My Mother’s 90th Birthday

Yesterday we had a birthday party.

Mother turned 90 yesterday. This is Velma Lou when she was a child.

And here she is surrounded by her 3 children-Ken, Don, and me.

We had plenty of party food for our guests, including this marinated shrimp. I haven’t given y’all the recipe for this yet, but I need to do that soon. It’s so good!

My sister-in-law Jean helped me prepare some of the food, and my mom made a lot of sandwiches for her own party!

Jean’s husband Jim, who is Leo’s brother, set up his karaoke system outside. He had some big band music playing for the party.

Lots of family came, including these cousins Brenda, Paula, and Paula’s husband Chester. I had not seen these cousins for many years so I was thrilled that they came.

My niece Donna and her husband Scott came.

Isn’t this a sweet picture of Donna’s daughter Lauren who is Mom’s great granddaughter?

This is my nephew Allen with his daughter Savannah who is another great granddaughter.

Along with family we had a lot of good friends like Lorraine and Pat who stopped by.

Betty and her mother Thelma came. Behind them you can see the poster I made with photos of Mom at different stages in her life. The photos made the shape of the number 90. (Got that idea on Pinterest!)

Here’s my niece Donna again along with good friends Doris and Sis. My brother Don is on the sofa. Donna is his daughter.

All of these girls were having a good time yesterday. It was the first time that they had met one another.

Here’s Dot and Jean along with my mother. I’m sorry that I didn’t get a picture of everyone who came. There were some family members and friends who couldn’t come, but they all sent their good wishes.

I asked my mom today how she felt about her birthday party, and she declared that it was the best party that she’d ever had in all of her 90 years!

We’re so blessed!



  1. says

    Jane, how wonderful that your mother had such a lovely celebration of 90 years. Y’all really know how to party down there! She surely looks younger than her years! Thanks for sharing the fun with us. And now, I’m craving that marinated shrimp! It surely would be a great Christmas Eve dinner, too!

    Merry Christmas to everyone at the Crossroads!

  2. says

    Jane I am so glad you shared this with us. Happy Birthday to your Mother and I see where you get your beauty. There is no way she looks even close to her age…It is good to see your family members you are so blessed.

  3. Melanie says

    Thanks for sharing, Jane. Beautiful family!!!!!! Looks like such a special time!! Your mom is beautiful and she absolutely, positively does not look 90!!

  4. says

    Happy 90th Birthday to your mom Jane! She looks amazing, aren’t you glad you have her genes?! The food looks delicious! Wishing you, Leo and your family the Merriest of Christmases!

  5. Regena Fickes says

    Thank you for shareing this beautiful party. What a blessing to still have your lovely mother. You have a precious family. Kiss your Mom for me.

  6. says

    Jane, your mom is so beautiful! And her outfit was lovely. Your buffet looked like a spread put out by Paula Deen, especially the marinated shrimp. And the beauty of living where you do, even a late December birthday party can be inside or outdoors. Happy Birthday to your mom, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. ((hugs)) xo

  7. says

    What a great day, Happy 90th Velma. I so love her name, it’s so vintage. (She may not like that term) LOL. Jane you look so cute all dressed up. Beautiful family:) Merry Christmas to you and Leo:)

  8. says

    You all are blessed. I can see that your mother has lived a long and wonderful life with a loving family. I’m so happy for you :) Merry Christmas!


  9. Gwen says

    Thank you for sharing! What a wonderful time!! Happy times! As we travel to see my mom who will be 95 in one month. Fun, family and friend times!!
    Your chalkboard wreath looked good as a backdrop too:-)

  10. Kay says

    What a lovely party…thanks for sharing with us…and Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mom…
    cherish this time with her lucky lady….

  11. says

    Jane Thanks for posting. Your mother is beautiful! The food all looks delicious.
    So blessed to still have her. My mom is 91 in May and I feel so blessed she is still
    with us even though she has dementia.

    Have been enjoying you page and sent it to my sister who is very creative and she is enjoying it also.


  12. says

    Your mom looks great! Wish her Happy Birthday wishes from me. You have a lovely family and all of you kids resemble you mom in one way or another! Great photos! :)

    Merry Christmas!

  13. Jean Windham says

    Jane I know Miss Lou was so happy to have all of her family and friends their to celebrate her 90th birthday. The food looks absolutely yummy. I am sure it was a good time for all. I think Miss Lou looks so good too. All the photo’s are so good. Jean

  14. Gail says

    I know you all had a great time together. Your mama looks just like she always has! Love her!
    Tell her she is missed in this Cross Roads!

  15. Charlene says

    Oh Jane, It was truly a beautiful day with a perfect setting to celebrate a beautiful lady that is loved so very much. Glad to see Ken made it & the photos are great! I’m so sad to have missed it but I hope to see you all soon. Love to all.

  16. Lynne says

    Everything looks so beautiful and so does your Mom. She never seems to change. So sorry we couldn’t be there to celebrate with her. Happy birthday to her and Happy New Year to all.

  17. Vonda says

    Wow! What a wonderful party. Your mother looks great. Just like I remember her from 40 years ago. It was great to see pictures of your brothers. And Allen…he’s all grown up. You know how to throw a party, girl!

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