Attending a birthday party last weekend, it occurred to me the hierarchy never seems to change, they just wear different clothes. I was loose with photo dating so no need to @ me.
  1. The Queen
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    The birthday boy's mom. She held court, being attended to by various guests, who kissed her ring and offered food & drink. Got up once to kiss her son, The Prince, when they blew out the candles.
  2. The Prince
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    Clearly it was awkward being the center of attention. Stayed on stage playing his bass for the 2 1/2 hours of the entire party. Was a good sport for all the hugs, toasts, plates of food and cake offerings. His name is Bill or William the Uncomfortable.
  3. Party guests.
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    The soon to be new parents. She gets most of the attention (when are you due, what are you having, water birth, doula, pain meds or natural) and should have just printed a handout. Man is just, wink wink, nudge nudge, I did that, heh heh.
  4. The Courtesans
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    The pretty young things (nieces) who get a lot of attention by the men of all ages while flirting and flitting about. Only now they're covered in tattoos wearing a t-shirt that says, Um No.
  5. The Musicians
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    The guests were requested to bring their instruments for an all day jam session. Did you think all this food was free? Note: The Prince spent all day on stage cause he really didn't want to be there. 😕 My husband is in this group.
  6. The Courtiers
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    Party boy bros. Spent most of the day huddled around the pony keg. Subdued at first then brave enough to mingle always drawn back to the alcohol safety zone. A few got up to sing Brickhouse, Celebrate and ended with incoherent birthday toasts. #takeawaythekeysplease
  7. The Jester
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    Makes the rounds on arrival-quick with a joke and a light up your smoke. Introduces himself to everyone but forgets everyone's name. Knocks over a glass gazing ball (true) then drinks too much and hides in the corner.
  8. Children and dogs
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    Various children, unchaperoned, chasing the dog (a chihuahua with epilepsy) who has enough to deal with already. Playing in the water feature, pulling the handle on the tap and running on stage during a song, knocking over a music stand.
  9. Cook
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    The hostess. I suppose she should be the princess, wife of the prince but she was working overtime to make the party a success (and she did) After her duties were over, she drank a whole bottle of prosecco as she surveyed the broken garden items, soothed her overwrought dog and silently wished every one would get the hell out.
  10. Guests from afar
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    Mentioned repeatedly, they really came a long way to attend the party. Arrived late and left early 'cause we don't want to drive home in the dark'. Didn't bring a gift, food or anything interesting to say.
  11. Other assorted guests.
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    This would be me. Merely an acquaintance of the prince, I found a spot to park myself next to the out of towners and got myself some beer. Could be seen stealthily moving back and forth to the cupcake table, innocently taking another when the hostess made sure we all had one for the birthday song.
  12. Party's over
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    Where's the footman with my carriage?