Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sweet 16: A Happy Birthday Post


An interesting thing happened shortly after Christmas.
Our tree converted into a "Happy Birthday Tree".


Best friends came together in a surprise celebration...


...As my dear Bethany turned Sweet 16.

Unbeknownst to Bethany, 
her friends and I arranged a surprise birthday sleepover.
They dined on homemade pizza and a 7 lb. chocolate cake
downed with flutes of sparkling cider.

Bethany was truly grateful when it came time to open gifts


The girls stayed up until 4:00 am gabbing, laughing,
and simply enjoying and reveling in each other's friendship.
I considered shushing them at one point 
but thought to myself...you only turn 16 once...let them be. 

Our gift to Bethany was a shopping spree scheduled for the next day.
She's not much of a shopper so with her friends' help
they shopped the day away, pausing only to take a break for some frozen yogurt.




See the hat? That was her 1st purchase of the day.

Bethany was overheard saying to her friends,
"This was the BEST birthday ever!"

Happy Birthday Bethany.

18 comments:

thamesarino said...

Love, love, love this post and your idea!Having a birthday after Christmas myself, I love that hers was so special! Good job Mom! : )
Thanks for sharing some pictures of the festivities!

Kathleen said...

What a fun day for her!! And I love the Christmas tree balloons; it's been fun seeing the many "faces" of your Christmas tree! ;) It's very versatile!

Jackie said...

I love what you did with the christmas tree , Those balloons look awesome ! It sounds like she had a great time for her birthday.

Happy Birthday to Bethany!

Tina said...

Way to go, Mom! Sounds like the perfect thing for her. Tell her happy birthday from me.

Brian Miller said...

that rocks...a birthday tree...ha! glad she had a great time...and good job making it special for her, mom...

Willoughby said...

That looks like the perfect birthday celebration! Bethany is a lucky girl to have such a thoughtful mom!

Balloons on the Christmas tree - absolute genius!!

thrasherswife said...

What a great idea... love the birthday tree!!

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Happy birthday to your sweet Bethany! I think it's awesome that you gave her the shopping spree gift! I'm also not much of a shopper but the fact that you get to go and hang out with your close friends on your birthday with blessings from your parents to spend and buy stuff... that's cool! :D

gayle said...

What a wonderful mom you are!! Looks like everyone had a great time!

5thsister said...

LOL...I feel the need to clarify: Bethany did not have unlimited funds. She had gift cards to some of her favorite places!

banshezmom said...

Good job Mom! She'll remember that bday forever. Happy sweet 16 Bethany!!

★Mumsy★ said...

Happy belated birthday to Bethany!

Love the birthday tree!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year, Polly!

Susan Deborah said...

Happy belated birthday, dear Bethany. Polly, what a lovely mom you are! Turning 16 is truly a charming milestone in anyone's life and you made that memorable. A trophy mamma, I must say. God bless you and may your tribe increase.

Much love,
Susan

J. Kwiatkowski said...

How wonderful! She'll remember this birthday forever!

Deidra said...

The birthday tree is a great idea! Looks like a fun time. Happy birthday to your sweet 16!

TortugaRachel said...

Happiest of birthdays to your darling daughter! Congrats mom, on letting her survive this far, hehe, kidding!

Cheryl said...

Happy belated Bethany! When's the driver's exam???

Love the balloon tree.

Heather of the EO said...

Oh wow. What a good mom you are!
Happy Birthday (belated) to your Bethany and Happy Birthday to you too :)

P.S. Happy New Year!

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