We had great fun this year for Grandma's birthday. Believe it or not we pulled off a surprise party to ring in the big 6-0! We invited Grandma Chris over for dinner at our house but she didn't know we also invited a whole bunch of other friends to join us. We even kept it a secret from Grandpa Larry!
We invited godsons Matt and Cody and their parents, Steve and Aliza to join in the festivities. Melissa and daughter Sarah also came for the fun. Mom's dear friends Geannie and Bill Cornelison and Nana Maria also helped with the party.
Meilani greeted Nama at the door in her party dress...
And after Steve gave the signal, we all yelled SURPRISE!
Grandma was truly shocked. We ushered her to the back patio where the dinner party began. Complete with lanterns and a full Italian meal, we celebrated hearty. We served up Grandma's fave: Eggplant Parmesan. For the meat eaters in the crowd, we had Pesto Ravioli with Chicken sausage.
Nama enjoyed hearing the entertainment on the keyboard by Matt and Cody along with a poem read by Sarah. Each guest also shared a story or blessing for Grandma's birthday and we presented her with a binder full of blessings from family and friends.
For dessert we indulged in fruit, cookies and pretzels dipped in our elegant chocolate fountain. Meilani helped sing to Nama and present her with the birthday candle before she opened her gifts. She did her own rendition of the birthday song!
What a fun way to celebrate. Grandma/Mom, we are so blessed to have you in our lives! Thank you for all your love, support, mercy and grace...