The Number One Chum’s Birthday is 31st December, thus every New Year is a guaranteed celebration of some sort. And this year the big 2-0 called for a flying visit to my favourite place in the whole entire world for a big old civilised lunch with great school chums. The morning kicked off with a croissant breakfast (with my eagerness to eat said croissant resulting in a very scolded mouth. Ouch.) and the opening of a pressie or two. Lining the stomachs in preparation for the evening’s somewhat more raucous shenanigans, a hearty Shepherd’s Pie was served up for the birthday luncheon, followed by Mummy Patti’s legendary Hedgehog Cake. So YUM.

With hours of gossipping had and birthday fizz sipped, it was time to jump in the car and whizz down the M5 to Bristol. Speaking of which; is it me or does the M5 have, quite possibly, the worst lighting in the history of motorways? Honestly, it’s just as well I consume carrots by the crate-load or we’d probably be hospital bed-bound by now. Moving on, a mutual chum’s B-E-A-U-tiful (the sort that has one giddy with excitement upon stumbling through the door) maison was the chosen destination for the evening’s events. Further stomach lining involving a rather delicious dish of beef with potato and celeriac dauphinoise (just so good) entailed, before gladrags were pulled on and super sexy red lippy applied.

Already merry on Champagne (one bottle each to be precise, ahem), we stopped at a wine bar in Clifton before falling into a club with just enough time to ring in 2013. With many a dance move thrown and shot swigged, we returned to Maison Beautiful to join the ever so fabulous black tie dinner party hosted by Mutual Chum’s Elder Sister. And here things continued to get merrier (and messier) into the early hours of New Year’s Day. Only at 7:30am were the party shoes hung up and beds collapsed into. And that’s just the half of it.

Needless to say, it was an absolutely cracking night.

Here’s hoping the rest of 2013 continues in a similarly stupendous style.

Happy New Year!


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