Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Big Day

My mother asked us kids to throw her a 75th birthday party.  Well, there was a lot more to it than that, but that was the result.  When we said we couldn't afford to invite 113 people and it wouldn't be appropriate to hold it in her church hall, she said that we could just surprise her with it all.  Again, there was a lot more to it than that...  Anyway, tomorrow is the big day.

Today we did all the last-minute things that people do before such events:  We made, frosted, and decorated more than 100 cupcakes (duly tested for quality), and we put together two poster boards of photos -- one for a "How Old Was I?" game and the other of random pictures of my mom over the years.  We also put together a couple more games, including a 1935 Trivia Quiz and a "How Well Do You Know Barbara?" Quiz.  While the party is an Open House, we should still be able to go through them with a lot of the guests.

Tomorrow we have to get up early, coordinate showers, etc.,  pack up all the last-minute necessaries, and load up the cars for the hour-long drive to the rec center in my mother's condominium complex.  Then it's the usual:  Unload everything, decorate the hall, lay out the food, set up a gifts table and the guest tables, and maybe set something up to guide guests to the rec center.

I think it'll be a good party.  I'd just like to be able to go to sleep now.

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