Overall, we kept the decorations simple. We found this great string decoration that we zig-zagged across the living room ceiling.
We also bought some fabric from Ikea and used Heat n Bond to finish the edges to make runners. I liked the idea of having them run horizontally, rather than vertically.
(Oh, and you can see our "replacement" light fixture in this picture. It's from Home Depot.)
I kept the flowers simple -- I don't think you can't go wrong with white hydrangeas. And I like low arrangements on the table so they don't block your view of the person across from you. The confetti on the table was a mix of stars and the number "60".
After the party, when it was just family around, I gave my mom her gift. I borrowed this idea and compiled "Sixty Years of Memories" for her.
It was so fun watching her read through them all. It was late and everyone was tired after the party, but it was totally worth staying up to see her reaction and laugh about some of the stories (along with her sister, brother, and mom).
I already knew this about my mom, but so many of the stories had to do with her selflessness, kindness, and caring heart. My mom really is one of the most thoughtful people there is, and I'm so blessed to have her as my mom and friend.
(me, my mom, and my grandma)
Please note my mom is totally cheating in the picture by standing on our stairs (she is slightly height-challenged). But since it was her birthday, I let her get away with it! And if I can look like my grandma does when I'm 81, I will be a happy camper.
We had a fun time celebrating with her! Happy 60th, mom!