I’ve been so busy being back at work and having all my weekends booked up in July that I’ve not had much of a chance to blog recently! But a couple of weeks ago I celebrated my 30th birthday, which makes me feel incredibly old, but I had such a lovely few days so I thought I’d share with you all what I got up to.
My birthday was on the Thursday but I started celebrations early the weekend before. On the Saturday I was treated to the most beautiful and delicious French themed afternoon tea from local restaurant French Affaire in Stony Stratford. Due to lockdown they have been offering their afternoon teas to takeaway and they kindly offered to send me one to try as an early birthday gift! I’ll do a full write up on the afternoon tea separately, but it was truly divine and so beautifully presented. The perfect treat for a birthday celebration!
On the Sunday I held a mini birthday party in my garden with a few friends. I was so worried about the weather all week prior because the weather had been miserable, but luckily the day remained dry and sunny, if a little windy! I set up a few decorations including making some really pretty balloon arrangements which I filled myself using a helium tank, but unfortunately the wind meant that they all got tangled up. I was also kindly gifted giant rose gold ’30’ balloons from Party Pieces – but I was absolutely devastated when I went outside and the 3 blew off straight away and I had to watch it float into the sky! Luckily I still had my pretty gold confetti ‘Hello 30’ balloons! My hot pink embroidered dress is from ASOS – it was a steal in the sale at only £22.50!
DIY Flower Wall
So the day got off to a slightly bad start but luckily everything else ran smoothly. As well as the balloons I had also set up my own DIY flower wall! I really wanted a flower wall to use as a pretty backdrop for some nice photos to be taken, but they can be quite pricey to hire. I saw prices ranging from around £150+ for only a few hours hire, which was a little out of my price range for such a small gathering. So I decided to look into making my own flower wall on a budget!
I saw on Amazon you can buy professional photographer backdrops for a very reasonable price and they actually look really good! So I bought this flower wall backdrop and it arrived the next day (thank you Amazon Prime!) and it was perfect! I then used some more balloons around the edge and hung up a rose gold ‘Lets Celebrate’ banner. I’ll do a separate blog post soon on how I did it if anyone’s interested?
Pink Prosecco & Donuts
I also set up a little trestle table and covered it with tablecloths and a rose gold sequin runner to display the food and drinks on. As we were getting a takeaway for lunch, I didn’t need to prepare any snacks, but I did put up a donut wall using a donut stand with pink iced sprinkle donuts from Tesco which looked so cute! I also used a large gold tray to display the drinks on – pink prosecco with champagne flutes and orange juice in mini milk bottles. I found the set of four glass milk bottles in Poundstretcher for £1.49 and thought they’d be perfect!
The theme of my mini party was rose gold and pink, and a local cake baker called Flair For Party (based in Leighton Buzzard) kindly offered to make me a cake for my birthday! I had seen her amazing creations on Instagram so I allowed her to design the cake however she wanted as I knew she would make me something stunning! And she didn’t disappoint – I was presented with a gorgeous pastel pink vanilla cake with white chocolate drip. It was elaborately decorated with pink and white homemade meringues as well as golden macaroons. I absolutely loved it! Plus there was the added surprise once we cut into it that in the centre was filled with sweeties! I topped the cake with a rose gold metallic ‘Happy Birthday’ acrylic topper as well as rose gold ’30’ candles that I was gifted from Party Pieces, which set the cake off just perfectly!
I had booked my actual birthday off work so we decided to go into London for the day as the weather was gorgeous! I also got some OTT photos in the morning (you’re only thirty once eh.!) with my birthday balloons, gorgeous bouquet from Arena Flowers and the most delicious Victoria sponge from A Gift of Cake. Honestly – this was the best Victoria sponge cake I have ever had! They hand make everything from scratch and use locally sourced, good quality ingredients. Plus, there’s no added preservatives, artificial colours or artificial flavours. Each cake is packed in a beautiful bespoke cake tin which is gift-wrapped beautifully and finished with gold ribbon.
We started off our day in London by walking to Kings Cross canal and walking all the way up to Camden. It was one of those super hot days so it was boiling but lovely to be out in the sunshine. Plus, because of Covid, London was so much quieter than usual. We were able to walk around without loads of tourists getting in the way and we could go for drinks without queuing for a table. We then walked up to Regents Park which was a very long walk in the heat, but they have some very pretty gardens there!
For lunch we went to Flat Iron in London Bridge which we loved! I previously wrote a review on Flat Iron in Shoreditch but we much preferred the London Bridge branch. The restaurant was filled with plants and greenery and it was just really cool. I would definitely recommend Flat Iron if you like steak and are on a budget. The steak is £13 and SO good plus £3 for the fries so it’s a pretty cheap steak dinner in London. I also tried the creamy sweet potato which was nice and cheesy!
I had the most wonderful few days celebrating my 30th birthday and I was absolutely spoilt by my lovely boyfriend, friends, family and colleagues! Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! x