Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Perfect Anniversary

Today is my parent's 57th wedding anniversary.  On April 11, 1953 they were married at Sacred Heart Church in Atchison, KS. 
 After a reception at my grandparent's house, Mom and Dad drove to Kansas City and spent the first night of their honeymoon at The Hotel President, dining that evening in the hotel restaurant, The Drum Room. 
Here's a copy of the bill for their one night stay at the hotel.
$10.00 for one night.  Doesn't seem like much now but Mom said they had $70.00 to their name when they got married!

The Hotel President first opened in 1926.  It operated in downtown Kansas City for many years and the hotel's Drum Room lounge and restaurant attracted entertainers from around the country including Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman.  The hotel closed it's doors in 1980 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.  After remaining closed for years, the hotel went through a massive renovation and was reopened as the Hilton President Hotel in 2005. 
So today my brother, husband and I took my parents to a surprise lunch in the Drum Room at the Hotel President for their 57th anniversary.  We had a great time talking about their wedding day and what they remembered about the hotel when they stayed there as newlyweds.  We showed our waiter the 1953 Drum Room menu that my parents took as a souvenir on their honeymoon night, and when we finished our lunch he gave them a current menu as a momento of their anniversary lunch.  It was a perfect anniversary on a beautiful spring Sunday.




Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

37 comments:

  1. That is so sweet! Congratulations to your mom and dad on 57 years of marriage! It's neat that the old, grand hotel is still going strong, like your parents.

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  2. How blessed you are. How blessed they are.
    Thanks for this wonderful post.

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  3. Aw, how sweet are they?? Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Dad!! Good for them, 57 years, and they're still smiling! ;)

    What a neat story- I can't believe their hotel was only $10! If I only had $70, I would be freaking out! ha! THat was so thoughtful that you brought them back to the Drum Room for a meal- hope you all had fun....

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  4. What a special story. It was nice of the waiter to give them another menu. The hotel bill for their honeymoon is to funny. But I remember when you could get a nice hotel room for $30. Those days are long gone!Happy Anniversary to your parents.
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  5. How wonderful, Jane. They make such a lovely couple. I'm sure they appreciated your sweet gesture.
    Have a great week!
    I've got such an exciting week planned. I can't wait to share everything on my blog!
    TTYS.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  6. Jane, I love the photos of your parents! What a sweet and thoughtful anniversary lunch, and how fun that you still have the original hotel bill! My parents have their 57th anniversary in August!

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  7. Congratulations to your parents! And how wonderful that you have all those memories preserved for future generations....

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  8. What a wonderful post and tribute to your parents. We celebrated our anniversary today too.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  9. Happy Anniversary to your parents. They were cute when they married and still are. I think it's great that the hotel and restaurant are still there!

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  10. Happy Anniversary to your parents Jane, what a milestone to be able to celebrate! Your Mothers wedding dress is stunning, and how well they both still look! Great to have come full circle and go back to their honeymoon hotel for the anniversary lunch.I have the receipt of our wedding kept safe since 1977,as well as the menu card.With weddings here in Ireland costing 30,OOO Euros for the works,ours cost 445 old pounds!Lovely post Jane!

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  11. Hi Jane! Happy Anniversary to your parents! What a sweet story, I love that they have both menus now! You moms wedding dress was beautiful, the scallop on the bottom with the tulle peeking out is so pretty! I love wedding photos, your parents look so happy and sure of themselves on their wedding day but even happier now. Thanks for sharing their story, Theresa

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  12. How sweet, Jane! I'm sure they enjoyed going for their anniversary and how cool that the waiter gave them a current menu. What a great story and congrats to your parents! God bless them ~ 57 years is a long time {I'm just coming on 25 and can't believe that time period}!

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  13. Hi Jane...what a beautiful post! Thank you for letting us be part of such an wonderful event! They look so cute and happy!

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  14. I love this story. So sweet. Your parents were adorable newlyweds and are still adorable today.

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  15. What a very sweet post! Congratulations on their 57th anniversary.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  16. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
    What a wonderful way to celebrate their anniversary! I'm so glad to hear that the hotel was saved. Such history involved, and I'm so impressed that they still had the receipt and menu. What a cute couple!

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  17. Jane, how nice that the hotel is still in existence so that your parents were able to have lunch there. And to have it be a surprise to them is so sweet. A very happy anniversary to your parents...they are a cute couple!

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  18. how lovely that they were able to revisit the hotel! the wedding photo is beautiful and they certainly do still make a precious couple, congratulations to them both :)

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  19. What a heartwarming post! And what an accomplishment to be married so long...lucky you to have such committed (and adorable) parents!!

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  20. How sweet, Happy Anniversary!!! what a gorgeous couple!

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  21. Happy Anniversary to your wonderful folks!
    thank you for sharing the info on the hotel!
    I love learning things like that!
    Dee Dee

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  22. Awww, so lovely! Happy anniversary to your parents!

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  23. Oh my, Jane. What a sweet couple. Congratulations to them. 57 yrs is quite an accomplishment. How very special that you could take them back to a place where it all began.
    Have a great week.

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  24. God Bless them! They look like wonderful people!!!

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  25. OMG, Jane, I have tears in my eyes reading this. I am just so touched--what a beautiful post, a beautiful anniversary, and a beautiful couple. My parents will be married 50 years this upcoming October. I've been trying to come up with some special ideas to celebrate this without breaking the bank. Thank you for this post; it's giving me some ideas. Congratulations to all!

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  26. girl ... now this is special ... my folks are pushing this same number ...

    we are so blessed, afre we not?


    they are absolutely adorable ....thanks for wearing your heart on your sleeve.

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  27. What a wonderful story. Your parents have given you a great gift with the story of their wedding and married life, in addition to a long life of married happiness. I enjoyed the entry tremendously. Wish I could have given my daughter the same gift. Blessings, Pat.

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  28. What a lovely and meaningful gift for your parents anniversary!! This summer my parents will be celebrating their 55th. We had a big family celebration for their 50th! It was loads of fun!

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  29. This was precious! Happy Anniversary to your parents. They are such an attractive couple!

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  30. Jane~I love when vintage items are repurposed, giving them new life. It saves them from being disposed of. This is such a wonderfully clever idea. I hope you can stop by, I think I can exchange the creative favor.

    Happy Anniversary to your parents. I hope they have a beautiful day surrounded by family and friends.


    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  31. You're right...a perfect Anniversary! Your parents are so adorable, and how wonderful to share this special day with them in such a memorable fashion.

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  32. Beautiful post, Jane. Congratulations to your parents on there many years together! Amazing they have kept so many of the mementos after all these years! Reminds me that I should be doing the same kind of things for my kids!

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  33. What a lovely post..God bless them
    Hope your eye heals soon!

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  34. Hi! I don´t speak english but I want congratulate you and your parents because of their 57 aniversary...incredible! I have enjoy very much your blog, very original.
    Receive my salutations since Venezuela

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