A Lavish Golden Anniversary Party

In 1861, Mr. Busch married Miss Anheuser, and the rest is history.  Budweiser became the best-selling beer in the world.

By 1905, Lilly and Adolphus Busch had a home on Pasadena’s Orange Grove Avenue,  the street that was known as Millionaire’s Row. In 1911, the social event of the season was the Busch’s golden anniversary party.

Vintage postcard of the Busch's Pasadena home, called "Ivy Wall."  The grounds, the original Busch Gardens, were open to the public.
Vintage postcard of the Busch’s Pasadena home, called “Ivy Wall.” The grounds, the original Busch Gardens, were open to the public.

At the party celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Adolphus Busch presented his wife with a crown and placed it on her head.  The newspapers reported the crown cost $200,000.

They gave elegant party favors.

Each guest received a set of ten wine glasses to take home.
Each guest received a set of ten wine glasses to take home.