Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Leila turns 50, you might as well know...so you forgive the giant FAIL she has perpetrated.



Yes, you might as well know...since it's all over the interwebs already.

And I admit to a significant FAIL, in that this is not my Christmas -- or Candlemas -- or Lent -- or even Pentecost yearbook/newsletter... you know, the one I promised you!

What can I say. Despite my best efforts, I have been dragged into a new era in which I no longer have focused assistants, ready and able to devote their creative abilities to help me get things like a yearbook done.

I have to figure out a new way to bring you the year's news -- other than via blog, with pictures, which keeps you up to date -- no, make that TWO blogs!! Not sure what you're complaining about...oh, you mean the "overheards"? Yeah, I don't have assistants taking notes on the hilarious and witty things said around here, either....

Instead, these amazingly creative, intense, and driven people got together and gave me a birthday bash. It lasted all weekend.









So for now, you might as well enjoy the lovely party...I'll show you in pictures, okay?




Last-minute frosting of cakes is a tradition in these parts!
If we're not at the party, we're frosting the cake!

I want you to see the goodness concealed in there:




That would be layers of lemon curd alternated with whipped cream, oh yeah.





The idea was to have a tea party at which one wore hats, pearls, and even gloves....




It never hurts for the hostess, the warm, welcoming Nancy Bell, to have a beautiful 18th century tavern with glorious grounds, setting off the lovely ladies to wonderful effect.


 Deirdre and Natasha adorn themselves with the youngest party-goers.






Someone makes darned sure she samples everything!





 I don't know if you can see the bird on Habou's hat:


I love how many sweet girls joined us! Bridget is on the left with the big pink flower!




 Natasha, above...and Sukie, below...



Rosie...







I didn't know anything about any of this until a couple of weeks before (when I found myself wondering why my name was on someone's wedding invitation, so elegant was what I received in the mail).

They all (except Philip, Rosie's husband, who had to hold Fort Sill together in Rosie's absence) converged. The day after the party Habou made me a wonderful family shish-kebab dinner for the family.

It was a birthday-bash-reunion!

We had delicious baba-ghanoush...



Wonderful lamb-kebabs...



Leftover desserts...






No picture of us all together, of course. Sigh.







I had a lovely weekend. How delightful to see everyone unexpectedly (well, I had about two weeks' warning)! What a blessing!



Here you see Will playing with my birthday present, which promises to do everything for me...except get them in one place for a picture.

 

16 comments:

Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda) said...

It is all so beautiful! What a wonderful celebration. You look radiant!

Sarah said...

A gorgeous party! Such beautiful people in your life. :)

Wendy in VA said...

How pretty! You all look like you're having a wonderful time. I love the lemon curd cake with violets -- and the hats. :o)

Sarah said...

Your family sure knows how to throw a party! How wonderful! So beautiful!

Jamie said...

You're a very blessed lady!

Polly said...

now THAT is a party!! beautiful and fun!

Margo said...

what a treat for my eyes! I especially adore the dressing up and hat part!! So pretty everyone.

Margo said...

I meant to say, too, that your dress and pearls and that divine flowerly cap hat are GORGEOUS.

Anonymous said...

Mercy! How totally delightful is this? Garden hats! Tea sandwiches! Flowers and china cups! Cake! Such fun for all of you.Gorgeous pics! Congrats, Leila!

mary

50s Housewife said...

What a beautiful group of ladies! They whole thing just looks delicious!

50s Housewife said...

Maybe I should proofread comments before I hit submit. Sorry, I meant "the", not "they".

Betsy said...

Wow, that looks just like a party out of a book - so beautiful!

Melissa said...

Oh, Leila! I just love it! Happiest of happy parties! What a beautiful way for your dear ones to rise up and call you blessed.:)It makes me smile to see how similar our two 'party cultures' are. The last minute frosting experience looks very familiar. I hope you have time over the next days to soak in the memories and enjoy that camera! Can't wait to see the pictures that come from that. Blessings to you.

Lori Richmond said...

Happy Birthday Leila! My 3 year old sat and looked at the photos with me... I wish you could of heard him ooing, ahhing and saying UMM! Yummy!at all the food!
All the Best!
Lori

Elizabeth Nichols said...

Lori Richmond, Are you from Richmond or is that your last name? ...I know that's really random. I live in Richmond, so I'm just wondering if I have a fellow Leila fan near by : )

Mary Alexander said...

Happy Birthday! I can't think of a better way to turn 50!