Aah Valentine’s Day, all that romance and chocolates, lovin’ and champagne. This year Valentine’s Day was memorable for me because I helped my lovely friends Lis and Pete to decorate and organise their Valentine’s Ball at The Fort on St Catherine’s Island in Tenby.
Not for me the usual singleton moan at all the hype and hoopla, roses and sweethearts; instead I was right in there making giant chandeliers with feathers and roses, sewing silk flowers by the dozen and draping swathes of silk and miles of ribbon over ancient stone walls that must surely have smiled if they could have at such fun and frivolity.
This was a Masquerade Ball so you can imagine that facewear and headgear were something of a feature and people really went for it in a big way.
There was everything from top hats and tiaras to feather boas and of course those all important masks. From the simple and manly Zorro black slash to the most elaborate of jewel and feather flounced creations. Delicate lace to intricate filigree wirework. Colour and glamour everywhere and no face knowingly underdressed.
Everyone made the effort and faces were full of fun and laughter. Masks were sexy or silly, crazy or fabulous. One chap obviously didn’t get the idea and turned up in something that wouldn’t have gone amiss on Hannibal Lecter, but hey there is always one isn’t there…..
There were fire dancers to tantalize and make you gasp, a magician to enthrall and create roses from thin air and wonderful music courtesy of the Numbers Racket Swing Band who had everyone on their feet and bopping from their very first song.
Fabulous food was supplied by Yanni and Lore from Tenby’s wonderful Caffe Vista and the champagne fairly flowed.
What could be more romantic than a masquerade ball in a fort on an island. Time was suspended and the imagination allowed to run riot. This really has to be the perfect venue for parties and fun, with so much quirkiness and a unique style, great acoustics, space for all and a history, mystery and magic all of its own.
I loved every minute of it, from the crafting and creating to the planning, sorting and decorating then of course there was the ball itself, one word, just one is enough – Wonderful!
So thanks again to Lis and Pete and all at Tenby for allowing me to be part of this very special place and this wonderful weekend.
I hope your Valentine’s Day was as special as mine. It isn’t all about romance and couples, it’s about friendship and fun and bringing people together and sharing lots and lots of smiles.