On the invitations we told guests of our plans to make our parents a rose garden. We contacted David Austin Roses to ask if they would do us a gift list for Dad’s birthday and we decided it would be on a theme. We chose Shakespeare as our theme because Mum and Dad are a bit obsessed with him and his plays. (Every year, for as long as I can remember, my parents have holidayed in Stratford Upon Avon, watching all the current RSC productions. My mum is a drama teacher, local director and my Dad has acted in several plays.) David Austin obliged with the ‘list’ idea and we chose roses like Noble Anthony, Cordelia, Othello, Wise Portia, Falstaff and even William Shakespeare for guests to purchase if they wished.
A local woman was engaged to do the catering as our numbers were looking alarming. Instead of doing a birthday cake, my sister asked her to make cup cakes (these are all the rage, dahling.) These were the cup cakes that arrived on the day:
Of course the Toby one, I mean Yorick, was my favourite.