Grandma has amazing 98th birthday photoshoot

  • Gladys Weikle from Maryland turned 98 last month and celebrated with a fun, colorful photoshoot
  • Her 29-year-old granddaughter Shannon and a professional photographer set up balloons and decorations
  • Gladys wore a tutu and died her hair a matching shade of blue while eating cake face-first and sipping Prosecco
  • She and her granddaughter got matching tattoos when she turned 95 

By Carly Stern For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:57 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 21:30 EDT, 12 October 2017

A 98th birthday party doesn't really sound like a recipe for a rockin' time — unless that 98-year-old is one particularly cool Maryland woman.

Gladys Weikle just celebrated the big birthday last month, and decided to do it up in style.

With some help from her 29-year-old granddaughter Shannon and a local photographer named Cara McGilvrey, she posed for an incredibly fun and colorful birthday photoshoot, complete with confetti, Prosecco, and ombre cake, balloons, and a seriously adorable tutu.

Voila! Gladys Weikle from Maryland celebrated her 98th birthday party with a fun photoshoot
Voila! Gladys Weikle from Maryland celebrated her 98th birthday party with a fun photoshoot

Voila! Gladys Weikle from Maryland celebrated her 98th birthday party with a fun photoshoot

All in! She died her hair bright blue and ate from a matching cake, face-first
All in! She died her hair bright blue and ate from a matching cake, face-first

All in! She died her hair bright blue and ate from a matching cake, face-first

Genius: Her 29-year-old granddaughter Shannon baked the cake and set up the photoshoot with a local photographer
Genius: Her 29-year-old granddaughter Shannon baked the cake and set up the photoshoot with a local photographer

Genius: Her 29-year-old granddaughter Shannon baked the cake and set up the photoshoot with a local photographer

Drink, drink! Gladys was game to sip Prosecco right from the bottle ¿ even when the photographer suggested she just pretend
Drink, drink! Gladys was game to sip Prosecco right from the bottle ¿ even when the photographer suggested she just pretend

Drink, drink! Gladys was game to sip Prosecco right from the bottle — even when the photographer suggested she just pretend

The shoot was set up in a local park, where they put of colorful balloons in a blue, purple, and pink color scheme. Two giant silver balloons proclaimed her age and were hung from a table.

On top of the table was a matching cake in blue and purple, which Gladys picked up to lick the frosting in a funny shot. The super-fun granny also dressed for the occasion, wearing a colorful tutu and a T-shirt with the word 'Ninety-Eight'.

Finally, Gladys really committed to the colors of the shoot, and dyed her hair a shocking shade of turquoise. 

She was also game to goof around, blowing confetti, eating, and drinking straight from the Proseccobottle.

'I was a little overwhelming at first,' Gladys told BuzzFeed. 'I thought these are just two kids and they want me to do these stupid things and I've got nothing else do to.' 

Spunky: Gladys wore a personalized shirt and colorful tutu while drinking wine from a special glass
Spunky: Gladys wore a personalized shirt and colorful tutu while drinking wine from a special glass

Spunky: Gladys wore a personalized shirt and colorful tutu while drinking wine from a special glass

It's a party! She said she was a bit overwhelmed but had fun
It's a party! She said she was a bit overwhelmed but had fun

It's a party! She said she was a bit overwhelmed but had fun

Besties: Shannon described she and her grandma as 'two peas in a pod'
Besties: Shannon described she and her grandma as 'two peas in a pod'

Besties: Shannon described she and her grandma as 'two peas in a pod'

Inked dup: When Gladys turned 95, they got matching tattoos
Inked dup: When Gladys turned 95, they got matching tattoos

Inked dup: When Gladys turned 95, they got matching tattoos

Photographer Cara added: 'At one point, I told Gladys she could just pretend to be sipping on the Prosecco through the straw, but NOPE! This woman looked at me like I just suggested something completely absurd and she just started sipping away while laughing!'

She also didn't fake it when it came to eating the confetti cake. 

'That cake was good!' she said. 'I could have eaten the whole thing. But after quite some time I was tired. And getting grumpy.'

All in all, though, they all had a great time fooling around. 

'We get along so perfectly. Definitely two peas in a pod,' Shannon told ABC News. 'She's quick witted and feisty! We just have so much fun together. Love and light radiate from her, people are always drawn to her. We make friends wherever we go because I think people can sense that she has a lot of love to give.' 

Though Gladys had some doubts at first — she said she 'thought the whole world would think I had gone crazy' — she trusted her granddaughter and had fun.

'I've been to a lot of great parties, but this was probably the best because I got all the attention,' she said.
'I've been to a lot of great parties, but this was probably the best because I got all the attention,' she said.

'I've been to a lot of great parties, but this was probably the best because I got all the attention,' she said.

Yum! 'I could have eaten the whole thing,' she said of the pretty confetti cake
Yum! 'I could have eaten the whole thing,' she said of the pretty confetti cake

Yum! 'I could have eaten the whole thing,' she said of the pretty confetti cake

Spirit: 'I will treasure these forever because they capture her spirit so perfectly,' her granddaughter said
Spirit: 'I will treasure these forever because they capture her spirit so perfectly,' her granddaughter said

Spirit: 'I will treasure these forever because they capture her spirit so perfectly,' her granddaughter said

'I've been to a lot of great parties, but this was probably the best because I got all the attention,' she said. 

This isn't the first time the pair found a fun way to celebrate Gladys' birthday. When she turned 95, they got matching tattoos. And now Shannon is trying to convince Gladys to go skydiving when she turns 100 in two years.

For now, though, the photoshoot was about as crazy as she wanted to get. 

Shannon added of the pictures: 'I will treasure these forever because they capture her spirit so perfectly.' 

And she'll have to hold onto them to remember what her grandma looked like with blue hair, since she's not looking to keep up the color long-term.

'Now my hairdresser wasn't too happy about what Shannon did to me,' Gladys said. 'I asked the hairdresser to put some silver here and there. But you know what? I think it looks gold! What the hell? Why gold? Oh well, it'll get back to normal soon.'


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