Event planning as a volunteer, not a professional, is motivated by passion for a cause. It requires alot of work, but the drive to succeed is great. Event planning for a friend is motivated by love and the desire to create fun and happiness.
We celebrated a friend’s 50th Birthday this past weekend, and not only was it a lot of fun, it gave me an opportunity to play with photography.
You’ve heard me lament (whine?) about the lack of time spent with my camera in hand.
This event allowed me to find some time, AND enjoy a cocktail.
A lovely way to spend an evening.
There is always a good reason to spend quality time with good friends. Enjoying a cocktail and taking photos along the way are just icing on the cake 🙂
I should have added that we also had a DD. It was so nice not to have to worry about getting around safely.
What a wonderful event for you to be part of Laurie – no one knows how to have fun like you! I love all the photos – the second one made me gasp with amazement ❤
It felt so good to spend some time creatively, Pauline. I know you understand that as you have had a big surge in creativity resulting in beautiful art.
Speaking of fun: I’ve already told me employers that I’d be taking off 3 weeks next year!!
Excellent! We are planning already 🙂
Great images and it looks like you all had a lot of fun Laurie 🙂 If it wasn’t for you as an informal event planner we never would have got together last October in NYC. By the way do you know Alys and Kelly will be in NYC in April. I can’t wait to meet them.
Yes! I’ll be seeing them in DC before they get on the train to NYC. I’d be jealous about you all gathering if I wasn’t so excited for you to be meeting each other.
Wow, event planned and fabulous photos taken. I like the one with the glasses and strawberries especially.
Thanks, Lisa. I had fun with one 🙂
Looks like a good time!
ha! you know me 🙂
I am beginning to see a pattern emerging.. 😀
Fabulous 50s, yes I remember them well 🙂 Looks like it was a beautiful event Laurie, beautifully captured too!!
Thank you, Tina. It felt good to spend time with the camera. I’ve missed it!
Ohhhh, I love the strawberries in the glass. You did a wonderful job with the party and the photos, Laurie. I’m always impressed when you have time with your camera.
Thank you, Mary, that means much to me. I swear, I have worried that I lost what ability I had.
You are a good friend, Laurie, and you documented with gorgeous photos, too. 🙂
Thank you, Jane. My whole photography journey started years ago simply because I was the “documentress” of parties – ha!
Altogether, it sounds like a great time for all. And a chance to forget about other things. But I’m going to get pedantic, and I hope you don’t mind:
Age 0 – 9 = 1st decade of life
Age 10 – 19 = 2nd decade
Age 20 – 29 = 3rd decade
Age 30 – 39 = 4th decade
Age 40 – 49 = 5th decade
Age 50 – 59 = 6th decade. So your friend is in the fabulous 50’s but actually starting the 6th decade of life. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Right you are, which is similar to the 20th vs 21st Century error that is often made. Thank you for the correction, although I changed the ending altogether as it never was quite right. Cheers!
Fabulous 50s sounds better than 6th decade. I should know. 🙂
And fun, too!
Beautiful pictures! Glad you all had a good celebration.
and the DD made all the difference!
We took Hooptie from the restaurant to Frank Cinebowl and then Pete drove us home. It was great to not have to worry about safety.
The second photo is my fave, too, although I also love the warmth of the final one. Lucky friend to have you care so much for her or him!
It really was a fun evening. The birthday gal rarely gets out and we used a local company to get us from one place to the next in safety.
Great pictures! And I’m sure the event was fantastically fun!
It was such fun! Wish I could have been two places at once that night though 🙂
How great to be young!
She is the last of this particular group of friends to turn 50. Such a child 🙂
Haha… one of my best friends used to always play Pour Some Sugar On Me at karaoke night. 🙂
These pics are amazing – that second one is a poster!!
Keep finding the beauty in life. It might take more effort these days, but I believe this is what will get us through.
That song always reminds me of when my college team won the game that sent us to the Sugar Bowl. The entire crowd singing together. Such joy over a game!
Yes, to staying positive and finding the beauty.
So glad you are back!
Stunning photos and what a wonderful celebration of a friends life so far. I vaguely remember 50. 🙂 The raspberry champagne looks like it would be wonderful in those beautiful glasses. Who doesn’t like a good party? 🙂
Well, you know me and a party!
I always like to say that I work hard and I play hard, too.
Those glasses were purchased for my grandmother’s 90th birthday 25 years ago. I use them often and they remind me of her everytime that I do ❤
90 years is a big deal! Bet those glasses have seen some wonderful celebrations since. 🙂 I love to keep things with so many memories attached. 🙂
The pictures are wonderful. It’s so much fun to experiment with different ways of composing pictures.
What gorgeous photos, Laurie! And I know you had a special time. What a treat to use your grandmother’s glasses. I remember her bedding from your lovely home as well. They photograph beautifully. You’ve got skills, babe!