A Summer Soirée…

9 Nov

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Because we thought that November is not a busy enough month, this year, we decided to add an extra happening in our schedule. Phillip’s birthday and mine are only 2 weeks apart, so we organised a combined birthday bash. Nothing more than a band playing, a patio under disguise, a few dozen of guests and some deluxe catering. Nothing really… 🙂

After weeks of over-anxiety by Phillip and under-stress on my side, a few disagreements over the renting of a tent, some last minute plan including Derek’s Scout skills in creating a tent from (ugly)blue canvas and an unplanned emergency trips for video tape(!!), the party was finally ready to be happening.

Kirstin, Derek and I designed the shelter effect the day before, consisting of tying blue canvases to roofs, green fabric to trees, some crafty knots, a few cleverly arranged flower pots, artful fabric hanging, loads of candles, without forgetting the magical effect of fairy lights (many of them)… and voila!!

Kirstin (H) did all the catering, the least stressful part of the event. This is how difficult it was:

Me:  Kirstin, we need catering for 40 people.

Kirstin: OK.

Saturday evening, 6 o’clock, ding dong… and here are the (amazing) food platters. She utterly outdid herself and we are so very grateful for her hard work, in the midst of her exams!!

On the entertainment side, Derek and the band played for us. If you haven’t heard him sing yet…well, you’re missing out!! (At this point, it is a good time to advertise his next gig. Go to his facebook page and see for yourself at  Fans of Derek Leisegang ) The intimacy of the evening was heightened by Derek’s soft voice, Steven’s skillful hands on the bass and the melodious sound of Nicola’s cello. Even the weather was clement, the rain stayed away and the wind died down.

For the visual effect… The slideshow “samples” the preparations, the afternoon rehearsal, the stomach-talk and the summer soirée… Take the time to watch the pictures, all 48 of them!

Thank you to my special husband whom I didn’t thank on the evening. I don’t say it often enough but he knows what he means to me, much more than (public) words…

Thank you to all who shared that special evening with us…

And thank you to the Lord for keeping us close to Him, in season of rain and in season of drought…

3 Responses to “A Summer Soirée…”

  1. nicky jooste November 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Looks amazing! Good music, amazing food and friends must have been perfect! Glad you had this lovely occasion and happy birthday to both of you!

  2. Ingrid November 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Yes Kerry, pity you guys were not here. You would have enjoyed the evening very much… Maybe there will be more to come and we’ll make sure to have one when you’re here 🙂

    You’re mentioned in my next post about Killian, your claim to international fame! Ah ah!

  3. kerry November 10, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Looks fabulous!!!! It must have been fantstic! So glad you guys got to do something like this. Wish we could have been there…ahhh heaven.

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