The Promaballoona Prom Dress Process


3 pm: Let’s make a PROM DRESS!  A yellow one, naturlich.

3.15 pm: Prom dresses should have lo-o-o-o-ng skirts.  And yet, I am rather partial to a big 50s circle skirt.

3.20 pm: Ooh ooh ooh, MULLET DRESS!  Yes, I have a total crush on mullet dresses.  Haters gonna hate.

5.10 pm: Wow, circle skirts take forever to draft.  Especially mullet circle skirts.  Especially mullet circle skirts with two tiers. 

6.30 pm: Guess I don’t have time to make that white top I was planning.  What goes with bright yellow?

6.40 pm: BRIGHT BLUE.

7 pm: Time for accessories.  Big earrings.  Neutral shoes.  Blue eyeshadow exactly matching blue top.

7.30 pm: Cocktail matching yellow skirt.  Now that’s accessorising.

8 pm: Pre-evening photos by the front door.

8.25 pm: And out we go!

9 pm: Outdoors pose.  I look like a SUPERHERO.  Or maybe pregnant.  Stop standing like that in case people get the wrong idea.

9.45 pm: Moved on to Cosmopolitans.  Someone says “but I thought that was a magazine” while I’m shaking it up.  Should totally be in LA for real Promaballoona instead.

11 pm: Still chatting in the kitchen, as at all good parties.

12.15 am.  Migrated to the sofa.  Watching yet another summary of today’s Olympics.  But that’s fine, cos team GB keeps reeling in those medals.

2 am:  And finally chauffered home by Mr B. 

Happy birthday, Oona!

*All times are approximate.  Memory a little hazy.

A me-made cocktail

In the time-honoured traditions of all my me-made challenges, I started with a bang and went out with a whimper.  I think I just about managed my pledge (albeit with drastic over-wearing of Pendrells and pyjamas) but I tailed off on photos…

May’s been a ridiculously busy month, work-wise, house-wise, voluntary-work-wise: good busy, but tiring busy. I’m looking forward to June being a little bit more interesting social-wise and hobby-wise.

So in honour of wrapping up MMM12, and my excitement at this gorgeously long weekend (two bank holidays, thanks your Majesty), here’s a me-made cocktail, inspired by this top:

…or this skirt:

Seeing as I dubbed this colour as Pantone’s Sodalite Blue, a cocktail combining blueberries and soda water seems to fit.  I invented this with my sister-in-law on our recent trip to the Lake District.  It took us five attempts, moving from mashing up the blueberries (looks ugly) to simmering them up in a syrup (looks awesome).  It tastes pretty zingy, so I present:

A ‘Fresh Fifth’

  • Blueberry syrup (made in advance; see recipe below)
  • Lemon juice
  • Amaretto
  • Soda water (optional)

Put the blueberries in a small saucepan with a tablespoon of sugar and a splash of water – the more water, the more watery the syrup will be. 

Cook the blueberries for about 10 minutes, stirring and mashing from time to time til they’ve broken down and gone mushy.  Push through a sieve and chill.

Put a load of ice in a cocktail shaker, and add: 1+1/2 shots of chilled blueberry syrup, 1+1/2 shots of amaretto, and 1 shot of lemon juice.  Shakey shake!  Strain into a glass.  I like to drink a lot of cocktails, so I tend to soften the alcohol content a little – in this case, by adding a couple of shots of soda water.

Enjoy, fellow dress-making cocktail-drinking friends, and have a fabulous weekend!