My in-laws are setting off for a 1-1/2 years LDS church mission to Mexico in a few short weeks.
I decided all seven of us daughters and daughters-in-law needed to get together for one last girls night before our madre left.
This couldn’t be just any send-off party…
It had to be special.
So I went all out and diy’ed a chalkboard (instructions Monday),
I created bright colored diy tissue paper flowers for weeks (instructions here),
I gathered up all the mis-matched chairs around my house I could find and borrowed a couple from a neighbor,
strung outdoor lights and brought our dining table outside…
What could be better than a surprise party?
I put the youngest daughter in charge of devising a plan to get Miss Madre to the party without suspecting a thing…
the youngest in the family is often good at telling a few white lies to get what they want, right?
The plan went off without a hitch.
Nothing about this party was matchy-matchy including the plates. I used all vintage china that I’ve been collecting from thift stores over the years. I also purchased a variety of Mexican sodas, which my boys happily downed in a day so I could use the empty bottles for flags and tissue paper flower centerpieces.
I created a printable on my computer then copied it on to a transparency which I then put on my overhead projector and copied it to the chalk board.
Everyone pitched in a brought a Mexican feast. My contribution was going to be enchiladas from Cafe Rio. De-lish, right?
Only thing is they decided to close unexpectedly early Saturday afternoon without informing me about the catering order I put in.
The Mr. went to pick them up and called me, starting the conversation with, “You’re gonna love this…”
I put in an S.O.S. call to another Cafe Rio close by and they said they were unable to help me with such short notice.
Luckily there was another Mexican restaurant nearby who saved my arsh.
Cafe Rio and I will be having some words.
Despite the debacle, we had a serious fun fiesta.
Sweet madre-in-law, I will miss you. It’s true, you did move my silverware to a drawer you felt more functional one time without my knowledge and yes, you are very inquisitive but that’s what I love about you. From the time I came on to the scene you accepted me with open arms with nothing but love, support and zero judgement…EVER (ok, except when you thought I was over breastfeeding my babies). You are caring and loving and have raised a wonderful family. I am forever blessed to be a part of it.
As an only child I always wanted sisters. And I got 6 of the best out there!
Para simpre dios este con vos.
God be with you till we meet again.