Special Assembly: Nance Bear’s Birthday or a party without a favor is just a meeting!

imageMy mom is one and a million and I wanted her to have a special birthday! She has had a rough time over the past year and a half. My dad has been ill and my mom has taken over as his caretaker. She doesn’t like a lot of attention, and gifts don’t really matter to her. Her love language is gifts of time and service. When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she said she wanted a lint roller! I knew I could do better than a lint roller, so I planned a few fun things to celebrate her birthday weekend. Since my mom’s actual birthday was on Saturday, we started by going to church as a family. Our Lady of Fatima is a beautiful church and it means a lot to my parents when we attend the Saturday evening mass together. After mass, we took my dad home and got him set up on his feeding machine, and then we went out to dinner at Nick’s in downtown San Clemente. We had a great dinner and enjoyed our time together. When we got home, my mom, dad, and I played on our IPads and watched tv together.

To church and dinner, I wore my favorite Gap white boyfriend jeans, a denim shirt, also from Gap, with an orange sweater from Banana Republic.  I added my Franco Sarto leopard ballet flats and my usual bling to top off the outfit.

Part two of the birthday celebration was a birthday luncheon with our favorite friends. We are lucky to have a wonderful circle of friends who have been supportive throughout the past year and a half. In our family, we feel that a party without a party favor is just a meeting. I wanted extra special party favors for this lunch. I needed a theme! My mom loves teddy bears and taking baths, so I combined the two. I went to Lush at Fashion Island and found adorable carrot shaped bubble bars. I also added a small lint roller to the bag, because everyone needs one in their car or suitcase. I am a tiny bit famous for making cute themed cupcakes, so I searched Pinterest and found teddy bear in a bubble bath cupcakes that I modified. I made red velvet cupcakes and topped them with cream cheese frosting. I then piled on mini marshmallows and floated some teddy graham cookies in the bubbles. I have discovered when you make super cute cupcakes, no one wants to eat them on the spot, they want to take them home and show them off. So now I package my cupcakes to go using plastic cups and plastic bags. Sometimes I make mini cupcakes to eat at the party, but I didn’t have time to that for this party. imageThe cupcakes turned out so cute!

I put the party favor bags together by adding the Lush carrot, the lint roller, a cute package of Kleenex with mom sayings (like, “Moms are like dads, only smarter!”), and the cupcake. I added a monogrammed tag to each bag and I was done. I found the rhinestone initial stickers at Michael’s and used scrapbook paper to make the tags. The cupcake ribbon was purchased at Shinodah and was the perfect touch to finish off the gift bags. Since the bags were personalized, they served as place cards as well. image We had a lovely lunch and my mom thoroughly enjoyed herself! Mission accomplished! imageI wore my white Gap boyfriend jeans to the lunch (again!) with a C. Wonder t-shirt and my gold Tory Burch ballet flats. I always giggle when I wear C. Wonder and Tory Burch together. I refuse to choose sides in the Burch divorce situation.

Homework: What is the best party favor you have received?

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