An Amazing Surprise Birthday Party

I have never been the recipient of a surprise birthday party, but the weekend prior to my birthday this year was without a doubt one of the biggest surprises of my life.

It all started several weeks ago when Lukas had asked if he could have some friends over on Saturday January 14.   I was actually planning on being away on Friday night, but land on returning home during the evening of his party so I agreed to allow him to have his get together with friends. As I was driving home on that Saturday evening from Chicago, I  called him to make sure everything at the Lodge was ready for his party of 7 to 10 friends and he assured me that everything was fine.  However, upon arriving at the end of my driveway, I noticed that his small party was much much larger than I anticipated. It turned out there were about 50 cars in the drive including a conversion van that had slid off the drive just after the driveway bridge making it very difficult to pass!

As I pulled up the drive, very irritated with the fact that I had no place to park my own car, I managed to get out and walk into the Lodge to find out from Luke what the heck was going on. It was only then that I was greeted by most of my children,  all the invited guests (including several college friends and their families), a live band, two kegs of beer and catered food for a once-in-a-lifetime surprise birthday party. I’m 50, by the way, not really wanting to advertise that.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of pictures to share since I wasn’t prepared with a camera and also I was busy socializing and enjoying the party. However, a few of the guests were able to provide some of the pictures that they took and we even had a professional photo booth on hand capturing festive portraits of everyone there.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone that came and for all the gifts I received!


Breathtaking Michigan Avenue view from atop my hotel (London House) on Friday evening

The Chicago River from the roof of London House Hotel

Family, friends and band waiting for my arrival

I always make a joke about hip replacements and it came back to bite me. For the record, I do NOT have a hip replacement……

Lukas, Lincoln, Emily and David were able to make the party! Luke was “of the hook” and looked very relieved..

Monro – Our evening musical entertainment.

My precious children were “enthused” at least for this photo booth portrait

Natalie (right) was the brains behind the planning and Heather (left) was instrumental in making it all come together while away for the weekend









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By |2017-10-31T15:03:52+00:00January 16th, 2017|Family|Comments Off on An Amazing Surprise Birthday Party

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