Please, Someone - Save Me from the Party Bore

The Evening Standard (London, England), August 7, 2008 | Go to article overview

Please, Someone - Save Me from the Party Bore


Byline: LIZ HOGGARD

BIRTHDAY hell starts early this year.

The hunt is on for a venue that can take 20 charming, volatile people many of whom only meet once a year.

Do I drag everyone to south London and spend half the night on the phone, bellowing directions, like an air-traffic controller? Or do I opt for a restaurant in central London and take out a second mortgage to pay the deposit? Over the years, I've tried every possible venue. Pizza Express (too weekday). Belair House in Dulwich (a bit intimidating). Picnics and river boats. Somehow I never judge it quite right.

Because a birthday is a painful marker of popularity in London. Of how far you've come in life. Would work colleagues find an invitation a bit needy? And do I really have to invite the man who always texts back grumpily: "Sorry, not possible" whatever I ask him.

Thank heavens it's not a significant birthday this year (unlike my 40th, unkindly dubbed "Liz's wedding"). In fact I'm cohosting it with two male friends who are celebrating taking Spanish O-level at 40. They are the true stars.

But I'm still turning into the party police.

The admin is horrible. I'd much rather friends decide on the day if they want to come. But small restaurants need exact numbers.

The seating is a matter of military precision.

How can I tell a male friend that he can't sit next to the glamorous lesbian academic because she thought he was harassing her last year? …

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