Friday, January 30, 2015

A Golden Oldie

When I think back to my childhood, I have some great memories.  But one thing that always stands out to me is oldies music.  This is of course due to my mom's love for oldies.  Even to date, I can turn on a local oldies radio station and know at least half of the songs well enough to sing along.  Now by no means does oldies music fully embody my mom but it is just one of so many wonderful memories she has blessed me with.  I grew up with a mom that sacrificially gave of her love, strength and clean house so us kids could grow up to be adults that know how to love, how to stand up for ourselves and know how to make a mess and subsequently clean (now whether or not we choose to use that last skill, I will leave to your own judgement).  But my mom has definitely been a constant in my life forever so it seemed fitting that when her 65th birthday rolled around that us kids did something to celebrate her!  

We decided to host a party at home with BBQ and all the fixin's (one of her favorite meals) and invite friends and family alike to celebrate Bonnie with us!  Once we settled on the theme (pink and gold) and pinned about a million pins, we went to work!  We made the invitations....

Decided on decorations:  If you know me, you know I love a good fruggle find, so I got friends to save their cans weeks prior and then painted the cans in various shades of gold and pink, then we used three on each table--two to hold candles and one to hold a mixture of flowers including pink roses!

I had friends help me assemble and decorate a few days before.  For the favor, we used mini pink cupcake liners and Ferror Rocher Chocolates, simply pushing a kebob skewer through to create a flower and the "leaves" of the flower thanked people for coming to help us celebrate.  We lucked out with Christmas being so close, I was able to stock up on dollar store plastic gold Christmas tree balls, which I used in vases around to bring in the gold color.  

Just one of my many helpers!

Tables were all decorated with white tablecloths, pink napkins, gold cups and of course plates and utensils.

I think Mom enjoyed getting to mingle around and hang out with friends and family alike!

Tiffie, Josh and the kids came in town and everyone loved being able to hang with Corbin and the twins!

I used the color scheme to create a streamer backdrop for the "photo area," which included fun props!

Bons, the "pink lady" of the night!

We created tissue paper pom poms using gold and pink paper and used light pink lanterns for decorations as well.  Plus I used black and white photo copies of Bonnie and friends and family to create a "6-5"!  These decorations hung over the dessert table.

Yes you heard right, we had an entire table of desserts, because, why not?  Since we are a cupcake loving family, we opted against the traditional birthday cake and instead got chocolate and vanilla cupcakes so everyone could be happy!

Mom and Daughter Photo Op:

The twins are at the age now where they remind me of those cat photos where they try to fit into everything, if you regularly follow my blog, keep a look out--you will see them in bins, baskets, trucks, etc.  They follow the "if it fits, I ship" philosophy and why not?  Who would not want these cuties?

The birthday girl getting ready to blow out her candle....

Andy and his friends:

Gaga & Holden

More pom poms made for another great photo background:

Finally someone took advantage of that prop table:

Though this post is about a month and a half late coming, I hope you had a fabulous birthday Mom, no one deserves it more than you!  Know all your kids love you and are so blessed by all you do for us!  XOXO

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