Just over a month ago my good friend Elizabeth and I shared our 26th birthdays. Unfortunately for Elizabeth she was stuck in Rome with a fresh engagement ring on her finger while I was lucky enough to celebrate the occasion by attending a seminar on financial accounting. Setting Liz's jealousy aside, we decided to throw a belated birthday bash in the form of a spring garden party last week. We served pitchers of white sangria and Pimm's and played a spot of croquet. Here is a snapshot of the splendid day it was.