The Birthday Surprise

FunMondayButton For this week’s Fun Monday, Dungarees Ablaze says, “Let’s hear about your favorite “Birthday”, it needn’t be your actual birthday just a “birthday” celebration. You can use one you planned, one you attended, one you crashed, just a fun time for this FUN MONDAY

Hmmm…there have been soooo many birthdays (not just mine silly!) that it’s hard to choose a favorite.  I think I’ll go with my mother’s 50th.  (I’m pretty sure that was just last year) My dad wanted to throw her a surprise birthday party.  Of course, I thought that was a great idea.  At least until I realized that what he really wanted was for me to throw the party. 

Being young and dumb, I agreed to do the simple job of all the putting the party together, while he took  the onerous task of inviting everyone.  Despite having very limited experience in party planning , I just knew that my great idea of putting up steamers, making a cake and ordering a few pizzas just wasn’t going to cut it with my parent’s crowd.  (My friends would have been happy!)

So I got to work picking the brains of my mother’s friends on the best way to put this party together without my mom finding out.  (This was before Google was invented, how did we manage without it?) Armed with good advise and lots of enthusiasm, I managed to get everything ready in time for the Big Day. 

When that day arrived, Dad did the other half of his huge assignment by taking Mom away for a few hours.  We quickly snuck in and got to work decorating and greeting guests in order to create a beautiful  party for my mom.  Somehow, we managed to pull it off.  Mom didn’t have a clue and was overwhelmed with everyone that cared so much about her.

In my quest to be the Hostess with the Mostest,  I announced that I had one more surprise and ran off to get it.  Much to the amazement of both my parents, I came back out with my brother and his new wife.  We had arranged for them to fly out from the East Coast to be with us on that special day. 

I still haven’t decided if it was more fun to surprise my Mom for her birthday or to surprise both of them with my baby brother.  Either way, it’s a birthday celebration that I will never forget….

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28 Responses to The Birthday Surprise

  1. Hootin' Anni says:

    Wow….now THAT was a surprise party of memorable events!!!!

    Happy Fun Monday.

  2. Sounds like she had a great day! 🙂

  3. iPost says:

    Ahhhh…so sweet. What a good daughter you are! Only trouble is, now you have to top it!

  4. Jo Beaufoix says:

    Oh that sounds brilliant. I bet it was great seeing the look on their faces. Fantastic.

  5. Sayre says:

    I’m willing to bet that if asked, she would say that THAT was HER best birthday ever!

  6. Jay says:

    Surprise parties are always fun.

    For my mother’s 50th we put these black balloons all over the house that had a gravestone on them with the inscription “Happy 50th Birthday.”

    I woke up that morning to sound of balloons popping. Mom was going around the house gouging them with a pair of scissors. haha

  7. chrisb says:

    How lovely, that sounds like the perfect surprise party. Wonderful memories for everyone to treasure.

  8. Heather says:

    I love it! And bringing your brother and his wife, priceless! I bet neither of your parents will ever forget it!

  9. Mary says:

    I enjoyed your post. It sounds like your mother was really surprised, both with the party and the presence of your brother.

    Blessings,
    Mary

  10. Sounds like you did a fabulous job. The surprise of your brother was a real coup.

  11. Molly says:

    Ooooh look at your fancy new masthead…very nice. Fabulous, what a wonderful surprise a party that included your brother and his wife. Good work…madam hostess.

  12. mamarehema says:

    that sounda like it was fun, I bet your mom will remember it for a long time

  13. Peter says:

    I’m so glad your Dad arranged that surprise party.

  14. storyteller says:

    Planning surprise parties is always a challenge, but it seems like you pulled off a great one! Way to go ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  15. IamwhoIam says:

    Oh I’m sure they love you and your special gift.
    Thanks for playing

  16. Lisa's Chaos says:

    What a great party! I bet your mom was so happy and both the parents were happy to see their son. Just sounds like great memories.

  17. birthdays are a wonderful celebration of life. Glad you could share with us.

  18. domme says:

    Ooooh greate, look at your fancy new masthead…very nice.

  19. Alison says:

    that is great!!! I love surprises like that!!

  20. Pamela says:

    you missed your calling — you should be an event planner!!!

  21. Pamela says:

    ps. I love the masthead too, and I wasn’t sure if it was something I just missed last time I checked in

  22. Faye says:

    You did good! And arranging for brother and his new wife to be there was just the icing on the cake. And, I’m glad your mother enjoyed being surprised!

  23. Brenda says:

    My ex-husbands 50th. I got 50 pink lawn flamingos and put out in the lawn at night after he had gone to bed. He awoke to go out and get the paper with the pink birds all over the front lawn. He wasn’t amused I thought it hysterical. He was a local high school teacher and coach. I had it put on the lunch room reader board..Coach K is 50 today! And then had his baseball team all wear black arm bands! He had no sense of humor.

  24. Jennifer H says:

    Such great surprises! I love that story.

  25. Ann says:

    That sounds fabulous!! Especially surprising her with your brother! What fun.

  26. Nothing’s better than a birthday surprise.