I love arranging parties and when my Mum's 60th was approaching there was no way I was going to let it pass by quietly. I knew that if asked Mum would not want big party and that going the whole hog with a party in a hall and lots of people would not be appreciated, so instead I arranged a small surprise party at our house.
Mum was under the impression that the four of us (Mum & Dad, Aaron and I) were going our for a meal and we came up with a much discussed plan to make sure she believed this until the last moment.We told her in advance that we would pick them up so Dad could have a drink but was wondering how we could then explain driving back to our house!
In the end Aaron went to collect them on his own and told them I was not ready so they had to go back to pick me up, to add some realism to that Dad was a little 'annoyed' as he hates people being late (as do I was we hoped she'd conveniently forget that!) a quick phone call on the way back meant Aaron could tell them I was still not ready and they should go indoors and have a quick drink whilst waiting for me.
Of course I was ready and was waiting with friends and family to surprise her!
There were about 15 of us altogether and as Mum entered I played Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday to you' and everyone stepped out of the kitchen for the surprise..... and surprised she certainly was!
The party was a great success and everyone enjoyed themselves, Mum got loads of lovely presents and cards, and ended up with more teddy bears than a toy shop!
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