Wednesday, 4 August 2010

LIVE FOR TODAY, PLAN FOR TOMORROW AND PARTY TONIGHT !!!! ..........

After a day of exploring the delights of Rye, it was time for the reason that we had come to Rye in the first place. My sister's friend's, Tina and Nigel were having a joint 60th birthday party. They live in Horsham, but have a cottage by the sea in Rye. The cottage belonged to Nigel's aunt, and he and his brother had spent many happy times there when they were children. When Nigel's aunt died, she left the cottage to Nigel.
Come on in and have a look round ..........

This is the outside ..........









The cottage is just a long, single story building and Tina has 'shabby-chic'd' her way through it !!




.......... with some lovely little touches ..........






The day of the party was the hottest day of the summer and just perfect for the setting .........





They had had tents erected outside, which were decorated with Indian fabrics, wooden elephant tables and black sofa's with brightly coloured cushions ..........


Near the lake was another, similarly decorated tent , where one could get a nice alcoholic beverage !! I had a few of those, just to be sociable !!!! ..........



There were also tables set up, beautifully decorated and ready for guests to partake in a fantastic Indian meal ..........






















There were beautiful parasols placed around the cottage, made from rich Indian silk fabrics and fringes of mirrors that sparkled in the sunshine ..........



and large urns, filled with floating candles and rose petals ..........





There was a beautiful sunset and, as day turned into night, there was dancing, more food and drink and a magical time was had by all, until the wee small hours !!
It was the most wonderful setting for what was a fabulous party.










































Jackie

74 comments:

  1. That was some party but I am not over those T-shirts! olive

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  2. Glad to hear that you were sociable Jackie! What a gorgeous setting and all the details are beautiful. Looks like a fabulous time!

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  3. Oh my, that has got to be one of the most beautiful party settings in the history of party settings! I just really want to go and live in the tent...it's my kind of decorating. The men in shirts crack me up. And I would expect nothing of less of you than to be as sociable as you possibly could be while still remaining standing...although, with that tent it does just cry out for lounging about!

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  4. Wow...Paradise my sweet friend..I can not imagen going to such a lovely party. Thank you for sharing..such JOY and COLOUR!

    xoxoxoox

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  5. Oh My, My.. what a place!! Great photos..
    I envy you (smile)

    Julie xx

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  6. yes I often have a few drinks Just To Be Sociable of course. That marquee is something else. I find that marquees with all that white and the poles are often very ugly. That is really something else. But there are a few things missing: an elephant, a maharaja, some emeralds to bedeck the guests and you, and lots and lots of incense. What an amazing setting. And love the contract with the windblown grassy setting xoxoxo

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  7. This must have been quite a party! It is like something from a fairy tale. The cottage is simply adorable. You are one lucky girl!

    In regards to a drink "just to be sociable," you surely know what Ogden Nash said about breaking the ice ("Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker"). In my humble experience there is no greater truth!

    Those t-shirts kill me!
    xoxo,
    Anne

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  8. Wow! That was some party! It really all looks like a fantasy world! Glad you enjoyed yourself!
    ...and thanks for sharing all these great pics!!
    :)

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  9. Oh man! I love everything about this - you lucky girl...bet you had a ball! Thanks for sharing - lots of inspiration here (erection specialists - classic!)

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  10. How perfectly wonderful. Like a fantasy.
    And what a charming seaside cottage. The shell wreath is genius!

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  11. Wow! What a very unique party. Sounds like you had a fantastic time. I love the T-shirts! Thanks for all the pictures and letting us share the experience with you.

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  12. Tina and Nigels cottage is lovely. I would live happily ever after there. The party sounds like a great time. And what a gorgeous setting for a party. WoW! I love how they decorated for this bash!!! You need to talk them into turning 60 again next year.lol
    hugs

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  13. Bonjour Jackie,
    What a party! You must have a had a marvelous time lounging on all those black sofas and being sociable! Love your cottage shots.
    Bon journée,
    Mimi

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  14. Dear Jackie,
    A Cottage in England, that sounds so wonderful. The party was certainly great. The last picture is my favorite, it looks so romantic. We're going on three weeks in Italy. I am pleased so!
    Have a nice day,
    Big hugs, Yvonne

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  15. Hi Jackie! Love the cottage, a perfect stay and a perfect party! I'm leaving for France next week, I hope you're having a great summer xx

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  16. Oh, Jackie, i can´t believe it.......what a WOOOOOOONDERFUL PARTY....it looks sooooo great.......i love the decoration!!!!!!!!! And i also love the beautiful seaside cottage..........its a real paradise and i thank you so much, for sharing all those wonderful impressions!!!!! I´ll look again and again to the lovely pictures and this is like holidays for me!!!!!!!!! Have a nice weekend,

    Hugs Jade

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  17. Incroyable endroit pour une belle fête!!!
    magnifique,j'aime cette petite maison.


