Today is my mom's birthday!
Happy Birthday Donna Louise!
She totally loves her middle name, so you should all call her that when you see her, K?

Friday night, my church had a women's event called, Dine By Design. You can host a table and decorate it however you want.
So I did a birthday theme for my mom.

She had no idea!
She knew she was coming to the event, but didn't know my theme. And she thought she would be sitting at the table with my friends, BUT I invited her friends.


I got some old pictures of her, made copies and put party hats on her head:

I made my mom walk around the room looking at all the cute tables, and told her she had to find mine. This is her reaction when she did:

Then surprise #2 is that her friends were there too!
These are all her "teacher" friends.

Gina, Mary, Tricia, Dyana, Erin, my mom, me.

Jill was supposed to come too, but couldn't make it. We missed her & told her we didn't have any fun. So these smiles are totally fake, Jill!

These girls made the night special!
Then, Saturday night, we celebrated with the family. Minus Marcus, because he was at work. Some one's got to put fires out and save lives. Right? He misses all the fun stuff.

My mom and Morgan:

We went to the Olive Garden. Marcus thinks it's funny that us Italians like to eat at the OG.
I LOVE it!

Katie loved it too. Pasta is her favorite food, besides cake. She got both that night, lucky girl.
I have started bringing this little seat into restaurants instead of using their high chairs. It works WAY better for us. It keeps Katie contained and she can't stand up.

My sister and her hubs. The sunny blinds are on their faces.

Ryan and my dad:

Afterward, we went to my P's house for cake, presents and fun!

Happy Birthday Mom! I won't mention how old she is, because that's bad manners. And last year I mentioned she turned 63, but I've matured since then!

Oh, Saturday night was also prom night for my niece!
I ran by to see her real quick before the birthday dinner. Isn't that the hugest limo you have ever seen?

This is Jolene, and my niece Jennifer on the right:

They both had dates, but best friends are more important!
I can't believe she's graduating next month. Jennifer was my flower girl when she was 5!

It's so weird how everyone else is getting older and I'm still 24!


3LittleByrds said...

Dina, I just love you my friend. Reading your posts always make me laugh. I loved your table at dine by design. It was definitely a great night and y'all looked like y'all were having fun. I loved all the pics of your mom on the chairs. Such a cute idea. Your niece was beautiful and I love her dress.

Nicole said...

My mom's middle name is also Louise, and she is just as fond of it!

And, YAY, glad Marcus had to work so you could go to Olive Garden!! :)

Jennifer looked beautiful! I love that dress.

You are the funnest, sweetest daughter. Wish you were mine.

Vonda said...

Love this entire post and love that table, and Happy Birthday to your mom!!! Now....that candle in the little glass thing, does that have jelly beans all over it? I found that amazing. AND her cake in the last few pictures... that is the tallest cake I have ever seen in my life, you'd need a machete to cut that thing. I want some!!!! lol

Unknown said...

You are so stinkin' talented!! That table is fabulous and I'm sure it made your mom feel very special which is the most important part :)

Frugal Jen said...

You get the best daughter award!! Wow, what a special time for you and your mother. You have such a kind and giving heart!

Your table looked awesome!!

Erin K said...

It was such a fun night! I'm glad you thought of such a great idea and were able to pull it off. The table was so cute!And I can't believe your mom is 64! She looks so great!

Anonymous said...

wow. what a FUN surprise for your momma! props to you my friend...you are awesome!

Amanda said...

You are the best daughter ever, and that b-day gift MIGHT have made up for your Terrible Teens and Crazy College years.

Now that I think about it more, you still may owe her! ;)

Happy Birthday, Donna Louise!