My grandma was born on Monday, September 2, 1929. She is literally my favorite person on this earth, and I have so many fond memories shared with her. I remember spending the night at her old farmhouse alone but waking up with my cousins, who had arrived in the night, her and my grandpa traveling two hours to celebrate my 10th birthday with me, her coming to my senior vocal recital when I was in college and giving me a sweet Willowtree figurine called “Happiness.” It was the perfect gift! I remember being so excited for our annual family reunion where we rented out an entire church camp just for us. We wore our t-shirts that we had made each year for the event, did awesome crafts, played hilarious games, and had a family chapel service. All that began because she and my grandpa wanted all of their children and grandchildren to be together, in one place, for just a few days out of the year. It was called Camp Sadsack and it stood for Simpson’s Annual Dogpatch Symposium and Collection of Kinfolk. My grandma is a card shark – she was always virtually unbeatable. She still gets together with her friends once a week and plays! It’d blow me away how fast and easy she could complete a crossword puzzle. Those things are HAAARRRRD! How on earth does someone know all that stuff? Maybe someone who’s been around for awhile and who pays attention to the world around her? I have yet to finish one by myself. Nowadays, she enjoys spending time with her daughters who take turns visiting and taking care of her. She loves to sit on her front porch and drink a cup of coffee. Probably her #1 favorite thing in the world is Downton Abbey. I visited her a few weeks ago, and that’s all we watched while we were there – fine by me! We watched the whole first season and some of the second. It’s SO good, people! This month, my grandma turned 87 years old! My sweet cousin Cindy had the ingenious idea to throw her a party – a birthday TEA party. Many of the girls in the whole family couldn’t make it, so it was a small group, but we had a blast! From beginning to end, grandma was the star of the party and we were all glad to be there and celebrate her amazing life with her! So, if you are preparing a special tea party for someone, here are some tips to get your party planning underway!