Tony's family threw him an awesome surprise 80th birthday party at Angelica's restaurant, in Middleton, MA. He thought he was going there to attend a friends retirement party. Little did he know that his family had been planning a big celebrate for his milestone birthday. Everyone yelled "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" as the party room door opened. He stood there stunned for a moment as he took it all in. His shock quickly turned into pure joy as he was greeted with lots of hugs and kisses.
The family created a festive party environment for all to enjoy! The tables were adorn with handmade photo centerpieces embellished with nautical anchors, as a nod to Tony's time in the service. Gold and teal balloons dressed up every corner of the room. A 12' candy table filled with yummy treats lined the back windows. A monitor with scrolling photos of Tony was set next to a hand-crafted "80 Years Ago in 1939" fun facts poster. In the middle of the room sat a beautifully decorated three tier Red Sox / Puzzle themed birthday cake. His family did an such an amazing job, it all looked so fantastic! As an event photographer / family storyteller, I live for photographing these details.
After lunch, his grandchildren took the dance floor to share another surprise. Tony enjoys doing all kinds of puzzles. With this in mind, they created a clever game. Tony had to call out and arrange his grandchildren in numerical order, by age, from left to right. One by one they lined up and revealed a large puzzle piece that they were holding behind their backs. The final puzzle revealed a cruise ship and on the backside it spelled "A L A S K A or bust". What an awesome gift! Here are some highlights from the party:
Happy Birthday, Tony!
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