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Birthday barbecue

Three years ago, I had just moved into my current house, and jointly celebrated that event and my 31st birthday with a 1920s and '30s-themed housewarming party. Lots of my friends and colleagues came along, as did some of the cheekier neighbourhood cats, and a marvellous time indeed was had.

This year, I decided it was time for a similar celebration to mark my 34th birthday (which is actually on Monday this year), but this time based around a barbecue and without the period theme. 'Cos dressing up is fun, but you can't do the same thing every time. A man turned up from Sainsbury's with eight boxes full of STUFF at 10 o'clock on Saturday morning, and I sprang into action - chopping vegetables, marinading meat, threading things onto skewers and (most importantly) mixing cocktails!

The weather looked decidedly shady for most of the day, but thankfully around 3pm rays of sunshine started to appear, and by the time my first few guests arrived the skies were blue and almost cloudless. My colleague's children ran around the garden while we got the barbecues going (two of them, because they were only diddy ones), and began grilling the first few burgers. And after that everything became a bit of a blur as people arrived, and handed me presents and cards, and I whirled around the place making sure everyone had drinks and introducing people to each other and so forth. But it was a very nice blur! I just have a kind of vague general impression of being surrounded by lovely people all being witty and sociable and exciting and beautiful all around me, and lots of hugs and laughter and (though I say it myself) delicious food and so forth.

Around 9ish it began drizzling a little, but that was OK really, as most people had finished with the barbecues by then, so we just carried on the party inside. An interesting spontaneous gender division occurred, as most of the ladies present ended up in the kitchen discussing various types of relationships, while most of the gentlemen were in the dining room discussing joke websites. But hey - both rooms seemed to be having an awesomely good time, so that is fine. Then around 11ish most of the further-flung guests decided it was about time they started their journeys home, so the scene shifted again to a more intimate gathering of myself, ant_girl, ms_siobhan and planet_andy, chilling out in the lounge discussing serial killers for another hour or so.

And now this morning, here I am browsing through last night's photos, eating delicious Belgian chocolates which somebody gave me and generally basking in the afterglow of a most excellent evening. Many thanks to everyone who came, and especially those who helped keep an eye on the barbecue, which I could not really have managed on my own alongside meeting and greeting everyone and generally being the charming hostess. I'm slightly delicate today, and unlikely to move terribly far from the sofa, but it was definitely all worth it. Give me another three years, and I might be ready to do it again... ;-)

Photos follow below:

Various work colleagues and partners.
My head of department and her family.
Various work colleagues and partners.

My head of department and her family.

Golden-haired child of much cuteness.
<lj user=ms_siobhan>&apos;s knitted cake.
Golden-haired child of much cuteness.

ms_siobhan's knitted cake.

I don&apos;t actually invite all the neighbourhood cats to my parties - they just show up.
I had never even seen this one before, but he made a lot of friends and had a good look around the house as well.
I don't actually invite all the neighbourhood cats to my parties - they just show up.

I had never even seen this one before, but he made a lot of friends and had a good look around the house as well.

This one is called Squeak, and lives a couple of doors down the road.
General barbecuing scene.
This one is called Squeak, and lives a couple of doors down the road.

General barbecuing scene.

More barbecuing and some phone geekery.
<lj user=ant_girl> and <lj user=zeitgeistzero> looking beautiful.
More barbecuing and some phone geekery.

ant_girl and zeitgeistzero looking beautiful.

<lj user=ms_siobhan> is aghast to be caught out looking like a boozer.
And <lj user=glitzfrau> looks statuesque in her maxi dress.
ms_siobhan is aghast to be caught out looking like a boozer.

And glitzfrau looks statuesque in her maxi dress.




Oh, and if anyone wants the recipe for the marsala peaches we had, and on which I got several compliments, Delia is your lady. I shall be enjoying the few which were left over with my lunch today. :-)

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ant_girl
Aug. 1st, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Thank you for a lovely evening!
ms_siobhan
Aug. 1st, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Oh dear I do look like a lush don't I?

We had such a lovely time last night - thanks again for a lovely party :-)

I'm afraid I won't be going very far from the sofa today either, unless of course it rains in which case I shall be going for a walk with my marvellous new brolly :-)
kissmeforlonger
Aug. 1st, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
That was a lovely party - thank you! And for the peaches recipe - they were really delicious.
kernowgirl
Aug. 1st, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
It's always a little weird to see my old lecturers in your party pictures! But it does look like you had a great time. Well done and happy birthday!
nigelmouse
Aug. 1st, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the invite, I had a lovely time. A very happy birthday for Monday.
big_daz
Aug. 1st, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the invite- a grand time was had.

Hope you have a splendid birthday on Monday :-)
firefish
Aug. 1st, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Both those parties sound like they were absolutely wonderful (I looked up the other entry as well to get some inspiration for the 1920s themed hen I'm going to on Saturday!). You have a lovely big garden, I didn't realise that before. Glad you had a fabulous time - nothing like good friends, good food and good booze of a weekend. :)
meerium
Aug. 2nd, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
happy birthday, Penny! Glad your party was such a success - sounds like a lovely night :)
rosamicula
Aug. 2nd, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Glad you had such a good time - what a gorgeous-looking party.
glitzfrau
Aug. 3rd, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am glad that I manage to look simultaneously hectoring and drunk in party photos. It has the ring of truth...
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