Yet again, I have been horrifically lax in updating with shows and events so this is the last big themed show we did, back in the summer of 2015.
I thought it would be nice to do a show where I combined the key elements of a typical English summer, so the set ended up being a 4 part creation to encompass the main elements that sum up summer in England for me.
Part 1: Cricket on the village green
What is more English than the sound of birds singing in the trees, the gentle murmur of voices enjoying the warm sunshine, the distant chime of a church bell and the thud of leather on willow (and no, that’s not some kinky BDSM reference! It refers to a cricket ball being hit by a cricket bat!)
The guests arrived at the set by landing on the edge of a typical village green, beside the duckpond to the tune of Mungo Jerry’s ‘In the Summertime’.
They strolled around the green, making sure not to get too close to the cricketers, and enjoyed a cool glass of bubbly at the picnic blanket whilst we treated them to a selection of sunny feelgood tunes.
And what can be more English than watching tennis at Wimbledon? The guests wandered through the churchyard, leaving the cricketers behind, and arrived at Wimbledon just in time to catch the beginning of a high-powered match.
But of course, this is England. And what is even more typical for an English summer than tennis, and strawberries and cream? You got it…
Fortunately, it turned out that there was a rather special spectator in the crowd who got up and led everyone in a singsong (with a little help from yours truly – any excuse to get in shot) until the shower passed over…
Part 3: Croquet and afternoon tea
After all the excitement of the tennis and Sir Cliff, I figured our guests could use a little break, so our next stop was for tea and cake. But not just any old tea and cake. Oh no. I led the guests to drop down a rabbit hole from the tennis court and they landed on a soft bouncy pile of leaves in none other than Alice in Wonderland’s garden.
We danced on the croquet lawn, much to certain people’s disgust, and had Early Grey tea from fancy china.
Part 4: The Seaside
No English summer would be complete without a trip to the seaside. The guests were led down the along the lawn and across a footbridge leading over the little river at the bottom of the garden. As the came to the end of the footbridge, they came out through a lovely Victorian bandstand at the end of the pier…
There were heated discussions about who won the sandcastle building contest, whilst others just enjoyed paddling in the water or lazing on the sand.
Taking advantage of the wonderful venue Anouk found for my birthday party (wohoo what a show that was! Thank you so much dear Anouk and friends!) the Matelots where quick to devise a sail from the Shack to the new place.
With fair winds and a lovely sunset ahead for all the trip the sail went beautifully!
Party and Beer to close up yet another Matelots adventure!
More to come, so don’t put your boats away!
Here are a couple pics from the sail and party.
(And don’t forget that if anyone wants to ‘borrow’ either the original party boat, or any of the other rather massive boats that we now have available, just let us know. The boats can only be used as static party locations and vary in size and prim count, but you will need a pretty decent amount of free land and anything from a couple of hundred prims, right up to about 1,500 for the biggest cruiser!)
After years of saying that he didn’t want a big fuss for his birthday, I couldn’t stand it any more and had to give in. I decided that it was high time we properly celebrated our beloved club owner, Mr Sword Starfall, so I devised a cunning plan to throw a huge surprise party for him.
Going with the suggestion from Mr G-Winz that we do something with a nautical theme, as Sword is such a keen sailor, I may have gone a little ….overboard….(get it? 🙂 ) and purchased a rather huge party boat for the event. I did some sneaky shopping around and decided against the Titanic (not the most positive venue for a party), or the HMS Phoenix (cool sailing ship but battle enabled and a serious health and safety hazard!), and finally settled on a gorgeous ‘Yacht Island’ sold by the very lovely and helpful Aymec Millet of Build boX – BBX Yachts. Seriously, if you are looking for a yacht or boat, this is the place to go. The customer service is outstanding and the quality of the products is excellent. Great attention to details and lots of cute extras.
After having found the perfect boat, it was then necessary to find the perfect secret location to berth it for the party. And for this, I have to thank Victor Edenfield of D’Vine Eden Real Estate for his patience in helping me find just the right parcel of land to put the large and bulky boat. Victor spent ages with me, looking at different parcels of land, shifting the boat this way and that, until we found the ideal location.
I then had a super fun time for the next 3 weeks, decorating the boat and preparing it for the party. I sent out secret invitations (individually, one by one) as of course I couldn’t put anything in the group notices or Sword would have seen it. Do you knoooow how long it takes to send 150 odd invites one at a time?!
I arranged with Sword that on the night of the party, he would take a night off from running the club so I could take him out to relax and enjoy his birthday without having to work, and whisked him away to a lovely Paris sim for a little birthday drink, whilst everyone gathered at the party boat.
Then at the allocated time, I took him to the boat and unveiled how sneaky, devious and downright underhanded I had been – and SURPRISE! Happy Birthday Mr Starfall!
We landed on a long wooden dock with a red carpet leading down to the water’s edge, where the party boat floated in the moonlit water, balloons bobbing in the doorway and Sword’s name in lights flickering above the door. You have to understand that for 5 years I have respected his wishes to not do anything for his birthday, so this is a lot of repressed party planning bursting forth here!
We walked through the boat, taking a glass of bubbly from the lower deck on our way through, and went up to the party deck, where dozens of friends were waiting to welcome the birthday boy and show their appreciation for everything he does. It was wonderful to see so many people turn up to celebrate with us.
The lovely Magda DJ’d for us with a selection of very fruity sea shanties, and even treated us to her own sexy rendition of Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday’. It was a wonderful evening and we partied into the early hours. Sword was very quiet for a while and it seems that there was much plotting between him and G about taking the boat out for long sea voyages – so keep a lookout for a flashing floating disco sailing past!
So once again – I would like to say a massive Happy Birthday from me, and everyone at Marcel’s, to club owner, sailor, barman, sympathetic ear and my very dear friend – Sword Starfall!
Now those of you who know me will know that I’m not generally a shy, retiring kinda girlie – so with that in mind, I went all out and made myself a totally indulgent party room, complete with purple bouncy castle, unicorns, fountains, rainbows and anything else that took my fancy. I had an absolute blast and even had a purple padded floor.
The invitations were sent out, demanding that all the guests wore their biggest, poofiest, sparkliest princess gowns, including the boys (although I was nice and said that those fellas not quote confident enough to show off their knees in a frock could come as our handsome princes). A big shout out has to therefore go to the very brave and self-assured Mr Gerard Winstanley for donning a particularly charming little number and showing off his legs for the entire evening 🙂
We had a fabulous turnout and I would like to give a huge “Thank You” to my wonderful DJ’s, Sword and Rhia, who really made the evening with their great music. Rhia even went as far as to sing happy birthday to me, in that knee-wobblingly melty voice of hers that had most of the crowd a bit flushed by the time she had finished.
I rezzed out every bit of food and drink I had and as usual, over-catered by a mile.
Here’s some pics of the crowd in all their full princess glory….
….although the prize for the most insanely huge dress is a toss up between Emma, and her outrageous hair…
We ended the evening with a gorgeous firework display that really looked amazing as the coloured explosions lit up the rainbows and sparkles of the set.
So once again – I would like to say a massive thank you to Sword and Rhia for DJing for me, for G-man for being the only guy to wear a dress, and to everyone else for being there. I had the BEST time and hope you did too! 😀
And finally……because I couldn’t decide which dress to wear, I wore them all…so here, because I’m the birthday princess and I can, is a totally gratuitous slide show just of ME and my dresses! 😀