So I replied, "Yes, I know that. Why do you say so?" And she proceeds to tell me that if I hadn't been pregnant for her when I turned 30, my mom would not have had the awesome 30th Surprise Birthday Party that she threw for me.
Then she said, "You told grandma you would have a party for her when she turned 50 and you didn't." Well, I honestly don't remember saying that, but I asked The Pill how old grandma would be this year (yea, I know, pretty sad I have to ask, but she has a younger mind!) and she said sixty.
So I said, "Then I guess we better have a party for her this year!" My dad was on the same wave length and when I told him I was planning one, he told me he had been planning to ask me to do just that.
Well, today was the day. And I'd be lying if I said it was easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! See, my mom is the quintessential party thrower. My mom is the best cook, she can bake like nobody's business, she decorates better than Martha Stewart, and she comes up with the best party favors and gifts. I've thrown parties before but ALWAYS with mom's help. But I did have help this time too. My dad was great helping me pay for stuff. My sister brought all the paper products, the pop, and a big crock pot of macaroni and cheese. My aunt pitched in with a veggie tray and some broccoli salad--very last minute after I realized I had no veggies planned and I sent her a facebook message asking for her help! And my brother, who'd been planning to make sausage and sauerkraut, brought chips. :-D Which was great because the sausage and sauerkraut would have been TOO much food!
So, mom wasn't exactly surprised. As it turned out, my grandpa passed away a couple of weeks ago. When mom and dad were at his house to clean things out, my mom found grandpa's invitation to her party. Not knowing what it was, she looked inside, saw the words "surprise" and her name, and quickly closed the card back up. So, she didn't know exactly when, but she knew it was coming. I think it was a good party. It wasn't everything she deserves in a party, but that would be impossible for me to do!
I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
|I used a Fall theme for decorating. Candles, confetti, harvest mix candy. My sister got the paper products in fall colors.|
|The cake was made at Leppinks, the local grocery store. Mom's name is stitched on because she's such a great seamstress. :)|
|Happy Birthday Mom!|
|Mom's aunt and my sister.|
|More of mom's aunts and a cousin. And my nephew...isn't he a sweet thing?|
|Mom and dad's neighbors: they helped get mom to the party. And my Aunt and Uncle.|
|Mom's good friends.|
|Dad, Mom, and G. Mom had to enlist G's help to blow out all 60 candles. :)|