Here are some pictures of the preparations - none of the party in full swing, for the aforementioned reasons:
Until about half an hour before the party, I was torn between the new dress (the one with the polka dots) and the lilac one (the same one I wore for my birthday last year). In the end, I went for lilac again, it seemed more cheerful. And is it just me or do my totally average-sized feet look HUGE in those shoes?!
Getting the living room ready with extra chairs and streamers across the ceiling.
Yep, that's the same one again, just like last year, in my tiny hallway.
Next, the "cocktail bar" was set up in the kitchen. The empty space on the table was later taken up by my biggest salad bowl, filled with crushed ice for the drinks.
Doesn't it all look really appetizing? All those dainty little sandwiches and nibbles were made by my Mum, while I was putting up the streamers, answering the phone and trying to decide on my dress :-) Honestly, she deserves a HUGE thankyou!
Some cards had arrived, most of these are from England, but there are also some from as far away from where I live as possible without leaving the planet:
And flowers, and presents!!!
Stupidly enough, I accidentally deleted the picture I took of the whole array of flowers and presents I got, but here are some glimpses:
I do hope that each of my guests enjoyed themselves as much as I did!
RJ and I spent part of the Saturday eating and drinking leftovers - but there's still so much booze left in the cellar I could host another party. And maybe I am going to do just that!