Two Huntley Milestones, one memorable celebration


Catherine and ChrissieHi everyone,

2012 is definitely going to be a year to remember for a multitude of reasons. One of my most unforgettable and happy memories will be the party my daughter and I shared for our milestone birthdays. Chrissie turned 18 and I turned 40! Where did the time go?

It was my gorgeous girl's idea to have a joint party so I decided that, as they were very important birthdays and there would be one party to pay for instead of two, we should do it in style. So we pushed the boat out…literally!

Tower bridge from the boatWe hired a boat to cruise the Thames for the evening. "The Hurlingham" (no, not that Hurlingham, Lee Hohbein! He did ask if it was the salubrious members-only club and I soon put him straight on that one) couldn't have been better! Everything was perfect. Despite all the torrential rain we had been having, on this one fine evening in August the sun shone and the air was warm. Beautiful.


Catherine and friendsNow, I have never had the big full on wedding experience that most people have but I would say this would probably be as close to what that must be like! It was special in so many ways, from old friends coming from far and wide, to my wonderful work friends who had to be up at 5am the next day but still came out to celebrate.

Chrissie and I were so touched at the turnout which was probably around 140 people or so! I felt like I only got to see each friend for about 5 or 10 minutes! Should have hired the boat for 24 hours, maybe then I'd have managed to spend more time with everyone!

Billboard with the Royal FamilyWhat really made the evening extra special was the remnants of the nation's milestone occasions, the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics. Alongside the Thames as we cruised we saw the huge image of the Royal Family flanking on the massive buildings, waved to the O2 and got very excited about sailing under the Olympic rings which still hung from Tower Bridge. It was so magical it makes my skin tingle thinking about it now.


Friends at the partyI think it's safe to say everyone had a wonderful time. We were a very broad cross section of people and everyone merged and had a superb night. Chrissie and I will never ever forget it. Most certainly it was a night to remember.

I hope you enjoy the photos and I'm sure you'll recognise a few familiar faces. See you soon.

Love, Catherine x


  1. Chris Page September 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Catherine
    Mum and Daughter?
    Sisters, surely? It’s no surprise that Chrissie is a looker with her Mum being a stunner. Hope the party was as fun as it looks.
    Chris x

  2. Susan September 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    What wonderful photos Catherine! And a perfect night to remember. What fab friends at QVC to come to your ‘do’ AND get up at 5am the next day!!
    Take care
    Susan x

  3. D Morris September 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Glad you had such a great time celebrating yours & your daughters birthdays on the boat trip. It looked a very fun evening. Your daughter looks gorgeous, which is no surprise really having you as a mother. It’s great that you are settled in your new home & hope its not a tough journey into work now QVC have moved.
    I do still tune in to qvc but have to watch the spending as i am coming to london for the weekend in November, so need to save up.
    Take care and see you soon
    Davina (DD) xx

  4. patricia gardiner September 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    wow catherine,you and your daghter look more like sisters stunning. she looks like you, how proud of each other you must be,a wonderful memorie to look back on and and best wishes trish xx

  5. Sam September 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Catherine many happy returns to you and your daughter. You both looked fabulous and i’m glad you had such a great night.
    You certainly do not look old enough to have an 18 year old daughter.
    Take good care.
    Sam (Dublin)

  6. Katie O’Neill September 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, I just turned 40 myself – still can’t quite believe it! I’m hoping that if I keep saying it, it will sink in! Lets hope that life really does begin at 40… Take care. Katie (Edinburgh)

  7. Barbara Burrows September 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    both my girls look wonderful and enjoying your milestone celebrations. I am so proud of you both and send you much love, your Mum xx

  8. graham October 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    hi catherine,
    just wanted to let you know,you look more like 30 than 40!
    We (my friends and I..the unofficial catherine huntley appreciation society) love your presenting style always friendly and happy and you are stunning as well!
    Please,please wear your leather trousers or skirt soon you look both glamarous and sophisticated when you do
    love graham

  9. Catherine Huntley November 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for all your lovely comments! Very much appreciated xxxx
    Love Catherine x

  10. Alyson Noble November 23, 2012 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, I can’t believe you have turned 4o ? You look fabulous I hope I look half as good as you when I turn 40 ! Congrats you and your daughter looked beautiful and so happy im glad you had an awesome time. I don’t have a relationship with my Mum and I haven’t since I was 13 I miss her terribly but alas its not to be as she doesn’t want to know so it always bring a smile when I see fab mums like you as I know how important you are in your kids lifes.
    Ally Marie xxxx

  11. carol cordia August 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi catherine, you both look stunning my fortieth is coming up this year and it will be my daughters 14th , im thinking of having a joint celebration too maybe. I hope you dont mind me asking but where did you get your dress? Its positively lovely. Also i was wondering if i have to sign up to twitter in order to keep up to date with your blogs. I have been a qvc customer for fifteen yrs, and you are my fav presenter.

  12. carol August 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi catherine, you both look stunning. My fortieth is coming up this yr and my daughters fourteenth. Im thinking of having a joint pary too!. I hope you dont mind me asking but where did you get your dress? Its gorgeous. Ive been a qvc customer for fifteen years and you are my fav presenter. I was wondering do i have to sign up to twitter in order to keep up to date with your posts. Thanks

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