September 22, 1961 - My mom was born.
September 22, 2011- She turned half a century old!
For her birthday, my sister, myself and my aunts and uncles decided to throw her a birthday bash! We planned for several weeks. Everyone knew, even Vincent...
Leading up to the party, we weren't really sure if mom knew about the party or not...
It was my job to get her there. To do this, I planned for her, Gary's mom and I to go wedding dress shopping- mainly because I knew she wouldn't say no. I went with her and tried on many ugly wedding dresses. Then, we went and looked at rings (and I accidentally bought one!) to "stall."
Overall, the party went swimmingly! Here are a few of my favorite shots.
What we did know would be a surprise...my aunt flew my sister from Iowa to attend the party. Mom was so happy to see her she cried!
Me,my niece Cortney and my sister.
My mom and her brother David.
The clan. My mom, sister, brother, and two grandkids Cortney and Vincent.
My mom (right) and her friend Tammy.
My cousin Lucas and his baby Abelin.
My brother and niece.
My uncle, Ken, and cousin Makenna.
My mom with her sisters Donna (left) and Michelle (right) and her brother David. Missing are her brother Danny and sister Judy.
My mom and a partier.
My cousin Scott's beautiful wife Katie and daughter Celia.
My friend Heidi and her daughter Paige.
A present... ha!
Me and my bear.
My mom and aunt Gina.
I'm not sure she's over the hill quite yet... but you know...
50 years young!
Cupcake pom-pom I made. I totally stole the idea from this blog, which i Love!
Cute and easy!
Details. My aunt Chris totally rocked these cute centerpieces.
Strawberry, angel food cake and pineapple kabobs to go with the chocolate fountain. My signature thing is the chocolate fountain, but the kabobs were also from Open Heart Window.
My little cutie!
Mom blowing out her candles.
My aunt Donna made the cake.
It turned out that the party WAS a surprise! Mom was so happy and I was glad to have made her 50th special. I didn't get pictures of the rest of the food, but it was DELICIOUS! We had salad, pork tenderloin, cupcakes, mostaccioli, another salad, rolls... I know I'm forgetting stuff, but it was really good.
I was so happy that everyone was able to work together to do something special for mom.
Cheers to another 50!