I like to help my friends celebrate their birthdays. Maybe that could be my next career - a professional birthday celebrator. It might be the job for me. I could be the one who lifts spirits and plays tunes, dances around tables and supplies everyone with pink champagne. I can think of worse things to do!
It was my friends birthday at the weekend, my friend who's moved many miles away to greener countryside and bluer skies, and to be close to the sea.
I travelled by train to join her on Saturday. A chicken roll and Heat magazine accompanied me on my journey, and when I arrived at the train station there were hugs and big smiles all round. And then we began the task at hand - celebrating my friends birthday!
Here's my top tips to guarantee a top birthday night out.
1. Always eat before drinking. Stomachs should never be empty before alcohol. Empty stomachs could potentially cause all sorts of problems emotionally and physically, and turn ones behaviour erratic and unacceptable. We tucked into McDonalds, and then opened the pink champagne. McDonalds and champagne, classy!
2. Getting ready should be part of the night out. We swapped make-up and jewellery and praised each others choice of outfits. Whilst listening to loud dance music, to create the correct atmosphere.
3.Take photographs before leaving the house and while everyone is still looking fresh. Photographs are the best memories for a birthday night out. And nobody wants to see a picture of themselves when their hair resembles an untidy birds nest, make-up is smeared all over their face and their eyes are blood shot and blurry.
4. Book your taxi/taxis to your destination in advance, so you arrive at your venue on time and not flustered.
5. Circulate, drink, dance and have fun!
6. Dance on tables, wear lampshades on your head and kick your boots off if your feet are hurting.
7. Try not to loose your bracelet/purse/bag/camera/money/contact lens/mind. Loosing things could spoil your night.
8. Do not bring unbalanced people out who could ruin part of the evening, by abusing cab drivers and kicking friends in the shin. (That wasn't me by the way, it was a girl I have never met before, but we won't dwell on that.)
I hope you had a pleasant weekend, dearest FPE readers.
Did you celebrate any birthdays?
Do you care to share your top tips for a successful night out?
Making the final arrangements.