As I type this I’m still struggling to comprehend the fact that I’m now a Mama to a Two year old… Before I know it she’ll be starting school.. Sob. Anywaaay I thought I’d share what we got up to over Bella’s birthday weekend. Better late than never, hey 😉
Last year we had a lovely ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ themed party to celebrate Bella’s first birthday. This year we decided to have more of an outdoorsy affair and opted for a Fireworks party the night before Bella’s birthday with a loose woodland theme. We have a huuuuge back garden so thought it would be a good idea to utilise the space for once! Josh put up a gazebo on the decking (in gail force winds and pouring rain might I add) and I just added some simple white fairy lights. I didn’t bother with any other decorations outside as the weather was so hideous there was just no point! Luckily by the time people started arriving the rain had stopped.
Decorations wise I kept it pretty simple with more white fairy lights over the fireplace in the dining room and on the table that I displayed all the sweet treats on. I scattered some pine cones around the room along with some super cute little felt toadstalls. Keeping with the woodland theme I used a few slices of wood that I borrowed from my sisters leftover wedding stash to display the woodland paper plates & napkins on. Lastly I hung the pink paper garlands that I originally bought for Bella’s party last year above the dining table.
For savoury food we did lots of slow cooked pulled pork served in white bread rolls with grated cheese & coleslaw. These were a big hit and I’d definitely do them again for a bonfire night celebration. We also did hot dogs with caramelised onions and lots of hot potato wedges.
On the sweet table Bella’s wonderful woodland birthday cake definitely stole the show. It was a four layered Victoria sponge sandwiched with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream. I baked the sponges and my very talented Mother in law covered and decorated the cake. I was so pleased with how it turned out, the little animals and toadstools were adorable! I also made two trays of salted caramel double chocolate brownies (bit of a mouthful…quite literally), the most amazing buttery flapjacks and apple, cinnamon & fudge muffins which everyone loved. I find it so satisfying when others enjoy your baking! 🙂 I have already posted the muffins recipe but will share the other two recipes over the next couple of weeks as they are both SO tasty but also super easy to make!
After we served the food the evening consisted of glow sticks, marshmallow toasting, sparklers & fireworks (that were a mild disaster thanks to the damp weather!) We finished off the evening by singing Happy Birthday to the birthday girl and she opened a few presents!
Bella loved every second of her birthday party (apart from when she burnt her finger on a sparkler) which of course is the main thing but I think everybody else enjoyed themselves too!
On Bella’s actual birthday we had a quiet morning at home opening presents with a special birthday breakfast of croissants and orange juice. Followed by lunch out and an afternoon visting the farm we have annual memberships for. It was so nice to have a relaxed day just the three of us and it meant we could give the birthday girl our full attention, which of course she loved!!
Here’s a few iPhone snaps of her birthday weekend. I was so busy at the party I didn’t get chance to get many good ones!