Monday, 28 March 2022

A 40th Birthday Party!

 Last week it was my wife's 40th birthday! She is an incredible woman and I am very lucky to have her in my life. Amazing to think that we've spent the whole of our 20s and 30s together - over half my life (I'm a year younger), We met when I was 18 and she was 19 and I love the life we've created together. 

The bar staff, although smartly dressed, struggled with some of the drinks...

My wife was keen to have a party so we hired the village hall, and I got brewing and baking! 


The brewing had to start quite a bit further back though - it was my wife's idea to have a free bar, but one where we'd produced most of the booze! 


I got a bit ambitious with the cake, went for three tiers which very nearly made me have a breakdown - lol! In fact I was trying to put it all together on Friday evening when my eldest came home from a playdate, she turned to my middlest and asked why she was helping and was in the other room - "Daddy needs a minute on his own..." she replied! 


I managed to produce a lot of the alcohol but not all of it. I brought along, rose wine, red wine, elderflower and apple cider, Imperial Russian Stout, blueberry mead, blackberry mead, normal mead, plus we bought in white wine (mine wasn't quite ready) and some different ales. 




In all we had a brillaitn night, two of my wife's close friends did the music and singing - they were amazing, the local butcher did pork rolls, we had a photo booth for lots of fun photos, I even hired my young leaders from scouts to baby sit the children (they went back around 9) and to help us out when things were busy. 

Such a brilliant night, reminded me of our wedding in the fact that I seemed to go from one group of people to the next, not really seeing my wife until the end but having a great evening catching up with everyone. 

19 comments:

  1. Very ambitious! The cake is amazing and I'm sure a good time was had by all. Happy Birthday to the Mrs.

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  2. It all looks delicious and sounds wonderful Kev! I hope the drink staff was tipped appropriately...

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  3. What a unique idea for a birthday party! Would have liked to see more pictures, especially of the birthday girl, but I'm sure you were very busy. Maybe along with the bar staff you should have hired a photographer! Happy (belated) Birthday, Mrs. English Homestead! You have a wonderful family.

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    1. We had a photo booth there - so lots of fun photos of everyone to look at the next day!

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  4. Happy Birthday to your lovely wife! You two have indeed created a wonderful life together. Along with a wonderful family!

    The cake is brilliant; very clever! So glad the whole thing was a success.

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  5. Sounds like an awesome celebration. The cake is very creative. No shortage of spirits! Happy Birthday, Mrs. A.

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  6. Well done all of you. The cake is magnificent and the drinks list unbelievable. Sounds like a good time was had by all.

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    1. I just wish my white wine and beer ahd been ready - still it was a good selection!

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  7. Looks like pure happiness. A friend of mine turned 40 recently and her husband made a cake for her; he didn't have enough candles so he reused some of their kids candles, an 8 and a 5, and explained that the years have "multiplied." Good dad joke, imo.

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    1. I like the idea of that. When my wife was about 36 I managed to find that number of candles but it was a fire risk!

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  8. That cake is amazing - another talent - and it sounds like a wonderful party. same again next year for you?!

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    1. It tasted good! I'm not sure about a party for me. I have a few other ideas at the moment.

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  9. What an amazing cake!!! Your wife must've been so pleased. Happy birthday to her!!!

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  10. Love the cake and the pastries look yummy. Might steel the book idea for my youngest 3oth next year, that makes me feel old! So glad you had a good time, get togethets are so precious at the moment.

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