I am the one usually giving the party.
In fact, it’s been a lot of years since someone gave a party for me….
But that all changed this weekend when my sweet family and dear Beach Babe friends (a group of women I have known for over 20 years)threw a surprise party for my 50th birthday. I know, it’s hard to believe, but I am 50!!!
I have a couple of other girlfriends that also turn 50 this year. For years we talked about celebrating our fiftieth birthdays together, in Italy, taking cooking classes. Well, over the years life happens and things change and we knew that the dream was no longer a reality, at least not right now. When my Beach Babe friends heard about the lost dream they knew that the party they were throwing for me needed to have an Italian theme!
There was lots of yummy Italian food to enjoy.
My family had done a great job of compiling a guest lists and so many of my friends from different parts of my life were all there!
And my sweet parents were there to celebrate with me too.
My family put on an entertaining program complete with a printed program. Thanks to my good friend Julie who is the queen of organization who put together the invite, program, menu etc.
Logan and Cali did the 12 hours of mom’s day sung to the 12 Days of Christmas – it was hilarious and their actions were even more entertaining!
On the first hour of mom’s day her to do list said….
One ten mile walk in a weighted vest
Four care packages
Five diet cokes
Six grocery store visits
Seven trips to Anthropologie
Eight million pictures
Nine books to read
Ten recipes to cook
Eleven phone calls to kids
Twelve new blog posts
Next on the agenda was a song by my friend Merrill set to The Impossible Dream. Part of it went like this…
“To write the unwritable blog, to bake the unbakeable bread, to live in the Garden of Eden…..
Clark and Tessa helped out with the entertainment too. They put on a skit about Jim and I in another 50 years! They were hilarious and pretty much nailed us!! Complete with Jim’s plaid shirt and baseball cap and my multiple pairs of glasses!
Then Logan sang a sweet song from Fiddler on the Roof called “Mama, a Rainbow.” The words start out, “What do you give to the lady who has given all her life and love to you? …..What can I give you, what will your present be? Mama young and beautiful, always young and beautiful. That’s the Mama I’ll always see. That’s for Mama with love from me.”
Of course it made me and just about everyone else in the room cry!
The program finished up with a few funny things from Jim and my Mom, or at least they thought they were funny!
The program concluded when Jim presented me with my birthday gift. To read more about it check out my post over at Your Homebased Mom. Of course I loved it and it made me cry too!
After the program we had birthday cake, my favorite – lemon poppyseed creamcheese from Beaverton Bakery!
And my husband made a sweet toast.
Thanks to my amazing friends the Beach Babes….
and my wonderful family for making this a birthday I will never forget!
Turning 50, just the beginning of a great new era in my life. Maybe I’ll go to Italy for my 60th!!