My Aunt Debbie suggested a 1950s themed party, which seemed quite appropriate. Aunt Debbie planned all the food, and I put together some decorations. We hung some various 1950s-themed items, and I printed out some pictures of things "born in 1955" and strung them up on a banner: microwave ovens, McDonald's, Disneyland, Scrabble, Play-Doh, etc. Everything looked cute!
The "Born in 1955" banner
More festive decor
Heather and I (and the kids, of course) arrived at Debbie's house a little early to help with setup as much as we could, and then we all just waited around for my mom. She and Gary arrived a bit later and she was very surprised at the festive atmosphere!
Checking everything out with E.J.
We also had cateye glasses for everyone to wear, and we decorated them with stickers.
Rock those glasses, E.J.!
Look at this sweetheart at the soda shop!
We all spent some time hanging out, drinking champagne, chatting and playing with the kids.
Ellie showing Milena some love
Santiago and Ellie reading with Gary
Heather and Milena
Then, it was time for lunch. Aunt Debbie organized a fine meal consisting of BLTs, potato salad, a Jell-O mold, deviled eggs, fruit salad and chips and dip. For dessert, she made some delicious peanut butter cup cheesecake cups. They were so rich and delicious.
Ellie helping with candle duty
After lunch, my mom opened her presents.
Showing off Ellie's drawing of her Grammy and a flower in her card
It's wine! Surprise, surprise!
Then, we all got changed into our beachwear and set off for the Gulf!
The big kids riding in style with Aunt Heather
We spent some time at the beach, taking turns sitting and chatting and chasing after children. E.J. found the water all too soon, though we all did get a good chuckle out of his drunken sailor stumbling through the surf. Milena dozed on her Nonnie, and Ellie and Santiago played together quite a bit. It was a very nice time!
Santiago and Ellie walking hand-in-hand
E.J. hitting the water
VIDEO: Little drunken E.J.
Ellie and Santiago playing in the sand
E.J. joined in!
Smashing sand castles!
The little kids taking a turn to play!
Ellie and her Grammy looking for shells
Doing gymnastics in the sand
VIDEO: Future Olympians!
E.J. bonding with Aunt Heather
When we went back to Debbie's house, the kids did a little skinny dipping in her kiddie pool to rinse off, then we had dinner and snapped a few more photos.
The Cousins Club!
The whole gang!
Then, it was time to say our goodbyes. It was such a fun day! Of course, my kiddos passed right out in the car, as is the norm after a day with their cousins!
Thanks so much for a fun day, family!