The one I threw last night, that is.
You've seen it all before, if you have been following my blog for a while; I started throwing a cocktail party on my birthday in 2012, and with slight variations have not changed their true & tested recipe. (In case you want to compare, here are the links to the posts; just click on the year: 2012, 2013 and 2014.)
Once again, RJ went booze-shopping with me (it is just so much easier by car). Once again, I set up the bar in the kitchen, the buffet in the Third Room and the extra chairs, streamers etc. in the living room.
The pictures are all from Sunday, while I was getting ready. At 6.00 pm, everything happened at the same time - people arriving, flowers needed putting in vases, cheese platters (a great gift from one of my friends) and other food (more great contributions from my Mum) wanted putting on the buffet, and so on - I had no time (and to be honest, wasn't even thinking of it) to get the camera out to take pictures of the complete buffet and bar.
Last year, I didn't get any flowers, because all my guests knew I was going away the next day and would not be back until a week later. This year, there were flowers again, and lovely presents:
The "Dr. Space" book is, of course, about Wernher von Braun, and I put it on my Amazon wish list. It will be the next book I read, can't wait to start! There is a Cath Kidston bag from one of my sisters-in-law, a bottle of Batida de Coco (from my sister, same as the Dr. Space book), a book about Nidderdale and Ripon (also from my sis, this will come in handy when we'll be in Ripon for nearly 2 weeks in August), a jar of peanut butter (yes, I do consider this a present), "Sense and Sensibilty" both as a book and DVD, vouchers for my hairdresser and a treatment at a salon, a potted yellow orchid and some choccy.
The last picture of this post is just to show you what I wore. I've had this dress for a long time - wore it for the first time on a weekend away in occasion of our second wedding anniversary when Steve was still alive. Then, I wore it again at the first ball I've ever been to (there is a post about this on my blog), and last night.
Only three more years to go until the Big Five-Oh! I already know where I want to celebrate that :-)