the reveal

As a special surprise for G’s recent accomplishments (graduation and confirmation), I planned a fun mother daughter trip to Chicago this summer!  She loves Chicago…it is one of her favorite cities!  Instead of just telling her we were going on a trip, I put together a slow reveal of the surprise.

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

Inside the four blue and yellow (her school colors) bags were clues about the surprise.  I hung these across a magnet board using baker’s twine, along with a little “congrats” sign.

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

Each day G opened a new bag to reveal another clue about her surprise.

Day #1

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

A United States map…she knows we are going on a trip!

Day #2

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

A train…she knows we are traveling by train!

Day #3

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

She was close to figuring it out, so I gave away the location in clue #3.  That left her very curious about the last clue.  Oh, the anticipation!

Day #4

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

The details of our trip together…the dates, the itinerary, and tickets to see the musical Kinky Boots while we are in Chicago this summer.

the reveal | polka dots and picket fences

Such a fun way to reveal a surprise!  She opened these during the last week of school (before heading off to take her exams each day)…just a bit of excitement each morning.  Now we need to plan more of our trip to Chicago!

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