I used an ugly old fridge that we had been meaning to send to the dump for a drinks chiller (dressed up, of course).
|After - on the day it was dressed up with fernery, full of ice and bottles, and had a sun umbrella|
My niece's wedding a couple of weeks before the party was the source of a dozen white paper lanterns, which were then unwanted, so they made the dining area in the garage festive.
|Still getting set up.|
We ended up hiring half of the plates, with the guests washing their own as part of the plan - I don't think they minded.
The birthday cake was made to resemble a pile of old leather bound books. It was completed at 4am on the day of the party - when I couldn't get back to sleep, so thought I might as well do something useful.
|Birthday cake to resemble a pile of leather bound books|
It might not look like a bought one, but it didn't cost $200+ either - and it was really delicious. It was a carrot cake, a recipe that I had never made before. I just googled "never-fail carrot cake" - I will put the recipe in a following blog.
And a picture of the band...that's the party boy on bass, and me on sax.
|The band - me 'n' the boys|