After elementary school, my mother wasn't much for giving birthday parties. But for some reason, when I turned 17 my senior year of high school, she decided that I should have a nice party.
Even though my birthday fell right after Thanksgiving and she had cooked the full Thanksgiving meal, she put on a sit down dinner for me and several of my friends. She did all the cooking, baking, serving and clean up for the evening. I think that I had requested another Thanksgiving dinner so she had to repeat the meal that she'd prepared just a few days before.
My mother set a beautiful formal dinner table, complete with centerpiece, silverware and china for eight teenagers. My friends and I were all in our Sunday best. For my birthday, my mother had made me a cranberry colored velveteen skirt and a pink blouse out of a satin like material. I felt pretty special being the honored guest wearing my new outfit.
Even though my mother did a lot of entertaining for her group of friends and for holidays, this was the only time that I remember her doing something special like this for my birthday. It was a wonderful evening.