My baby brother turned 18 on Saturday and in celebration we took him out for some afternoon drinks in the Bournemouth sunshine (pardon the crude t-shirt!).
We decided on a pub crawl from Boscombe to Bournemouth as the British weather was finally beginning to break. Starting at the Boscombe pier we sat and drank cider’s with the wonderful backdrop of the sea, pier and hunky surfers.
Trying to get a table on a sunny day is more of a mission that we had bargained for. We found ourselves stalking people with half empty drinks, peir-pressuring them to drink faster so we could take their seats. After a tipple or two, we set off on our stroll along the busy beach.
At the end of our walk we went to one of my favourite beach bars, Aruba. Set over the entrance of Bournemouth pier itself, the views are spectacular and a great place to catch the sun set. With a Californian feel, great cocktails and wooden seat swings you’d be mistaken to think you’re in paradise.
A long session of afternoon drinking left us hungry for a feast so we staggered over to the new and eagerly anticipated buffet restaurant, Days.
A huge buffet of Thai, Indian and Chinese food (and everything in-between) left us huddled up on the sofa, food coma’d.
Day 2 was the Family BBQ. Our local butchers prepared a fantastic Summer BBQ pack which made for a great hang-over feast.
It’s great catching up with cousins, aunties and uncles you only really see at these occasions. We drank Pimms, Corona’s and lime, and drank the afternoon away.
Then a spot of Pavlova.
And White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake.
Another “food coma” lingering, we headed to Hamworthy beach to play with the puppy. How cute is my cousin and her boyfriend Patryk?
Back at the party, shots of Midori were been downed from champagne flutes along with competitions of larger-than-life Connect 4. Who said turning 18 meant growing up?
As the evening sun dawned, we lit the candles, sang Happy Birthday at the top of our lungs and gorged on chocolate cake. Even Bella seemed content on having cuddles with mummy!
We all tried to be 18 again. Unfortunately, this just turns into a huge hangover (on a Monday).