Now that it's all over and I've got the photos uploaded and caption at Flickr, I can finally talk about what happened this past weekend.
Although the actual event does not occur for another month and a half, we held a surprise 60th birthday party for my Mom on Saturday night at Traverso's, an Italian restaurant in Naperville. It was a lot of fun and we got a lot of pictures to show for it all.
The scene of the crime... Traverso's Italian restaurant in Naperville. Both my brother and I worked there one summer.
My dad saved all these things from his 60th birthday party last year for my mom to wear this year.
The trap is sprung. My Mom's on the left and that's her friend, Lynda, on the right.
And wear all that stuff she did. All night long.
Three of the co-conspirators. I was manning the camera and my Dad was working the crowd.
My Mom and Dad.
Lynda delivering the first toast while my Mom hides her face. Brian, Jen, Katie, and I delivered a toast/roast as well, but I don't have those photos. I hope someone does.
Thankfully for her, we didn't make her blow out 60 candles.
It was quite a good cake. No leftovers. My Dad was a bit upset.
And who to blame?
Mom opening the gift from Katie, Brian, Jen, and I.
It was a charm bracelet that Katie had custom made with the birthstones of all four of us (and, as she likes to point out, room for charms of the grandkids, when they happen).
My Mom's reaction. Yes, she did cry.
One final photo of how the four of us spent our evening while setting up. God bless lemon drops.
It was a fun night. Nearly 35 people showed up and we took up nearly
the entire event room at Traverso's. The bill? Yeah, I think my Dad
would prefer I not talk about it. Quite a few more photos are available for your perusal on Flickr.