birthday celebrations

It has been a CRAZY week. For some reason all my summer plans happened this week, so I’ll start at the beginning with my lovely friend Lucy’s 21st birthday party.

We have been looking forward to this for literally months and have been very involved in Lucy’s planning, which has been going on all year, so Sophie, Alex and I were very excited to be invited to arrive early and get ready with the birthday girl. We spent a lovely few hours getting ready, drinking Pimms and catching up and, most importantly of all, sampling the Disaronno sours the bar staff were mixing up.


We also got a cheeky look at the marquee and garden before everybody arrived, which was gorgeously decked out with tiki torches an, photographs and, best of all, jars of sweets on every table.



After having a good old explore, we settled ourselves just outside with some champagne and waited for Lucy’s guests to arrive.




Soon everybody turned up, and the party began with champagne and canapés (from sushi to mini hamburgers – SO GOOD) outside. It was great to mingle with all Lucy’s friends – I had a lot in common with some of them, who go to the same place in Portugal as me so we had some instant new friends.

After the initial mingling, we were all called into the marquee for some great speeches from Lucy’s family and friends, and then the party really started! Luckily Lucy’s sister was on hand with the camera and captured some fab moments.



Possibly my favourite part, though, was the photobooth, which came complete with a huge array of props. We were in and out of it all night, and the resulting photos are toooooo good. Here’s a selection:

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Aren’t they just perfect? There was a book to stick these in and write an accompanying message, which I took great pleasure in – we possibly dominate the whole book. Such a great idea and it made such a good read the next morning! There was also a videographer on hand who filmed the whole night, which I have to admit I am a littttttle bit terrified to see; I’m not sure I want some of our antics captured on camera! Still waiting for that one, so I am living in suspense.

On Sunday morning, we woke up to find that some hardcore partiers were still drinking wine by the pool – yum! Lucy’s lovely lovely parents were on hand to supply endless bacon, bread and sausages, and we all hung around in the sunshine recovering and debriefing. The birthday girl herself was feeling slightly worse for wear, but still looking as glam as ever:


All too soon, it was time to leave Lucy to her hangover and we got back on our trains. There was just time for a hangover McDonalds in Waterloo before heading home – a perfect end to a brilliant couple of days! Thank you SO much to Lucy and her amazing family for doing such a good job of hosting us, and it was so nice to see that all Lucy’s hard work and effort she put into planning came off well. Everybody had a fabulous time and I just wish we could relive it all over again!



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