A friend, Aida, asked about "the family" in the comment box. This is something to talk about and I think you all should know their reactions to the party.
Since this party was meant for friends only, we did not invite anyone else from the family except for our children and my two BILs (because they are in the same age category). I did not invite my parents and MrNordin did not invite his.
In fact, this party was kept a secret from my in-laws and other close relatives because I just want it to be for friends. But out of courtesy, we informed our parents (just our parents, ok?) that we're having a small makan2 for friends on Saturday night. This, to avoid them from dropping by unexpectedly during the party.
My parents tak kisah pun. But my MIL? The first thing she asked, "Ada kemah?" Then, "Birthday Yati ke?" MrNordin kept on telling her that it's a company do and only for office friends. Of course we couldn't tell her that it was for my 40th birthday and ada disco segala. Nak mampus? So, we told the children, use the same story line whenever Wan or anyone asked~ it's baba's company function and for office friends only.
Anyway, on the day itself, my MIL kept on calling MrNordin insisting that she wanted to come over to the house and check on the preparation. Adoi... orang tengah sibuk pasang lampu disco ni, mak mertua pulak nak datang buat spot check! She kept on calling 3, 4 times telling MrNordin this and that. Asking him why tak jemput orang sebelah (our neighbour happened to be a Minister), why tak ajak orang ni, why mak tak boleh datang, why this, why that.
You see, whenever we do functions or gatherings at our house, we would invite all our relatives (well, only MrNordin's mostly. My relatives kadang2 je). And we never cut corners. People usually have fun. So this time around, the fact that they were not invited made them very curious to know what's going on.
One of Nordin's aunty SMS me a day after my birthday, saying that "Oh... ada buat party ya this Saturday. Senyap2 je tak beritau. Tak apa lah... zaman moden sekarang ni macam2. Aunty tak kisah.." Like, what the heck? There must be a reason why we don't invite you, right? And anyway, it's our house and it's our party, we can invite whoever we want. I don't have to explain to you why I'm having this party and why I don't include you!
Anyway, I didn't want to layan her. I just said thank you and didn't even mention about the party. Now, she's bugging our kids pulak trying to find out more about the party. Tried to pull a fast one on Nabila yesterday when she SMS her saying, "Your house ada party ya last Saturday. Sampai hati tak jemput... " Nabila didn't reply her SMS (smart girl!) , and so she called Nadim pulak at home, asking about the same thing. Nadim also gave a non-chalant answer. Hee.. hee... my kids are very clever!
Hai... macam2. Kalau orang tak jemput tu, faham2 je lah, kan? Tak payah lah nak sibuk2 tanya. I dah agak dah something like this will surely happen. We spoke about this last night at the dinner table and had a good laugh. One thing we will not do is justify our reasons for holding the party and why they were not invited. No one should question us coz that's our prerogative. Some people are just so busybody, why ah?
If only my MIL knew what we did last Saturday night... :)