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Planning a 50th wedding anniversary party for my Scandinavian parents - menu ideas?

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Planning a 50th wedding anniversary party for my Scandinavian parents - menu ideas?

jlhinwa | Jul 22, 2011 08:45 PM

My parents will celebrate their 50th anniversary in late September. Both have had major health issues this year and a couple of months ago it seemed highly unlikely there would be another anniversary to celebrate. My dad is a tough, 90-year-old Norwegian and has rallied again, so I need to get planning!

Here are some logistical details:

Party is on a Saturday (9/24), middle of the afternoon for a couple of hours so we can control the end time for my dad. We are using our church fellowship hall and kitchen, which is adequately equipped and large enough for our expected group. I am guessing 50-75 guests, probably 2/3 local extended family and the rest friends. Budget - nothing hard and fast set, would be happy to spend $1500-2000. No alcohol since my parents aren't drinkers and we are using the church.

My food goals are:
1) to serve some of my parents' Scandinavian favorites
2) have enough variety and flavors to please our guests
3) make it easy on myself (and my husband, who will help a lot and my brother who will want to help but will be mostly useless) so we can enjoy the day and our guests, and
4) to personally make at least a couple of the menu items

Right now, I am thinking of a smorgasbord type meal, with smorrbrod (small openfaced sandwiches in a variety of types), Swedish meatballs, cold meats and cheeses (gjetost, Jarlsberg, havarti, etc.) with crispbreads like Wasa and Kavli. Some kind of salad, cucumber seeming to be the most traditional. Then the sweets--lefse, kringler, not sure what else.

Please let me know your thoughts--what am I missing? Thanks in advance!

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