when a significant birthday clashes with an England World cup match it is easiest to concede defeat and allow your party to be taken over by husbands intent on a bbq and street party.
and then it is fun to try and make all your desserts red and white in patriotic splendour
and get maybe just a little carried away with cupcake baking
and with great dollops of whipped cream
and to insist that all the girls come dressed as WAG's, and drink Pimms , and get busy stringing up the bunting, and then eating LOTS of cake, and maybe just another piece for luck, oh and to try and keep warm as there is a very chill wind coming in from the North Sea and everyone is freezing.................., and watch the children and the dad's play a crazy game of football in the street and eat far too much food, and realise that milestone birthdays are quite fun after all - any excuse for cake!