Monday, June 11, 2007

The Kate Bit - that other party


Well, enjoying yourself is exhausting!

OK - I'll admit it - staying up till after 2 am for four nights in a row, talking with friends, laughing, partying, talking some more, laughing some more - is exhausting.


But I had a wonderful wonderful time and I have come home with some truly special memories that I will hold in my heart for ever.

It's the people that I remember most - lovely people who are all special friends and after this last weekend they are even more special. The best thing about celebrating 50 titles was sharing the occasion with some many wonderful people and I can't thank them enough.


I have been trying to catch up ever since I got back - and I know that you've been waiting for a report and some pictures but I've had little time to get to them yet. And I know that many of my lovely guests are politely waiting for me to post something before they put anything into their own blogs


So to give you a flavour of a very special weekend - here are just a few images of the party and the day before and I'll hope to actually write more later


FRIDAY NIGHT










The lovely Margaret who lead our Lincoln Ghost Walk - which was a lot of fun.




Abby Green on the Ghost Walk worrying that the hotel room she's been told is haunted might just be hers!


SATURDAY NIGHT


The restaurant at the White Hart Hotel (if it's good enough for Tom Hanks and the rest of the Da Vinci Code stars, it's good enough for me!) Before the party began


Table decorations - with book covers instead of table nunbers




Guests start to arrive in the Orangery


With the lovely Kate Hardy who organised some truly special surprises for me

from many of the Mills & Boon writers

(Anna Louise Lucia in the background)



With special friend Michelle Reid The Babe Magnet starts off a poetry reading





And guess who came too! (Or should that be Hugh came too?)


Well, it wouldn't have been my party without Hugh-in-a-towel! Here, he's being looked after by Julie Cohen (left) and Kate Hardy and India Grey (right)

The glorious golden roses - 50 of them! - that were part of those surprises

from the M&B authors


Yet more flowers from lovely friends


Keeping the flowers fresh in the hotel bedroom overnight

19 comments:

Amanda Ashby said...

Thanks for posting all the fabulous photos - your party sounded (and looked amazing!!!!). I'm definitely flying back for when you celebrate your hundreth book!!!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures Kate, and you looked wonderful. I saw a picture of your gift of jewellry on Sue Stephen's blog, beautiful.


Chris.

Helen Kirkman said...

Hey Kate - Congrats! That looked like a "swell party" and I love the idea of the ghost walk, unless I actually had to be on it and sleep afterwards... Anyone else feel like that.?

The Sicilian's Red Hot Revenge sounds fabulous!! But then, your books are fabulous :-)

(I tried emailing, but maybe didn't get through) Many, many congratulations. It was great to meet you in NZ. Fifty big congratulations!

Helen Kirkman

Grace Tyler said...

Kate, What a beautiful remembrance of your achievement! Congratulations!

Kate Hardy said...

Thank you for having us, Kate - I think I can speak for everyone when I say we all had such a fantastic time. (The poetry reading was hysterical. Your husband and your friends are so talented! And the memories are making me smile on a very grey morning.)

And I'm so glad you liked our surprise!

Nell Dixon said...

You looked gorgeous! So happy you had a wonderful time - you deserve it!

Julie Cohen said...

It was a wonderful time.

And I enjoyed my few moments with Hugh in a towel...

India said...

What a party!

THANK YOU for a perfect weekend Kate-- it really was a truly fitting celebration for fifty fabulous books (and given how much we all love your books, that's saying something!)

Annie West said...

Kate, thanks so much for posting the photos! It looks like it was wonderful. From the ghost walk to the roses, to the venue and the friends visiting. I love the idea of book covers as centrepieces at the dinner.

50 books is a wonderful achievement. I'm so glad you've celebrated in style.

Annie

Anonymous said...

carolc said...

Been following your partying with great interest Kate. Looks like you all had a fabulous time and congratulations once again on such a magnificent achievement. I very much look forward to the next 50.

xx

eva said...

Great pictures, Kate, thanks for sharing, and CONGRATULATIONS again!

Kate Hewitt said...

What lovely photos! It looks like it was an absolutely fantastic evening--what a treat to have all your friends, family, and fellow writers there.

Margaret McDonagh said...

Thrilled to bits you had such a wonderful celebration party - you deserved every moment of it and all the congratulations. Shame Hugh couldn't be there in person - in towel or otherwise!! He probably wouldn't have escaped with his life, though!!! It sounded like a fabulous weekend and one that has left plenty of memories. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

Love,
Mags xx

Donna Alward said...

It looks positively lovely and FUN! What a fabulous way to celebrate!

Thanks for posting pics!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kate!
Don't ever stop writing!
Love you
Karuna

Marcy said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time, Kate. Congratulations on your achievement!

Marcy

Danica/Dream said...

Congrats my sweet Kate (and so sorry it's been so long-life is insane) It looks like a wonderful party

Anna Lucia said...

We had a wonderful time, too, Kate! And yes, wasn't it exhausting??

liz fenwick said...

Kate you looked wonderful and it souns like a fabulous time :-)

 

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