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And so the month of celebrations for my half-century came to an end on Saturday with a superhero-themed meal at the Oriental Buffet in Tonbridge, with a loose comic book-inspired dress code.
You can't really go wrong with an all-you-can-eat dining experience, accentuated by a selection of T-shirts and outfits that ran the gamut from Richard's Batman shirt (he wore the plastic Bat-mask for 90 per cent of the evening as well, which was true dedication to the theme) to Jeni's She-ra costume (complete with gauntlets and headgear) and Rachel's bespoke Marvel comic book dress.
As well as having decorated our table ahead of time with appropriate balloons (several of which also survived the journey home afterwards), my wonderful wife still had one gobsmacking surprise up her sleeve: the best birthday cake ever!
Based on Des Taylor's design from my main birthday present, it was the scumptious, double-decker cake you can see below (created by Clare's Cake Creations), complete with Acrobatic Flea, Flash, and Supergirl decorations:
|BEST. CAKE. EVER!|
|BEST. WIFE. EVER!|
Special mention has to be made of how Paul turned up at our door, before we went to the restaurant. The doorbell rang, and I opened the door to be greeted by The Black Power Ranger!
Apparently he'd changed into his superhero alter ego outside our house (although I still suspect he'd travelled down from London on the train like this, only he'd used super-ninja skills to blend in with the crowd).
Sadly, the costume was too uncomfortable - and totally impractical - for going to a restaurant in. But major kudos for borrowing this outfit and throwing himself into the spirit of the evening!
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