So now in her diamond years, I wanted to give her with a nice and big birthday celebration which she never had in her entire life. An honor, joy and respect she totally deserve. At first I just planned to have a nice lunch in a best restaurant in her hometown with all her closest relatives. We went to her hometown a week before her birthday to check the biggest and nicest restaurant and booked a venue. But everything changed when I got to talk to her close relatives about the celebration. They said that it would be best if to hold it on a bigger venue for all the relatives to come because the restaurant cannot accomodate a bigger number of people and also there is a limit on time. My mom's relatives are typically and mostly belong to poor and average family in the provincial area with big family members - from cousins to grandchildren to great grandchildren. An estimated of more than a hundred if to count. So to cut the story short, we hold it on a simple resort which is bigger venue and proximate to all the relatives, friends and her batchmates. With barely a week-long preparation only with the help of my two cousins, we managed to came up with a good party and at the same time a first reunion on my mom's side.
Everything went well and there were many surprises and everybody had fun especially my mom. I saw the joy and happiness on her face that day and there were glows in her eyes all throughout the party.
The resort was exclusive that day just for us.
It was a simple celebration. Red was the motif because its her favorite color. We had balloons and streamers and some raffle prizes to giveaways.
The celebrant who looked very happy on her first grand birthday celebration.
Welcoming the arriving guests and relatives. It was a reunion.
Everyone registered for the raffle prizes. Also everyone got to wear a red souvenir shirts as part of the surprise.
My mom's high school classmates.
The start of the program was a surprise song from me and my daughter and made my mom cried.
Hosting the program with my youngest sister.
Another surprise were the speeches by the family and her relatives and video messages from her daughters and grandchildren abroad.
The biggest surprise was the presence of her daughter Bamba who came all the way from the US where she's residing now. Nobody knew about the plan of her coming over so everyone was surprised. She delivered her message with tears continuously flowing in her cheeks. It was a touching moment.
Some of the relatives who sang for the celebrant.
This is the first time I saw my mom blow a cake and I felt so happy.
After the program, all kids took a dip in the pool and mom gave out some treats.
During my speech, I told everyone how grateful I am to still have a mom today and asked all to take care of their mom too. I made a promise that I will be giving a better and grander birthday celebration for her on her 80th birthday. Happy birthday again mame! I love you very much!