What a SURPRISE it was!!! This was the invitation that everyone received!! Wow! Thank you to Ken (my creative genius) and everyone else who made this happen!!

Kelly Childs on the cover of GLAMOUR magazine

They say happiness is a state of mind…For me, this was the “Real Deal”. I was overwhelmed with a happiness I had never felt before.

This ‘grateful’ post to my family is a little late as the party was September 18th but Ken and I decided to take off for a few days to Montreal right after the party. When we got home last Thursday, the businesses needed our attention and before you know it, 10 days have gone by. I’m so sorry!!

This note is for my wonderful husband Ken and my beautiful daughter Erinn and her dashing boyfriend, Mike. I still can’t believe what they did for me and totally blew my mind AWAY. Somehow they got together about 80+ of our closest friends, my loving family and wonderful customers. The sneaky three members of the “Surprise Birthday Planning Club” must have continually covered up their tracks for two months (as I was told by them) and successfully managed to pull off one of the BEST parties I have been to …..and it was MINE….ALL MINE.

Ken and Kelly Childs walking up to Kelly's Bake Shoppe
I’m very apprehensive at this point…. “what are all those people doing inside??”
Kelly Childs looking shocked and surprised
What is going on?? Boy, do I look shocked.
Kelly Childs literally crying with joy
Kelly Childs' sister telling Kelly it will be OK
Love my sister Shannon…..xo
Kelly's Sister Shannon giving Kelly Childs a big hug
Shannon consoling me.. I LOVE YOU Shannon!
Kelly Childs grabbing her forehead
Mike, Erinn and my little niece Lizzie – so happy I was shocked!
Kelly Childs hugging her brother in law
Hugging my brother-in-law Peter, with my nephew, Connor looking on. xo
Kelly Childs' best friend Carolyn and her mother Colleen
My Best Friend since Grade 7, Carolyn …and my mom, Colleen
Kelly Childs hugging her good friend Courtney
With my dear friend Courtney – There were so many people inside I didn’t know what to do.

They invited the famous Canadian Vegan Chef Doug McNish onboard to make his delicious raw vegan food (he has two incredible cookbooks), DJ Mike that had a custom playlist with all of my faves (and turned Kelly’s Bake Shoppe into a Nightclub!), and of course Mixologist (and Sommelier) Craig Mclean to mix up his crazy cocktails (“Kelly-Tinis” were his specialty that night). They also put together the MOST INCREDIBLE video tribute to me that had me fall apart to tears.

Kelly's Bake Shoppe at night with a party rocking on the inside                               Beautiful Decorations inside and out

Kelly Childs and Doug McNish chatting in the back of Kelly's Bake Shoppe

with Doug McNish

DJ Mike giving the thumbs up along with Jordan

DJ Mike and our Manager Jordan

A very blurry picture of Kelly and Erinn dancing in the front of the bake shoppe

Dancing the night away!

The Kelly's Bake Shoppe gang

I think everyone was having a GRAND time. 🙂

Thank you to everyone for coming and also sending me your wonderful wishes! Thank you for all your love and outpouring love and support crossing over this wonderful milestone. I’m so grateful to be able to have spent it with all of you.

I know I’ll be getting more pictures soon and will share when I get them.

Thank you Ken (my true love), Erinn (my BFF) and Mike (my son I never had). Your love and generous spirit just humbles me so deeply sometimes that I can’t grasp the full magnitude of it. Thank you for being patient with me. I love you all so much!

Here’s to turning 50! I can’t wait for 51! 🙂 Yippee!!! It’s time to hang on for the ride of MY life!!

Are you living your life yet?

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Kelly is the co-founder and co-owner (with her daughter Erinn) of the ever popular, Kelly's Bake Shoppe, where 1000's flock to on a weekly basis. She lives in Grey County with her two cats Daisy & Tuna. You can find Kelly developing and creating marketing content and building new business ideas with her daughter Erinn. They have the ever popular podcast: Cupcakes and Consciousness on Apple and Spotify. Tune into their latest shows. Kelly & Erinn are now writing their 2nd cookbook that is due to come out in winter 2023.


  1. It was one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life: to make you the centre of everything. Happy 50th Birthday to the most beautiful person I know. And I’m the luckiest guy there is.

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