My Mother-in-Law had a special birthday this year. I'm sworn to secrecy on the number but it was one of those decade birthdays that deserve some fan fare.
So we hosted a little birthday bash for her at our place and a week or two beforehand, we worked on a special birthday surprise. Since Linda loves lighthouses and has even traveled places for the sole purpose of seeing them, we thought a lighthouse/nautical theme would be fun. She also loves the ocean and shell collecting so it seemed the perfect theme for her.
Here is the master carpenter at work on her birthday surprise:
Matt, skilled as he is, was able to build this lighthouse without a pattern...using just some photographs as inspiration. He was the builder, I was the painter so the gift was from both of us.
You'll see the finished product in place at the end of this post.
In the meantime~ the party:
|We happened to have the most perfect flowers for the party growing in our own backyard.|
|Corynn made the sand dollar cookies|
|We raided our shell stash for decorations. |
These have all been given to us as we have never actually been to the ocean!
|That's supposed the be a red octopus, by the way.|
|My mother-in-law isn't a cake person so my sister-in-law brought these beautiful pies for dessert.|
|Adele made her a starfish garland using salt dough and wooden beads which was beautiful. I forgot to take a picture of it up close but you can kind of see it in the background here, decorating the entrance to the porch.|
|Spectators always blow when the birthday person blows. It can't be helped, it can't be stopped. Ever notice that?|
|After July 4th, I went out and bought a few fireworks at half off which we lit off at the end of the party.|
|The birthday girl, surrounded by her grands.|
I hope she felt loved. She is.
~ crafting on ~