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Lindsey's Sweet 16 Party

"Mom, today has been the best day. Thank you so much!" Lindsey told me after the 23 teen-aged guests left our house last night after 11 pm. Here's the cake I baked. It was a carrot cake with a ton of frosting and sprinkles.

Guests from left to right included Jessica, Emma, Jill, Emily, (birthday girl Lindsey), McKenzie, Lauren, Jen, Zach, Paul, Kayla, Sierra, and Kathy.
Scott, John-Michael, Julia, Preston, Jared, Ivan, and Jeff also attended. Not pictured are Craig, Hayden, Tom, and Brady.

"Wilbur" displayed the menu of Pesto Party Squares, Tamale Round About, Tropical Turkey and Spinach Salad, California Wraps, Hawaiian Dip with Fruit Kabobs, Caramel Corn Snack Mix, Birthday Cake and Ice Cream, and Assorted Soft Drinks. I cooked everything except the Tamale Round About and made a last minute change to serve Chili Dogs, which I'm so glad I did, because the kids seemed to really enjoy those. Some of the ones with more gourmet taste-buds liked the other goodies too.

The first person to arrive took off her shoes, and everyone else continued, even though I didn't care one way or the other. I thought this was a cute image.
Lindsey opened gifts afer everyone left because she told me in advance that she would be too embarrassed to do it with everyone watching her. She got a lot of fantastic gifts and very thoughtful cards that she'll treasure. One gift didn't have a card...who gave her the red sports car (Matchbox) with the Teenage Soup for the Soul books? Lindsey was delighted when Lauren and Brad showed up the day before the party and said they couldn't be here, but wanted to deliver her the cheerful, bright flowers. I thought that was so sweet of them to do.
Lauren striking her usual pose.
Emma gave a Grammy-winning performance during the birthday song. (In her mind, at least.) It was pretty silly, but charmingly Emma.
"It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to!" Okay, so she's not crying, but I found it interesting that she's seated around all boys. What a heart breaker. She told me today that she didn't even notice that last night.
Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey. What a sweet daughter.

Happy "Sweet 16" to my amazingly sweet, kind, loving, thoughtful, precious, righteous, lovely, silly, wonderful daughter. We love you, Lindsey!!!!


Summer Adams said…

What a par-tay Kelly!!!!!! Holy cow, you throw the best parties. Lindsey is sooooooo lucky to have such an awesome mom like you. I'm bowing down to you right now. What a special day and what a fun night. Please give her birthday hugs for me. Sweet 16 is the best! Wish I was 16 for the day and could crash a fun party like that with such yummy food. Glad it was a success :)
If no one claims the gift, we gave it to her!! Seriously, happy birthday lindsey. Looked like one fun party!!

Kelly, will you make me that cake for my birthday? It looked SO good!!
Lonna said…
Wow!! what a bash! I think that looks like so much fun. I am glad that you had such a great turn out. And that cake looks so Fantastic! Most impressive. How are you going to top that one? Well I am sure that you will have no problems, you are one of the most creative people I know.
Sierra said…
Wow Kelly, you do always go all out!!! Looks like so much fun, and the food looks soo good too!!
Bobbi said…
What a great mom you are to make the cutest invitations and put on such a fun party! A happy belated birthday to Lindsey (we've been out of town). Isn't 16 the most exciting birthday ever?!
Heidi said…
Such a fun party- I love all your hostess skills- decor, food, entertainment.
Holly said…
Wow Kelly! Quite the spread! You always do such an amazing job hosting parties and I LOVE it! It was so fun to see all those pictures of the youth too. I can't believe how quickly they change and grow up. I remember when most of them were beehives and deacons! HBTY Lindsey! Sweet 16 is the best!
Julie V. said…
Great photos of the party. I loved her cake, it was so girly and pretty. Lindsey looks so happy.
Morgan said…
i know this post is late but what the hay? so i am happy she had so much fun! i don't think i'm having a party but all i know is that i'm going to a dance on my birthday so it won't be too bad! you're adorable lindsey!

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