Last summer my lovely Mother in Law turned 60, we knew we wanted to do something special, but couldn’t decide what. As a family we’re spread out through the country as are her friends. We thought about a weekend away with just her immediate family, but then decided something bigger would be better, so spent a very long time searching for the perfect venue, we considered a field of yurts, a posh party in a hotel, a big meal and eventually decided on a garden festival! Luckily we’d just had astroturf installed and a new patio so our garden was looking much more presentable than usual and in the absence of funds for a country house wedding type affair was a good second choice.
We kept it super simple with help yourself drinks, salads and a big BBQ. The guest of honour was very surprised, so surprised in fact that she arrived late as we’d told her she was coming for an evening meal, but we needed the extra prep time, so it all worked out perfectly with friends and family from afar.
Uncle Thom made an amazing sign and even pulled out his guitar for some live music. The kids also enjoyed putting on an ad hoc talent show!
Face painting was very popular with the girls and very much tested my creative abilities!
We defintitely didn’t run out of drinks.
The ice cream station was a highlight for the children too!
I was very proud of my ice cream cupcake selection. It’s upside down in the photo, the cone part is the chocolate covered cakes.
All in all we had the BEST day, it was definitely one the kids will remember fondly and hopefully Grandma too!
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