1 What with the Leaving Cert angst and inability to meet her friends, you are determined to make Eve’s 18th birthday an extra special occasion. Even if it will only play out on Zoom and Insta Stories.
2 A six-week countdown plan is in place taking in food, fashion, flowers and fast-tracking favours to virtual guests.
3 Every detail is assessed for its photogenic potential. Outdoor prepping takes precedence. The front step has been spruced up for “doortraits” and deliveries. No unexpected guests, obviously, will pass the threshold.
4 For the recently powerhosed “party patio” you have ordered 200 blush balloons for an installation over a makeshift outside bar. Older Son has made this especially for the occasion.
5 Two mature cherry trees at the bottom of the garden have been nurtured for peak blossom beauty and photo backdrop – preventing the dog from licking the bonemeal feed has been particularly arduous.
6 Sourcing two colour co-ordinated mum and daughter outfits, you’ve found the virtual stylists at Brown Thomas particularly helpful.
7 Diverting Dad’s attention from the mounting credit card bill is increasingly difficult. Winging their way to Eve’s friends (even those homeschooling from the Quintas) will be a bottle of champagne, a bespoke “Eve” candle and silver bracelet.
8 On the party moodboard is also a pretty Raspberry Rose cake from Avoca. Pizza deliveries are also planned once the money shot has been uploaded on the day.
9 You have been practising bouncy blowdries with the help of YouTube tutorials, but hope to secure a rogue hairstylist for a covert-op updo on the day.
10 Keeping fingers crossed for the weather, you are already congratulating yourself on the perfectly insouciant Instagram photo with the hashtag #mygirl. Fête accompli indeed.
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