“Born to Party” stated the flyer. To raise money and support for Save the Children, a family from church threw a party. Saturday, 2nd July was sunny, warm, the perfect day for an afternoon in a beautiful English back garden. The front garden hosted a bouncy castle. The back garden was organised with various stalls; one for a grill for burgers and sausages, another covered stall for a curry buffet, another side held a canopy for a raffle stand; under the trees were stands for cakes and coffee; and on the patio next to a tree was the face-painting station. A few steps away from the face painting table was a book and soft toy stall. There was also a stand selling jams, and plants.
Children from toddlers to teenagers made good use of a trampoline in one corner and a jungle gym in another corner. The jungle gym was like a wooden fortress with a climbing wall, swings, ropes and even perches with windows to look out from.
My Midnight Man and I were given a lift to the party by the vicar and his wife. When we decided to go to the party, I had in mind one of the things I wanted to do. However, I didn’t carry out my plan immediately. I was instantly captivated by the book stall. Within five minutes I’d purchased two books. Had it not been rude, I think I would have gone and found a quiet corner to read!
Whilst My Midnight Man was purchasing walnut and coffee cake for me, I was sitting at a table contemplating a make-over. There was a book of different styles and colours to pick from. The make-over was very economical—only £1.00. My turn came and I sat very still while the artist worked. Yes, I had my face painted—a make-over with a twist.
At the church barbeque in May our dear friend, Frank, who was well into his 80’s, had demonstrated how young-at –heart he was and had his face painted. Well, if Frank could, I could!
I picked a butterfly because of the lovely colours. Also, my Mom loves butterflies. I’m sending an e-mail to her with the photo attached.
The party was well attended, raising a good deal of money for Save the Children. Besides the two books, my purchases included a geranium, two marigold plants, a burger for lunch, a cupcake and cookie for dessert and some raffle tickets. I even won a raffle prize.
My Midnight Man and I were glad we went.
Serving Jesus, Author of our faith, "Lady Helene"