Parties in New Places

Recently (ok, not really) I attended the birthday parties of 2 dear friends. One was at McDonald's! I can safely say that reliving thos...

Recently (ok, not really) I attended the birthday parties of 2 dear friends. One was at McDonald's! I can safely say that reliving those childhood days of catered parties at Maccas with the icecream cake, party bags and happy meals all in a sound-proofed room was sinfully fun.

Especially as a bunch of 19 year olds.

One guy dressed up in a suit! I know all the strange looks from the patrons outside were jealous ones, especially considering KT the birthday girl was pretty much bouncing up and down with excitement at the words "BALLOONS" (see photo below).

I also ate at Kazbah for the first time, for Jonny's birthday. The majority of the food was pretty fantastic (we had the Ottoman banquet), and if you happen to visit you MUST have the fried cauliflower with the eggplant jam. Anyhow...

The photo above reminds me of the awful scene in District 9 (good movie, watch it!) where they are unbandaging Wikus' arm in the hospital and this massive alien arm writhes out. I tried some of it anyway (the food I mean). Turns out their "BBQ Garlic & Harissa Marinated Octopus" tastes like soot.

The highlight of the evening definitely has to be this:

"If the knife comes out have to kiss Nas!"
As always, good food with good friends is a pretty unbeatable combination.
On a side note, I have realised I haven't posted in more than a week or visited any blogs which is dreadful! Where did all that time go? I feel like I am living in a bubble; time passes so quickly but this past week just feels like a blur and all I remember is:
- Being busy
- Sleeping
- Eating

 My research project should finish soon so I'm really really looking forward to a stretch of time when I can just bum around, regain my senses and actually reply to those "urgent" emails I decided to ignore... 

Also, totally unrelated, I just installed Lightroom 3.6 and I'm loving it (except for the lag). The noise reduction tool and archiving has literally changed my life!

Have a great week, everyone :)

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  1. The interiors in this place are so cute! <3

  2. Awesome photos, as per usual. I enjoy birthdays and I love attending parties! I'm thinking of throwing a kiddie themed party for someone close.

    Don't worry about the blog slack, you can always enjoy your time offline.

    Happy Sunday, Annie. :)

  3. love it!!

  4. Hhahah, I don't mind to have my BDay party at McDonalds. lol that would be unexpected :)

    By the way, great pictures, you can see a very nice athmosphere through


  5. Both very different dinners look amazing in their own way! I had my last birthday dinner at a small underground moroccan restaurant, and the last one I went to was at her boyfriends apartment!

  6. Awwww, I love this post! Your photos are so lovely. Haha, my friend had her 21st and McDonald's!
    Love your blog and am now following :)

  7. mcdonalds is just too freaking cool!!! :D

  8. Looks like you had a great time, food looks lovely :) made me hungry! xx

  9. it must've been a lot of fun! i love the pictures with the food haha gosh i'm being stupid haha!

  10. wow your photos are beautiful!
    haha I guess you're never too old to have a bday party at mcdonalds! :)

  11. lol cute party!

  12. Seeing a new update from you always lightens up my day. I love the photos you take and your blog! The McDonalds party looks so cute, haha. And I love how you've got a bottle of wine along with all the Happy Meals!

  13. HAHA having a birthday at Maccas looks absolutely priceless! Am so jealous haha. The food pics look awesome and lol that tentacle also reminds me of district 9!
    The earrings on my page are surprisingly really really lightweight! So it doesnt hurt my ears!


  14. your rant basically sums up my life, days go by in a blur and before you know it it's been weeks since you tought about posting anything :/
    on another lighter note - maccas for your 19th sounds like the best idea in the world, i know i'm jealous!
    jessie x
    the weekend project.

  15. Happy Belated New Years and Xmas Annie!

    I'm so glad you liked the W&W Eyeshadows. It's gotten me in the mood to use it tomorrow! Time to clean my brushes just for this exciting occasion :P

    And I KNOW I always say this to you, but you ALWAYS take amazing photos. Makes me really happy looking at the wonderful photos that you take!

  16. all of these pictures are so festive and fun! love the tentacle especially, creepy and i'm sure delicious.

  17. I love McDonalds. Best place to have a birthday party. Ever.

    Fancy restaurants are the best places to get great food pictures.

  18. haha. a bunch of 19-years old celebrate in a McDonalds, how cool? I would do it too, especially for their food, it so tasty!

    x Nicol

  19. ooooh a happy meal party! and you captured it so well too. soo cute! x

  20. are you telling me you had a maccas bday? because I was going to do that for my 19th !! amazing. haha

  21. FUn!That dessert flambe looks impressive!

  22. oooh looks like everyone had a lot of fun. Lol @ the last photo. Great photos by the way, what kind of camera are you using?

  23. Your photos always look like they came straight out of a magazine. And not just any magazine--an expensive one. ;)

    I'm totally having my next birthday at McDonald's.


  24. Two great places for a birthday comemoration! And looks like you guys had a lot of fun. And the wine alongside with the happy meals is just great, hahaha. And I'm feeling so like you lately, and it' so weird because I'm on vacation but still feel like I have so many things to do and don't have time for anything.
    Take Care!

  25. your photos are amazing! and those mcdonald photos brought back some childhood memories! love it :)

  26. aww really nice, i get hungry now haha

  27. Annie! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I always look forward to getting feedback, and reading words such as yours are always enjoyable. I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner--the whole newjobnewlifeohandnowI'msicktoo deal has kind of taken over. :( However, I wanted to tell you THANK YOU and that these parties look like a lot of fun! Quite different, yes, but still remarkably enjoyable. I kind of wish I had a party at McDonald's, just because I'm in my mid-twenties and think it would be "whimsical." :)

  28. LOL omg my friend had her 18th at maccas and she made us all dress up in formal wear bahaha, it was epic. I still love their ice cream cakes

  29. Oh my, Macca's is such a good birthday party idea. I'm so bummed, I just sent out my invites this arvo, totally would have been doing this, haha.

    Blogger's being a poo and not letting me comment on the above post, but major congratulations on being accepted into medicine! That's so exciting, best of luck with getting everything organised :)


  30. Wow! This looks like the best party ever! How did your friend get the staff to allow the whine and cake? It really looks gorgeous, love the way you took the photos.
    Love Christal


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