Sunday, 15 June 2014

A 50th Birthday Party

Hello everyone! & HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

As i write this post today, i have to admit i am a little on the delicate side... and by "delicate side", i mean "slightly hungover". The reason for my being in this state today, is because last night we celebrated my mum turning 50 recently with a big party!
Personally, i feel that there is so much pressure put onto us when we turn ages ending in 0 and of course the number 21. In april i turned 21, and I felt pressure to "GO BIG" and do something crazy for my birthday. The pressure i felt was not put onto me by other people, but pressure i put onto myself because in society today there are certain ages that are supposed to mean more than others. I found that in the months leading up to my birthday, instead of getting excited, i was more stressed about deciding what i should do and who i should invite. Do i throw a massive party? Do i go on a trip somewhere? Do i ask for something ridiculously expensive? All because i was turning 21. In the end it got too much. After thinking long and hard as of what i wanted to do, the answer was simple. I just wanted to be with my family and have a good time. And that was what i did.

However, when my mums 50th birthday was approaching the idea to "GO BIG" was at the forefront of my mind. The main reason being i felt like she deserved it. My mum goes above and beyond for everyone in our family and i really do not think we could function without her. Throwing a party was the obvious thing to do. The whole time we were planning the party, it didn't really feel like we was planning a 50th party. It was more a night in celebration of my mum. But surely that is the whole point of a party? Not the age that the person is turning, but the person themselves.

After weeks of planning, organising, and buying, the party was finally here! This week has gone by in  such a blur! I can barely remember what i did, or who i saw. My responsibility for the party was decorations. What the hall was going to look like and how everything was going to be displayed. Only after agreeing to this, did i realise how much it entailed.  And it was only until this friday that i had everything i needed. Cutting it close, i know.
Waking up on Saturday morning, whilst still being tired from spending the night before making 3 batches of Millionaire Shortbread until 11pm, i knew it was going to be a long day! The party was to be held in our local village hall and we had over 100 people coming, so i knew getting the hall ready was going to be a long task. After spending hours deciding on the table plan, making pom poms, hanging up fairy lights, and arranging flowers, we were finally done! My sister, aunties, and nan, had spent many gruelling hours making and preparing food, and the bar had been set up. Everything was ready! The only thing left to do was go home and get ready for the evening.

I had chosen to wear a black dress (Urban Outfitters) and leopard print heels (Topshop) for the party, so decided to do fresh and summery make-up to make my look more appropriate for the summer season. Here are some of the products i used and the finished look.

Neal's Yard Remedies Nourishing Orange Flower Daily Moisture.

Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly.

Revlon Photoready Foundation 003 Shell

Kate Spade New York by Nails Inc. London Big Apple Red

Essie Nail Lacquer Limo-Scene

MAC Satin Brave A24 Lipstick

Paul Smith Rose

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Eyeliner

Urban Decay Naked 3 

Urban Decay Naked Flushed

I had such a good night last night and it was everything i had hoped it would be. I got to see and have a catch up with people i have no seen in years, plus have a good old dance! The main thing i will treasure most from the party was seeing how happy my mum was throughout the night. She really deserved to have something like this to show her how much she is appreciated and loved. 

My tips for organising a big party? Is there a right or wrong way when it comes to such things? Not really. All i would say is plan ahead, do not underestimate things, and stay relaxed! 

Peace & Love,

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