Party.

I’m sat here, foggy headed from too much wine last night, the girls on my lap, watching a film, all stuffed with cake and just having a lovely lazy Saturday. It’s a rare thing, argument free days, so I’m just soaking it up and enjoying the sofa snuggles. We’re watching Fly Away Home.

So, I thought I’d use this time to share some photos of Eula’s birthday yesterday…

I loved this gingham dress, from George, I bought it for Eula to wear on her big day, but sadly it only lasted a few hours before it tore along the back seam.

On Thursday I had the house to myself and I got my make on, starting with the cake.  

Chocolate sponge with chocolate spread, Biscoff spread and fresh cream filling…
Buttercream icing, Betty Crockers finest, sssh, don’t tell anyone! I needed to save time. How lovely is this beautiful cake stand from Dotcom Gift Shop.

I wanted some lovely party hats, but a. I’d left it too late to order and b. didn’t really want to pay the £12+ for what I fancied, so I decided to make my own.

I had some Liberty print paper a friend gave me a few years ago (no idea where it was from, sorry), it had been stashed away, kind of forgotten about, but I knew it would be perfect. I bought a pack of basic hats from Asda, undid them, covered them in the Liberty paper, then reassemble. Glued a pompom on the top of each one and some pompom trim I had knocking around and there we have it, Party hats complete. I adore them.

I decorated the cake whilst the girls went out for a girls birthday lunch with my mum. Eula’s request was for a Fairy cake, I don’t do shaped cakes and I don’t do Royal Icing, those are my cake rules! I used cut flowers, some of which were from our garden, mini meringues, little wooden Fairies from a craft shop and I fancied trying some edible gold leaf.

I’m really happy with how it turned out and most importantly Eula was in love with it.

Magic wands from The Range, gorgeous party plates from Dotcom Gift Shop a while back, the pattern makes me think of Helen Dardik’s artwork, wiped off and reused! Flower napkins from Flying Tiger.

It’s always fun to change things up in the house a bit, I wanted to keep things simple this year and avoid a big party, but even though we’d decided on just having a few friends over there was no reason I couldn’t go a bit crazy with decorations. Lots of pattern and colour clashing, everything kids love.

The hanging honeycomb decorations were from The Range, the circle bunting was from HobbyCraft and has been used for several occasions now.

I’ve been told I’m never allowed to take it all down!

Party ready with utter chaos in the background!

We played Pass the Parcel (and a disastrous game of Musical Statues which was abandoned part way through when I realised they were all far too young for all that apparent rejection!)

I also set the craft table up with the fab Olli Ella Playpa which they so kindly sent me recently. I’m saving the lovely stickers it came with for when it’s just Nancy and Eula.

Lots and lots of yummy treats, Eula requested chocolate milkshakes and these little Dotcom Gift Shop milk bottles were just perfect, the children really enjoyed the novelty factor, but they’d also make really lovely mini vases.

Nancy struggled with finding the balance between being excited for her little sister and feeling jealous and a bit left out, as you can see here she didn’t always manage to hide her feelings!

Cake makes everything better though, doesn’t it.

I love the simplicity of this classic cake stand, it really set the cake off and as the girls put it, made everything ‘oooh a bit fancy’!
Eula’s 4 balloon has followed her everywhere, to bed, whilst watching TV… 

I think it will be with us for quite some time yet!

So there, a lovely day had by all, only 4 weeks until Nancy’s 6th birthday, but she wants a girl’s weekend in Bristol instead of a party, which I have more than happily agreed to, wahoo!

Happy weekend xxx

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Thank you to Dotcom Gift Shop for some of the pieces used for the party x

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michelle says:

    Really enjoying your blog, discovered it a few months ago and so inspired by what you’ve done with a ‘normal’ house! How did you attach the honeycomb decorations to the ceiling? Thanks 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle ❤ they’re just pinned to the ceiling 🙂

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