Next April will be my parents 50th Aniversary. It's the usual tradition for the children to throw some party or celebration for their folks at this time.
Here is my problem. I don't have two nickels to rub together. I can't afford to rent a hall and put on a fancy funtion for them. My sister in law and brother are in the same boat.
My cousin just wrote me and asked me what we planned on doing and I don't have the slightest clue what to do.
I do want to do something. They are my folks and I love them dearly. And they have helped us out a billion times.
I've can't have a party at my apartment. Four people in this place is crowded. My sister in law's place is a little bigger, but eight people would be a crowd for them.
Does anyone have any type of suggestions for something we could do? Something that would mark the event properly, but wouldn't cost my sister and law and I an arm and a leg?
Financially, my cousin is doing much better than we are, and I'm sure she'll help. (Since her mother died, she and my mother have become very close, so I consider her to be like an older sister.) But I don't want this to end up being "her" thing that I just show up at. That's wrong and unfair.
I'm totally out of my leage here. I don't throw fancy parties. I can't afford them and they make me uncomfortable. And I can't see my parents enjoying, "We met for Pizza and beer!" I have no idea what someone would do for a 50th aniversary.
I'm completely desperate here. Normally, I'm not ashamed of myself. I do my best to pay my bills and Todd and I survive. But now I'm so embarassed and ashamed that I can't even scrape up the money to properly celebrate my parents aniversary in the way it should be celebrated.
Don't think I'm saying that I can't even come up with some money. I can do what I have to. But when I think of my folks, I think of a fancy place with china and everyone wearing nice, quiet clothing. I think of fifty dollar a plate dinners and a florist to do the place settings. That is just totally beyond me.
Sooo... if I could get on my knees, I'd do it, but I'm begging anyway. Does anyone have any suggestions for ideas that would properly celebrate such a big event, but not cost the extended family more than we could possibly afford? I'm asking, cause most of the people on my friend's list are the most creative folks I know. If anyone can come up with ideas that will work for me, it's you folks.