My mom and I are the best of friends and it was her 60th birthday this month. My brother and I wanted to throw her a special party filled with love and little touches to make her happy. It was amazingly hard to keep it a secret from her. I’m the kind of person who gets super excited and wants to dance gangnam style over fun ideas. But this was a surprise party.
After calming myself down and putting aside what “I” would like in a party; I came across a couple ideas that would speak for themselves and would be meaningful to my mom. My mom is an outdoor lover. She loves hiking, walking, cross country skiing and being out in the sun. She is also an amazing woman who has survived cancer more times than anyone should be allotted in life.
Life and Nature floated around my brain.
Idea #1 – Trail mix bar
My mom is always nibbling on trail mix . You can always find – almonds, craisins close at hand when my mom is around.
I found some clean white bowls to serve a variety of individual trail mix options. I paired the bowls with some large white spoons for scooping.
What to serve trail mix in? I took brown lunch bags and cut them down with some squiggly scissors. Then I hand stamped them with some birthday themes and some cute flowers. Everyone could pick and choose their own amounts of pretzels, almonds, sunflower seeds, wasabi peas, teddy grahams, mini marshmallows, dried apricots etc.
Idea #2 – Tree of Life/Love
My brother and I worked together to create a memorable guest book and Tree of Life. A friend drew a beautiful tree with bare branches. As guests arrived we asked each of them to add a “leaf” with their thumbprint and then to do the same in the guestbook with a wish or happy birthday comment.
The party was a great surprise and my brother and I even managed to surprise my dad with a dear friends traveling from Ontario to attend the party that he didn’t even know were invited.
Just a couple touches we hoped would make the evening unique and special.
Happy Birthday Mom with lots of love from your kids and grandkids to you!