1. Create a pink atmosphere by decorating with pink napkins, pillows, candels or anything pink you have accumulated over the years.

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2. Make cupcakes and decorate them with pink icing of various shades.

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3. Serve exquisite Belgian chocolate.

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4. Invite all your best friends and tell them to wear something pink. When they arrive, serve them lots and lots of different flavoured tea!

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5. Force your friends to watch Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” with you, and sigh as Anne Elliot tries to win back the love of the dashing Captain Wentworth.

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Thank you everyone for coming to my 21st birthday! As always it was lovely spending the evening with you, and I shall miss it a lot when I go to London! I also love the fact that you are all fond of cosy girl evenings rather than drunken birthday parties where everyone end up puking in a ditch. Marianne’s friend Johan was in a state of shock when he learnt that Marianne was going to a birthday party with (oh my god the dread) no alcohol. When told we were drinking tea and soda, he referred to us as “cute”. I just had to laugh. Is it a norm in Norway that you have to serve alcohol to guests the moment you hit 18?

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