What can I make for my parents 25th Anniversary dinner?

January 24, 2013 | By
present ideas 5th wedding anniversary
by dbking

Question by booshette: What can I make for my parents 25th Anniversary dinner?
It's my parent's 25th wedding anniversary this week and neither of them want a huge fuss. So I was going to make them a surprise meal and get a few presents. There will only be three maybe four of us. I'm not the most amazing cook & I'm going to have lots of work to do as well from school.
So does anyone have any ideas for a simple , but different & tasty (most importantly) meal I can make for my parents?

Best answer:

Answer by spicerjoe
you cant go wrong with some nice steaks.

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Candid portrait of wedding guest
present ideas 5th wedding anniversary
Image by gwilmore
In addition to being celebrated around the world as Valentine's Day, the fourteenth of February is also the anniversary of Arizona's statehood. It was admitted to the Union as the 48th state on February 14, 1912, which not coincidentally was the day I took this picture. The occasion was a mass marriage ceremony in downtown Phoenix, presided over by the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court and intended as a commemoration of both the lovers' holiday and the state centennial. More than 90 couples tied the knot during this event, including one couple who had dated over the Internet and had never met face-to-face until they appeared together at this ceremony.

I took the day off work and showed up for the mass wedding, camera in hand, and never for a moment felt conspicuous because so many other photographers were present as well. I used my Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR lens, which I have found to be a suprisingly good piece of glass for its price, and over the years I have managed to take some really good portraits with it. This one is of an attractive young woman who was present as a guest of one of the couples being married. The shot was candid, and I have no idea who she is, but I loved the result, and here it is now for everyone to see.

The full story of the mass wedding may be found here. I thought it was a great idea, although I couldn't help thinking of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, who held one or more mass wedding ceremonies back in the 1970s and later became notorious for other reasons.

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Comments (7)


    The easiest meals you can make come from a slow cooker (crock pot). I don’t know what your family likes to eat but you can find an EASY recipe for pot roast, chicken with wine sauce, bbq pork or just about anything you can think of. The nice thing about something like a pot roast is the meat and veggies are in the same pot and cook at the same time.

    Turn it on in the morning before you leave and when you get home the aroma of your dinner will overwhelm you. My favorite place to find recipes is http://www.allrecipes.com or you can google ‘slow cooker’ recipes. Good luck and have fun!

  2. Angela S

    yeah ! steaks mmmmm, with a nice simple tossed salad and some baked potatoes. Then get one of those groovy Pepperidge Farm cakes in the freezer section . The are to die for.

  3. tracy

    This is a good menu. Add some dinner rolls and salad for a complete easy meal — congratulations to your parents!

    Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style
    Servings: 4

    2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 teaspoon white pepper
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 onions, quartered
    1 (4 pound) whole chicken
    1. In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place onion into the cavity of chicken. Place chicken in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours.
    2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
    3. Place chicken in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let the chicken stand for 10 minutes before carving.

    Roasted New Red Potatoes
    Servings: 4

    1-1/2 pounds small red new potatoes, halved
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon Salt and freshly ground black
    1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper. Arrange, cut side down, on a large lipped cookie sheet or jellyroll pan.
    2. Roast until tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes (check after 20 minutes). Transfer to a serving dish.

    German Style Green Beans
    2 – 3 slices bacon, fried crisp
    3 tablespoons onion, chopped
    2 can green beans, drained
    3 tablespoons vinegar
    1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
    Reserve bacon drippings in skillet. Sautee onion in drippings until transparent. Add beans, vinegar and sugar. Heat over medium heat stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. Crumble bacon over beans and toss before serving.

    Chocolate Cherry Cake
    1 package Devil’s Food cake mix
    1 can cherry pie filling
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    2 eggs, well beaten
    ¼ cup butter, melted
    ½ cup cocoa powder
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ⅓ cup milk
    1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
    3 ½ cups powdered sugar
    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9 x 13″ baking pan. In large bowl combine mix, cherry filling, almond extract and eggs. Stir well, careful not to destroy cherries. Spread into prepared pan and bake 30 – 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

    After cake is removed from oven and still hot, prepare frosting by combining melted butter, cocoa and salt. Then add milk and vanilla. In three parts, mix in sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if too stiff for spreading.

    Spread on cake while still warm.

  4. loves christmas lights

    London Broil is simple.
    A green salad with sliced boiled eggs with 1000 island dressing (add other veggies you like)
    Heat and serve buiscuits.
    Fresh green beans, cooked with a little bit of garlic.
    Canned potatoes sauted with a little bit of sliced onion and garlic and magarine.
    Angelfood cake, with in season fruit washed, completely drained and patted dry with whip cream.
    Ice tea and milk.

  5. Sugar Pie

    Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta
    Jackson Salad
    Baked Apples for dessert


    *Chicken Scampi
    (easy but delicious and elegant)

    1/2 cup butter
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 tsp dried parsley
    1 tsp dried basil
    1/4 tsp dried oregano
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3/4 tsp salt
    1 Tbsp lemon juice
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced lengthwise into thirds

    In a skillet heat the butter and olive oil on medium high heat until butter is melted. Add parsley, basil, oregano, garlic and salt and mix together. Stir in lemon juice.
    Then add chicken pieces and saute for 3 minutes or until white. Lower the heat and cook for about 10-15 mintues or until chicken is cooked through. More butter can be added if needed. Serve chicken over hot angel hair, or other pasta and pour some of the sauce over it all.

    Make sure you have some bread to ‘sop’ up the sauce! This is really good and so quick and easy, but it has a nice presentation on the plate.

    **Jackson Salad

    4 heads romaine, cut into bite-size pieces
    2 cans Hearts of Palm, drained & chopped
    2 cans Artichoke Hearts, drained & chopped
    8 strips crisp bacon, crumbled (or more to taste)
    1 small pkg. feta cheese, crumbled

    1/2 small onion (about 1/4 cup)
    6 Tbsp, cider vinegar
    4 tsp. spicy brown mustard
    1 tsp. sugar
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. black pepper
    1 cup vegetable oil (can use some olive oil)

    Assemble salad and toss.

    In blender or food processor, combine all dressing ingredients. Add oil last and slowly. Pour dressing over salad, toss, and serve. Wonderful! Serves 16.

    –Southern Living

    Caramel Drizzled Baked Apples

    • 4 Granny Smith apples
    • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
    • 1/4 cup dried cherries
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 4 teaspoons butter
    • 4 tablespoons caramel sauce, warmed

    Preheat oven to 350°. Core Granny Smith apples (leaving the bottom intact) and set aside. In a small bowl combine chopped walnuts, dried cherries and cinnamon and stir until combined. Stuff each cored apple with equally divided walnut mixture and top each with 1 teaspoon of butter. Place apples on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove apples from oven and drizzle each apple with about 1 tbsp of warm Caramel Sauce and serve immediately.

  6. baseballboy1826

    start the 1st coarse with a nice, easy salad maybe…

    chop up lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, pomegranate, some kind of cheese maybe blue cheese or parmesan cheese or gorgonzola cheese, and then a dressing maybe blue cheese, cesear

  7. cheetah_girl

    fettuccine alfredo. its easy and taste really good.