Over the weekend, we celebrated my mother's birthday! It was great fun. Family and friends came from all over, up and down the Eastern seaboard to celebrate with my mom. My dad, Bill, took care of the food. He made sure it had a Southern theme since my mom originally hails from Georgia. There were ribs, collards, mac and cheese, grilled chicken, cornbread, and all kinds of delectable appetizers. I for one had never tried watermelon and feta mousse. I highly recommend it.
I worked on the invitations. They went through several and I mean several permutations. I finally ended up with a simple bouquet of hollyhocks. My mother loves hollyhocks and other flowers that can thrive in rocky soil and other tough places. It's incredibly symbolic of the beauty and strength that can come from hardship. My brother Walker set up the playlist. It was music from the 1960's. We enjoyed Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Aretha, and James Brown to name a few. The food was delicious, and the weather was perfect, although our dear friend Murphy said it was a little chilly for his Southern constitution. I was amazed by all of the people she had a special connection with over the years. I'll let the pictures do the talking ~ well most of the talking. ;-)