This year I am blessed to have great growth in my garden. The planting that we put in over the last couple of years has begun to show some colour. The result is that when we had some fine weather recently I was able to use some of the garden flowers to decorate the table for al fresco dining. I tend to use mostly table runners but when I use a parasol with a table I use table mats. Here are some of the outcomes.
My youngest is 12 this week. In our house, organised parties usually end around this time. This means that I can (almost) hang up my party organising boots. Thirty six parties later and with all the inevitable planning, invites, rice krispie buns, birthday cakes, tidy ups and party bags that this involves I reckon this makes me (along with every other parent in the world) something of an expert! It got me thinking back over the years to assess what made for a memorable party and therefore a memorable childhood, which is after all the reason we do it at all. The parties broadly seem to fall in to a number of categories. Continue reading