Champagne & Cake

If there is one thing I love as much as dressy summer birthdays, it’s a quintessentially English summer garden party. Fortunately, to mark her ascension to the big two-one, my school friend Lucy hosted both.

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Photo courtesy of Lucy Sheard.

Ever since we became friends in German class age fourteen, Lucy has become renowned for throwing damn good parties. Pool parties, GCSE-results parties, let’s-go-crazy-for-no-particular-reason parties: she’s your girl, and her twenty-first was no exception. Stage one of the birthday celebrations was an evening affair at the Brownlow Arms in Hough-On-The-Hill, close to our hometown of Grantham, Lincolnshire.

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All the hometown crew were in attendance and scrubbed up very nicely. I decided to go for a classic look via a Little Black Dress (Dorothy Perkins), but opted to add a bit of an edge with a pair of fluoro-floral court heels (Primark).

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Lucy chose a floor length Grecian-esque red dress which made her the centre of all sartorial attention.

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After a glass of Pimms on arrival, we took our seats inside at tables christened with an appropriately countryside theme for the horse and hunt loving birthday girl.

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The first course was served – a mouthwatering twice baked cheese souffle – and the wine started to flow.

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This was soon followed by an equally delicious goats cheese and caramelised onion tart.

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Joe looked very happy with the culinary indulging.

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As did Alex who looked stunning in a silky floor length duck blue dress.

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To finish, desert was a divine chocolate mousse.

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Matt looked a little too pleased (ahem drunk) with his name-card-come-wristband.

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Fortunately, despite far too many drinks, we girls still prove quite photogenic.

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The party went on until the early hours when we hit the hay in preparation for round two – the garden party chez Lucy.

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Lucy wore an elegant cream off-the-shoulder dress with fuschia heels.EDITED 28

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The party was held in a marquee in her garden, with the incredible interior design masterminded by Lucy’s mum, Sara-Jane.EDITED 26This included reems ofΒ Pride & Prejudice for table decoration, M&Ms with Lucy’s face on and some slightly cringe-inducing fancy dress photos of us all from year ten.

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We were soon feeling peckish and delicious food arrived in the form of a traditional hog roast.

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No party is complete without a photo booth, the existence of which we took full advantage of.

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Another prerequisite to a very good party is a very good birthday cake.CAKE 2

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…and a cat.EDITED 30The final shot of the day was a very special aerial photo of all us guests. Happy birthday Lucy!

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Β Photo courtesy of Lucy Sheard.

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