aunts

A Surprise 60th!

My family is incredible. Honestly, like beyond amazing. Anytime I get to spend with them is so special. They’re funny, warm, inviting, and the most generous, loving people you’d ever meet. Each one of them!

Everyone at Thanksgiving last year :)
Everyone at Thanksgiving last year πŸ™‚

We get together more than most, and love to celebrate everything. Recently, my Aunt Noel turned 60, and all of my Aunts & Mom threw her a surprise luncheon with all of the ladies in her life! It was such a perfect afternoon & she was so, so happy to see all of the friends and family that came out just for her.

We all met at Harbor Lights in Norwalk. It was a really cute restaurant, right on the water.

Source.
Source.

The sun was shining – even two beautiful swans showed up for the occasion!

They floated right outside our window all afternoon :)
They floated right outside our window all afternoon πŸ™‚

My Aunts put a lot of effort into making everything just right, I snapped some of the table details:

Custom M&M's with her face on them! I had never seen them with images before.
Custom M&M’s with her face on them! I had never seen them with images before.
My Mom made the centerpieces! She was calling/face-timing/texting/e-mailing me all week with her ideas & finds. I think they came out perfect!
My Mom made the centerpieces! She was calling/face-timing/texting/e-mailing me all week with her ideas & finds. I think they came out perfect!

We were all mingling & catching up when we got word that she had arrived! We grabbed our cameras and stood there as she walked in with her family. She was SO surprised, it was the cutest thing ever. Obviously, tears were involved πŸ™‚

Ahhh! So sweet :)
Ahhh! So sweet πŸ™‚

So surprised! Hugs for everyone πŸ™‚

Stole these pictures from my cousin, Kelley :)
Stole these pictures from my cousin, Kelley πŸ™‚

After some teary hellos, we all settled in and enjoyed some tasty apps!

Crab cakes
Crab cakes. I don’t really care for seafood in general, but these were really delicious!
Fancy oysters
Fancy Oyster Rockefeller. I ate everything but the actual oyster lol!

It was so sunny, I had to snap a pic of my celebrity Mama, wearing her Tom Ford’s at the table.

I think she's the cutest
I think she’s the cutest

Forgot to snap a pic of actual lunch! Whoops!

Toasts for the birthday girl!
Toasts for the birthday girl! (The people tuning in in the back were actually celebrating a surprise birthday as well!)
Miss KBell hosting a little trivia game that we may or may not have totally botched.
Miss KBell hosting a little trivia game that we may or may not have totally botched.
Best chocolate mousse dessert EVER!
Best chocolate mousse dessert EVER!

Always have to squeeze in time for group photos…

All of the sisters :)
All of the sisters πŸ™‚
All the girls with my Aunt
All the girls with my Aunt
Aunts & girls :)
Aunts & girls πŸ™‚
KBell & Mom
KBell & Mom
Can always count on Kath to ham it up!
Can always count on Kath to ham it up!

It was such a special afternoon & I’m so glad I was able to make it! In the words of Teresa Giudice, I love, love, love this family πŸ™‚

Happy 60th Aunt Noel! XOXO

Thanksgiving EVE 2012

Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night of the year, and in my small hometown everyone finds themselves at the local bar where it’s basically one big high school reunion. I’ve been a few times but it’s the more or less same experience every year…this year I did something a little different.

My Uncle Don (my godfather), is somewhat of a local legend at Bobby Valentines in Stamford, CT – years ago he used to run an awesome karaoke show every week. This year Bobby asked if he would be interested in hosting their Thanksgiving Eve karaoke, and he agreed. My cousins, aunts, uncles, brother, parents and best friend all headed out to Stamford Wednesday night for some karaoke fun! —>

Uncle Don, me, and my best friend Erin πŸ™‚
My little bro & I
Uncle Don beltin!
My Mama & I
My cousins girlfriend did this phenomenal Adele rendition- she was so good, the girl can seriously sing!!!
The boys did awesome!
..they really got into it LOL
I love this girl!!
A little in-seat dancing? Why not πŸ˜‰
Me & my best <3

One woman got up to sing that working at the car wash song & asked Erin, my Mom and I to be her backup dancers – Β needless to say, we got up & did a great job washing the cars – incriminating video is floating around somewhere LOL!

Afterwards I went home to spend some girl time with my under 21 sister who never fails to whip out her camera phone …

When you come home late at night, take down your hair & your little sister takes awkward photos of you making a duck face LOL

Regardless, I had SO much fun on Thanksgiving Eve, the most fun I’ve had in a while. When you combine family, friends, a few yummy drinks & some good, clean fun – there’s really nothing better. πŸ™‚

What did you all do on Thanksgiving Eve?

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