Thursday, 8 October 2009

Sunday Night Fever......

You remember we visited Queenie last weekend to help celebrate her hubby, D’s, 50th birthday? Well we had a great weekend!

We set off Friday at 3.30 pm, as soon as I had got home from work. I actually drove to their house for the first time in the 19 years we’ve known them and been visiting, though we went the scenic route as I don’t ‘do’ motorways. That was a treat for MWM as he usually drives. It must be a year since we’ve actually seen them but, as always, we fell into a relaxed mode because we’ve been friends for so long. We had fish’n’chips from the award winning chippy round the corner, then MWM and D went to the pub whilst Queenie and I caught up on all the gossip and the itinerary for the weekend.     Before you ask – yes it was a late night and yes we did have a lot to drink!

Saturday dawned to find us all a bit worse for wear but we had to go to the venue for Sunday’s party for Q&D to make sure everything would go according to plan. The actual venue is their son’s very upmarket Café/Lounge Bar ‘Saint’s’, where we had a light lunch and a couple of coffees before heading home to have 40 winks before going out for a meal that evening. We opted for a local Tandoori restaurant that evening where they do great food, the atmosphere is friendly and the service superb. We were all really tired from the night before so were home and in bed for 11.30 p.m. – a first for all of us on one of ‘our weekends’, boy did we feel better for it the following day though!

Sunday was a busy day, well for Q&D anyway, shopping and getting food ready for the party that night, then we all had to don our fancy dress costumes and be down at the venue for 6 pm to take the food and help the staff to set it all up.
The dress theme was 60’s/70’s and here we are ready to go!

MWM, me, Queenie and D

D had given the DJ a playlist of all his favourite music from the era and later there was a duo playing – who I have to say were absolutely brilliant and it was their first proper gig!

Everyone was up dancing, especially the ‘Birthday Boy’, who I think danced to every single tune! The drinks were flowing and the food was great. Queenie had booked the minibus for midnight to take us back home and the four of us carried on the party there. I have to say it was one of the best parties I’ve ever been to, but I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Q&D being the great hosts they are! There were only a few people who didn’t wear fancy dress, the majority did and they looked fantastic. I’ve put together a slide show to show you just what an effort most folk put in.

Thanks for a great weekend Q&D and, as today is the day,…..



Dumdad said...

Fab photos! You all rock!

quilly said...

Oh my word! D's outfit would make Rod Stewart jealous! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Hau`oli La Hanau to D. Elton John eat your heart out and Sonny and Cher...Rock on. Fantastic. I'm so glad you did the slide show. Amazing what people can come up with and the photo's with the peace signs...Oh my goodness...just great :) Thanks for sharing this my friend :)

Elaine Denning said...

Wow. You all looked fantastic! Glad you had a great time!

Thanks so much for Matt's sponsorship, Ak. it was really sweet of you. xxx
Can you email me your address please.

Nessa said...

That looks like a really great party. I love all of the outfits. Fantastic.

Susan at Stony River said...

What a fantastic idea for a party, I love it! Everyone looks FAB! LOL

Daryl said...

I dont think I have ever seen so many people in one room in such highly flammable clothing/fabric .. all the polyesters that gave their lives for those .. too funny .. and apparently a fun time for all! Happy 50th to your chum!

Ron said...

First of all, this party sounded AWESOME!

Second, while viewing your slide show I felt like I was having a flashback to a time that I remember as being the BEST!

You guys and gals really know how to party!

Thanks for sharing, m'dear!

You and MWM looked great!

Enjoyed this!

Akelamalu said...

Cheers Dumdad :)

He'll be pleased to hear that Quilly LOL

Everyone really made an effort Thom and it was so much fun. :)

Thanks Laney and you're welcome m'deario.x

Some of the outfits were really special and had cost quite a bit the the homemade ones were really great Nessa :)

Thanks Susan :)

It was lucky that smoking is banned from bars now with all the Daryl!

I thought those photos would bring back memories for you Ron - it was the best time wasn't it! xx

Cheffie-Mom said...

How fun!! You all look awesome!! Love it!!

Queenie said...

I have had such great feed back, thank for being there & helpingXXXX

prashant said...

looks like a really great party. I love all of the outfits. Fantastic.
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buffalodick said...

