30th Anniversary Gift

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2010

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated his parents 30th wedding anniversary.  It happened to be the same day as our nephew’s {and their grandson’s} baptism so we didn’t have anything huge planned; just an afternoon together as a family.

Dave and I wanted to come up with a creative and fun gift {since they really don’t need anything} and after a bunch of great ideas from my Facebook and Twitter followers, we came up with…

30 Pearls of Wisdom:

Since pearls are the traditional gift for a 30-year anniversary we decided to improvised a bit.

Instead of an real pearl necklace, we created a necklace with 30 pearls of wisdom and 30 fake pearls. The pearls of wisdom were a compilation of things we’ve learned from them over the years. Some were serious but most were funny, inside-jokes.

Want to make one of your own?

  • Come up with a bunch of quotes, saying, memories, inside jokes, etc.
  • Find fake pears from your favorite craft store
  • Cut out 30 black tags (2.25″ x 4″) and 30 white tags (2″ x 3.5″)
  • Glue or tape one white tag on top of each black tag
  • Punch a  hole {this is a good job for the hubby!}
  • Write one message per tag
  • Thread the messages and pearls onto a “necklace” — a.k.a. kitchen twine!

The trickiest part of the whole project was threading the fake pearls onto the kitchen twine.

Some of the holes weren’t completely open so Dave decided to pound a nail through the holes {to apparently stretch the pearls!} After a few broken pearls we decided to simply use a thinner twine instead!! Men!

We assembled the “necklace” by alternating pearls and tags…pretty self-explanatory.

His parents loved it — as much as you can love a hideous fake-pearl necklace that looks more a really ugly Hawaiian lei!

And we had SO much fun remembering the different funny moments and childhood events.

Yup, they are GREAT parents… which is why we also gave them a certificate for a professional family picture!


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  1. Messy Missy


    That is so sweet. Love your handwriting, too!!!


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks…I REALLY appreciate that, because I always feel like my handwriting is a little messy. I tried hard to keep it neat for this project 🙂


  2. Patricia


    What a clever idea. I’m sure your inlaws loved the memories and the thought that went into it.


  3. megan @ whatmegansmaking


    Check out Andrea Perron – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenison-MI/Andrea-Perron-Photography-LLC/270973218102

    She’s my husband’s cousin – really nice and takes GREAT pictures. She does a ton of weddings, family pictures, engagements, etc.

    p.s. really cute idea on the pearls! They must have loved that gift 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for the photography link…and for stopping by!


  4. Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple


    cute idea!


  5. Handy Man, Crafty Woman


    What a unique idea, I love this! It would be good for a “milestone” birthday, too.


    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, there could be many fun ways to use this idea!