It was my son-in-law's 50th birthday this weekend, and to celebrate, he had a big party. Family, new friends, friends from work and long-time friends all gathered for lunch and a tea party. Fify people ate, drank, chatted and dashed in and out of the garden as the rain came and went!
Daughter Sue had cooked a fantastic spread for lunch, with quiches, salad and a yummy cheese board.
Cups of tea came later,
with scones, cream and jam. Did I mention Sue is a great cook? And a far better scone maker than I am! They were delicious!
And, of course, a birthday cake, with sparklers in the shape of '50', though that is hard to see from my photo!
Another view of the cake and party-goers - cleverly (?) done in the mirror!
Then there is always the aftermath! My eldest grandson cheerfully mucked in with his hands in the bowl, carefully washing the very pretty cups.
I think such gatherings are fun, but also good at keeping friendships and family relationships alive. We can't always see as much of each other as we would wish. Lives are busy, and people get scattered, moving futher away from home. It was a lovely afternoon. I met people I didn't know, and gave hugs to family I hadn't seen since Christmas! The youngest member was 3 months old, and the oldest in her 80's. A great time was had by all!