Eight months in the planning for my 40th and the big day finally arrived. My Mad Hatter Tea Party was the social event of the year and one not to be missed.
Not one for being the centre of attention and certainly not one for surprises, I decided to plan the party myself and taking the limelight was the cake.
Back in November I met with the choccywoccydoodah team and designed my perfect Mad Hatter’s Tea Party cake. The chocolate was picked, the design was finalized – the party was then designed to fit around the masterpiece.
A chance meeting at a networking event got us in touch with the guardian angels from Not Just For Hire. Sara and Amanda got the theme straight away and had so many ideas to make the party simply amazing.
Tulleys Farm, being just down the road from me, provided the perfect venue. With its spacious barn, ample outside space and a great team to assist with the finer details, the party planning was off to a great start.
Invitations sent and fancy dress costumes made it was just a case of waiting for the date to come around. Amanda and Sara had it all in hand, making the planning on my part minimal and completely stress less.
July the 5th finally came round and it’s Action Stations.
Haybale sofas, mismatched tables and chairs and crockery, bird cages, toadstools, giant rabbits and much more, was elegantly dressing the barn. DJ and photo booth (care of Victoria Lily) in place it was nearly time to put on the dancing shoes.
One final thing to set the stage ... the cake !
Central to the room and the first thing the guests would see, was a white chocolate dream. Mice in tea pots, looking glasses and a Cheshire Cat, roses and watches it was stunning. The team at choccy had really outdone themselves.
Enter the guests and the madness really began.
The night was kicked off with some serious big kid time. Bouncy castles, trampolines and inflatable slides. A few casualties later and it was time to party. Mum said bruises were a sign you’ve had a good time!
Back in the barn it was time to get the dancing shoes on. One last formality, the cutting of the cake, although everyone wanted it to stay intact …. but I’m not sure anybody expected the chainsaw!
Dancing followed – some brilliant moves by Dad and all the classics came on.
It was a night to remember and one never to forget.
Many thanks to all involved in the planning and special thanks to:
Choccywoccydoodah for the fantastic cake, professional service, and delivery with a smile.
Tulley’s Farm for the fantastic venue, staff and all the help they provided on the day.
Sara and Amanda at Not Just For Hire for their dedication to making my party the success it was with their hard work, attention to detail and doing it all with a smile. You girls rock!
Andy and Jenny from Dorrington Photography for the amazing shots – thank you for the memories.
The team at Victoria Lily Vintage Photo Booths and Mike for Cloud and Sun DJ Services - the party wouldn’t of been the same without you.
And finally to all that attended. Thank you for the memories, the sore feet and giggles. I hope you all had as much fun as I did. To all that bought raffle tickets in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation we raised £94 and I can assure that the money will go on to make somebody else’s dreams come true.
Now to start planning the 50th.
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