Toby turns 21

Toby Stockman
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Toby Stockman from Bosham gave a new meaning to house parties when he celebrated his 21st birthday.

His neighbours bought a house in The Drive, and allowed Toby to decorate it and use it as a party venue before it was renovated.

He invited over 120 friends from school and his university, Royal Holloway in Egham, to mark the milestone with his family.

Guests were given a glass of prosecco in an individually-named flute upon entering, along with a card from the Pokémon trading card game. They then had to find the owner of an identical card as an icebreaker.

A photographer was also on hand to take pictures of guests, with gold frames for them to pose with.

The upstairs bedroom was converted into a cloakroom, the study into a food serving area and a place to sign Toby’s scrapbook. A marquee complete with lights and a sound system was erected in the garden.

The dining room became a bar, with Toby’s dad Dominic serving cocktails named by his son, including Toby’s Tonic.

Toby’s mum Suki was in charge of the hospitality, which included chicken tikka rolls and doughnuts.

A highlight of the evening was the speeches delivered by Dominic and Toby’s friend Ollie Walters, who shared anecdotes about the party’s host.

Toby says: ‘It was a very memorable evening – I’m surprised the house didn’t burn down,’ he jokes. ‘It was funny how many people tried to dance with my mum.

‘The speeches almost made me cry, but then they kept making jokes. My Dad did a timeline of my life which was very special.’

n Picture: Oliver Tunmore