I would like to organize a surprise gathering of friends and family to celebrate my parents' 25th wedding anniversary.
They just moved into a new house and have yet to comfortably settle in, and I live out of town, so I don't want to burden them with a surprise event at their own home.
I would like to take them out to dinner and have everyone be at the restaurant as the surprise. However, at 23 with a just-out-of-college job, I can't possibly afford to treat the entire group to dinner.
The restaurant I chose is local (for them and everyone else), cozy, and prices range from $12 to $30 for an entree, so there's something for everyone. The restaurant has also agreed to offer drink specials for those in my reservation.
I am trying to word the invitation in a way to indicate this is my plan. Basically, I will pay for myself and my parents, provide dessert for the group, and hope those I invite will join us for dinner, have fun, enjoy dessert, and not be surprised or offended when the waitress brings them their bill (just as if they were out to dinner on any other occasion).
This is what I have written up:
In celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary of my wonderful parents
please join us in a surprise gathering of their closest friends and family.
(Date, Time, Location)
Dessert will be provided for all.
Any thoughts or suggestions?