Apr 9

Happy 60th Birthday Mama Pops!

by LifeLoveLaura on April 9, 2013

Yesterday was my mum’s 60th birthday and she spent Sunday and Monday celebrating getting old in a big way! On Sunday we took over Miller’s Tea Room, both in body and in decorations! Family Pops partied afternoon and night with some of my mum’s nearest and dearest. We ate fresh breads and quiches, gorgeous meats, salad, and boozy puds and drank lots! Mum and Dad (as much as they protest against each other’s idiosyncrasies) danced the night away which was lovely to see and T rocked and baby air-guitared to “Hi Ho Silver Lining.” A brilliant time was had by all. I told my mum to leave the decorations to me and I found some fab DIY inspiration on Pinterest. For the past couple of months our house has been overrun with tissue paper, sweets, metallic Sharpies, glue, and flowers but it really did pay off. Mum cried when she saw all of my hard work and she was overwhelmed by the love and generosity shown by her friends. If I got £1 for every time somebody asked me how I’d made my pink and gold paper pom poms I’d be a very rich woman indeed!

My DIY table centres and party bags

My DIY table centres and party bags

Mmmm cake & pom poms!

Mmmm cake & pom poms!

Speech *sob sob*

Speech *sob sob*

Happy 60th birthday Mum, you old bastard!

Happy 60th birthday Mum, you old bastard!

Punk hair but can't handle the party lifestyle

Punk hair but can’t handle the party lifestyle

Yesterday, on my mum’s actual birthday we spent the day at her friend Cherry’s house. Cherry is a holistic therapist and she offers the most amazing treatments, in fact I spent most of my life at her house having reflexology when I was pregnant. We all went in our comfy clothes, took lots of food and we spent all day , from 11am right up to 8pm taking it in turns to have mini treatments. It was so relaxing and I’m pretty sure I didn’t stop eating all day. I had a manicure and hand massage ending up with some fab neon talons! Mum enjoyed the day chatting and being spoilt by friends and she waited until last to enjoy an Indian head massage.

Neon birthday talons

Neon birthday talons

Early yesterday morning, before heading off to Cherry’s house, I gave mum her birthday present. Maternity leave hasn’t left me flushed with cash. I would usually go all out on a special birthday such as her 60th but this year I couldn’t afford to. I do live by the saying “money doesn’t buy affection” but my parents are both so generous and they have always helped us out in times of need so I do like to spoil them rotten when the time is right. I struggled to come up with something meaningful but thrifty until I found this blog. My mum and I are both sentimental buggers and I thought ‘Sixty years of memories’ was something that my mum would love. I was right.

Sixty years of memories

I wanted to give her her present on her own where she could appreciate it and spend time reading the memories from her friends and family without any interruptions. She spent some time at her friend Cherry’s going through the envelopes slowly with T and I, taking it all in before the rest of her friends arrived. She laughed and cried and really appreciated all the effort I had gone to to make such a special gift. From her friends’ anecdotes it seems there’s a running theme of booze fuelled antics in my mum’s past but that’s no surprise to me. I’m 100% sure there are plenty more of these to come! Some of her friends had put so much into their memoirs, drawing sketches of my mum and dad, finding old photos from when mum was a little girl and making personalised cards. It was a lovely way to spend this time with T and mum on her birthday.

She wasn't happy about the no make up or clothes snap!

She wasn’t happy about the no make up or clothes snap!

Opening number 1.

Opening number 1.

Grandma and T

Grandma and T

Mum had a lovely birthday, with lots more celebrations to come. With a fabulous surprise holiday last month to the Maxx Royal in Turkey from my Dad, a family and friends’ week at Centre Parcs next week, a week on the Royal Clipper and another week in Turkey, girls only, in September, my dad said last week, “I’ve never known anybody make such a big deal about getting old.” He is right but on the other hand, it’s not a ‘big deal,’ it’s just that us Pops don’t do anything by halves!

Laura x

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Claire April 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Aww Laura, it all looks amazing!! Girl did good :)

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LifeLoveLaura April 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Thanks Claire! My crafty mits are being hung up for a short while now I think. Next project – Toby’s 1st birthday party! Whoo!

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Claire April 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Ohh I can’t wait to see what you come up with for that!

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Grace April 10, 2013 at 7:33 am

Wow, can you organise my 30th next year?!! I want a Pops-style birthday celebration! x

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LifeLoveLaura April 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

Oooh it’s my 30th next year too, joint party??

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Gaynor April 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

It all looked amazing L, I thought you said you didnt like crafting!

Happy Birthday Mama Pops! Hope you all enjoy Center Parcs too!

Oooh what you got planned for Toby’s 1st Birthday? Exciting!

xxx

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