I am what you call, the queen of surprises. Happy Birthday Mike Atkinson

If you have been reading my posts on a regular basis, then you know that I like surprises and I have gotten really good at it.

First, 2 years ago I surprised my kids and their partners who were travelling together and showed up on the doorstep in Italy. Then last Christmas, I planned for my husband Mike’s mum to come from Canada to spend Christmas with us, then Christmas Day I surprised him with a new Jeep.

But the Pièce de résistance happened last Saturday 31’st May. Let me set the scene.

I received an invitation to attend a Surprise 60th Birthday party for my friend Mike Atkinson from his wife Caterina (a Brazilian). Mike wasn’t keen but I changed his mind and even bought a brand new outfit just for the occasion.

So we arrived by taxi (I decided that I didn’t want to drive as I planned on having a little drinky poos) at the MAAC Club in Marmion at 7:30pm and we walked in and got the biggest SURPRISE by all my husbands friend’s and family.

Mike was absolutely gobsmacked, shocked and totally speechless to the the least! He was handed a beer and just could believe I had got him again.

I have been planning this day with the help of my kids who organised, invitations, music, 60 years of photos in a slideshow, checking the venue was sorted and ready, picking up the cake and welcoming the guests as they arrived.

There was a buffet that was absolutely delicious and the staff and crew at the MAAC Club did the most fantastic job of serving and making sure that all the guests were looked after.

Once the meal was over there was speeches by myself then both my kids, which were beautiful plus from one of Mike’s colleagues from work Adrian, who had us in fits and giggles.

Happy Birthday was sung and cake was eaten then mingling and photos before the last of us left just before midnight and still Mike could not believe that I had done this for him.

So a Big Happy Birthday to my Darling Husband Mike! I got you again!

Oh and by the way, I don’t know anyone called Mike Atkinson or his Brazilian wife Caterina!

Here is the real invitation and the one that Mike got.

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Here are some photos of Mike arriving and of the party.


  1. Margaret Hayes said:

    Alycee, what a lovely surprise for your dear husband. Thank you for sharing the photographs, and I wish you all the best on your travels (yet again!).
    Love, Margaret Hayes.