The day started bright and early for me. Leaving my house at 5.20am to take my parents to Stansted Airport (somehow I had managed to book my party for a date they were on holiday, so they unfortunately missed it). However, I knew I'd be awake early that day worrying, so happy to help them with a lift to the airport. 
Getting ready for the party involved: 
 
collecting cakes from Hume's of Halstead (thank you to Judith, the cakes looked lovely and tasted great!); 
having my hair cut at Pink Magnolia - thank you Janine (looking good started even earlier with colour advice from Thomasin Newton, and a manicure at Jenni'z Beauty Salon on Thursday); 
filling party bags with help from my friend Julia; 
loading the cars; 
setting up the hall with help from my family and friends; 
making plans with Gavin Conlan, the photographer; 
chat with Gilly Ryan from The Griffin, running the bar,  
I should have ordered a drink! 
 
And then it was party time! 
 
63 children sat down to listen to me, either on cushions around me or with their parents on chairs. I had a little chat with Emma and Jack who sat near me, and then read the story for the first time to a group of children I didn't know. They seemed enraptured and feedback given afterwards was "kept the children interested all the way through", "captivating for children", and "children listened nicely to the story", so I'm more than happy! 
 
Following the story, there was a hunt for Lum with sweets as prizes, time for colouring, drawing and crafting. It was lovely to see the children so involved with their activities. 
The hour flew past, but there was just time to read the story again, with help from the children who had already heard it, especially Abigail and Imogen. 
 
Thank you to everyone who came to the party, enjoyed themselves, bought the book, and gave feedback. 
Tagged as: Book launch, Lum
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