This may be more of a vent than anything.....
My parents will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next month. I am throwing a party for them for friends and family....and 50 years can make a lot of friends and family. We fully expect anywhere from 150 to 200 people to show up at the (free) church fellowship building.
I'm doing this as NICE as possible, but also as frugally as possible. I bought some party napkins, a personalized banner, and artificial gold rose petals from Oriental Trading....bought personalized invitations, metallic gold candles, gold confetti, metallic gold taffeta ribbon from eBay...bought cake making/decorating supplies from eBay. I am making the cake/cupcakes myself along with almost all of the food. We priced clear plastic plates and eating utensils along with large quantities of food from a restaurant supply store.
My mom is having a fit that it's going to cost me more than a few hundred dollars. She makes me feel bad about it, but this is their 50TH ANNIVERSARY! To me, it's something to really celebrate. I don't want to go with cheap paper plates, no decorations, cheap food. Ugh.