprinkled it with nutmeg and parsley just before serving. We served it with italian bread, buttered and broiled in the oven for a few minutes.

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The third and main course was stuffed salmon. I was very pleased with the results on this one. It’s an adaption of this recipe. I just cut the fillets of salmon in half and layered them with mustard, feta, spinach, seasonings and ricotta cheese. I covered and refrigerated them until I was ready to bake them. We served this with cottage cheese and sautéed green beans.

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And for dessert, we served white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. It seemed to go over well and I really liked having it in the fridge ready to go.

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We banged a “gong” before every course. Wesley, as you can see here, took great delight in providing the sound effects. Hehe.

Additional tips and ideas:

~Choose a convenient date and time when planning the dinner. Make sure it works with everyone’s schedules. It doesn’t have to be on your parents’ actual anniversary. We did ours on a Sunday, which worked out well. We took 2 cars to church and afterwards the boys and I came home to start cooking/decorating while Mom and Dad enjoyed an afternoon to themselves. They arrived around 6 p.m. for dinner.

~While planning the menu, think about making foods that can be refrigerated overnight or kept warm in a crock pot. It will save you a lot of hassle and last-minute scrambling to have some of it already made and ready.

~After you’ve planned the menu, take a collection from your siblings for groceries. I bought almost everything at Aldi and was able to use some of what we had on hand, so we ended up keeping expenses under $30. If you spread that out between everyone, that’s really not bad at all.

~Delegate tasks to your siblings. Tasks include being in charge of a specific course, making the menu, or helping with decorations. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. Make sure everyone has a part…it’s much more fun (and less work on you!) that way.

~Have your younger siblings be waiters/waitresses. Austin and Jonathan decided to go for a unique style, with coat jackets, jeans, bare feet, and towels. I wish I had a picture for you. Needless to say, they were charming.

~Play your parents’ special “song” (if they have one) sometime during or at the end of the meal. You never know…they might just get up and start dancing. ;)

~Consider having dessert with your parents. After the final course has been eaten and dishes cleared, bring out enough plates for everyone and enjoy the sweet finale together.

~Do you have old photos or videos of their wedding? This would be a delightful conversation piece or activity. Our parents had their wedding video-taped and it is SO special to watch. However you decide to do it, an anniversary dinner will not only bless & honor your parents, but will make lasting memories for the years to come.

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    Kaitlyn :)

    December 1, 2014

    This is awesome, Brooke! How special! You have very blessed parents. I love all your ideas! But I am so curious now, how did your parents meet?! :) And happy belated birthday to you! :)
    Kaitlyn~

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