    Belle journée

    manon

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  18. Fantastic party !!!....o my...it looks so good!! amazing...i never had some party !!,.......happy day darling...love Ria...

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  19. Wonderful, I would like to be there.

    Our vacation was really great .. unfortunately all fine to move on.
    Monday I can return to work and it will quite get used to ..
    But there is a beautiful reminder of summer 2010
    Love Hetty

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  20. Almost magical party-setting, never seen anything like it before. And the cottage itself is to die for!!

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  21. looks great....love the images of the home ;-)
    Party decoration fits well against the nice sunlight.

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  22. Oh my gosh you lucky duck that is my kind of party. I just loved the set up, everything was so gorgeous....those t.shirts are a crack up!!

    Yeah I just have a few to be sociable too......:o
    xoxox

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  23. Dear Jaqueline, What a very splendid setting for what I am certain was a wonderful evening to remember. The atmosphere was, I imagine, so reminiscent of the British Raj. My mother, who was born in India, would have empathised with this completely. Your phtographs of both the house and the party tents are so beautifully atmospheric and could easily transport your readers to another world far distant from Rye!!

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  24. Wow! How wonderful! And if you want to ship that blue piece over from the kitchen, go ahead. xoxoxoxox

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  25. hey jackie, that looks like my kind of party.... erection specialists and all!!
    i love it
    ~laura xx

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  26. Oh Jackie, this place looks sooo romantic!!!
    It´s simply gorgeous!!!
    I love the tents with all the oriental feeling...And that cottage, I won´t even start telling you what I think of it....=).

    I´m so happy, you share this with us!

    It´s good to be back, even though I´m going on a trip again, but this time , just over the weekend.

    Have a wonderful day, sweet friend.
    Hugs/
    Luiza

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  27. Simply wonderful, thank you for sharing it with us.

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  28. I am guessing you are one of the most sociable Jackie (and the most fun).
    The tents and setting are fabulous, do hope they can leave it up for awhile, who would want to leave? Thanks for sharing and I know my husband would love that T shirt-lol! Much love Xo

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  29. Ah, I´m completely in love with your blog. Spent many cups of coffee reading through all your posts as I only found you a few days ago. And I´m so happy I did. I was browsing the internet, trying to find an image of "the" kitchen in The delicious miss Dahl, when google directed me to your blog and your post about the beautiful house where the series were filmed! Lucky me!

    That party must have been f a n t a s t i c !

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  30. OOOH - I could just jump into each photo! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Dear Jackie, Im just in love with that cottage...so simple and so beautiful and cozy inside!
    ...and the party must have been fantastic...just like in storys about orient and its charm...

    I love to see that you are having good time!

    hugs

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  32. Hi Jackie,
    oh, that must have been gorgeous. Fantastic setting, it looks like a film scenery! The lovely cottage by sea is soooo beautiful.... lucky girl. Warm Hugs Bine

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  33. I wish I was there with you :)) I have to honest sometimes!! Ahhh.. what a party XXX

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  34. Dear Jackie - how amazingly fantastically GORGEOUS! When I plan my fantasy party, this is definitely the theme which springs into my head...wonder if they had this done by a specialist company? Fabulous, fabulous - glad you had a wonderful time x

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  35. What a splendid way to party around your house! Love it! Imagine what they did when they were 30! xx's

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  36. Wow, what a fabulous party, Jackie...thank you so much for sharing it...quite the beautiful setting all around! Those t shirts had me laughing. Happy weekend to you! xxoo :)

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  37. You're social??? your kidding! haha
    I've no doubt you are the life of the party !!!
    and what a party WOW I guess they do it up right.
    The house has such an organic feel to it. I was really checking the finishes and it's just to die for. Your photos look like a magazine layout. I had to remind myself that these were yours and not from the net....great job!
    Must have been hard to want to leave but I'm glad you're back!!!
    xx
    Carole

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  38. Too gorgeous Jac! I love the rich, exotic theme -very Bollywood. And that weather - hooley dooley!
    Millie ^_^

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  39. How lovely Jackie
    The cottage is just gorgeous!! Truly lovely.... but it is the tents that are the wow factor... how wonderfully exotic.. fabulous party location... your friend did an outstanding job on the decor.. I agree with Millie.. very bollywood... You must have had a blast!!! hope the next morning wasn't too hard on you..

    Have a fab weekend.. xxx Julie

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  40. oh.

    my.

    gosh.

