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  • InBella, Brand Collaborations

    Bella’s Third Birthday

    The last few days have been a complete whirlwind as we have been super busy celebrating Bella’s Third birthday! We kicked off the celebrations with her party which we held on the 5th, a few days before her actual birthday. With it being Guy Fawkes night we decided to have another fireworks party, especially as it was such a success last year.

    The birthday girl had requested a pink sprinkles cake as she is obsessed with all things sprinkles so I used this as my inspiration for this years party theme. I chose the most gorgeous plates, napkins, straws and party boxes from Party Pieces which fit the sprinkles theme perfectly. I also got some amazing confetti filled balloons that received so many compliments at the party! I really enjoy hosting parties and one of my favourite bits is choosing all the decor and seeing it all come together on the day.

    Once everyone had arrived, we served slow cooked pulled pork baps, hot dogs and hot potato wedges outside on the deck before doing sparklers and letting off some fantastic fireworks once it had got really dark. We also built a huge bonfire to help keep everyone toasty! I was so pleased with the fireworks we chose this year, they really lit up the whole garden and everyone absolutely loved them. Bella found them hilarious and didn’t stop giggling the whole time they were going off! We finished the evening off with birthday cake and Bella opened a few of her presents. She had such a lovely time surrounded by all her favourite people and came up to me a couple of times to thank me and tell me how much she was loving her party! It definitely made all the effort SO worth it.

    Josh and I both booked Bella’s actual birthday off work and we have the loveliest day together. The morning was spent chilling at home in our PJ’s playing with all her new presents, watching Disney films and eating chocolate pancakes. We then went for a family swim in the afternoon before having a little birthday tea at home.

    It’s been a chaotic few days but plenty of fun too. Our girl is so loved by everyone and I feel extremely lucky to be her Mama. I’ll end this post with a few of my favourite photos from Bella’s third birthday celebrations!

    Harriet XO

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    *We were very kindly sent some party ware from the lovely people over at Party Pieces in exchange for a mention in this post*

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  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #8 | Letting Our Hair Down

    It’s been a hectic week in the Lee household. I worked an extra day in the office this week to try and make up some of the time I missed at work last week while Bella was unwell and I really missed my usual Wednesday at home with my little love.

    Josh has been super busy with work and I don’t think he’s gone to bed before 1am once this week. By the time Friday evening came around we were all shattered and so ready for the weekend!

    Our Saturday was spent in the kitchen baking and decorating a cake for my/our best friend Ellen’s leaving party as she is off on her travels at the end of the week and will be gone for a few months. I have baked a lot of cakes in my time, but never have I been brave enough to work with roll out icing, I’m more of a frosting kinda gal. But needs must, so we gave it a bash. Now, let me tell you, it’s SO much harder than it looks. Luckily for me my husband is a man of many talents and he got to grips with it much better than I did and between us we managed to pull it off. I was quite pleased with the outcome, I would say ‘we’ but Josh is a complete perfectionist and was convinced it looked rubbish 😉

    We enjoyed a lovely child free evening giving our bestie the send off she deserved. After a few too many drinks (or Mum Drunk as my friends like to call it!) at the party, we even ended up in town, which I had been adamant would not be happening. Alas, we had fun, and bumped into everyone we knew… Including Bella’s ballet teacher, who I didn’t even recognise at first! Total criiiiinge. Am I now that Mum!?

    It was really nice to let our hair down after a long week and actually act our age for once. Although it definitely won’t become a regular thing, hangovers with a toddler in tow? Yeah… not much fun! Although they do say Sunday’s are for snuggling, which is exactly what we did. 😉

    Here’s a few of my favourite (and a few blurry!) iPhone snaps from our Ordinary week and our not so Ordinary weekend.


      
      

      

    Linking up with Katie over at Mummy Daddy Me for #TheOrdinaryMoments

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo 

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  • InBella

    Second Birthday Celebrations

    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!


      
      
      
      


    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo

     

     

     

     

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