A letter to Baby Girl on her first birthday

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Dear Baby Girl,

Happy 1st Birthday!

We hope you enjoyed it, it was a blast!

Everyone had a brilliant time and I am so grateful for the turnout that we had. We decided to host your birthday at Discovery Planet in Surrey Quays because (1) it’s close to home and a good location for everyone, and (2) the birthday package deal they offered was great value. We decided to have your cake made by auntie Dinah (DinahsDesserts.com) because her cakes taste scrumptious and look amazing. She didn’t let us down with your unicorn cake at all! It was definitely the second star of the show – the first being you, of course. 🙂

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A unicorn-themed birthday for Baby Girl
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6-inch unicorn cake made with vanilla sponge and buttercream piping

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It’s That Time Again… Birthday Planning!

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Last year’s party was easy to plan but stressful to execute…

It’s that time of the year again. Last year was wonderful but soooo stressful and exhausting. It was LO’s first birthday and I wanted to do it BIG which I manage to do but it wasn’t easy. I thought I would be able to sit back and enjoy and let everyone else take care of things but that wasn’t really the case. Luckily, I had A LOT of help from friends and family so things did manage to run smoothly-ish in the end but I overlooked some aspects of the party such as music and food.

I had hired out the play area at the local leisure centre, formerly known as The Arches. They have a room filled with soft play, rody spacehoppers and a bouncy castle available for the ‘Toddlers World’ sessions every day of the week and I thought it would be a wicked idea to hire it for the birthday party. I think it was about £100-120 for 2 hours; one hour in the studio with all the soft play equipment and one hour in the side room for the party lunch and cake cutting. Here are some photos of last year’s event:

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LO’s 1st birthday party

We did our very own home-made cask smash. It was a good first attempt for us as we wanted a professional look but ended up with something that looked very unique, home-ly, and I loved it. We really captured LO in his moment and he had soo much fun with that cake! For those who would prefer a professional one, there’s loads of good family photographers out there that can offer you a cake smash shoot. Take a look at the stunning work from Mellz Photography who specialises in cake-smash shoots. It’s not cheap but it’s definitely value for money in terms of what you get for the quality and standard of the photos and cake too. The cake (made by Dinahs Desserts) is also included within the price of the shoot – hurray! 🙂

This year, I am thinking of two things to do for LO’s birthday:

  • Birthday party at The Rainforest Cafe in London
  • Toddler Sensory party at home
  • BBQ garden party at grandma’s house

The latter option is dependent on weather so I am not too keen on it in case we have rain on his birthday. Toddler sensory would be a great option but I’d then have to organise all the food which is the problem I was faced with last year. The Rainforest Cafe is the most ‘safest’ and slightly boring option out of the three but at least the food will be sorted, we also get a free cake if there is over 7 children in the party (which there definitely will be, we always have a large party) and it gives me a chance to plan another day out for just me, LO and Daddy P. I’ve been hinting about taking us to Legoland Windsor so fingers crossed we can do that then have The Rainforest Cafe the week after.

It also doesn’t help that my birthday is just one day before LO’s so that may mean that I will need to compensate on having a small one to have enough to plan his – I don’t mind. I’ve already decided about mine. It’ll probably be just a meal as that’s what I usually do though I can’t figure out if I want to have a river cruise dinner on The Thames…… or afternoon tea at the stunning Sketch London restaurant?

… or a night out with a meal and live music at Quaglino’s?

I’m just spoilt for choice! Bring on August and the birthday planning!
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Monday Morning Catch Up #10

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Happy 1st of June everyone! 

This week is said to have good weather and today seems like it will be a lovely sunny day too. 🙂 Yay! Summer is finally on its way! Last week was a really good one, We just got some fish (3 rosy barbs which LO calls baby fish) and a friend came round on Friday for a good catch up. very chilled and the weekend was also the same.

Saturday
LO and I went to baby girl’s 1st birthday party. It was wonderful and for the first time, LO was able to have a lot of fun without having to cling to me constantly throughout the party. I was very surprised and also happy as it meant that he is now becoming more confident in himself and his surroundings. (Aawwww!) I was given the job as the party face-painter which I think I did an ‘alright’ job but everyone kept commenting how good it was so maybe I do have a little knack for it. Here’s a little photo of LO’s second face-paint as his first one (which was a cat face) had rubbed off from all the playing and another little face-paint I did for a friend.

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Pretty simple face-paints but everyone loved it and I loved doing it which was good. At the end of the party we were all given a party bag with lots of sweets and a yummy giant cupcake which I helped scoff down for LO hehe 🙂

Sunday
We woke up a little late on Sunday which then made me run late for a lunch with friends that I had. We went to Tanya’ Cafe located in Chelsea, London. It’s a raw vegan restaurant so if you fancy trying some raw vegan desserts, I would highly recommend this place. My friends had the mains but as it’s all raw food, it’s not filling at all so I wouldn’t recommend going here on an empty stomach.

