So, here's what I know about this picture. In back is my mom's cousin Diane. The front row is a line of Diane's relatives: her uncle Elmer, her mom Angeline (my great-aunt), her aunt Dorothy, her aunt Jane, and her dad, Tony. Judging from Diane's apparent age here, I'd say this was taken around 1965.
The question is, what are they up to? I encourage you to click on the picture to view a larger version. It's definitely a party, and it looks like a pretty great one. A birthday party, perhaps? I definitely see presents, but no holiday decor. Can't quite make out what's on the party hats ... Tony's looks a little like a monkey playing cymbals.
Whose birthday? Hard to tell. The wrapped present is in feminine color, but maybe that was all the wrapper had handy. The unwrapped gift could be cologne or perfume. I can't imagine it was Diane's party, though her presence might suggest it was for one of her parents. I see snacks on the table, including ... so is that actually a giant chocolate-glazed donut in a clear dish? Plus, of course, the noise makers. Seriously, the older generation knew how to have a party! They have noise makers. They are draped in streamers. Plus the (possible-monkey) party hats all around. I want to go to there.
The best part, though, is that it is within my power to find out the answers to some of these questions! I can ask my mom to ask her cousin. Anybody have any other guesses? I'll report back.
Also see Old Photo Corners 1, 2, and 3.