Sunday, April 15, 2012

Celebrating 75 years...A Birthday Party for a Special Mom! ( Part 1 )

Without further ado, here is part 1 of the post “Celebrating 75 years! “ - A Birthday Party for a Special Mom!

As many of you know, I had  been planning a party for my Mom who turned 75 this past March.

Several of you were so kind to offer ideas and suggestions for the party.
Thank you! I used many of your suggestions, which I know made the party extra special for her.

On March 24th, the day began with the sun shining.

We  had over 50 people that had committed to attend...I needed all the help I could get
...and that’s where our amazing friends come into the picture.
Not only did they help, but they added to the menu by providing  some favorite finger food  to serve. Absolutely yummy food... including a homemade almond cheese cake that everyone was chatting about! ( Thank you, Betty!)

Photo courtesy of Gannon Gallery . Thank you, Sandi!

We have such amazing friends.
( Thank you again, amazing friends!!! ) I couldn’t have done this without you.

To back up a bit, at the beginning of the birthday week  I had a few projects that I was working on for the party.
One of my projects was to create a photo board display of Mom’s life through the years.

I was really struggling with what I could use as a backdrop for the display....and then  suddenly, an idea  popped into my head!  ( I love it when that happens! )

Last fall I purchased a picket fence headboard at a tag sale.
I had full intentions of taking it  to the booth to sell, but never did get around to it. By now you probably know where I’m headed with this ..... the  picket fence popped into my mind and oh boy!!!! I  couldn’t get to the shed fast enough, where  it has been living all these months.

I dragged it inside, cleaned it up and placed it in between the couch and the credenza. PERFECT! I was sooooooo excited! Something out of the box! I love out of the box!!!

I then tied twine on the fence, creating several rows.
Mom and I sat down and picked out photos  from different times of her life starting at childhood . I placed  each photo on the twine using clothespins.
I have to say, I was tickled at how this was turning out.

We covered the credenza with a black tablecloth.
One of my friends on my facebook page, suggested that I place potted flowers on the credenza...which totally made the display even more adorable! Thank you, LaDenna!

Back to the morning of the party.... our friend , Jody ( from Scraptherapy ) , arrived to help me with preparations .
But before she helped me get the party started, she presented Mom with a birthday gift  that Jody created.
It made Mom cry.
Yep, it was  this  “Over the Top - Oh My Goodness - Birthday Banner”.

Jody created this with a quilt and vintage trim....

Mom was so overwhelmed, she couldn’t come up with enough adjectives to express how much she adored this amazing piece of art...that quite frankly, is in the category of an heirloom .

After Mom was able to compose herself and after several hugs, Jody  hung it over the photo display.
We were all swooning by now.
Wow. What an amazing gift, and what a fabulous  way to express  “Happy Birthday!”

That day, everyone that walked into the house stopped and gazed at it was so worthy of being gazed at! Oh my gosh, between the amazing banner and the photo display....I couldn’t stand it! It came together with such ease and delight. I love ease and delight.

I’m sorry that the photos don’t truly capture the magnitude of this banner. Both Sandi ( our friend who was gracious enough to take the photos of the party)  and I tried to capture it with our cameras....we just couldn’t make it happen.

To this day, the banner still hangs in the living room.
We are in process to find a home  in Mom's  scrapbooking room to display it.

To inquire about the banner and lettering, please click on the link below .
Jody  is always happy to answer questions.
If you haven't already joined her page, I highly recommend that you do. You will be inspired !
Click here : Scraptherapy ( facebook page )
You will also want to follow her blog, please click here : Scraptherapy

This is part 1 of more posts to come regarding the party.
There are so many special moments that I want to share with you.

Note : Thank you for your patience in waiting for the post of the party. Many of you were such an encouragement to me the week of preparing for this event.
Most of you know that during the week of the party preparation, we were told that our beloved antique mall was closing and we were going to have to find a new location. Needless to say, right after the party, we were on the hunt for a new home for our booths. Hence my delay in posting the party.
We did find a new home, possibly two new homes. I’ll tell you about that soon.

As always, I’m thrilled- thrilled- thrilled  to have you here...thank you for  taking the  time to read my little blog . Means so much to me.

Stay tuned, part 2 is coming soon! ( Hint: handmade butterfly tree )



Anonymous said...

Love the pic's...all came together so beautiful! So happy your Mom had a amazing Birthday, many friends, and family to be there. And what a amazing loving daughter! Awesome, so glad to see the pics! LaDenna ( Crafty Diva )

Anonymous said...

The WHOLE PARTY was such a blessing. Now I have awesome photos and memories to organize in an album, and as a reminder of all of the wonderful friends that took the time on a rainy day to come here and wish me a Happy Birthday. The banner is beyond amazing--a true labor of love...and wait till you see the butterfly tree made of dollar bills. I am so lucky to have so many creative friends that shared their talents (photography, fabulous foods, flowers, decorations and their TIME). I love you all very much. Barb/Mom.

jodylynn Malone said...

It was great day! Loved all the time with everyone. Good food and oh that cheesecake!

The Mom said...

How charming! What a lovely and special party! I will miss seeing you and your beautiful Momma, but since I have subscribed to your blog via google reader, I am hoping that we can stay in "cyber" touch! Let me know how it is going in Nolensville. With your eye-catching displays and your talent for picking up treasures, I am confident that you will find success. The best to you both!

pink*cherub*moon said...

Oh Julie! The party looks and sound like such a success! I know your mom must have been thrilled! Looking forward to reading more. Hugs,Leena

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Julie, what a great start to a party, we will have to wait for part two to get the rest. Your Mom looks incredible! I wish my Mom would wear her hair more stylish like your Moms, mine has the old lady, over permed, tightly curled, all look the same hair doo LOL! Your friends banner is beautiful!


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