The Flower children still got it! I'm growing the pony tail I never got as a young man!

cheshire wife said...

Fancy dress is great when everyone participates. Those costumes look great but I am so glad that fashion has changed.

Dr.John said...

Happy Birthday D.
Loved the party.
Loved the slide show.
Loved the era.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Awwwww so so cool. I've heard the Saints Bar is meant to be fab. If you're heading this way another time let me know, I'd love to meet you. x

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

wow! those are some outfits! how fun...

smiles, bee

Cloudia said...

Such Fun!

Happy Birthday, Bee

Aloha, Ake!

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Julia Phillips Smith said...

Now, that's the way to turn 50. It looks spectacular!

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Cheffie Mom :)

It was my pleasure Queenie and I'm not surprised you've had great feedback! x

Welcome Prashant, I'm glad you like it. :)

MWM keeps threatening to grow a pony tail too Buff :0

Akelamalu said...

I agree Cheshire Wife the costumes look great but I wouldn't want to wear them all the time! LOL

I suspect it brought back some good memories for you Dr. John :)

I promise next time we're over that way I will let you know Jo, hopefully we'll be able to meet up. :)

It was good fun Bee :)

Yes it wa Cloudia x

Definitely the way to enjoy a big birthday Julia :)

CG said...

How brilliant!!

Spiky Zora Jones said...

Ohhhh...I missed out on a great party. It looks like lorts of fun. look marvelous. And that Austin Powers is awesome. It made me laugh...fabulous look.

thumbs up on the slide show too.

Have a fab weekend honey. xxx

Anndi said...

Absolutely fantastic!

Travis Cody said...

Looks like fun!

Akelamalu said...

It was CG :)

Oh yes the Austin Power costume was the absolute best Spiky! Glad you enjoyed the slide show hon. x

Glad you liked it Anndi x

It definitely was fun Trav :)

MarmiteToasty said...

Wow, dont you all look fabulous.... such love to..... and where on earth did you get those great outfits LOL


g-man said...

I still have stuff like that in my closet!!
You guys look GREAT, I'm so jealous!
Missed ya...G

mrsnesbitt said...

Loved it! A good party and an incredible weekend by the sound of things!

Maggie May said...

You all looked great characters and looked as though you had been having a very good time. What wonderful outfits!
Hope you all sobered up before venturing home LOL

Nuts in May

nitebyrd said...

Great costumes! Y'all look excellent. Sounds like a great time was had by all.

Maude Lynn said...

Sounds like a fantastic party!

Mike Golch said...

Happy Birthday D.
now that I want to say congrats on the award that Finding Pam gave you.

lettuce said...

what a great weekend - and your fancy dress is brilliant

Flowerpot said...

Sounds an amazing weekend!

Sandi McBride said...

Would you believe that out of that great post and those wonderful pictures and the slide show all my brain could retain was Fish and Chips? Do you know what I would do for some authentic British Fish and Chips? Beam me over Scotty...there's no Fish and Chips here!!!

Finding Pam said...

Far out...You really know how to party and have lots of fun. I wish D a belated birthday. Good friends are hard to find. Thanks for sharing all the fun with us.

Akelamalu said...

Q & D bought their costumes over t'internet Marmie, MWM and I hired ours - great aren't they!

You would have loved it G-man, especially as you already have the clothes to hand! LOL

Both were brill Mrs N :)

We were just about sober by the time we were on our way home Maggie ;)

All the costumes were brilliant Nitebyrd, everyone really made an effort.

It certainly was Mama Zen :)

Thanks Mike x

Cheers Lettie, glad you like it.

Certainly was Flowerpot!

There's nothing quite like British Fish'n'Chips is there Sandi? LOL

Oh we do know how to party Pam - we've had years of practice! LOL

secret agent woman said...

Wow, you guys are very shiny!

Connie T. said...

I used to dress like that, many, many years ago. My favorite was giant bell bottom pants and a suede vest with fringe, like the one in you pictures.

Caron said...

Fabulous costumes!!

GEWELS said...

THAT IS HYSTERICAL!!! You all look fabulous! did you already have all of that in your closet? Don't lie.

Pam said...

love the photos. hey, i think i had a top that was similar to mwm's lol it was my mom's. d's costume was a little scary, but i found it hard to take my eyes away lol. y'all were adorable :0)

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