Surprise surprise!

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My mother-in-law turned last week. As the night progressed we discovered just how much of a big deal it was for her; she lost her mother from breast cancer, and her mother was only 49. For her, 50 was a big celebration of her life, all it’s blessings and just the fact that she made it! She is beautiful, so alive, and so worth celebrating.

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When we went to work on this surprise party we wanted to make it really special, and thus the invitations needed to set the tone. I added some fun and pretty details: black envelopes, beautiful gold metallic paper (printing by Smartpress), and hand addressing and wax-sealing with my favorite partner-in-crime (de husband).  I even loved the stamps we used – the Chinese New Year dynamite stamp and the George Washington stamp (wax seals  add a 20 cent handling fee). I was so pleased with the results, and people at the party raved about them which made me feel so good because when it’s a party for someone you love you just want everything to be perfect. And it was. The party was great; she was happy, her friends were happy, and everything was enjoyed. :)

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Surprise5The afternoon before the party I had some extra time and I needed to practice some calligraphy so I whipped up these little “Celebrating You” cards. I figured everyone could write a little something on the back for mom – she likes that sort of thing :) . Anyway, whipped up is an overstatement because I am so slow! I had to recruit my sister-in-law to help me paint them 5 minutes before everyone showed up. I thought they looked pretty and quite imperfect :) practice makes perfect…eventually.

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celebrating2I love me a party!

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