[Sorry no pics yet, I will add those when I get them from the photographer]
Months of planning and scheming paid off! I think she was totally surprised! The party was Saturday at the HR church of Christ. It was a beautiful sunshiny day! We could not have asked for a nicer day!
The story was that we were going to have family pictures taken in Jonesboro. We told Mom that we were all going to meet at my house (in Jonesboro) at 5pm and then head out to the Craighead Forest Park to take pictures. Well, on their way Dad told Mom he needed to run by the church. . .which is not unusual for them. . . when they pulled up and she saw all the cars, she knew something was up.
By the time she walked into the fellowship hall she knew what was going on. She walked in and pointed a finger at me and said "You're in big trouble!". . . . hmmm, like I was the only one planning this party?? After she got over the initial shock she got to visit with lots of family and friends. I think she really enjoyed the day! We had a good time visiting, too.
I ordered the cutest cake from a place in town, bought burgundy tablecloths on closeout from Linen's-N-Things, Rose of Sharon in Wynne made the awesome flower arrangements and the food was a family group project. It all came together really better than I had imagined. We hired our friend and photographer, Matthew Walton to capture the event on camera. And after the party he took some family pictures for us since that was, after all, what she wanted for her birthday!
It was a long, but really great day. I have to admit it was a lot of work, but it was all worth it!