A few weekends ago my sisters sister in law gave me a call to invite me to a surprise party she wanted to do for my sister. I had just gotten off the phone with my sister to plan picking up my nephew! She was getting ready for her surgery and was going to be in recovery for a few weeks. They decided it would be best to have their baby with us since she wouldn't be able to lift anything and all that jazz. So we set up to meet them half way in San Antonio to pick him up on Sunday. When I talked to Julia I asked if she wanted help with the part and we started planning. We decided to plan the surprise birthday party for Saturday. I was super excited becasue now we could surprise her with the party, with us showing up early and they wouldn't have to drive the next day.
Julia and I started planning right away and my first step with any party is to pick a theme. we came up with a bunch, but we decided on a Favorite Things theme. We really wanted to do something to celebrate Mel so this theme worked perfectly. We were able to do all her favorite foods, treats, and all the decorations were her favorite colors red, pink and yellow.
We had a week to get it together and luckily had lots of help from Mel's friend Ashley and from Stephen. I got to work on an invitation that we could email out to everyone. I ended up making a few just for good measure so we would have options.
Here is the first one I made.
Here is the second one I made
And here is the one we actually used.
I worked on the decorations throughout the week and Julia worked on getting all the food stuff together. Eric and I left for Houston as soon as we got off of work on Friday. The night before I was basicaly up all night. Note to self, don't try to plan for a party the same time you are trying to get your house ready for a baby. I had alot of preparations to get done in all areas of life, but luckily I goot it done. We stayed at Jordan and Julias house Friday night, so Julia and I had some last minute time to go over everything for the party.
They snuck out early the next morning to head to cypress to "hang out" with Me and Stephen. The story was that they would come watch the boys so Mel and Stephen could go on a date. Eric and I got up and got to making all the food. We packed everything up and headed to cypress. While waiting for Mel and Stephen to leave the house we had to go on a crazy search for balloons. After 3 stores and about 30 minutes of trying to fit all the balloons in our car, Mel and stephen FINALLY left the house. We quickly head there to get stated setting up.
We had the food table
The menu was built off of all her favorite foods. Grilled corn and avocado salad, pineapple and cherry fruit kaobs, pasta - torteliini skewers with pesto, alfredo and tomatoe sauce, spinach dip, stuffed mushrooms, mexican- mini tacos, rosas chips and queso, Dr. Pepper, and rasperry lemonade.
I made the Happy birthday panner out of pretty paper and made some pinwheels and then cut the letters out on my silhouette machine.
I found fabric that matched the exact pattern on the invitation, so I sewed some pannels for the back drop.
The Ice cream bar - Her favorite dessert is Bluebell homemade vanilla icecream with chocolate chip cookies
The Gift table
The Picture Game
I got a bunch of pictures from Mel as a kid from my Mom. I hung them all on balloons and some had numbers on them. There was a page where people had to guess how old she was in the coresponding picture.
I had a table with brown paper packages tied up with string and each one had one of mels favorite things inside. People had to take a guess at what it was. The first person to get it righ got what was inside
here are some of our winners
We also had a jar of her favorite candy, dark covered chocolate allmonds. Everyone got a chance to guess how many were inside
The last game we did was a trivia game to see how well everyone knew Mel.
I think the party was a huge success. Everyone arrived and we passed out some party poppers. We got the text that they were almost home and we all hid.
Mel walked in and we all popped our poppers and
jumped out "surprise!"
jumped out "surprise!"
I loved that we were actually able to surpise Mel. We had a lot of fun enjoying good food, chattng and playing some fun games. We even had fun at the after party cleaning up! Over all another very succesful party!