Tracey supplied some beautiful flowers for me. A jam jar for each table and two big arrangements. The colours were just gorgeous.
I made an album of memories, including photos of as many people as I could find in my collection of prints. Quite a few of these friends were at the party, and it proved to be very popular.
We set chairs and tables around the dance floor, and hired a music system. I just plugged in my iPod with my special playlist, and we were ready to rock.
Snacks for every table. Party dress on.
My three best friends from university.
The bell tent was really popular. I was so glad we put it up. Fifty people came, which was just about right. My hedgerow vodkas went down very well. We put them in tiny shot glasses over ice, green gooseberry, pink rhubarb and bright red strawberry vodka. My eldest son Jack ran the bar with his friend Livvy, which was brilliant, as it meant we could relax and enjoy chatting to our friends.
We ate: sticky sausages, home made pizza, mini quiches, melon and parma ham bites, bruschetta with avocado, and dill and smoked salmon scones, bread, cheese and chutney, home made chocolate brownies and fruit tarts.
We sat in the evening sun, then went inside to dance. The top ten floor fillers were:
Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
Pretty in Pink - Psychedelic Furs
Le Freak - Chic
Hung Up - Madonna
Party Rock Anthem - LFMAO
Blue Monday - New Order
Common People - Pulp
Night Fever - BeeGees
Don't You Want Me? - Human League
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
Next day, we were able to chill in our garden and chat. A wonderful end to a party weekend.