Here is the best photo I could find that shows most (2/3) of the room:
If you look at the top of the photo, you can see the tissue paper pomander balls I made. Yeah, the room was bigger than I expected so they look very, very wee. Oh well, even though they were a bit small, I like 'em. And I kept them, simply because I spent hours and hours of my life making them :)
We had balloon trees placed throughout the room. My bro, SIB, and sister-in-law J, rented a helium tank, and we inflated a zillion balloons. J read online about how to make a balloon arch so she whipped one up, and we placed it behind the head table.
For the centerpieces, I bought different sizes of jars and candleholders from Goodwill and filled them with royal blue and clear glass pebbles. We scattered confetti and blue gems around the trios placed on each table.
Why hello ?L and Pops! That's a mighty fine cake you have there.
(note the water in the background; the water comes up to just outside the banquet room)
SIB and J did an awesome job putting together pictures both for a slideshow and for a table at the front of the room.
Everyone had a great time. We danced the night away. It was a memorable night for two fantastic people celebrating their 45 years together.
The day it all began...