25th Anniversary Celebration

John and I wanted a local thing. So didn't invite everyone we knew from everywhere, mostly just local folks that we knew, and put a little announcement in our church bulletin. It was pretty scalable, we'd supply drinks, everyone else would bring a potluck dessert.

We rented the local pool, which was available on Sundays after 7.

For the last two weeks at about 3 or 4 a thunderstorm roared in, wind blowing, rain falling, and thunder and lightning cracking all through the sky.

Today, for the first time in all that time, we didn't get the huge cloud build up. There were clouds drifting by, but they were thin, not the big thunderheads we get around here, and they simply cut the worst of the sun. By 6:30 it was obvious it wasn't going to thunderstorm, and we loaded up the van with 5 gallons of my ginger ale, 3 gallons of lemonade, and a couple gallons of iced tea for those that didn't want more sugar with their dessert along with our swim gear. We'd bought cups, plates, plastic utensils, and got them all in a couple of bags as well.

And two people greeted us there, who had been there since 5 in anticipation of the party. *laughs* And right at 7 a dozen more people arrived. By the time the lifeguards had cleared everyone else out, we already had about 50 folks there, and many of the kids were already jumping into the water.

We ended up with nearly 125 people in the place, and there were two tables filled with desserts of all kinds. The lovely part of the potluck was that it was going to scale to the number of people that came. Everyone came to greet us as they came in, and I had a blast just saying hello to everyone and taking some pictures.

Lots of people went swimming, but there were a very large number of people that didn't, either, and they stood around and enjoyed themselves and talked for a long time. It was good having a pretty even mix of people for the whole thing, and no one was left out of anything. It was an eclectic enough of a crowd that everyone got someone to talk to. Someone even had the chance to read a book for a while, since that's what they wanted to do, and I was very happy about that.

I got to swim a little, too. Climb the stairs for the slides, and have some of the boys that were going down with me cheerfully say, "Hey, Mrs. Rostykus! Happy Anniversary! Are you having fun, too?"

"Yes. Yes, I'm having a blast. You enjoying this?"



It was fun and it was good, and it was a huge crowd and everyone came by to say that they'd had a lovely time before they left. Everyone took their leftovers, other than the ones I'd requested, or a few slices of a store bought cheesecake, and the things that were left we cleaned up. A half a dozen people stayed to clean up and pick up and the lifeguards were commenting, "No one ever picks up! You are totally welcome back again."

I think we're going to have to do it again, sometime...
Happy 25th and wishes for many more!

The pool party sounds like it was great fun, even though it's hard to imagine from here getting into anything bigger/cooler than a hot tub.
*giggles* It was high 90's in the day and by evening it was nice in the 80's... so it was perfect weather for it.

Thank you so much!!
That sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you had a good day. Happy anniversary!
Happy anniversary! What a great way to spend it!
Sounds like a wonderfully memorable 25th anniversary. Congratulations!
Sounds like a perfect anniversary... congratulations, and best wishes for a continuing long, happy life together.
Twenty-five years is truly an achievement! Congratulations to both of you, and it sounds like a fine time was had by one and all.

(And if well over 100 people is what you do for a "scalable" event, I'd hate to see what you do when you go all out! We only had 75 people at our wedding! O___o )
*giggles* I think I'd be a little frightened to see what happened if we really pulled all the stops and invited all our friends with a good year's notice and did the whole arrangement for accommodations for everyone that wanted to come. *laughs* Our wedding was really my Mom and Dad's affair, so had about 150...

Thank you so much! And, yeah, I love that the point of it was that everyone could have something cool to do. *happy sighs* More ours, in a way. It was fun to jump from diving boards together and have them snap the pic as "taking the plunge again". *laughs*

Awwwww, what a great idea, and a lovely image! That will be one for framing on the mantle, for sure. And for the great-grandkids to have fun telling tales about, no doubt. "My great-grandparents were SO cool!...." ♥
Sounds like the perfect party!

Happy Anniversary!
What a great celebration of a wonderful, ongoing relationship! It makes me really happy to hear about this lovely party.
Very glad it made you happy!! It was a great lot of fun, and far more personal, I think than even our wedding had been. *laughs* It's fun to tailor it to us.