I sent a message to Amanda who quickly had beautiful invitations printed for me and handed them out to people I had listed for. On the invitation I asked that guests wear something "vintage" : a scarf, hat, handbag or all three.
Amanda also made my birthday cake and the party was to be held at her Cup & Cake Coffee Shop in Marquard.
Generally speaking, at birthday parties in our small town, the birthday
Yours truly wearing a pink vintage hat telling my guests about my life as an expat
Yvonne, left, my 85 year-old friend and follower of my blog. Next to her is Lzya, another 80-something friend of mine. Lzya and I live in the same street
Trudie, my regal, queenlike friend with a pillbox and net, also lives in my street. With her is Jenny, who with her husband came to Marquard in the same month as us, 19 years ago. Don't you just love Trudie's snakeskin clutch and Jenny's vintage roses in her hair and on the old handbag?
With Trudie and Jenny is my dear friend, Carina who is dressed and accessorized exactly as I used to go to church in the sixties!
A circle of friends
Little Joel (just visible at edge of photo, right) was so excited to have another "Happy Birthday Cake" and insisted on blowing out the candles. Here he holds covers his ear as my friends sing to me!
From left rear: Anna ,my friend Carin's mom (Carin left before we took this photo!), Ida, my other Marquard blog-follower, me, Betty, another friend in my street, and Carina. Front: Yvonne; Trudie, Jenny and Karien
When I got dressed on the morning of my party, I tried out two seperate shoes. I always do this: I check in the full-length mirror to see which suits my outfit best and/or (and this one normally wins) which one is the most comfortable.
While waiting in the coffee shop for the guest to arrive, Amanda told me she didn't have candles for my cake. I said I'd walk up to the end of the block to a nearby supermarket to buy a pack. As I walked out the door, she said: " Mom, do you know you're wearing two different shoes?" We both burst out laughing when I told her how this had happened. This was NOTHING compared to the hysterical laughter from Grant when I phoned him and asked him to bring the other shoe (I wanted to wear the pink ones to match my hat!) down to the shop!
This is how I arrived at my birthday party!
I told this story to the ladies at my party while holding up the two disparate shoes. Of course, we all had another good laugh and the older women assured me that I'd have many such little glitches from now on!
Love all the hats! Funny on the shoes.ReplyDelete
That's celebrating in style. Neat to make a shaped number cake.ReplyDelete
I could completely see myself do the two different shoes things.
Just visited your blog for the first time from Our World Tuesday. What a delight to meet you. We love to travel so much of my blog has turned into a way to share our adventures. Sounds like your party was so much fun! I turned 60 in Nov of last year but didn't have a party. Hope you can hop over for a visit. Blessings, DebbieReplyDelete
What a fun, delightful birthday and a great way to celebrate with good friends!! You're such a youngster, Jo!! I'm old enough to be your mother!!! Enjoy your week!!!ReplyDelete
Two different shoes! Surely that counts as a senior moment, after all you are 60.ReplyDelete
You look 50ReplyDelete
Wow ! another birthday party ! I love the fancy hats, lol ! I admire those who handle a computer at over 80 !! The others don't know what they miss !ReplyDelete
I am not surprised at all about your different shoes ! It just happened to me with a beige and a black boot ! and I only realized that when I arrived in the center of Waterloo to do my shopping. I had no choice, I did my shopping with two different colored boots !
What a fun gathering of friends!ReplyDelete
Funny shoe story Jo!Hahaa
What a fun celebration!!! Love the shoe story! Interesting to be living as an ex pat!!!ReplyDelete
I had a good chuckle at the shoe situation, lol. The ladies all look great in their vintage hats.
Happy Birthday, Jo! It is nice to celebrate with your friends. I love the hats, looks like a great time. Funny story about the shoes. Have a great week ahead!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday... looks like a wonderful time was had by all!ReplyDelete
Wow---what a fun birthday party!!!! You have so many wonderful friends who love you!!!! That is so special...ReplyDelete
Love seeing all of the hats --and who was that crazy woman with two different shoes on????? ha ha ha
Oh Jo, I can't stop laughing about your mismatched attire. I love this idea and wish I could have been there. Stealing this idea for my 60th next year.ReplyDelete
Your life is a wonderful story. You're friends sound wonderful and I'm sure they went home healed for as the Bible says, "Laughter doeth good like a medicine." It's obvious from the youthful looks of your picture that Grant is taking good care of you.ReplyDelete
Lol about the shoes. I've done that before, grabbing shoes from my darkened closet so as not to awaken Jerry! This looks like a fun second celebration of your 60th. Great theme idea--vintage dress, hat and'or purse.ReplyDelete
What a great birthday party Jo! Love all the vintage -great idea for a party:) Belated 60th to you!ReplyDelete