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40th Anniversary Party

This last weekend, my Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law Stafford Ruby(Dick and Barb) celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary (Did you know that the 40th anniversary is the “Ruby Anniversary?”).  Hubs and his sister, Cheri, had been planning a surprise anniversary party for them for over six months.  Dick and Barb typically attend a small Bible study group on Friday evenings, and Hubs had arranged with Yvonne, the group hostess, to have the surprise party at her home at the same time their Bible study group would typically meet.  He drove down early on Friday, so he and Cheri could set up for the party.

They set up the 40th anniversary party supplies, using the Stafford Ruby collection from, with the cake, strung crepe paper, and hung a 40th Anniversary banner.   He made BLT dip ahead of time and took it with him, and we stuffed little drawstring bags with Hershey kisses.  Cheri ordered the cake from HyVee and picked up an assortment of crackers to serve with the dip.  40th Anniversary Party Supplies

He had sent invitations to friends and family, and was over joyed when family from Indiana replied that they would be coming.  As you can see, Dick and Barb were both surprised and overjoyed to see friends and family, as well.

surprise anniversary party

After visiting with friends and family, Dick and Barb cut the cake together, just as they had 40 years prior (although I am fairly certain that first cake wasn’t German Chocolate).

40th anniversary cake

It’s easy to see why their marriage has lasted so long…

40th wedding anniversary

Their marriage serves as a wonderful example to their children.  Happy 40th Anniversary, Dick and Barb.  I am so happy for you two, and to have you as a part of my life, and was so sad that I was unable to celebrate with you.

***We received a Stafford Ruby Standard Party Pack, Stafford Ruby Cups, and Stafford Ruby Plates from to facilitate this post.  The 40th anniversary banner was purchased by us, and is also available from***

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. how awesome, that is a wonderful example to all of us! congrats to them!

  2. Aww that is awesome and quite the accomplishment!

  3. What a great thing. That’s a long time together with one person. I hope my husband and I make it that long.

  4. That is so sweet it even brought tears to my eyes.

  5. Wow, 40 years — that’s amazing.

  6. Happy 40th Anniversary to your m-i-l & f-i-l!

  7. That is so sweet, and I love that family came in and surprised them!

  8. Congratulations to them! That’s awesome!

  9. I just love seeing examples of true love.

  10. Looks like this was a wonderful anniversary party 🙂

  11. Awwww, that is really sweet! Congratulations to the both of them!! 🙂

  12. The last picture seriously made me teary eyed! Take notes everyone and here is to 40 more years of love to your inlaws!

  13. Aww how special! Happy anniversary to them 😉

  14. aw that’s great. 40 years is an amazing feet. Congrats to them

  15. This is so adorable! Love it especially the ruby theme since it’s my birthstone!

  16. Looks like a great party!

  17. How romantic…and I wish I had a german chocolate cake right now. LOL It looks like they had a wonderful time!

  18. Congratulations to them! It looks like they really enjoyed the party.

  19. Congratulations to the both of them!! So sweet!

  20. Now this is a sweet post. 40 years is a LONG time. Congrats to them.

  21. Wow! Send them my congrats!

  22. 40 years is amazing!! I love that last picture of them!!

  23. How absolutely wonderful… Congrats to them!

  24. 40 years – Amazing!

  25. Happy anniversary to them–40 years together is a wonderful accomplishment! It looks like a great party too. 🙂

  26. So sweet! It looks like you had a great time.

  27. Forty years – how wonderful!

  28. This is so beautiful!

  29. How special! Congrats to them!

  30. Happy Anniversary to your inlaws! My parents just celebrated their 40th too!