the idea is to collect memories of the person you're celebrating from their closest family members and friends, and put them into separate envelopes. it's such an amazing gift - i wish i could take credit for the idea myself. but thank you, pinterest (specifically Holly Burns), for inspiring me yet again.
with the help of my siblings, i sent out an email to those closest to our mom and watched in amazement as the memories poured in. it was like christmas every day a new one arrived. they were all so lovely.
we hosted a birthday dinner at our house last weekend and presented my mom with the 60 years of memories and watched her open them, one by one (60 total). it was such a treat to see her relive each memory. she was so animated!
my mother, mind you, was in theater during her younger years, so (if we were lucky) we would occasionally get a reenactment of a memory and (if a song was referenced) some singing too.
this project is going down in the books as my most favorite, ever. our house was full of laughter, food, sangria, and full hearts that night. not to mention, that i caught my mom reading each memory for the second time the next morning, with a smile from ear to ear.