– Kim Kardashian West rented out her family’s former home from her childhood as a surprise gift for her mother, Kris Jenner, who turned 64 yesterday.
- – Kardashian West also re-created the interior of the house and rented out all of her parents’ old cars to add on to the nostalgia.
– Jenner cried when she discovered the surprise and later commented on Kardashian West’s Instagram, “This was the most magical day I can remember… Kim you are an angel to all of us.”
Despite all of those “The devil works hard but Kris Jenner works harder” jokes, the famous momager is actually quite a softy. And daughter Kim Kardashian West knew just how to bring out Jenner’s sentimental side for her 64th birthday yesterday: She rented out their childhood home.
Kardashian West set up an elaborate plan for the gift reveal, which she shared on Instagram. She invited only family and Jenner’s closest friends of more than 40 years to gather for lunch at a given address, but after they’d all arrived, she shared the real invitations, which listed the address of their former residence as the updated location. At that point, “tears filled the room,” Kardashian West explained. She even had video evidence of her mother reading the invites and starting to cry.
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“I rented our childhood home,” Kardashian West wrote in her Instagram caption. “All of our memories live here especially with our dad. It’s where each Kardashian child was born and made us who we are.”
The KKW Beauty founder went all out for the surprise. She designed the table settings and wallpaper to re-create the setup of their former kitchen, she rented every car her parents owned, and she even remade their old license plates. Kardashian West kept the project a secret from her mother and sisters for weeks.
“This was the most special, nostalgic day of my life and we felt my dad’s presence enjoying this day with us!” she added. “I kept it together and didn’t cry the entire lunch even though I cried during the entire planning process. But at the end I went into my old bathroom, closed the door and cried so hard.”
Jenner commented on the post, expressing her gratitude over her daughter’s thoughtful gift, “I can’t stop crying 🙏 this was the most magical day I can remember… Kim you are an angel to all of us … I can’t express what this meant to me and I will now have this beautiful day to add to a lifetime of the most fabulous memories. I couldn’t bear for it to end ❤️🙏 ⭐️✨💫.”
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Today we celebrate my mom. Anyone that knows her, knows how sentimental she is. For her birthday I planned a small lunch, with just her kids and her closest friends of 40 + years. I sent out invites with a location where we all met. When everyone arrived, I told them I had a surprise and this wasn’t where we would be eating. I then gave everyone the REAL invitation and once everyone saw the address for where we would be going tears filled the room. I rented our childhood home. All of our memories live here especially with our dad. It’s where each Kardashian child was born and made us who we are. Growing up, the home had the most ridiculous wallpaper and kitchen set! I remade all of our table settings, decor out of the same fabric and print as the wallpaper. We had lunch at the home as if it hadn’t changed and we cried the entire time. When we walked out to get our cars to drive there, I had another surprise! I had rented every car my parents ever owned. I had some waiting outside so we could drive them to the house and the rest were lined up in the driveway of the house exactly how my parents used to have them parked. I even remade the exact license plates. (Yes my mom had a 2 DIE 4 license plate!) We drove to the home in these cars and relived our childhood! This was the best day ever. I am so proud I was able to keep such a meaningful surprise a secret from my mom and sisters for weeks! This was the most special, nostalgic day of my life and we felt my dad’s presence enjoying this day with us! I kept it together and didn’t cry the entire lunch even though I cried during the entire planning process. But at the end I went into my old bathroom, closed the door and cried so hard.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.