The Teen Surprise Party

by Tina on March 26, 2014

in Celebrations

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Other parents try to tell you before your kids are born that nothing can prepare you for the love that you will feel for your child, but it really is so hard to comprehend.  And once they come into your life, there is not much that can prepare you for the overwhelming desire to spoil them and lavish them with every ounce of love you have within your heart.  It seems impossible that you could love your child more each day, but then with each new morning comes more happiness and a deeper connection to this little being who has now been utterly intwined into your life and your own story.

I was so overwhelmed thinking about Hailey turning 13 and even though we had thrown a pink party with her friends, I decided to surprise her with a little family party.  Maybe it was my way of coping with her becoming a teenager, but it just felt right to celebrate her entry into her teens.  It felt like one of the biggest things that had ever happened to her and it felt very much like that to us as her parents, too.  I just felt that seeing her grow into this amazingly gorgeous and kind soul was worth celebrating over and over.

So, here is a little peek at the Teen Surprise Party we threw for Hailey… because life is short and every moment is worth a celebration…

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I think she was sufficiently surprised and loved receiving a gift box of London themed items and a bottle of Agatha Ruiz Love Perfume, which smells so sweet and subtle!  Aren’t surprise parties the best?


Pillows and napkins: H&M Home, Honeycomb Decorations: Cute Tape, Schleich Dalmation, Cake Sprinkles & Silver Decorations: Miss Etoile

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Styling and Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen March 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Tina! Seriously, you are such an amazing mom! What a gorgeous surprise party and Hailey looks so happy 🙂


The Slow Pace March 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

What a fantastic party! Everything looks so pretty!
You have an amazing family!


Virginie Cotton March 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Tellement magnifique! bravOOO ! ! !


Camryn March 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Such a sweet young 13-year-old, whose mom deserves the title “Mother of the Year.” You all are so blessed and fortunate to have one another. What a beautiful surprise party and a touching tribute to what will be some sensational years ahead for Miss Hailey! Lots of love to all of you!


Jos March 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Hi lovely Tina. You are such a stylish, divine mama – your surprise party looked gorgeous – everything about the decorations, setting and food looks sublime. I know just how you feel love. My baby also turned 13 and I have been quietly struggling so much with it – he is now taller than me but thank god is still happy to give his little mama a cuddle and kiss good morning and night. I look at his baby and toddler photos and wonder how quickly time has flown. You feel the relationship changing as they open their hearts and minds to the world so much more. Older friends with older children keep telling me it just gets better each year. Our teens are both gorgeous – I look forward to hearing how Hayley embraces her world – she is such a honey – the look of delight on her face says it all!!!!


ania @ the new diplomat's wife March 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

aw – it looks so lovely and love the genuine look of surprise too! happy birthday to hailey again and have a wonderful wonderful time in London!
ps – love your skirt too 😉


Celena March 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I love her facial expression! Good job, Tina!


Nancy G. March 27, 2014 at 12:51 am

What a joyful celebration. As I’ve said before, you are creating wonderful memories to last a lifetime.


Effie March 27, 2014 at 3:44 am

Simply gorgeous!!! Every single detail is perfect. Love them all. How did you hang the paper decorations from the ceiling so that they look spread out? Never used them before but they are such a great idea 🙂 Thank you.


Kelleyn March 27, 2014 at 4:41 am



Shelby March 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

This is stunning Tina!!!! How incredibly special… There is just something about being surprised on your birthday, I can only imagine Hailey was so excited! Absolutely beautiful… well done!


Karla March 28, 2014 at 6:19 am

Such a special surprise to Hailey and I can see any female loving this kind of party of any reason, don’t you think?

We’ll, I would….


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