My mom is not your typical mom. She is fun, outgoing and can be borderline obnoxious. She is a prankster, the life of the party and has a hug and kiss for everyone she meets. She turned 70 this year and I was at a loss on what to do to celebrate this milestone. A regular ol’ birthday party just did not seem to fit.
Then one day the idea hit me. Instead of gathering special friends in one place, why not make Mom find them? Not just her friends…but her gifts as well? So we sent her on a scavenger hunt.
She was given clues on where to go and at each stop she found a person, gift, card or other surprise. Every person involved along the way also signed a blank canvas with birthday messages for mom.
We sent her to restaurants, thrift stores and even her local pharmacy. Each place held special memories for mom and the staff were all so great!
There were mini celebrations, homemade gifts and lots of hugs on the way.
One of her lifelong friends waited on the site where their high school used to be. They played music from “the day”, donned feather tiaras and cheetah snuggies, sipped cosmos and perused old photos. Truly memorable.
Her last stop was a neighborhood surprise party…at her own house! Yep, the neighbors set up a party in Mom’s house. She certainly wasn’t expecting that!
At the end of the evening, after we took her out to dinner, she sat and read cards from those that couldn’t attend and opened all of her gifts. She told me that is was the best birthday she has ever had. Mission accomplished.