Wednesday, 22 May 2013
The homespun party #1
I'm planning a party for July. I always said that if I was feeling well and strong when I hit the half century, I would have a party with lots of music and dancing. So far, so good (touch wood), and so that's exactly what I am going to do. Plans are already well underway. I've had an invitation printed and I've sent most of these out. The village hall is booked. Now it's time to think about the details.
We can't have the party in the village hall near to where we live as it is very small and close to surrounding houses. The one I really wanted is in a gorgeous village called Fotheringhay (where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner), but when I looked at the list of rules and regulations, I didn't think it would be a good plan to go ahead there. So, the one I have booked is not the prettiest, but it's large, with a big car park and it is surrounded by fields. If, by any chance it is a warm, sunny evening, people can spill outside.
Last night, I got to thinking about how I can make that village hall look good on a shoestring, and I made a few sketches.
I think I need lots of colour. I've started stockpiling bright tablecloths, and I hope I'll find a few more at the car boot this weekend. They're the seersucker ones, not so sought after as embroidery ones, but much cheerier (and cheaper!).
I'm also hunting for old camping chairs in stripes and bright shades, as I'd like to put up a tent outside the hall and fill it with blankets and chairs. Paper pom poms, I bought lots of these at Wilkinson's at Christmas, and I've spotted a how-to-make-your-own in the summer Prima Makes magazine, so I am going to try that too.
My friend Tracey at Foxtail Lilly has agreed to do some flowers.
Bridget, who I work with, has a small catering business and will help with food.
We'll do our own music with an iPod and a big speaker.
Let's just hope lots of people can come now!
I will add some updates as the party plans progress. Let me know if you have any good tips or ideas....