The party did not stop with the Easter egg hunt this year. We had more in store! My mom's birthday isn't until next month but we were all in town and her big 60 is coming up so Dad suggested we throw a surprise party for her. This party took months of planning and hours and hours of prep but it was well worth all the effort to honor our lovely, talented, clever Mom. What a better way to do it than to throw her a "Sweet 60th" party where the them was sweets...candy, candy and more candy. This is not easy to do when we had to take our clever, talented Mom out of the equation. All of us together equals one of our Mom. Seriously.
My little sister, Ashlee made this amazing cake all by herself. Isn't it awesome! That girl has some skillz which came in handy for this party.
Kelli and I were in charge of decor. We went shopping and saw the black and white party supplies and knew it was our Mom to the T. We added some fun candy flare (if you look close the utensils are wrapped with candy bracelets, the centerpieces are dum dum suckers) and of course you have to have the new fun paper straws. Thank heavens for Pinterest is all we can say!
Here comes the lady of the night unknowingly walking into her 60th birthday surprise party. She thought she was coming to Michelle's house for dinner to celebrate Jeremy's bday that was the day before. (how convenient) Dad had taken her to Billings, MT to buy bulls on Thursday and Friday and get her out of our hair so we could put the party together. :)
Here she is admiring her "sweets" table.
We ate dinner
then gathered for a program we had put together.
We came up with 60 different candy items and made up sayings about her or our memories that went along with the candy name. Here is Michelle talking about picking raspberries with Mom. Love the typical raspberry bucket tied around her waste. Other favorites were "You make a great Relief Society "pezident" that came with a pez dispenser. Jolly Rancher=You have been a great example for marriage having been married to a "jolly rancher" for nearly 41 years!
Slo Poke= Ummm....we think you know!
After the program she got a group hug from the grandkids.
Then it was time for gifts where we surprised her with a get away girls weekend to Las Vegas in May around her real Birthday. We can't wait!
After the program her sweet's table was filled with 60 candies representing soemthing about her.
Here is an attempt at a family picture minus the kiddos and Wacy who had to work. I am hoping others got a better picture than my camera took!
It was an awesome evening to honor a Mother who has done so much for us. We now understand more than ever that raising seven kids is not easy. She has done a lot for us. Love you Mom!