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nina is ninety

This is my grandmother, and this is my favorite photo of her. It also happens to be the photo she gave my grandfather when they were dating. "To Bob: With all my love, Nina"  He liked it too. They were married for over 60 years. My grandfather passed away five years ago, but grandma is still chugging along.

My aunts decided to throw grandma a big party for her 90th birthday. We sent out save the dates, using another favorite photo of mine, back when she was a young mother of three. Somehow she still managed to look amazing (I'm loving the dress, the necklace, the hair.. so beautiful, my grandmother).

The invites featured three different photos of grandma, when she was a young girl with her pixie cut, when she was in high school, and on her 25th wedding anniversary (still gorgeous, and that was while raising 10 children!).

We decorated with more old photos, with paper circles in different sizes and shades of green. Just punch a hole in each side and thread onto some embroidery thread.

Instead of a guest book, we printed out cards with different photos from grandma's life.. (there are so many beautiful old photos of my grandma, this seemed like a nice way to showcase them). As people came to the door we asked them to take a minute and write a quick note to Nina.

And then we hung them from green embroidery thread with paper clips. It was fun to watch the wall grow as the party went on and to see all the photos there together... a life in pictures. We'll make these into an album after the party so grandma can read through them whenever she likes.

My favorite note, from a boy who grew up with my grandmother. "Nina - If I had been five years older, Bob wouldn't have had a chance." (Bob, of course, is my grandfather. And yes Don, I'm afraid you missed out!)

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Reader Comments (66)

o my...I'm so very impressed....must be hard work :) I love the last note too :)...she was beautiful then...and still is now :)

08.13.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLia

Could you please tell me where you got your invitations? I love them and we're throwing a party for my grandfather's 85th. I'd love to do something similar.

10.25.2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

WOW! I LOVE this. I am planning my mom's 80th and was looking for photo decoration ideas and found your blog. WONDERFUL ideas. Beautifully and obviously lovingly executed. I am pinning this and linking back when I make my entry on senior citizen milestone bday ideas.

Thank you so much for sharing.

03.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEldarose

Where did you have all of the invitations and "note to Nina" made?

09.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLouisa

Where did you get the invitations? I am planning a 90th birthday for my grandmother, and I LOVE the invitations. If you could email me to let me know where to get them I would really appreciate it.

Thank you!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Lovely -- Please let me know how you printed the photo notecards!

05.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLFR

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