Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Garden Party



The day was haunted by stormy skies and forceful winds. As it progressed we received texts from friends living in the Bluies informing us that they were snowed in and couldn't make it. 'Cancelation' was on the tip of our tongues as motivation to cook and prepare wained.

It rained until four in the afternoon at which time the sun showed its glorious rays and the wind calmed to a halt (Jesus, did you just calm the wind and the waves?).

We were elated as we strung lights, hung home made vintage tea-towel bunting and lit candles to illuminate the paths of the gardens. We lined the tables with white linen and filled dusty crates with wine classes. Sangria was mixed (extra rum, naturally), the wood fired oven was lit and Dave and I had just enough time to throw on some clean clothes before our guests started arriving.*

Oh gosh, I had almost forgotten how completely rewarding it is to entertain. To have favourite friends from decades past all gather in one place, our place, to eat and drink and celebrate my darling husbands thirtieth.

So amongst the leafy greens, fragrant herbs and raging wood fired oven we talked, ate and drank. I boasted in the excellence of my husband and all he has created in our humble yard. His dreams turning into a tiny slice of reality.

Dave imposed a strictly 'no cake, no speeches' rule. But if I could have said a few words in his honour I would have echoed the sentiments written in a card by this fantastic man 'Dave- a seeker of the simple life, a lover of things natural, a thinker and a doer, a man of music and of the surf, a father of beautiful kids, a man with a big heart'.

Instead, when the moment presented it's self I boldly announced ' TONIGHT THERE WILL BE NO CAKE'.



A 2am wrap up (surely the sign of a magical evening) means that Dave and I have a very important date with our pillows this evening.

See you in the morning, Friends. 

Happy Weekend.


Happy Birthday darling.



Sorry the photo's are a little lacklustre, I was having too much fun to play around with settings. I think I took about 50 photos all evening, most of which were blown out and blurred.  Right there is the cream of the crop. ahaha.

Thanks for the tip on the lights Pilgrim Styling, much appreciated.


* we took a 'relaxed' approach, meaning we relied on our first guests to help set up. We're cool like that.




25 comments:

  1. You guys are so cool. you were totally the cool hipster kid at school weren't you :) looks like so much fun! xx

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    1. ahahahha oh, that must have been dave. He has a beard, wears glasses and a flanno. Case in point ;)

      xo em

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  2. i loved the pics, they showed a warmth, a cosiness, a friendliness against the elements. what a special night.

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    1. Thanks Jay, it really was a special evening

      xo em

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  3. you're most welcome friend!
    I hope Dave totally loved his evening and the effort you put into it.
    and I'm sure the outdoor oven was a hit too, huh?!
    x S

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    1. Thanks Stace!

      the oven was AMAZINGGGG!!!!

      xo em

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  4. So heartwarming to read this on a Saturday evening!
    Happy 30th to your man!
    Ronnie xo

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  5. Looks like the perfect kinda night to me Em, well done on pulling it all together so beautifully... and thank heavens the wild weather eased for your celebrations. Happy 30th to hubby, I'm sure he feels like the luckiest man in the world xoxo

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    1. I know- it was touch and go for most of the day!

      GOSH- a bit stressful

      xo me

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  6. I love these photos! A garden party sounds so amazing right now!

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  7. How fantastic. I love the vintage teatowel bunting, and those lanterns. And how amazing is it to have your very own woodfire pizza oven. Yay for you guys - glad you had a great evening!

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  8. Looks like such a beautiful party. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.
    ~FringeGirl

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  9. aww, so beautiful... you know what, i'm gonna throw myself a friggin birthday garden party. yeah. that's what i'll do. checking out the light situation now. how did you people not freeze? it was cooooold man. :)sarah

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    1. we all dressed in winter woollies and huddles around fire pits, the pizza oven and braziers!

      It was most cozy!

      xo em

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  10. Hey Em, i think you missed the line in the card that said 'husband to a lovely wife' haha, guess you can't say that on your own blog, but I can say it! :) steve

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    1. ahaha yes, i did omit that line, you know, only to avoid looking like a total wanker. But I am grateful to you for including it!

      ;)

      xo em

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  11. Amazing night! Wonderful hostess-ing skills Em! and delicious sangria xx

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    1. Thanks Lady! Always lovely to have YOU!

      You bohemian goddess ;)

      xo em

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  12. There is nothing better than an outdoor party with friends, family and homemade pizza! Lovely post, it looks like you had a lovely party :)

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  13. I think your photos are great. That party looks amazing, your garden looks amazing. Glad you had fun and happy birthday to your man. x

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  14. It looks amazing! Like a dream. Kellie xx

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  15. Thanks for letting us "re-live" the moments with you - it looks like a wonderful time. Hope you got a good sleep in last night! :)
    S x0x
    P.S. Sounds like Dave & I were almost birthday buddies.

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  16. oh it is so true - house parties with treasured friends and family are so good for the soul. thank you for reminding me. i love the cosy lighting in these shots. you have captured the wonder of night time so beautifully.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em