How has your week been?
Rather than bore you with Tales from the laundry - which is where I have been for much of the week playing catch-up - I thought I'd share some of the fun things we've been up to.
There has been a mixed bag of parties these last couple of months - from walking the Red Carpet to playing dress-ups for Birthday parties. No sooner have we put the dancing shoes away from all the 30th Birthday Parties that we are now dusting them off again for the next round of 40th's. Time flies when you are in the decade-long fog of child-rearing!
First up, we celebrated the Birthday of Australia's very first Casino. The Wrest Point Casino in Hobart turned 40 and we were invited to a private function to celebrate the milestone. The iconic Casino has had an amazing history, playing host to all the big names over the years from celebrities to Royalty. Jerry Lewis was the opening act and Queen Elizabeth II stayed as did Prince Charles and Princess Diana. It was a wonderful night and we were entertained by the beautiful voice of Damian Leith.
The after-party shenanigans were a bit different from what we experienced 10 years ago at the Casino's 30th Birthday where we were a couple with no children. This time, we took all 5 kids with us. It was the first function I went to after Flynn was born so didn't want him too far away in case he needed to be fed. The Casino kindly gave us a room so the whole gang and the babysitter could stay the night. I don't think the receptionist knew just how many kids we had so it was a tight squeeze and as fate would have it, Flynn slept through the entire night but I was woken every hour with either a 6 year old's elbow in the eye socket or a 4 year old's knee in the ribcage. The Kids declared their night in the Hotel the best night they have ever had but for us adults it was probably the worst night's sleep on record.
Next up we attended the Australian Tourism Awards. It was conveniently held in Hobart this year so we were able to attend. It was a fabulous night showcasing the best Tourism products and experiences in the country.
The food was amazing and it was a treat to see Iva Davies from Icehouse play his iconic "Great Southern Land". He also played "Electric Blue", but it just wasn't the same with his short cropped hair. Remember this from the 80's? [Edit: seems to be an issue with the youtube video, sorry!]
Speaking of the 80's, we then attended a friends 40th Birthday Party, which was Rock Star themes dress-up party. We naturally went as Kiss and Cyndi Lauper.
Dress-up parties are so much fun. Most of the ones I've attended over the years have been more 70's themed but Ido remember dressing up as a Cyndi Lauper inspired punk rocker back in the 80's. The scariest thing about the photo below is that it could be my own daughter in a year's time requesting to wear ripped stockings as part of her normal everyday wardrobe as opposed to dress-ups.
Finally, another friend turned 40 last weekend and we had to wear second-hand Wedding or Bridesmaids gowns. There was absolutely no way I was going to fit into my own Wedding Dress so I found this vintage one at the Op Shop for $8. I'm still not certain of the era. Do any of you fashion-saavy ones have any idea? I originally thought 60's or 70's but some others at the party thought the high collar was more indicative of a much earlier vintage. It features puff sleeves, lace, a train that starts at the back waist, there's a zipper and it's made from the type of material that made me stay well away from the birthday candles. Such a fun night!
So, have you been to any dress-up parties lately?
Can you imagine Iva Davies with short hair after seeing his 80's mullet?
Do any of you still fit into your Wedding Dress?
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!