My mom turned 70 over the weekend and we threw her a surprise party in the backyard! Her actual birthday landed on Memorial Day this year and we had invited her over for a casual family barbecue and celebration. But last week I called to tell her I had forgotten about other plans I made (not true) and could we change it to Sunday instead. This, combined with my being out of town for Mother’s Day prompted the response, “It’s not a big deal. We don’t need to do anything to celebrate.” Which made surrounding her with family, friends and lots of love all the more sweet.
I instructed everyone to huddle under the maple tree to await her arrival. It started raining but nobody complained:
Not sure which part is my favorite. Dropping her purse at the shock or when she starts to cry:
Followed by hugs all around:
Thanks to Google, I found a handful of quotes on growing older and hung them up around the party. This Bette Davis one was my favorite:
I put together a playlist of her favorite songs. Which basically involved raiding her CD collection of the You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle soundtracks. Carson’s new fav? Splish Splash by Bobby Darin:
My mom actually offered to bring along the cake her Bible study group gave her last week. As much as I would have loved to see her arrive at her own surprise party with a week old half eaten cake in hand, I told her I’d go through the trouble of throwing something together.
Helen Bernhard Bakery made a delicious white chocolate with fresh strawberry filling. And purple tulips, please:
Carson certainly enjoyed it:
Given her birthday fell on a holiday weekend, I was so happy many of her good friends were able to make it (and made the drive up from Eugene and Corvallis):
The only glitch involved the slideshow montage that didn’t happen. Apparently projectors and bright daylight don’t mix well. For your viewing pleasure: