For my Mothers 80th Birthday, I wanted to do something special.  She had never had a party thrown for her before, and her closest friends lived overseas.  So I decided upon hosting an elegant party in Canberra, Australia, along with a South Pacific cruise (to relive memories of our Mariposa trip in 1976).

Mums 80th Birthday Party

Mum80th PlayingCardsOn April 13th, 2007, I hosted a sit down dinner (with wines and cocktails) at The Lobby restaurant, in Canberra, Australia for 50 of Mum’s closest friends including billionaires & generals.  Guests flew in from the USA, Canada and UK specifically for the event.

Printed invitations, RSVP cards, menu’s with real turquoise stones integrated, place names, posters and special centerpieces providing a 5 meter long plastic scroll printed with a chronological timeline of major worldwide events in her life, integrated with her own photos were made.

A multimedia presentation was created using rotating guests own photos with Mum, and a string quartet brought in from Sydney.  Gift bags with custom made playing cards (Mum was the Queen of Hearts), along with silk scarves and other gifts for all guests.   Hardback photo books of Mum’s life were made.

Mothers 80th Birthday Party

The Menu

Mum80th Menu

The Dinner Party

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