Sophisticated cocktail party? Hell, no.
Many women approaching their 30s throw birthday parties involving bearded barmen at dimly lit bars, Michelin-starred restaurants serving refined, tiny portions, and fussy outfits involving leather-look pencil skirts.
I am not one of those women.
That’s because the girls from the office decided to throw me the ultimate throwback-style party this year – so while I was technically celebrating my 27th birthday, I was very much channelling my inner seven-year-old the entire night.
There was Neapolitan ice cream cake. There were balloons. There was bunting. And there was bowling – lots of retro-shoed, Sunkist-fuelled bowling.
Here are some of the highlights, as voted upon by the Mamamia Women’s Network team:
1. The Laser Skirmish Battle.
Laser skirmish is a bit of a favourite at Mamamia; we make a point of blowing off steam en masse at lunchtime every few months by playing a game – so in a nod to office tradition, it was only right that the girls chose a party package that incorporated those awesome plastic phasers and vests.
There was a red team, there was a blue team, and there were names that sounded like something from Warcraft (Morpheus, anyone?)
There was also a Hunger Games-style points system — which thrilled me, because for the first time in my life I managed to achieve a score worthy of Jennifer Lawrence.
Blue team for the win.
2. Bowling Games.
We didn’t just bowl. We had a friendly and very, very patient party host, who even dragged over one of those slide-like bowling aids and instructed our less experienced bowlers in the art of avoiding the dreaded gutter ball. (Freya, days later, is still demonstrating her technique in-office. I sense she is quite proud of nailing a spare).
Our host also somehow managed to wrangle us into pausing twice to play various games — which involved Lauren bowling slow-motion and Dimity performing a victory dance. At one stage, we even created a giant version of tunnel-ball, and won classic prizes (remember slinkies?) for our efforts.