It was the party of the year (well, in my diary it was the only party in the year). A Bollywood Movie Stars bash to celebrate my 40th birthday: it doesn’t get any better than this.
Twenty or so of my family and closest friends gathered on 4th November dressed in what can only be described as Bollywood-tastic outfits to dance the night away.
Eileen and Kelvin won the Most Fabulous Outfits award with their stunning outfits from Little India in Dandenong.
My family made a great effort too: Lee looked sophisticated and graceful in a black and silver sari, and Mena had more Bollywood Bling than the rest of us put together.
Orlando looked rugged and handsome in his all-black kurta pajama, and has made such a fuss of me throughout all my birthday celebrations. He is a superstar.
Other highlights of the evening included:
Paul Curran as a Bollywood Bad Guy, complete with maximum eyeliner, dark glasses and shark’s tooth medallion
Damien’s Derby Day extreme facial sunburn including a rather fetching white band where his sunglasses had been (it turns out some people thought he'd made himself up to look like that)
The Irish contingent doing the entire (it seemed) Riverdance, then Mena and Mairead’s solo reel, finished by Mena, Mairead, Eileen and Carmel in full Indian regalia doing a full set of the Walls of Limerick
Mena leading the soca dancing into the wee hours (“Follow me – I’m the leader of the parade!”) ("This is the music of my soul!")
Sam’s amazing bum-wiggling dance which reduced all women present to tears
Sam and Paul's talented dance interpretation of the song "A-E-I-O-U" by Freeez: popular consensus is that Paul's "E" was particularly impressive and rendered all audience members helpless with laughter
The main conversation in the back yard about which song you want played as the last song at your funeral (and if you didn't make a choice it was going to be November Rain by Guns N Roses)
Kelvin dancing, full stop
Kelvin almost being tempted to sip some rum instead of red wine
Mena at 5am having a smoke: "I am the oldest one here, the birds are singing and I am the last one partying"
Mena about the Irish dancing - "You are all doing it wrong, here let me show you"
Eileen about the Irish dancing - "You are all doing it wrong, here let me show you"
Lee talking to Orlando - "Now let me guess which food you put out: the cake and the popcorn"
Lee - "The thing I like about this sari is that I can breathe out and it hides my belly"
Carmel - "The thing I like about this sari is that I can breathe out and it hides my belly"
Orlando - "I am going over there to act as a buffer between Sam and the TV"
Paul's AEIOU - " I am not happy with my 'E' I have to rethink this"
Sam about raising children "I have a secret weapon, it is called music"
Mairead talking about cooking for the party - "...So I said to myself, I will show him, I will make the Tandoori chicken red..."
Paul takes off his sunglasses "I thought it was a bit dark in here, and I could not work it out..."
Sam dancing with Carmel - "Grab me from behind"
Paul talks to Orlando about dancing with Sam's wife -"I don't think it is your hands that he is worried about"
Orlando teaching Sam and Amanda soca - "Get in closer, don't be shy, you are married"
Mena (a number of times in the evening) - "I'm back!!!"
Mena (a number of times in the evening) - "Why is it that every time I go to the toilet, all I can hear is people calling 'Where's Mena?'"
The delicious food that everybody brought
Mairead and Eileen trying to do their much-awaited Party Piece, drunk, unprepared, and with at least one Achilles tendon injury; but their smiles never faltered: divas to the last
Paul and Carmel vainly trying to teach Sam and Amanda to twirl properly like Irish dancers
Thanks to all my friends for making such a huge effort on the night. Nobody knew more than one or two other people but you'd never have known it - the noise of the conversation was deafening and the dancing spirited to say the least. Thanks for all my beautiful cards and gifts too - it was the most special birthday for me and I am delighted you could share it!