Everything turned out marvelous. My MIL has very good taste, and knew when to put her foot down when something tried to be done that she didn't like. Needless to say, my MIL is one classy lady.
My in-laws were married in Copenhagen; my FIL was an Army Helicopter Pilot stationed in Germany at the time.
After they married, they lived in an apartment owned by this woman's parents:
We got to my in-laws' house Friday night to find OS fast asleep on the couch. He works nights, and we flew him in Friday. It was quite the adventure for him: it was his first airplane ride, and he had to switch planes in Atlanta. I made sure he had plenty of time between flights, but he missed his flight anyway. He thought you could show up 10 minutes before the flight left and be able to board. I guess that was the 1 thing I forgot to tell him about. The important thing was that he got there, and was able to attend the dinner at the VFW Friday night. We missed it because MS had to go to a class to do a group project, so we didn't get to leave as early as we wanted to.
We stayed in a cabin on the Army Post. The view was really nice:
The evening started out with a "cocktail hour" on the veranda. There was a lot of mingling and people taking pictures. I managed to get in a couple of pictures, too.
My 2 oldest boys with one of my FIL's friends. He's quite the character!
My handsome boys.
The food was great. My MIL didn't want a cake, so we had a cupcake table as well as an ice cream bar for dessert:
There was a traditional Danish toast with Gammel Dansk, which is quite the nasty drink! It is a "bitters liquor".
Yep, that's all I could stand! It made cough syrup taste good! I wish I had taken a picture of my SIL's face when she downed hers...not a pretty sight!
Let me back up just a minute. We had a photographer take a few pictures throughout the night. (Unfortunately, I don't know her name to give her credit for the next 2 pictures!)
This was my BIL's idea:
For some reason, CH, YS, & I were the only ones ready for this picture:
My SIL took this picture during the cocktail hour:
As soon as the guests came through the door, this greeted them:
After dinner, there was plenty of merriment and mingling.
Me, CH, and MS
My MIL and her grandsons
CH & his mommy!
This is the original napkin design, recreated for the occasion
MS had a chance to show off his German skills with the German guests. (This is the couple from the second picture) It was so weird to watch him talk and hear German come out of his mouth!
It was a wonderful night, and it was so great that so many people came to share such a special night for my in-laws.
The next morning, we had to leave early so MS could get to work. And, OS had a plane to catch, which, by the way, he caught!