Party Recap

My MIL was born in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri during the Swing Dance Era, so my sister-in-law, Heather Martin, and I decided to throw her a huge surprise party and bring all her family into town. So we sent her to the spa for the day and transformed her home in 4 hours into a 1950's Jazz Club!


Party Highlights

  • Best Dressed

    All the poodle skirts!

  • Desserts

    Cake & banana pudding

  • Activities / Games

    Swing Dance Instructors and Photo booth

  • Budget


  • Party Favors

    Chocolate instruments & Swing Dance CD

  • Best Moment

    The look of suprise on the birthday girl's face when she walked in and saw her house transformed into a 1950's jazz club and all her friends/family there dressed to the T!

  • What People Ate

    St. Louis style ribs, beer can chicken, mac & cheese, grits, collard greens, green bean casserole. 1950's appetizers: Cheese ball platter, crab dip, pigs n blanket, deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, chex mix, and veggie tray.

  • What People Drank

    Specialty drinks: The "Christini" Martini, The "Frittini" martini, beer, wine, and 1950's cocktails.

  • Most Touching Moment

    Mother / Son dance :)

  • Funniest Moment

    Us all trying to dance!


Party Helpers



  • no photo

    Gilda S wrote:

    what is in the little cups????

  • no photo

    Gilda S wrote:

  • no photo

    Gilda S wrote:

    beautiful job ladies

  • no photo

    Gilda S wrote:

  • no photo

    Gilda S wrote:

    Love the cake

  • Holly T

    Holly T wrote:

    Some shot? Can't remember ;) Must have been good!

  • no photo

    Gilda S wrote:

    The party is absolutely beautiful she must have been speechless not to mention grateful I am turning 60 this year I am showing this to my daughter in law lol

  • Geri R

    Geri R wrote:

    Great idea!

  • Geri R

    Geri R wrote:

    Wow what a party!!! Well done, everything looked so beautiful.

Close Follow Catch My Party