Back in October, my mom celebrated her big sixtieth birthday. We tried to keep parts of it a surprise, but my family lacks all self-control and she started to piece together that it was a little more than a close family “get-together”. With that anticipation, she, of course, wanted to show up early. My dad told me not to worry about it and he would make sure she arrived when she was supposed to. There was a strong probability that she would just leave him and show up the hour and half early she wanted, but my dad held strong. Thanks Dad. After she got over her initial irritation with him, a white lie I had told her, and the fact that I sent the grandkids away for the night, she started coming around. As the night unfolded, I think she started to realize what was going on, the preparations it took, and the love and thought that was put into the night.
My sister and I planned for MONTHS!!!! We poured over the menu for weeks, it took two months to get her birthday present together, bought decor and other items the whole month leading up to the party, and went to 5 grocery stores the day before the party. More on the party details in a bit. But the day went perfect (with exception of my moms short bout of irritation.) I made the cake two days before the party. I could not have that stress with all the other party preparations. After my simple teal and coral baby shower cake with flowers, I wanted to continue with the flower theme for my mom. Practice makes perfect, right? Outside of the largest flowers, I did all the other flowers on a flower nail and placed them on the cake. For the first time, I tried color streaking the icing to have some two tones flowers. I couldn’t believe that it worked my first time. It gave a little extra pop to the pink that I loved. Maybe I will do a tutorial on this soon.
Once I had the larger flowers on the cake, I filled in with some smaller flowers and leaves. I then completed the cake with a vine and a couple more flowers on the other side. Looking back on it, I wish I would have left the cake with just the crescent design, but my need for symmetry at the time won. My mom loved it no less and that is all that matters.
Back to the party as a whole. We did want more than a get-together. We planned more of a cocktail party. High top tables, fancy hors d’oeuvre, light jazz, and a fun photo booth. Our theme was “Cheers to 60 Years”and “Memories”. We had about 40 people come and celebrate. Even my dad’s family that lives in Valparaiso made the trip down and stayed in a hotel. We had more food that we needed but it all looked amazing when put together. From an over the top charcuterie board to shrimp cocktail to mini caprese appetizers, we tried to make it look like we had it catered. The photo booth, which was a way to help tie in our theme to make more memories, was a hit. I got the image for the photo booth at this Etsy shop and then just sent the file to a printer. Some funny pics are floating around somewhere.
However, my absolute favorite part was her gift and was the one thing she had absolutely no idea about. It was not an original idea as I found it on Pinterest like everything else these days. We gifted her 60 memories. I wrote to family and friends far and wide and asked them to write in a memory or two on my mom and was not disappointed from the response. Letters came from Alaska, California, Florida, Texas, DC, and from all the family in Indiana. I put each in an envelope, numbered it, and then bundled them together. I didn’t want her to read them at the party as there were some tear jerkers in there, but I explained it all in my speech. SHE LOVE IT! She spent the night socializing with friends and family basking in her own glory which is what we were hoping. What else do you get a mom with everything….a party with her family and friends and a lifetime of memories. Happy Birthday Mom!