Some of you may have seen that Mr Meko hit a milestone birthday last week.....yes the big 40! We decided to celebrate quietly and save ourselves for a pending overseas holiday that we have coming up instead. With one of Mr Meko's best mates turning the big 30 only last month we decided to combine the two occasions and have double the fun. Labelling it the boys 70th, we enjoyed a lovely evening with all our close friends and unfortunately also with quite a few uninvited hiccups too!
We chose the venue Morris Jones, in Chapel St after hearing raving reviews about it. Dealing with the venue's function coordinator, she seemed to be very efficient with great attention to detail....well that's what I thought anyway. It seemed to be a different story when we arrived. As all our guests were escorted to our table I was mortified to see that none of our pre dinner drinks I had arranged were ready for us, in fact, nothing was known about them at all. But that aside, I was more disappointed with the fact that we had somehow been seated in a public area after pre booking and paying for a private room! I was not impressed I can tell you. The icing on the cake however was when we were seated and handed the al a carte menus, when I had preselected a menu for us. Needless to say there was no communication going on this venue. After advising the waiter of their countless errors and feeling rather embarrassed for my guests we still managed to enjoy the rest of the evening.
But unfortunately that wasn't the only hiccup we encountered. Given Mr Meko had the night off from the kitchen for his birthday, we had to go 'externally' for the birthday cake. We decided on a large reputable cake business in Malvern, as we weren't exactly ordering anything fancy and didn't think they could get it wrong. But yikes you can see from the photo why I was left asking 'what the hell is that that we ordered?' and 'what exactly were we getting for our money?'!! I could have done a better job than that! I would never let a cake go out of my business looking that bare and undecorated. It clearly needed the Meko touch! So a quick dash down to the supermarket was needed before the party to arm myself with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries to rectify this cake! I couldn't present that to Mr Meko for his birthday! Lucky for me I have been paying much attention to the berry placement on some of our recent cake orders and luckily was able to save the day.
But that's enough whinging for one blog. It was a memorable night, but I know for next time, if you want something done properly (and you run your own party business) it's probably best you do it yourself!