@jpeckjr Thanks for all the thoughtful input - like the idea of finding an old (circa 1921 or older) place with lots of atmosphere - so far most of them are bars primarily. I'm a baker myself, and plan to re-create some of her favorite desserts for the weekend....but still need to find a place for the party.
I plan to have lots of old photos around, particularly ones of her and family
@kitchenista - yes, am looking in NYC, or surrounding area
@teachertalk - I hadn't included Mom in this process yet - but I think you're right - I need her input, plus then she'll be able to look forward to it if it's not a surprise.
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