My sister and I want to stage a surprise party for my mom this summer when she turns 80! The genetic factor leads to a high probability of us doing this again at 90 and 100. But “Seize the Day” is my motto - we’re not promised tomorrow. We’ve started planning and I thought I’d put it out there and see if you have any wonderful ideas that we should incorporate.
This is what we have so far:
Time: Sunday afternoon
Place: The lovely public area of my sister’s downtown Sarasota condo.
Food: Finger foods- my sister says “Call the caterer” and my budget says, “I’ll do the food”. I think beautiful presentation is key and my mom has tons of heirloom serving dishes, tablecloths, etc. Of course the surprise element could be tricky.
Drinks: Lemonade? I don’t like punch and it will be July.
Gifts: I want to ask people to bring a note about why my mom is special to them and give her a treasure box of love as the gift. I’m not sure of a clever way to ask for this in the invitation.
Theme: I don’t know if we need a theme, since it’s an 80th Birthday party, but “Legacy of Love” comes to mind.
Since I’m on old photo week, here’s a photo of my Mom holding me just a few years ago. LOL.
And one of her on the beach around 1950 . Wow, she’s glamorous!
I’ve never put on a surprise party and feel like it will be a miracle if I don’t have a slip of the tongue in the next 6 months. She doesn't read my blog so I'm safe here. Good thing I have an outlet.
Any suggestions for the party? I’m all ears.