Monday, May 25, 2009

Betsy's Surprise Birthday Party

I am sorry it took me so long to get around to posting this, but it turns out that I am getting this done on Betsy's actual birthday! Happy Birthday B!! I love you!!
Since my big sister (Who is actually the smallest of all of us Binkley girls!!) was turning the big 3-0 this year I knew I wanted to do something big for her, when it turned out that her husband was going to be in Afghanistan for six months, and Betsy's big day was going to be while he was gone I knew FOR SURE that I HAD to do something big! (Thankfully I had mom and some of Betsy's great friends to help me get everything together-and thanks to dad for flying Mary home so we could have all four of us Binkley girls together for the big party!!)
We decided to make the party be "all things Betsy" and so it was a "green" party, (I sent e-vites, used real plates, utensils, and even made cloth napkins!) we also had all the games deal with 1979. (And since Betsy is, and always has been, an avid reader the prizes were books!) The party favor was a reusable bag from Whole Foods.
The food we served was similar to a Sweet Tomatos (one of B's favorites!) with a delicious salad bar with pretty much every topping imaginable! I even made home-made croutons for the first time! There were also home-made muffins (thanks Mare-Mare & Amanda for your help with those!) a hot tea bar, and then an ice-cream bar for dessert! It was fun because everyone brought along their favorite salad and/or ice-cream topping so we ended up with quite an amazing selection!! Carrie's gift to Bethany was a scrap book, and I asked everyone to bring a picture of them with Betsy from when they were younger-then Kevin (thanks babe!) got pictures of each of the guests with Betsy during the evening at the party and so I think the scrapbook should turn out pretty good!! (Betsy opening gifts-yes that is the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book from this post!)

(All us Binkley girls in a group hug after I read a special birthday story to B)

After all the presents were opened, the games played, prizes handed out, and our stomachs full of yummy food we sung our heart and lungs out with "American Idol" on the X-box! (Since Betsy loves to sing!) It was quite a fun night and I am so glad to have the honor of celebrating such a wonderful big sister!!


Carrie said...

ha ha ha! that was so fun!!!! I love how serious Heidi looks in the side of that picture of your mom and Eva Jo singing! ha ha!

Andy's Bethy said...

That was one of the best birthday parties EVER! Thank you so much Emilee! I think my favorite part was the singing - everyone getting enthusiastic! (but that food sure was fabulous, and those napkins are adorable, and I am still pumped about putting that scrapbook together!) I loved it all!
I am enjoying Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It is hilarious. You'll have to read it next.

Daniel & Heidi Hicks said...

haha..i agree w/ Carrie...i was having a blast dancing...i wonder why i look so serious...i must have been concentrating!

Thanks Emilee for a fantastic party, everyone had fun... and the food was amazing!!! And you made b-day girl soo happy...i just remember her smiling and laughing the entire was a great 30th for her!!

we need to get together over the summer and play american idol again!

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

OH HOORAY!! I've been wondering how it went and if it was all you wanted it to be!! Looks and sounds like it was just perfect and an absolute BLAST!! Every picture I see of you and all your sisters just makes me smile!!