The manservant hits 50 …..


The manservant has hit the half century.  Celebrations started on Friday night when one of his old friends from California arrived.  Then on Saturday his brother and 4 children arrived from New Jersey and, later, local friends joined us for a small party.  (Ten adults; 3 teenage boys; 2 little girls and one little boy can make a lot of noise!).

The manservant ran out to get his own birthday banquet from his favourite Chinese place which does not deliver to us.  The Great Wall Szechuan House is a hole-in-the-wall type of place which has a great Ma-La selection on their menu (super spicy).  Their tofu is especially good.  (photos are from earlier in the year)

I was so busy making sure everything was warm enough and getting it onto the table that I  forgot to take photos of the food! 

We started with champagne cocktails  – Pour 1 part vodka;  1 part Pama (pomegranate liqueur) into a flute and top with champagne.  

The birthday cake was an array of Petit Fours in various flavours served with a selection of ice-creams:

The younger kids really enjoyed passing out the gifts which included alcohol

and a cool tee shirt:


One couple had some chocolate custom made & decorated.  (Keck telescope in Hawaii – when the manservant observes on Keck he does so remotely using computers in an operations room in the town of Waimea).

  We have unwrapped it but not taken a bite yet:   (the image of the telescopes on the computer "screen" is on edible rice paper

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  1. He must be a very special guy to have so many people come celebrate with him. That T-shirt is a hoot. He better get busy on that chocolate before you can't wait to start some star gazing!!

  2. It sounds like a wonderful 50th birthday with many loved ones!! Very special. The chocolate looks delicious!! I hope he is going to share with you πŸ™‚ Your pictures a great…..except poor manservant's head got cut off. Other than that, they are top notch πŸ™‚

  3. LOL @ he'd better start on the chocolate… when our friend was asking about the telescopes he goes to and mentioned doing something with chocolate I said "if they have white chocolate it might be an idea to get that otherwise I will steal his present" LOL..

  4. except poor manservant's head got cut off. LOL – It's really weird – whenever the camera gets near myself or the manservant our heads disappear!! πŸ™‚ It was a really nice group of relatives and friends – lots of fun (and lots of mess to clean up today!).

  5. Happy 50th To Him, good friends and family what more can a man ask for? well besides a chocolate confection and a Petit Four cake, which is so clever I am going to have to try that one.Best Wishes to both of you.

  6. (Only a little late), Best Wishes & Happy Birthday to the manservant! I know he has to be a wonderful guy because he married You.
    You know, I have this small, sharp paring knife that could reallly put a *hurtin* on that mouse….Yum! Oh, and the petite fours would disappear on a regular *one per hour basis* if I were around. LOL
    I wrote down the recipe for the champagne, I'm going to try that.

  7. I was so happy with the Petit Fours – there's always a risk to buying something online without recommendation. The chocolate gift idea was so imaginative.

  8. would disappear on a regular *one per hour basis* if I were around. LOL Oh Denise – you are a woman after my own heart! LOL. He still has not eaten any of his chocolate – I think I might have to get that knife of yours!! πŸ™‚

  9. have a party every week for a year. LOL – that sounds more like the sort of thing I would want to do. I love my birthday! πŸ™‚ (don't worry I'll remind you!).

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