This last weekend we were invited to a Favorite Things 60th birthday party/retirement party for a dear friend. We have been friends for over twenty years. We met when she was Logan’s first grade teacher. Every parent should be so blessed to have their child have such an amazing teacher. We were twice blessed because she was also Clark’s first grade teacher.
Then we moved and the girls didn’t have the opportunity but we have remained friends over the years and Tessa and I were so excited to be able to join in the celebration!
What a celebration it was. It was a party lover’s dream. Anne’s children had coordinated and put on the party and I definitely think her daughter Paula needs to go into the party planning business because her attention to detail and creativity is amazing! I just wish I had taken my camera to the party so you will have to do with IPhone photos but I just had to share all the party fun!!!
Anne is a M & M lover so there was a whole table devoted to M & M’s. The yummy looking doughnuts covered in M & M’s came from the Portland landmark doughnut shop – Voodoo Doughnuts so Tessa and I had to share one!
I loved the big M & M balloons that were hung behind the table and the M & M banner on the front.
Anne also loves anything and everything red, white and blue so there was a table dedicated to her favorite color combination. I think this may have been my second favorite table (favorite table coming up!)
I loved Paula’s attention to detail and this table was a great example. Everything looked like it came out of a magazine and was almost too pretty to eat!!
I need to get me some of those red and blue lollipops for the Wedding Carnival! (They are from Target, I asked!)
Those cute vintage Cracker Jack boxes are also from Target.
The next table was dedicated to Anne’s love of coffee and was full of lots of coffee flavored treats as well as treats that go well with coffee.
My favorite table was the next one. Anne was turning 60 and celebrating her Silver Jubilee just like Queen Elizabeth who is celebrating her 60th year as Queen so there was a British themed table. It was darling.
Even a throne for the Queen!
The last area was the main food area and this area was dedicated to Anne’s many years as a teacher so of course was school themed.
As each guest left they could take a little container of M & M’s.
The amazing thing is Paula, Anne’s daughter, planned this party from her home in New York City and then arrived in Portland a few days before and pulled it all together including baking most of the treats herself. And on top of that she is expecting her first baby in a few months! A girl after my own heart.