Saturday, 16 August 2014

A very French party - Neighbours Party 2014

Warning - photo heavy! Might bore those of you who were not at the party, to sleep as well, lol, as it is a record of our neighbours party and of course you don't know the people. Still, you might enjoy a few of the photos ;) !

The day had finally arrived. Andy had spent days emptying out the barn. Not the easiest task, lol, dealing with 11 years of accumulated bits and pieces, machinery, old wood, you name it, it was in there. But Wednesday saw it empty and cleaned up, and ready to be smartened up a bit. It would have been lovely to hold the party outside in the garden, but....... firstly, the weather forecast was pretty bad, and secondly, our garden is very slopey, there isn't a flat bit big enough to get enough table and chairs on. So, barn it had to be :-).

For those of you who haven't been longtime followers, I had better explain the background to the party - We bought our cottage, called La Croix Rozian, 11 years ago. One day, we were told that there had always been a cross on our land ( hence the name of the cottage ), but that the last cross had got struck by lightning and burned down many years ago. My DH decided to build a new cross and in 2007, we had a huge party to celebrate the raising of the cross. Approx. 70 local guests attended the blessing of the cross and of course the celebrations afterwards. Much food and wine was consumed, lol, and the party lasted from 1030 in the morning to 1030 at night! It was such a wonderful occasion, the neighbours here on the top of the hill decided to hold a neighbours party every year, and so it has been done ever since. Every year the getogether is at a different home, we all bring food and wine and have a jolly good time.

Anyhoo, this year, we hosted the party. Table and chairs were borrowed from the village. I kept the decorations fairly plain and simple, befitting the location, ie the barn, lol -

I took the above two photos through the open barn doors during a brief spell of dry weather. But shortly afterwards it started pouring down again, so the next pics were taken inside the barn with artificial lighting -

The long table was simply decorated with overgrown white round courgettes from the veggie garden, vintage jam jars with the sweetest pink roses and hawthorn berries from our hedges, gently scented candles in vintage jam jars and plates and cutlery from recent brocantes -

Well, that was the barn, almost ready for the party.

We also borrowed a marquee from one of our neighbours so that we could at least have the apero ( drinks and snackies before the meal ) in the garden. The weather was supposed to be a little better in the evening. Hmm. Well, the festivities started at 7pm-ish, and the rain did hold off for a while -

We have a very old swing set in the garden, left by the previous owners, and the children seemed to have great fun on it. By now the light was fading, it was 8.30pm-ish, so the 'action pics' are somewhat blurry, lol -

The French eat late, so it was probably around 8.45/9pm by the time we went inside to get stuck into the wonderful food everybody had brought along -

And look at the beautiful flowers I was given as well -

I was amazed that we got all 29 people and the food and drinks tables etc into the barn -

And to finish off, something rather rare, pics of my wonderful husband and myself together -

We finally closed the barn doors behind us just before 1am in the morning.

We had the most wonderful evening with the loveliest neighbours you could ever find. What a great little community!

Well, blimey, this is probably the longest post I have ever done, lol, and if any of you who were not at the party have lasted this long, then you all deserve a huge gold star!

Hugs to you all, toodlepip xxx


morkaren said...

Hvor ser det skønt ud, med de rustikke naturstens mure, og du har pynte-de bordene så smukt med roser og tjørn, det må ha været en dejlig dag for alle, og børnene hyggede sig også kan man se. skønne billeder. knus morkaren.

Mom E. said...

Looks like such a great party!!!!
I thought about you all day and how much fun you were having. The Barn looks GREAT! and your decor was just right for the occasion. I really wish we could have been there. . . we were in our hearts!!! such lovely flowers as hostess gifts! And the food looks yummy!

Ruffles and Roses said...


Burlap Luxe said...

Oh what a beautiful setting. Love the barn walls and the inspiration that set the tone for your French dinner party!

Your invites look to be having a great time, my only regrets in this post is that I am not pictured in your inspiring beauty here.
Keep sharing, it's a wonderful place to be on a Sunday morning.



Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

What a great place for a party, dear Lizzie! It looks like you all had lots of fun. I love the sweet pictures of you and your hubby :).
Have a wonderful evening!

Stefan Waring said...

Good bash bird

Rhonda said...

Oh Liz, your barn is absolutely gorgeous! Can I move in??? Seriously, it made me smile to see your sweet face! What a lovely event and those French rolling hills, sigh.

We too had a friends party and I had the time of my life. Isn't life wonderful with the gift of friends?

I feel so lucky to know you, your posts are most times the best part of my day. xxx Rhonda

Marci said...

Looks like a wonderful party, love those old stone walls. The food looks wonderful and the roses and candles just the right touch. I've not seen Hawthorne berries before, they are pretty. Great pics, nice to see you and your hubby. Now I can picture you in your posts.

WinnibriggsHouse said...

It all looks fabulous. I love your simple flower and veg decorations. Just perfect. And that barn...I am green! Psst.... But where did you hide all the stuff you had to move out!

Marrianna said...

The photos are fantastic and the food looks so good. Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of the barn, your friends, and all the gorgeousness of your little part of France. Beautiful.

Lorraine said...

Loved the chateau pix and loved the pix of the party, the barn, the food, the peeps, all looks wonderful!! And how cute are you! Have a great week! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