Party Planning and a Birthday–Weekend Wrap-Up {4/28/14}

I swear, I don’t know what happened to this weekend! We were go, go, go!

But, before I get into the weekend’s happenings, I need to pause for a moment to wish my mom a very Happy Birthday!! I I’m so blessed to be your daughter. You are not only my mother, but also one of my best friends. You’ve taught me so much, including how to be a Godly woman and wife, and I’m so thankful for all you’ve done for me. From spending countless hours in a hot, sweaty gym, to letting me take apart, re-work, and wear your wedding dress – you always selflessly give of your time, money, things, and heart. I love you so much! Happy 50th!

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Alright, back to the weekend…Saturday consisted of lots of birthday preparation. My sister and I planned to make mom’s birthday celebration extra special, it being her 50th and all.

I also had to purchase her gifts. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh? I am pretty proud of my purchases though.

I bought her super cute cooler thing (extra big coozie??). You can freeze the center, and then slide on the outside, insulated cover. Once in place, it will hold up to 6 cans. Mom is always on the go, and she loves her diet coke…plus it’s cute…so I knew it’d be perfect.

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I also bought this beautiful table runner. My mom is repainting and redecorating her kitchen, and I thought this would go perfectly.

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What I worked hardest on though, was this extra special book.

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A few weeks back, I asked all of my siblings to send me 10 things they love about mom. Since I’m the oldest of 5, I ended up with 50 reasons we love our mom. 50 reasons she is loved, on her 50th birthday.

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I should point out that “go-go” juice is Diet Coke. Winking smile

I also worked on a few of the decorations my sister and I cooked up.

On Sunday, we loaded up the car to drive to my parents house, about an hour or so away.

We arrived right after lunch, and my sisters and I got busy putting the finishing touches on the decorations.

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We made a made a “Sweets” station with lots of my mom’s favorite candies. We gave each candy a clever little saying, all about turning 50. She loves white chocolate. We labeled it “Still White Hot!” The Hershey’s kisses were labeled, “Kissing the 40’s goodbye.” Bubble gum was given the caption, “Blowing over the hill,” and the Zero bars (her favorite) were titled, “The big ‘5 – ZERO’.”

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My sister also made cupcakes which we topped with “50” medallions I made. There were also “Happy Birthday” buntings, and a refreshment station – filled with strawberry orange banana juice (is it juice, or drink? whatever you call it, it was delicious!)

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One of my favorite parts of the whole décor was the “50 Years Ago – in 1964” chalkboard I made. I had no idea so much has changed in 50 years!

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My dad had taken my mom to the beach, her favorite place on Earth, for the past few days, so we were all ready and waiting when they arrived home. She knew we’d be there to celebrate, since we can’t all be home tomorrow on her real birthday, but she was very surprised there’d be a party, too!

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We spent the next several hours eating cake and ice cream, talking and laughing with friends and extended family, watching my mom open gifts, and laughing some more.

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I sure do love my family! They are so fun!

Finally, John and I had to gather our things to head home. We were definitely sad to go. It was a great day celebrating the heart and soul of our family, and one special woman!  IMG_2790

Being as the whole weekend was pretty much taken up with party preparations, I have a feeling this will be a busy week! In fact, I know it will – with state testing, afternoon bus duty for me, travelling for appointments Wednesday afternoon, and going to my sister’s college graduation on Saturday morning, I’ve got a full week ahead!

Bring it on…only 5 more Mondays until this teacher is out for SUMMER! Smile Have a Marvelous Monday, friends!!!

Let’s chat…

1. What did you do this weekend?

2. Do you enjoy throwing and hosting parties and/or get-togethers? I LOVE it!

3. What is the last party you threw/hosted?

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12 thoughts on “Party Planning and a Birthday–Weekend Wrap-Up {4/28/14}

  1. This weekend was packed for me too! Friday was sister lunch time Saturday was moving moving moving and a movie to top it off and Sunday was full of studying !
    That party was so cute! I wish I could have thrown my mom a birthday like that too! Maybe in the future!
    The last party I threw was a surprise party for a friend in high school :) she loved it!

    • Throwing surprise parties is so much fun! And I’m slightly jealous that you’re almost out for summer! I still have 4.5 weeks left of teaching. :-(

  2. Wow! I knew you’d do a fantastic job, but you went beyond my actual thoughts I had. It turned out fabulous. I even shed a couple tears from your first paragraph to the very end. You truly do have such a warm heart & to see how close you are with your family is just incredible!! <3 <3

  3. What a sweet and creative celebration for your mother! I love the little details (fellow crafter/Pinterest lover!) Seriously, too precious! And the book…
    You have set the bar high (my Dad’s 50th and my parents’ 25th are both imminent!)

    I just got back from a trip to the States (Wheaton Illinois), so that was nice! Very Norman Rockwell America..
    I too LOVE hosting parties and get-togethers, the last being a very impromptu Easter dinner. (Read: three o’clock the day before lol)
    Four more Mondays, then you’re a summer girl! :)

    • Thanks, Katrina! You should totally do the “50 reasons” things for your Dad’s 50th! It was relatively easy to put together and pretty inexpensive! I love to host parties too!

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