60th Birthday Celebration
"I asked Jo to help me celebrate my
60th Birthday. I really didnít know the extent of what it meant
to have Jo help you celebrate. I thought she would just be the
MC at the party and ask people to share some stories about me.
She brought my history to life in a loving and most
extraordinary fun way!
The first part of the party was dinner and a play at the Actors
Theatre which I arranged. After this at 10:45 pm at the theatre
the party began.
Was I in for an
She asked me to send her a list of all of those who were
invited. She contacted them all by phone and email. Many of them
sent her the stories they wrote about special memories and
interesting experiences they had with me. At the event, she read
some of the stories from people who could not attend and then
many of those who were there got up and shared their memories
and reflections. My husband even sang to me. Lots of fun and
funny memories were shared. We laughed a lot for sure. I also
wrote a highlighted history of important life experiences, major
changes and transitions in my life which she shared in a very
insightful way during the party. My 83 year old aunt who could
not attend even sent my birth announcement which Jo presented to
me during the celebration. My aunt had saved it all those
years!! My aunt also had the newspaper clipping of my motherís
wedding announcement which she sent to Jo. To start the party
off, everyone said the Alethalou cheer which Jo created and we
had bubbles too.
She read my mind.
I was going to ask her to have bubbles. That really got the
energy flowing. Being the wild Queen that I am, I got up on the
stage with her and sat in a special chair that became my throne.
At one point during the sharing her phone rang while she was on
stage. She excused herself and said she had to answer it. I was
a bit surprised that she would do that in the middle of my
party. She talked with the person for a minute or so and then
handed the phone to me. It was my first boyfriend Ron who lives
in South Dakota. It was 11:00 pm our time and 1:00 am his time,
but he stayed up just to call to wish me a happy birthday. She
also took all of the stories and photos people sent her, printed
them with incredible borders and made me an amazing old
fashioned memory scrapbook which she presented to me on stage at
the end of the party.
She truly captured who I am and made it all come to life.
It was an evening of continuous surprises. We all had great,
great fun, which allowed me, Alethalou, the Queen, and all of my
wildness to shine and celebrate a most important day.
I thank you Jo for creating a living celebration honoring my
wild and diverse life experiences. It was truly a life time
memory! It was awesome! Everyone loved it!"
Aletha's 60th birthday party was a GRAND TIME!
You did a wonderful thing for her putting that "memorial"
together and I can't thank you enough! It was a gas! It was
great to see you in "action" too, doing what you do best (even
if it was 11:00 pm in the evening!!!!) I KNOW she had such a
smashing 60th!!!" -Marie
What a pleasure to visit with you during the planning for
Aletha Lou's birthday celebration.
Wish I was there it sounds like a success and great fun. I
talked to Aletha Lou the next day and she was still on a "high"
about the fantastic evening. You did an excellent job of
planning and making this a special event for her". -