My parent's 60th wedding anniversary was 31 May 2012. My family, my brother's family, and my two sister's families planned a surprise anniversary weekend for them. We were successful in pulling it off. I had told my parent's that my husband and I were going to take them to Fieldstone Grill in Portage Michigan for their 60th anniversary. What they didn't know was that other family members would be there waiting. Everyone but my niece and her husband weren't there. He serves in the military and she is expecting her first child in October. Our family is spread throughout the United States: Texas, Washington, Florida, Illinois, Arkansas, Montana, Virginia, and Michigan.
The dinner wasn't the only surprise for them. We had rented a house in South Haven, Michigan to spend a long weekend together. My parents; their four children and spouses; two grandchildren and their spouses; one grandchild and his girlfriend; three other grandchildren and one great grandchild for a total of 20 shared the house. It had eight bedrooms and five bathrooms. The home was gorgeous. 99.9% of the time we got along fine, we were a normal family, I guess. Time was spent getting reacquainted with each other, watching softball, going out to places in South Haven, watching the sun set over Lake Michigan, and visiting Saugatuck, Michigan. My son-in-law was the official photographer for family photo time.