Happy 90th Birthday, Grandma!

July 7, 2014

Hello, friends!  That’s right, the day of the party finally arrived and it was a hit!!!  I am relieved, exhausted, and excited to share a little bit of the fun times we had celebrating my grandmother, Adeline, and her 90th birthday.


In case you are new around here, I have been helping my mom prep and plan for my grandma’s big 90th birthday for the past couple months, starting with the invitations (above – which I designed myself).  The theme of the party was vintage red, white and blue to reflect the era during which my grandmother grew up.  We decorated my grandmother’s backyard with tinsel, bows, flowers and as much red, white and blue as we could get our hands on!


My mom with the guest sign-in table, which we had set up at the entrance to the backyard.

My mom with the guest sign-in table, which we had set up at the entrance to the backyard.

The food and dessert tables.

The food and dessert tables.

The dessert table in all its glory!  ;)

The dessert table in all its glory! ;)

Seating under the patio.

Seating under the patio.

The lawn for hanging out and playing games.

The lawn for hanging out and playing games.

My mom and grandmother.

My mom and grandmother.

Four generations - my grandmother, mother, sisters, myself and my nephews.

Four generations – my grandmother, mother, sisters, myself and my nephews.

It was such a fun day, spent with family and friends.  My grandmother had a blast and I think everyone truly enjoyed themselves.  Oh, and just in case you were wondering, here are a couple more shots of my outfit (this is a life and style blog after all…)!  ;)

white_dress_sandals_party_tablesI am wearing a white, lace-detail dress (H&M) with coral sandals (Target).

white_dress_and_guest_book_tableI am rather proud of the guest book table because it held two of the gifts I gave my grandma for her birthday.  First, I put together a small collage print of various photos of my grandmother from when she was a young woman.  Then, I took some of those photos, as well as a handful of family photos, and designed a guest book for everyone to sign.  I wanted to make sure my grandma had a memento of the party, so I asked everyone to sign the book with a message or a memory.  Here is the collage followed by some of the pages from the book:


I cannot begin to describe what a wonderful woman my grandmother is, nor how important she is to me.  I am so blessed to have so many cherished memories of time spent at my grandmother’s side, watching her cook, listening to her tell stories and learning from her incredible example of strength and love, of laughter and joy.  She has never been one to take life too seriously – she enjoys each day to its fullest, and she says that her secret to living such a long life is keeping busy!


Happy 90th Birthday, Grandma!


As always, thanks for reading!  Love, Kristi :)

PS.  I come by my sewing skills naturally; my grandmother used to sew many of her own clothes, including this suit!  ;)



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  • Beth Benson

    I love all the decorations – it’s clear you put in a lot of thought and work into them! And how beautiful is your grandmother? Very!!

    July 7, 2014 at 7:36 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so much! I think my grandmother is beautiful as well! ;)

      July 7, 2014 at 7:39 am Reply
  • paula

    looks like a wonderful party… thanks for sharing photos and memories

    July 7, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    Oh my gosh, Kristi! The party looked SO fun and festive, love the theme and the decorations! Great post, and happy belated to your Grandma!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

    July 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Miche!! I had such a fun day celebrating my grandma, all the hard work was so worth it! :)

      July 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    First, you and your family all look soooo much alike, and I love it! Looks like the party was a hit. You did such a great job! I love looking at the old family pictures, too…the history, the style!!!! Thanks for sharing this with us :)

    July 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you soooo much! I love looking at old photos, too!! :)
      I didn’t think my family and I looked alike, but I think more and more I get told that I look like my mom and my grandmother, and I am definitely happy to hear it! ;)

      July 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    WOW! So cool :) glad you guys had fun!

    July 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • yourstylejourney

    WOW! 90 years old!!!! Awesome! Looks like it was a great time!

    July 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! I know, no one can believe she is 90!! :)

      July 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Willfully Elegant

    You are indeed very lucky to have such a wonderful, powerful and inspiring role model/ woman figure in your life. I wish my grandma was alive. 90 years of sheer experience and wisdom are hard to come by these days! Love the old photos..I can imagine the times spent must have been so memorable and wonderful. Happy Birthday to your Grandma!

    July 8, 2014 at 7:56 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so much for your beautiful comment!! I am definitely a lucky girl! :)

      July 8, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply
  • Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog

    Your family is so lovely, especially your grandmother. She looks amazing and I would have guessed her age at 75 not 90! Thanks for sharing with us!

    July 8, 2014 at 9:52 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks so much, Nout! My grandma is pretty darn amazing, I hope I look as good as her if I ever live to 90! ;)

      July 8, 2014 at 10:33 am Reply
  • Mom

    Thank you for a lovely party. It was the best ever. Love you…grandma.

    July 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Hahaha you are so welcome Grandma (and Mom)! Love you both!! :)

      July 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • spoolish

    This is the kind of thing you’ll remember for a long time :) I’m sure your grandma appreciated all the effort and all the love! Thanks for sharing the old photos – really cool to see :) Great work on the party and…Happy Birthday Grandma !

    July 9, 2014 at 7:28 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Martyna!! It has already become a treasured memory! I can’t wait to tell my grandma about all the birthday wishes, I’ll tell her she’s famous! ;)

      July 9, 2014 at 7:35 am Reply
  • emilygeraghty

    Love vintage photos. I have a bunch of my family hanging in my apartment! And that white dress :) so cute

    July 9, 2014 at 8:48 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks! Vintage photos are always so cool, and it’s even more social when it’s your own family! :)

      July 9, 2014 at 10:46 am Reply

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