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The Party

It looks like a bit of catch-up blogging is in order … November was a BIG month! You might want to make a cup of tea … this is a huge post.

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After being rather undecided about celebrating 40 I finally made up my mind to have a little party … a garden tea party actually. So invites went out and the work began to transform our overgrown jungle backyard into an acceptable party space … always with the uncertainty of ‘what if it rains?’ … but we went ahead with planning and just hoped for the best.

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As it turned out we had some absolutely gorgeous days leading up to the party day … and then on the day the wind decided to make an appearance … making it a little challenging to keep tablecloths on tables and rather difficult to hold on to one’s dress.

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My little jars of flowers had to have rocks added to keep them on the tables … I probably should have expected that, given that we live in Wellington … but still, they added the ‘pretty’ look I was hoping for.

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I’ve got to be honest, this wasn’t the perfect pinterest party I had imagined … there were limitations on time and budget and weather. I chose to go to Church in the morning instead of spending that time setting things up. I chose to do many things myself instead of hiring caterers. I chose to have the kids involved in setting up and helping out. I am exceedingly grateful to Janine and my inlaws who pitched in and got it all set up just in time.

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And I’m thankful for friends and family who helped with the making yummy stuff to add to the table.

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It may not have been pinterest perfect but it was certainly perfectly perfect for me.

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It’s quite impressive just how many tea cup sets Janine and I own between us.

Speaking of us … here we are …

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These macarons were the most yummiest of yum … I ordered them from Nikki at Creative Cooking … yes, I can make them myself, but not such a variety of flavours and not when I’m busy making other stuff as well … and it was a fun adventure for Jessi and I to sneak out early on Sunday morning before Church and pick them up from City Market.

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There was fruit too … lots of fruit.

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And Bekah made a good waitress handing out hot food …

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She was also the chief photographer so most of these photos are from her perspective.

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There was a selection of blankets to spread out on the grass for picnic style relaxing (we shall not mention the areas of dirt and new grass seed which was optimistically spread a week before the party!)

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And we had iced tea in little bottles with mint green chevron straws.

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And real tea in fancy teapots.

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Oh and I made a sign … cos I saw one like it on pinterest. This was one of my favourite preparation moments … with the weather being so beautiful in the week before I was able to be outside in the evenings painting … and with the left over paint I painted the bunting on the wall too.

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And then there was cake. This was really just a ‘for looks’ kind of cake … I made it myself and it looked better than it tasted!

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It’s the first time I’ve used fondant icing like this … not quite as easy as pinterest would have you believe.

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And I wanted it ombre inside as well … but didn’t fancy the idea of eating teal coloured cake so I made the inside pink.

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And maybe one of my favourite ‘came together perfectly’ things was this dress. I’ve been wanting a dress for ages but haven’t been able to find one exactly how I wanted … kinda vintage looking, and pretty and kinda teal … and not too short … Well, the night before the party I decided I’d just have to make one … only I didn’t have a whole lot of time … but I did  have the perfect vintage sheet. Rebekah helped … and all up it took only about an hour … no fussing with patterns and measuring and pinning … actually a little measuring cos I wanted it to fit of course … but I think we broke all the rules of sewing which she’s learned in school this year!

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And it was perfectly fine … except for the part where it was windy of course!

And that was that … 40 has been celebrated … and such a blessing to have so many friends and family to celebrate it with.

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6 Responses

  1. Well it looked like a fab day!

  2. It sure does look like a fab day and looks pinterest perfect to me. LOL. No wonder you are still recovering from November??? ;)

  3. What a beautiful party. My friend turned 40 last month and also had a garden tea party – it’s really such a lovely way to celebrate. I love the look of your decorations and the cake, and your dress is gorgeous.

  4. WOW you are so amazingly creative and I just laughed out loud (literally) at the last photograph that your lovely photographer captured and I’m so glad you included it in your post.
    You are so crazy sewing a dress at the last minute and without a pattern too, but it turned out beautifully!
    Happy belated birthday too.

  5. how cool!!! what a fun day!!!
    all the food and that cake looks amazing
    and all those tea cups….wow they are very cool!!!
    glad you had a great birthday!!!

  6. Looks like a totally Pinterest perfect party to me Bev. Congratulations on turning 40… Hope it is a wonderful year for you. I truely love catching up on your blog and all your creativity… You have inspired me to get my scrapbooking out and get going… I have missed it, so need to make a concentrated effort this year to get more done…
    Your party looks amazing by the way… love your dress, love the picnic idea… it looks like you have all had a great time…

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