One poor harassed daughter trying to make her cake icing behave itself on a warm night in a warm room! She worked her magic and it looked wonderful as you can see.
She made each flower and leaf individually and you might just catch a glimpse of a ribbon round the edge too.
Our daughter-in-law made the cake and daughter no.3 iced and decorated it.
We had loads of cards including one from the lady above, which was a great surprise. I had no idea that cards other than those for 100th birthdays were sent out. I answered the doorbell to sign for the recorded delivery packet and had just opened it and said 'well it won't be from the Queen as we aren't old enough'! The family had organised it some weeks in advance - there is quite a strict procedure to follow.
My photos of the gathering were not entirely successful and several have not come out at all. I'm no good at taking shots in artificial light but this gives some idea and you can see that through the open door - far right - there are several people taking advantage of the cooler air outside in the courtyard. That looks like my husband out there - one son-in-law in the left foreground, son and two grandsons with one girlfriend in the middle distance and two more sons-in-law and two daughters at the far end. Everyone else is outside. The age range of those attending was between 5 and 86 and the youngest guests all behaved impeccably. It helped that the evening was so mild and they could run around outside to let off steam.
Background music was provided by our youngest daughter's husband who made a compilation disc of music from the 30s, 40s and 50s.
A good time was had by all and we are both shattered today. The next big occasion will be our grandson's wedding next year but we won't have to organise that, thank goodness.