May 13th my mom turned 50 so I decided to throw a little family party at my parent's house on the 12th to celebrate both her turning the big 50 and Mother's Day. I would have invited some friends of theirs, but being Mother's Day I knew that would be next to impossible. Plus I'm pretty sure my mom would have rathered it just be us anyways (I think she was sort of nervous about turning 50). A couple months before I already knew in my head what I wanted to do and after a little planning and some major preparation in the day's leading up, it all came together so well. There were 6 of us including my mom and we had such a good time eating food, enjoying eachother's company, and just celebrating the wonderful person we were all there to see and spend time with. Even though it would only be the 6 of us I still wanted it to be something my mom would love and remember because afterall you only turn 50 once! Plus we didn't get to celebrate that much with her last year because her and my dad were in Paris for the first two weeks of May. I know, the nerve!
While Ian and I were preparing everything she had such a hard time relaxing and letting us take the reins for once. On more than one occassion I had to tell her to stop and get out of the kitchen. The woman is a borderline control freak sometimes and never stops moving. It makes me laugh. Even when we showed up at their house mid-morning she was raking! Can you believe it? RAKING on her day. She's crazy! I would have been in bed wanting to be waited on hand and foot! So anyways I really think she enjoyed her day and I'm so glad we got to make her day fun and memorable. I stupidly forgot my new camera so had to use my iphone to take pictures with, but they turned out okay.
I went ahead and got these amazing 3 foot gold balloons to spell out 50. They were awesome and epic and looked really really good.
I was going for a pink and gold theme. I made the Mother's Day banner out of an old Rifle Paper Co. calendar I had because I love their signature flower patterns which I thought would go really well and I wasn't about to just toss it. I made the two birthday banners out of gold glitter paper. They all turned out better than I thought they would. I made 5 pink envelopes with gold glitter dots to hang above the banners with happy written on them and each one contained a personal message from each of us. The letters on them that I did with a gold paint pen weren't perfect, but they still turned out cute.
The tablecloth I picked up from Target's new Threshold collection and I got some gold circle confetti to scatter around the table.
We cut up lots of delicious fruit and put them in various antique bowls my mom had.
I had initially wanted to have strawberry lemonade, but couldn't find any in my favorite brand mix (I knew we would be pressed for time preparing all the food so homemade wasn't an option) at my local grocery store so I opted for raspberry lemonade and cut up strawberries and lemons to go in it. You couldn't tell the difference and it was still very good. The raspberry lemonade looked so fun in these decanters I got from Crate & Barrel outlet. I even ordered two myself. They are so great to have around.
Beautiful tulips we got for my mom.
Although I love tulips these were my favorite that we gave her. I even put them in an antique vase I gave my mom a few years back for her birthday. It's gorgeous in person and looked amazing with these flowers in it.
Another shot of the awesome balloons.
We munched on this food for most of the day until my dad made steaks. It was perfect.
I must say all of the fruit I picked up were absolutely delicious and really fresh. I was impressed.
My mom loves pate and cheese so we made an awesome tray full of different cheeses, salami, dried apricots, Medjool dates, etc. It was so good. We put the pate on a different plate though so it wouldn't get all over everything else as some of it was a creamy mess, but in a good way. Ian made this fig sauce, inspired by a favorite local French restaurant of ours who serves something similar with their cheese and pate plates, to go with it all and it was so good.
My goofy brother getting in the shot.
My mom and I sat in the screened-in porch while my dad grilled steaks munching on all the delicious food and talking. I love those moments.
My beautiful mother and her birthday/Mother's day cupcakes. I put a little gold candle on the center one for her to blow out. It was cute. We sang happy birthday to her and she opened her gifts which she loved.
I made maple cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting and mango curd-filled cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting. Both were good, but my favorite and everyone else's was the maple cupcakes. They were awesome! My mom's Canadian so I had to make them. Also, it was my first time using a pastry bag with a decorating tip to pipe the frosting so I was excited about them. They almost looked like I got them from a bakery. Can't wait to share the recipes with you all!
Mother's Day banner close-up. I love how it turned out.
Birthday banner. I hung them all with pretty flowery washi tape that matched.
And, last but not least a funny shot of my mom and her babies (yes Ian included). From left to right, my brother Tyler, my brother Travis, my beautiful mother, me, and Ian. My dad took the picture so he couldn't get in it. We were all supposed to make funny faces and I don't know what my mom and Ian were doing. Goofy! PS. Now can see the epicness of those balloons!?
All in all, I'd say it was a successful day and hopefully it made my mom feel a little bit better about turning 50. What did you all do for Mother's Day?