Last week I threw a big Birthday party for my husband Nicky Rockets. He was forty (although he still looks extremely baby faced) and I wanted the whole event to be special without being too stuffy.
I'm a huge fan of having parties in the home. Blame it on memories of 1970's house parties as a kid but there is something so fantastic about turning your kitchen into party central.It also means people who wouldn't be able to get babysitters or who would be put off by attending a more formal event tend to drop in so you get a great mix of guests.
Although I like the atmosphere at my parties to be casual I'm still a great believer in spending the day before planning how its all going to run and in terms of decoration I love to take my time and make the house and garden look really special.
As its a party for my husband who I just adore I decided on a heart theme for the decorations. I always ensure the garden is made particularly enticing when we throw a soiree as it encourages people to go outside and stops my fairly small house feeling too packed.
|Old Ammunition Boxes get your pots of the ground and create height|
I brought some old wooden ammunition boxes from a jumble sale ages ago and used them to create different heights for my pots and planters. I made a corner with plants in front of an old fireplace I have propped against a wall and put lovely bright flowers on the crates. Placing lanterns next to them so they would twinkle once the sun had gone down made it look quite magical.
|My old fireplace stood against the wall became the focus for one of the party areas|
Continuing with the hearts and lantern theme I hung tiny metal hearts on the tree branches as well as lanterns I had made from tin cans
|Hearts for my sweetheart|
|Tin can lanterns looked so pretty once they were lit|
|Bunting, bunting everywhere|
|Purple Toadstools hiding in my pots|
Hanging a beautiful wooden heart on the garden gate looked particularly fetching.
|Big Up Blighty with this great old union Jack Flag-The perfect tablecloth|
My friend Helen lent me an old union Jack table cloth which was perfect for the garden table, especially once I had put a tea cup and saucer shaped plant pot in the middle.
|Plenty of places for people to rest their weary bones after a night of dancing|
Its always important to make sure there are plenty of places for guests to sit so I got out my colourful deck chairs in addition to my usual garden seats and a huge bean bag (which later held groups of kids snuggled on playing gameboys which was very cute)
|Even the shed was adorned|
Even my shed was decorated with a Marie Antoinette clock. Well it does have teacups on it instead of numbers so wasn't going to remind my guests how long they had been drinking and it looks so mad it suited the theme perfectly.
|The banners and bunting theme continued inside|
Inside needed less adornment as my house is already quite bright and colourful. I had a huge banner made for my husband (with a Rock n Roll theme of course) and hung bright red bunting across the kitchen.
All in all it looked pretty fantastic and the birthday boy was very happy. Tomorrow I will tell you about the food I made (and the Straycat themed cakes) and the entertainment which was really fabulous.