8 July 2011

TWENTY-ONE AND UP FOR FUN



MY 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY

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I'd had my heart set on a bollywood themed party ever since I travelled to India at 18. I bought the pink and cerulean saree in Dehli and have kept it neatly folded in a drawer ever since, awaiting its occasion.
Three months of solid planning did I invest in this endeavour, and when the date finally rolled around, I couldn't quite believe it was actually happening. Guests came from far and wide to Edinburgh: London, France, Italy ... I can't tell you how touching it is when you see someone arriving in full regalia with a big grin on their face. It absolutely poured with rain for days before and for the duration of the party, and 15 minutes before my guests arrived I was up to my elbows in mud, desperately trying to salvage what remained of my set-up for a 'garden' party and on my knees in darkness in the tent, re-fusing a lighting rig damaged by rain. I've never gotten ready quicker in my life - 3 and a half minutes - a new record!
I was completely overwhelmed the whole night: by everyone's costumes, by the divine presents (including my beautiful Taj-esque cake hand baked by my sister) and the divine presences of people who have meant the world to me the last 21 years.  Ten hours disappeared in a bottle of Cobra beer and a waft of incense (I still had time to fit in an outfit change of course) and I woke up the next morning thinking 'Oh...it's over!' and wished I could do it all again, and pay better attention this time.

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photographs by David Hall
The Indian tent is handmade in Rajasthan, provided by Delightfully Lavish Events. I would wholeheartedly recommend.

9 comments:

TERI REES WANG said...

You do know how to put on a good show.
..even with a full cast of fair haired dolls.

Cheers!

helenlouise said...

Such a brilliant theme for a party! The photos are beautful. Shame about the weather but clearly you didn't let it spoil the fun!

Lucia said...

The colours in these photos are beautiful, it looks like you had a fantastic time.

the nyanzi report said...

what a wonderful affair! now that's the sort of party to be remembered.

ALICE † said...

This is amazing, you look like such a good party host haa Hope you had a good birthday!x

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the style crusader said...

Imogen these photos are insane! Your parties always look so great and this one in particular looks amazing. Happy happy late birthday! You looked totally gorgeous (as usual). xx

ALICE said...

LOOKS SUPER EXCITING. WIsh I could've made it.

We need to catch up soon madame, before you jet off to Paris!

XX, AL

FASHION & CIRCUS
www.fashionandcircus.blogspot.com

Blackswan said...

this looks like one hell of a party! the Bollywood theme works wonders! so great to see everyone got involved and went full out with their costumes! the tent setup is amazing, what an unforgettable 21st birthday you must of had! :)

now I'm going through all your past posts! love your blog

x Lauren
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True said...

the theme looks awesome!


- True


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