It took us about 38 years to meet and realize that.
She once wrote me a sweet email
(after we had met through church about 5 years ago)
that God, in His infinite wisdom and sovereignty,
waited until JUST the right moment to cross our paths.
Like He was up in heaven saying
"Not now. Wait for it…"
Karmen and Carisa happened.
And we've been HAPPENING
(If I could only talk about all those HAPPENINGS!
You'd wet your pants.
Or maybe that's just us.
Okay, just me.)
When Carisa and I were turning 40, it came out that she had never had a birthday party.
[Sound of needle scratching record to stop the music.]
I decided to fix that.
I NEEDED to fix that.
Fix it good.
(Ok, now I'm singing Devo.)
So I had everyone in attendance at the tea house
read a stanza of a Jimmy Dean (yes, of sausage fame) poem
in their best Carisa accent.
(Boy, does she ever have an accent.)
(Boy, does she ever have an accent.)
It was a sweet poem about your cup overflowing so the saucer is full and whatnot.
Everyone's take on Carisa's accent was hysterical.
Everything from Aunt Jamima to Scarlett O'Hara.
So we decided to make the tea annual.
There was always a theme.
One involved bras
(because Carisa left me a message once about needing me to be "her bra":
offer her support and stay close to her heart.)
In its fourth year, I pulled a fast one.
Carisa came up with the idea that we'd each send evites to our invitation list that we were surprising the other with a luncheon.
And the surprise would be on the guests since we'd known about it all along.
I said okay.
Then sent my own fake evite and then my double psyche surprise evite
which was an 80s themed party for Carisa.
Thanks for hanging with this.
That was a l-o-n-g set up!
|Me and Carisa in the makeshift "photo booth". The "I were" sign is an|
inside joke. FYI: she said that once. "I were!" I know. Too funny.
And it makes NO sense. So I made a sign. And made her hold it.
It seemed appropriate.
I did some Pinterest and blog research and found a great centerpiece idea involving cassette tapes.
|There is a short strand of multi-color Christmas lights|
inside. I couldn't figure out how to plug them in
while still acting as centerpieces. So I just used them on
the table with nothing inside. Still looked cool.
|I found a bunch of cassette tapes at the thrift store |
to make some centerpieces.
|I hot glued the cassette tapes together to form a square.|
|I added a second layer.|
|I even used the tapes that weren't clear.|
I knew right away that I wanted to do a photo booth since I was asking everyone to dress up in their best 80s garb AND bring a picture of themselves during the 80s.
|I wanted a big empty frame to use for a photo booth.|
|Madonna stopped by for a photo shoot.|
Check out those Devo hats I made! Come on, they are adorable!
|Oh, Madonna, you make me laugh!|
|My photo booth backdrop was just a|
zebra print vinyl tablecloth taped to
the back of my French door and curly cues
taped on top.
|I filled another vase with Nerds (bought on clearance after|
Halloween) with Pixie Sticks stuck in.
|I turned my chalkboard pantry door|
into all things 80s. I found people just
standing there reading all the the different
names, events and pieces of pop
|Chocolate Cafe made these incredible|
|Pac Man, MTV and cassette tapes! Aren't they great?|
Same people who made the Thrift Store Party themed
|Goody Bags! Each one included a bottle of Aqua Net (duh!),|
neon nail polish, a banana clip, a bright scrunchie and
Love's Baby Soft perfume. Aqua Net is harder to find
than you'd think. I finally tracked it down at Walgreen's.
And guess what?? NO ONE asked me why I was buying
12 cans of Aqua Net. No one.
It certainly was easy to put together.
After lunch, I had some 80s trivia questions that I asked everyone.
That was fun.
And Carisa was surprised.
So the double psyche surprise worked!