Have you ever had that moment when your heart just wants to burst with
mama pride?? You know, when your child does something so completely amazing
that you're left just standing there in awe...and saying to yourself-
wow. just wow.
Well I had that moment on Saturday night.
Let me introduce you to the one and only beeeautiful Susan.
This is Rio's bf Chase's adorable mom.
And she just had a birthday.
You aren't going to believe it..
Well Rio and Chase decided months ago that they were going to
throw this amazing woman a surprise birthday party:)
And surprise her....they did!!
She had no idea. She thought Chase was bringing her into the
back yard to show her something he made for her:)
And I guess that wasn't entirely a lie? Because Rio and Chase
put together quite the party:)
And they did it all by themselves. With no help from anyone!!
There were beautiful flowers that Rio arranged herself in
big Ball jars that are sooo Susan.
Chase hung a chandelier that they found at a thrift store over
the birthday girls table. He even painted the extension cord brown to
match the tree!! It's all in the details right?
And in between all that he made ALL the food for the
yummy taco bar:)
Rio went to Denovo and cut out a huge 60 on the
cnc router and then put lights in it.
It looked sooo pretty at night!
Seriously I wanted to steal this wheelbarrow...
That adorable gold desk was actually Susan's from her childhood:)
There were sharpie pens and rocks so everyone could
write Susan a birthday note:)
Perfect for the gal who has long been a member of the
Rio made all the banners and Chase hung these mismatched
Edison bulbs from the pergola over the dessert table.
Oh! and speaking of dessert...
How cute is her birthday cake??!!
Rio MADE all those succulents.
She painstakingly shaped them out of fondant,
then hand painted every single one...
only to come home and find her dog had
gotten up on the table and EATEN ALL OF THEM!!!!
She had to make them all. again.
These ball jar sugar cookies are actually the one thing they
didn't make. How stinkin cute are they??
Terri at Fresh Cut Flours (cute name!) made them.
Every detail was perfect.
Right down to the 60 birthday candles:)
Happy Birthday to the beautiful woman who's been on an African safari 3 times,
still drives her VW bug (Abner) that she purchased brand new in 1972, still rocks
some gorgeous long blond hair AND...
if you've ever been to the Phoenix Zoo in December?
Susan started the Zoo lights:)
Yeah. She's all that.
And a bag of chips:)
But I gotta say- I love you Susan most for giving birth to the one and
only Chase. Who loves my one and only Rio:)
Dear Rio and Chase,
Since now we KNOW you both can plan the bejeezus out of a party...
We think it's high time you plan a wedding.
Dorie and Susan