The theme was 'Curry & Games' and, as usual, we had a ball.
We'd just recently been given a John Lewis voucher for our anniversary so we splashed out on new china and cutlery. I think our black and white themed table looks pretty glam.
Our dining table had to get ditched in the garden as it's not big enough for nine guests.
This is our ping pong table glammed up by a damask cloth my Dad acquired as an antique dealer.
I'm ready to party.
Still hating the new hair.
As the current obsession in the Misfit House is 'Breaking Bad'
we ordered a rice paper cake topper from eBay for his chocolate birthday cake.
The 'cooking' reference comes from the series!
He was pretty impressed.
Once the meal was over we started on the games. The Misfits are well known for the daftness of our parties and, thankfully, our guests are always willing participants.
We started with 'A word from a Song' - this involved single words on a piece of paper, picked from a hat and then we each had to sing a line from a song containing that word. E.g: LOVE - 'She Loves You' or 'Love, Love me Do.' The aim of the game is to find as many as possible containing the word.
Then we moved on to 'Paper Art' - we picked a category such as 'animals' or 'things you find in the kitchen' and we each had to tear a piece of A4 paper into the shape of our chosen object. We were surprised at how many cats and giraffes we had. Then we had the lazy man's effort of 'a puddle of milk' for 'found in the kitchen'!
Next was 'Alphabet Story' - we began at a random point in the alphabet and told a story line by line with each person starting the next line with the next letter of the alphabet. E.g: Amanda went shopping. But the shops were closed. 'Can't think what to do,' she said.
The game we played for the longest was 'Keep it going' - the teen would find a well known song on his iPod and we would start to sing along with it. One example was 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. While we were singing, he would suddenly turn it down so that we were unable to hear it and we had to keep singing to see if we were at the same point on the track when he turned it back on. Much fun and laughter was had by all, and I have to say we didn't do too badly.
This then led onto 'Joint Bongos' with the teen and his friend taking half a bongo each and bashing out tunes while we danced - quite a lot!
Their hands were moving so fast, they're a blur!
I can't believe that these are the two boys who used to camp on the floor.
Fine young men to be proud of and a joy to spend time with.
And from our boys, I gained a best friend.
(and also a Goddaughter - not pictured)
A sneaky ciggie in the snow, 13 years ago, and we're still going strong.
'You had me at the snow!'
The worst part of a dinner party - the clearing up.
Mr Misfit and other menfolk were at the party but we seem to be short on photos - which, when it came to the dancing, is probably just as well!
We had a fabulous time and were all feeling a little exhausted this morning. Now ... on to his actual birthday on Thursday. But first, sleep.