    I'm sorry.....I don't have anything else to say, except I have a feeling you are royalty, or you know someone who is royal....

    that makes me never want to post anything on my silly ol' barn sales that's for sure!!

    unbelievable......

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  41. oh wow......Thats what we all dream about..well I do ha ha..so lovely of you to share.
    Have a lovely weekend too xxx
    Hugs Lynn xxxx

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  42. What a fabulous space and location.... Only good things could come from a place like that! xx

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  43. Beautiful pics, loved everything!
    Kisses from Brazil!

    http://is2fashion.blogspot.com/

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  44. I've always dreamed of having a party like this! Love it! And what a fab home!

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  45. I am DYING over those tents. OMG!

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  46. WoW oh WoW Jackie what a marvelous event. A happy belated birthday to Nigel & Tina. I cannot think of a more magnificent way to ring in your 60th year..honestly, so fun. And to think you had a few 'Erection Specialists' on hand! So glad you had such a fun time. You my friend know how to enjoy life & that is what makes YOU so enjoyable. Hugs to you xoxo

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  47. Beautiful images and a gorgeous party. What a super idea - I love it, I just might steal it. x Suzi

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  48. J-E-A-L-O-U-S!!! Of the party, the house, the trip with your sister, the shopping!! What a great trip!! Thank you for sharing! Almost like being there, but not really!! What was the party for............the decor was amazing, nothing like that in Wyoming :)

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  49. What a paradise... what a party! I´m so jealous!!! What a booooring life i got =)
    X Anita

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  50. Heavenly! What a truly fabulous way to celebrate a birthday - everything looks so beautiful. Leigh

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  51. Jackie I am jealous! in a nice kind of way of course..my life is kind of boring and I don't remember attending to any party in the last 5 years!
    The cottage adorable and the tents.. WOW!
    Hope you enjoyed very much.

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  52. oooohhhhh, the reflection of the water was the perfect last picture!

    those guys company...uh...no comment. LOL

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  53. Hola Jackie, an amazing party setting and a so lovely cottage. Love the indian style tents!!!
    cariños,
    maria cecilia

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  54. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼............................................................

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  55. Wow...this is stunning! I am hosting a jewelry giveaway on my blog. Would love to see you there!

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  56. What a beautiful place! I really adore the cottage, but the tents are magnificent! I'd probably spend half the time at the party staring at all the pretty little things.

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  57. What a beautiful place. It looks like a wonderful party . Thanks for sharing the details with us

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  58. Jackie -- Now how gorgeous is this whole post? You've outdone yourself this time. Kudos!(And that very last pic -- now, that could be India itself!)
    Did you take all the photos? Brilliant.
    What a fun do!
    XOXOXO
    Michael

    PS: Wishing you a very, very fun time in northern Tuscany!

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  59. Hello my friend, i will always be happy here whith you. Your photos are always inspiring and are so beautiful.Oh oh wow, what a party you've been to, have never in my life seen anything like it. Such a wonderful people doing such a nice and beautiful for its guests. Warm hugs to you sweet Jackie

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  60. WOW... you rock girl... miss you... xx

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  61. Hi Jackie! Wow! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of this gorgeous place! I've never been to a party like that before! You have such a wonderful life! Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you! Jennifer:)

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  62. Hi Jackie,

    Can't believe I almost missed this post, it looks so lovely! What a great party this must have been. I would love to have a party like this. The house looks very sweet with all the whites and pastel colours. The tents look great too. It's like being in Morocco! And that sunset....what a great way to spend the evening!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

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  63. Wow, how festive! Love that colorful tent and all the trimmings, Jackie. xx

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  64. this party reminds me of the parties i attended in the late sixties and early 70's on palm beach.

    wowza!!

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  65. Wow! Jackie what a fabbo party. YOu sociable thing you! Right - you've given me some ideas for my 40th in September. Where can I get one of them tents from???

    Lots of love I'm nearly back to blogging ...NEarly ;-)

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  66. Wow Jackie, what an amazing party this must have been. And your photos are just lovely - love all the little parasols and sofas amongst the dunes. Aren't Indian textiles just so delicious!

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  67. HOly Crap Jackie your killing me over here!! You lead such a charmed and magical life. Secretly I’m hoping you make this all up and are an overweight spinster with a fag hanging out of her mouth while ironing and munching chips and drinking cheap wine. Too good to be true. This party looks like the bomb babe. Wouldn’t a charming, funny Yank just fit in perfectly? I think so...perhaps next time.

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  68. Beautiful and very interesting blog!!!
    Big kisses and regards from Croatia.
    Zondra Art

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  69. Thank you, this was amazing! Keep it up.

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