Ken's 70th birthday party.
It was supposed to be a surprise, but Ken got wind of it a few weeks ago, and was a bit nervous about it as he never knows what I've got planned for his birthdays! Most of the time we just go out for dinner with friends, but for those birthdays ending with a zero, well, you just have to do something out of the box, don't you! I thought about hiring a hall and having a BIG party with all our family and friends (probably about 100 people), but the cost of such an undertaking was a deterrent, let alone the planning and catering. And Ken doesn't really like big parties for himself. So I had to choose the guest list carefully. I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings if I left them out, so I based my decision on how long the guests have known Ken, and how close he is to them. He has many more cousins, but I only invited three (with their partners), as we see more of them than we do the others. The group of friends were those who we have known between 20 and 30 years, since we moved to Eltham. The reason I did this was because I wanted this day to be not only a celebration of Ken's 70th birthday, but to celebrate the fact that he is still alive and well after a decade of serious health issues which have nearly cost him his life on more than one occasion. These friends are the ones who have been there to give us support during those difficult times.
I took as many photos as I could, and other guest were also taking pictures, so I'm hoping they will email theirs to me eventually so I can add them to my photos on the blog I've created for the day. Have a look here to see what I took.