As I was so late I only managed to order a drink and dessert; I have the hot chocolate and the caramel slice. Both were delicious and the caramel slice doesn’t actually have caramel in it, it a mix of coconut, banana, and possibly nuts like cashews, walnuts, and there was of course cacao powder to create the top layer of the caramel slice.

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Let’s hope the weather stays like today 🙂

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Monday Morning Catch Up #7

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I know this was supposed to be a morning post so please accept my apologies that it’s been a bit late as I’ve been having trouble with uploading photos from my iPhone to the PC. So last week was pretty good and the weekend was a lovely chilled out one.

On Friday, 1st May we had my nephew Lils around and LO had a great time playing with him. We didn’t go out but I did take them out for a bit of fresh air which was nice for all of us. From Wednesday to Friday I have just been baking like crazy making all sorts of different cupcakes with different flavours; vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, and matcha green tea. It was so therapeutic and eating them all was even more heavenly! 🙂

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There’s something really therapeutic about baking
Saturday

On Saturday, Lils had left us earlier in the afternoon so I took LO with me to have a good catch up with an old workmate over a soya matcha latte. Yum. Then LO’s daddy and I thought about taking him to the funfair and thought why not do it that evening as we already had plans for Sunday.  When we got there, we only had 30 mins of rides but that was enough for us. It was £7.99 per person to get in (including LO) so that was £24 for the three of us and to be honest, that’s a lot for just 30 mins of rides.

We took LO onto the cars and on to the hot air balloons (similar to the teacup ride but it also goes up and down in the air) and that was it as it was cold and LO didn’t seem to sure about all of the other rides which seemed to big for his age. We left about 15 minutes after as there wasn’t much for us to do with LO – a bit disappointing after we had paid a lot to get in however I’m sure it would’ve probably been much more enjoyable and fun if we had gone when the weather was warmer, and not in the evening.

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This was LO’s favourite ride
Sunday

Today was one of my best friend’s birthday so I thought why not pay her a visit as it’s one of the days that she had free in her busy schedule. She is a pastry chef and always baking away for her clients so I thought why not buy her a beautiful cake as a present this year. I knew she loved the Chinese/Vietnamese celebration cakes from when she tried it at LO’s 1st birthday so I ordered one for her. I get the Chinese cake from a bakery in Canning Town, London from a company called City Cakes Ltd. I ordered the smallest square size (you can choose from square-, circle-, or heart-shaped) which was 8 inches and cost me a decent £28.00. This cake should give out about 10 servings – probably more if you hand out smaller slices but I am sure people would want seconds as it’s so light and fluffy and simply delicious.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur”

This week, find beauty in a blur

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“Ring o’ Roses”
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“Party Hard”
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“No Time To Sit Idly & Drink”

All blurred images were unintentional. In photos 1 & 2 I think the blur really captures the fast-paced movement beautifully. The 3rd image, LO was just too fast with drinking the tea and I moved the camera away too quickly – I’m glad I’ve kept these bloopers! 🙂

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Monday Morning Catch Up #2

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Last weekend was a very hectic weekend… Two days filled with two birthday parties (one was my friend’s and the other was LO’s friend), and a carnival costume launch party to go to on Saturday evening which was fabulous.

Saturday
This was LO’s second birthday party that he had gone to and was very different from the first party he went to. For the first one, the parents had organised a Baby Sensory party for her son and we were invited to join in the fun. It was an excellent party filled with games and a lovely Baby Sensory host who was very bubbly, friendly and interactive with all of the children as well as the parents.

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This second party was also amazing but very different from the first one. My friend had hired a hall for her daughter’s party at Crook Log, Bexleyheath and they had supplied her with music, trampolines, bouncy castles, soft play, ball pit, slides and much more! There was so much for the kids to do they didn’t get bored or lose interest but wasn’t too big so it wasn’t overwhelming for them. LO had a brilliant time playing with all of the things especially the ball pit, she slide and the walking beams.

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Super fun!

Saturday evening, I went to a launch party for the Masquerade 2000’s Carnival theme. The launch was to get a sneak preview of some of the costumes that will be on show at the Notting Hill Carnival later this year. The costumes were amazing and I will creating a post for the actual night with photos of the costumes very soon! (It’s still top secret at the mo)… In the meantime, here are some photos of the night:

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It was an all-white party and held at White Space in Leicester Square, London. The event was just amazing; the costumes were vibrant and stunning, the host was hilarious making us all feel comfortable, the canapés were delicious, the live entertainment was spectacular and the whole event had a brilliant vibe. I was so happy to be able to attend!

Sunday
Sunday was a more chilled out day. Weather was terrible but I went to my friend’s birthday party. It was a good catch-up with some really old friends, it was so nice to see them all again (these are my non-mummy friends from secondary school days).

A busy weekend overall. Saturday was an seriously action-packed day and next week is looking like it’s going to be the same as we’re going to a new play centre in Thamesmead, going to the theatre to watch a children’s show and a family baptism.

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