Tuesday, 25 June 2013

.........Will You Still Feed me.........When I'm Sixty-----Five!

Slight paraphrase there of The Beatles.  My DH reached the grand young age of 65 at the weekend and we had a big shindig to celebrate.  Stewart organised most of it himself as he enjoys doing it and we had a great night along with about 80 family and friends.  Entertainment was provided by Steve Carlisle, who was originally a member of Mike Pender's Searchers and by Seabirds, the group DH's son belongs to. 

Instead of accepting presents we requested donations to Alzheimer's Society and we also ran a raffle to raise funds.  In total, together with JustGiving donations online, we have raised £811.39!  I feel very proud of my hubby for all the energy he put into setting up this special evening.

Making some shapes on the dance floor. (Photo courtesy of an internet friend Tom Wigley).

A good crowd and buffet time.

I managed to keep the cake secret from my hubby until he saw it at the party.  No, I didn't become Jane Asher overnight, I had this cake made.  The photo of St Ives is one of DH's and Sharon made the figure from one of my pics of him in action.  

It was lovely to see some internet friends who we had never met in real life until now.  Tom, who lives near Manchester, had been promising to make DH a little knitted something for the last 3 years and we finally met 'Little Stewart' on Saturday night.  Isn't he fabulous?  Needless to say Little Stewart took pride of place all evening.

Funnily enough, when Mum came to spend the day with us today I had left the doll on her chair and when I came in the room Little Stewart had a new admirer!

(Pardon the state of mum's handbag, she is very attached to it and won't let me replace it).

The highlight of the evening for me, apart from seeing my lovely husband enjoying himself, was to have my stepdaughter and her husband come all the way from West Sussex for the party.  

It was wonderful to see them again and to see them both so happy together.  I was doubly delighted that they had come because they had to get up early on Sunday to go straight back home as my stepdaughter's husband had to prepare for an important exam.

My two handsome stepsons completed a great evening and it was lovely to see them both.  If you'd like to see more photos of the evening you can click here to see J's Flickr album.  

We have another birthday coming up at the weekend, Mum will be 88, but I don't think it will be quite such a hectic affair.  Phew!  I'm still recovering!


Timaree said...

Happy Birthday to your husband.

I don't replace my handbags till they are in really sorry shape. I can understand your mother hanging on to something familiar though, no matter what shape it is in!

So who created the vest your husband wore all evening? My guess is you? It looks wonderful. It sounds like it was a wonderful party!

And Happy Birthday to your mum too! Eightyeight, wow!

Timaree said...

Great play on the words for the song too!

Annette J said...

So pleased you had a great time. We need more memories like these in our lives. Happy birthday Stewart.

ju-north said...

What a fantastic evening! So pleased he marked the milestone in a special way!

Heather said...

Lovely photos of your family and friends. Love the knitted Stewart and the real Stewart's waistcoat - did you make it? Your Mum looks wonderful - you wouldn't think she had had such health problems and an 88th birthday looming. It must have been a great party and will be long remembered.

pam said...

Oh it looks like a great time was had by one and all - I am so glad that it all went well - and the cake looked really superb.

Peneller said...

Lovely to see you having such a good time and raising money for a good cause! Perfect.

imac said...

Ive joined the Slipper Soul group now lol

Jackie said...

What a great party!!
Congrats on the cake, Julie!!
Splendid party for the "old man."
Smiles and hugs to you both,

Gina said...

What a wonderful party. Happy birthday Stewart.

Maggi said...

Obviously it was a wonderful evening. Congratulations to Stewart on his fundraising too. I'm sure that you will give your mum a birthday to remember, even if it is not quite in the same style :)

Angela said...

Birthday wishes to hubby and your mum.

Bea said...

Well, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him, slightly belated. What a great idea to have a party like that and how wonderful to have raised that much money. So much better than getting things that you don't really need or joke gifts!
I turn 65 in October, maybe I'll think about doing something like that. Although, it would be nicer if he came and pulled together the party for me. lolol :)Bea

Linda said...

Forgive me for being so late visiting Julie. Lovely to see that Stewart had such a great birthday celebration. And as for the doll.....wow! Its absolutely fantastic! What a likeness! ;-)
Hope your lovely Mum had a good birthday too, bless her. xxx