Monday, 28 July 2014

This Weekend at the Duckpond

We have mostly been...

 
 
Celebrating - mother-in-law's 70th birthday (the actual day was the 21st) with a big suprise party for 120 people at a local social club. We've been planning it for 6 months and I think it was probably one of the best-kept secrets in our local town.
We were convinced she'd cottoned on to what was happening but nope, apprarently she had no idea at all!
 
70th birthday balloons
 
 
 
Arranging - three cheap bouquets of flowers into one large colourful bunch. Andrew did a little speech and we presented them to her just before she cut her cake.
 
Flower bouquet
 
 
 
Making - a photo display of all 70 years of her life. We put the frames out in the hall so people could take a nosy during the day.
 
70th birthday photo display
 
 
 
Hiding - my sister-in-law at our house with her car parked half a mile away at a friend's house. Of course, as far as Andrew's mum was concerned, my sister-in-law was at home in Cornwall.
 
 
 
Blowing - up what seemed like hundred of balloons (it was actually 80) ready to be waved and played with at the party.
 
Balloons
 
 
 
Lying - left, right and centre, making up all sorts of stories to put mother-in-law off the truth.
 
 
 
Decorating - a local social club with balloons, banners and bunting.
 
Hall decorated for 70th birthday party
 
 
 
Displaying - four Scammell lorries, one vintage car, a traction engine, a miniature steam engine and a fairground organ. We all stood in front of everything with balloons and banners and that was what greeted Andrew's mum when she arrived at the hall car park!
 
Scammell lorry and engine display
 
 
 
Neglecting - this 'ere blog! A week of frantic preparations and rushing around meant that a couple of posts I'd planned to publish at the end of last week are still sat in the 'drafts' pile. Once we've recoved from yesterday, I'll try and get back on track. :-)
 
 
 
What did you get up to at the weekend?

6 comments:

  1. Sounds amazing! Well done for pulling off such a good event :)

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  2. What a lovely way to celebrate her birthday!

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  3. I'm so glad to hear it all went off without a hitch and was the lovely surprise you'd hoped it would be! I spent my weekend writing a presentation for work, which I gave this morning; thankfully it seemed to go pretty well! xxx

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    1. We still couldn't believe she had no idea! It went really well and everyone seemed to really enjoy it! :-) xxx

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