Cody had this crazy idea a few months ago of throwing his mom a surprise birthday party. These kind of things tend to happen on the “big” birthdays and since his mom was turning 65, he thought this would be a great time to do it. Cody’s brother and his wife were in on it, too, but since they don’t live around here most of the planning fell to me. And I am just about the least experienced person who has ever tried to organize a party like this. Thankfully, the entire thing went off without a hitch!
It was such a magnificent and memorable evening! We invited family and friends from all different walks of Carol’s life. The people assembled were so happy to be there to celebrate her birthday. And we managed to get her to the city community center completely unaware! She thought she was picking up Ava from a party and going on to meet us at a restaurant for a fancy birthday dinner with family.
When she walked into the party room and we yelled surprise, there was utter shock and disbelief all over her face. What followed was a beautiful evening of visiting with friends, dining on delicious food, blowing out candles on THE best lemon-flavored cake I’ve ever tasted, and celebrating a wonderful woman who has impacted so many lives with her love and beautiful Spirit.
Here are some pictures from the party!
One of the most fun parts was making the centerpieces for the tables. I bought a ton of flowers from Kroger and arranged them in watering cans and small vases in bird cages. I kept it simple with a theme of yellow and white.
There were about 50 people at the party. We rented a room at a local community center. They had tables and chairs. I needed tablecloths for enormous 6 foot round tables. It actually turned out to be better to buy rather than rent them! Amazon has some great options if you ever find yourself in need of tablecloths. Or you can borrow mine!
Ava looked so grown up at the party. She’s almost as tall as her Granna now! I think Carol’s friends enjoyed seeing her grandkids in person. Many of them had only seen photos of them.
The first decision we made when planning this party was the caterer. We have a friend who happens to be one of the best caterers in Dallas. He creates the most beautiful and creative flavors from fresh local ingredients. My two favorite dishes of the evening were the pork tenderloin with peaches and chipotle BBQ sauce and the poblano creamed corn. Every single dish was amazing, though. The guests raved about the food! I totally recommend Vestals Foods to anyone needing a caterer.
Lucas got to help his Granna blow out her candles.
I know I’ve already said this, but when did she get so grown up?
Might as well include a picture of Cody and me. We aren’t always dressed up and able to hand the camera over to someone for a snapshot.
The day after the party I made a photo book at Mixbook.com using the pictures from the evening. That way Carol will have a token of the party and we can all look through it and remember the fun evening! I included a picture of the invitation we secretly sent to everyone.