No, don’t get too excited, it’s a local Neighbourhood Watch party, not a blog- or birthday- one.
I haven’t had a party here for over three years, the last one being my 70th in July 2012, which a couple of my blog-chums attended. My house is, I’m told, the right size and shape, and also, in the words of my friend and neighbour (and fellow-co-ordinator of the Watch) Nigel ‘has a good feel for a party’. I’m not sure quite what he means by that, but I’m happy to go along with it . I always think a party is made, not by the location or even the food and drink, but by the people. I must know some pretty good party people on that basis, because in twenty-seven years here I can’t remember a single bad one. (Party, that is; person neither, actually.)
Anyhow, taking no chances, the following notice, suitably framed and embellished, will greet attendees as they arrive.
NUNC EST BIBENDUM,
NUNC PEDE LIBERO
If a quotation from Horace in the original Latin doesn’t get ‘em going, nothing will.*
* Look it up if you need to. Oh all right, the loose translation from my Oxford quotations book is: ‘Now for drinks, now for some dancing with a good beat.’ Old Horace was clearly on the right track.