Ok - first the party, or should that be THE party.
I had a wonderful evening when we celebrated my 40th birthday. We had the party at home and we arranged for friends who are caterers to supply the food. We had a gazebo in the garden, which helped as we had nearly 50 guests.
I really enjoyed decorating the house and garden - almost as much as the party itself! My plan was white candles in the house, and white fairy lights in the garden. I decorated small glasses using double sided tape and glitter - then added floating candles and some '40' confetti. I don't have many great photos, especially outside, but here is how it looked:
Of course, I forgot to take pics of the food, but here is what was on the menu - we had a buffet
Chicken fruity rice salad
Baked salmon salad
Sweet chilli noodle salad
Baby potato salad with sour cream and chives
Pineapple, orange and coconut salad
and a selection of breads including wheaten bread
Think that was it!
Profiteroles with fresh cream and chocolate sauce
Lemon mousse cake with fresh raspberries
The birthday cake
I requested something different from a large cake with an inferno of candles on the top (!) so was delighted with this - wee fairy cakes with candles in - plain, carrot cake and dark chocolate - all beautifully decorated. This is some of the left over cakes.
Don't want to include photos of the guests - they may not want to be appearing here, but I will be brave and put up a photo of dh, 2 dd's and me on the night. (Little ds had finally run out of energy and had gone to bed). For those who know me, or visit here often, you know I hate to have my photo taken, so to put it here is a big thing!!
So on to the Crime Scene.
(Look away now if you are of a nervous disposition)
The other morning, I decided to take a quick shower before getting my son from his room. I could hear him playing quietly - that should have been my warning. Here is the sight that met me when I opened the door -
He had escaped from his cot, and got hold of a large dispenser of Diprobase - an emmollient cream for his dry skin. He decided it was shampoo and liberally applied it to his hair, clothes, carpet, cot, toys.....
Here he is after the subsequent bath - note the not very remorseful face, and the t-shirt says it all!
So finally, a layout or 2
The second was a card I created for a birthday of a daughter of a friend. Credits here at my DST gallery.
So that is me up to date - I do have more photos of some National Trust properties I visited last week, but you will just have to wait a little longer for that one.