Partying into my 30’s

Wow well what a weekend of celebrations. It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally now 30 and I intend to make my 30’s something to remember.

As most of you are aware, a diagnoses with cancer kind of got in the way of life since 25. And therefore sent me on a totally different path in life which I had not factored into my plan. However here I am, still alive and still very much living life to the full as much as my battered body will allow me to. And celebrating this important milestone was so important to me.

But I have been thoroughly spoilt. I was only expecting prehaps the odd bottle of bubbles and some chocolates however I spent a good time Sunday afternoon opening my mound of pressies from loved ones consisting of some many lovely things from jewellery to vouchers, home bits, to champagne and everything in between. And the amount of cards and kind words put a few tears into my eyes. I feel very lucky to have so many lovely people in my life. And each one is very special to me.

So back to what I got up to. Well on my birthday (12th) Brad surprised me with a trip to Cambridge with a private punt (he even remembered the bubbles and glasses) then he had booked a lovely restaurant for dinner by the river and a stay over in a hotel. It was a relaxing day and lovelt to spend quality time together.

Then Saturday brought lots of fun and the big celebrations.

Firstly lunch at the Stoke Mill with the family. It was somewhere I have wanted to go to for a while and it lived up to expectations.

Beautiful food, a private room just for us and even the sun came out for some photos later.

And then there was the evening… the party!

I booked the venue (The Fat Percy) a long time ago and although I liked it I had doubts if it was the right place. But it was fantastic. Perfect size, perfect look and very friendly staff.

I also booked a singer, Jasmine Honey Banks, after seeing her at an event I went to. And I’m so glad I did. She was amazing and made the night even better than it would have been. The songs were brilliant and she got everyone dancing.

And of course I must mention my friend Emily who took control of the organising for me. She decorated the room beautifully (helped by brad), organised the perfect nibbles for the night and got my friends and family involved in things where she needed. She made an amazing post box with photos on of all my friends and even a little memories book for people to write in.

And my sister Hannah made the yummiest, chocolate covered cake ever.

But it was having all my friends and family in the same room together which made it very special. And everyone was smiling, laughing, dancing, drinking and most importantly living. Even my 88 year old gran was still on the dance floor until almost the very end.

If you have any more photos or videos can you please send them over.

Thank you to all who came and made my birthday amazing. I love you all xxx

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