My Grandmother’s 80th

My grandmother {known as ‘Mamaw’} turned 80 on May 1st.  On that day we had a little cake…well, some of us had more than others {Mary Margaret…}

blowing out the candles

:-)

cake is the best when it is a mess

pretty good obviously

Moseby can’t wait for cake next year…but this year he just showed off his new skill–chuckling!

giggly baby

On Friday night we hosted a small birthday party.

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

By small I mean 200 people came. Whatevs! {That’s how we roll in the south.}

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

We put out at least a hundred pictures of Mamaw through the years as table centerpieces, as well as flower arrangements made from flowers on the farm, and votive candles. I loved how almost every person walked around the room looking at the pictures.

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

For food I convinced my mom and uncle to go with a whole “Ruth’s favorite foods” theme and I thought it turned out really cute. Chicken nuggets, meatballs, little quiches, cheese ring with strawberry jam, Snickers bars, Moon Pies, cut-up strawberries with sugar, peanut butter crackers, lime sherbet punch, RC Colas, and Orange Crush. The only thing we didn’t include was the poke salad  {ack!}, cornbread, and buttermilk.

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

We had the guests write down a fond memory they had with Mamaw and add it to our “Memory Tree”.  We’re going to put all the memories in a book so she can keep them.  {MM’s said, “I like to watch TV at Mamaw’s.  I like to ride bikes with her too.”  Hmm…I get the TV part–they love watching ‘Little Bear’ everyday, but the bikes?  Uhm, MM, there are no bikes at Mamaw’s house! …silly three year olds!}

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Mamaw enjoyed getting to see people she sees every week and ones she hadn’t seen in years.

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Mamaw's 80th Birthday Party

Happy Birthday, Mamaw!  We are blessed to have you in our lives and hope you have eighty more!

2 Responses to My Grandmother’s 80th

  1. Jess May 10, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Love the first pic of MM and your GM with the cake! My granny will turn 80 next March! Aren’t grandmothers the best! Thanks for sharing the party, it looks like an amazing event for i’m sure an amazing woman!

  2. Joyce Hughes May 12, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Do tell her I said, “Happy birthday!” all the way from Mobile, Alabama. She does not look anywhere near 80! She is such a special lady. I love the pictures.

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