My birthday usually comes and goes with little hurrah, mainly because I'm pragmatic in the spending, so my present is my prescription sunnies that I've had to buy or some other dull but costly necessity.
However, this year, after discussing some of our woes with a wealthy client, the generous man said "Why not take the boat out for her birthday?". And so we did.
It was exciting that I could invite 19 friends (our family taking up 5 of the spots, so 25 of my peeps in total). The list would change as soon as a 'no' came in, as I wasn't leaving a single spot empty.
With numbers amassed, we all turned up excitedly at the pier.
Already a few champagnes in, I squealed when I saw lunch arrive! It was so rockstar and so out of the ordinary for me and my friends. We were all snapping photos of the waiters like crazed starstruck teens.
We cruised around the stunning harbour then swam and played Bananagrams as the sun made it's way across the clear blue sky (because that's how rockstar we really are).
I felt so lucky to live in this beautiful city, so special to have such wonderful friends. The best part, it was such a special thing for all of the guests. Some had never been on a boat on the harbour before, some just needed a day to themselves to relax, and we all felt spoiled rotten!
Even better, it's made me think I need to spend more time on boats, and while not as luxurious, we've just been whale watching and in a few weeks will get the ferry to Patonga for lunch, en masse. So from a one off treat, a small lifestyle change is in the works, at least for this summer...
I am very thankful to the man who loaned us his boat, to my wonderful partner for organising it, and to all my fabulous friends who were so excited about the day, and as always, made my life experiences so fun.
What was your best birthday ever?
Linking with #DenyseWhelan on the prompt of your birthday.