• Cara Goulding

Rosalind's Birthday

We had such a wonderful birthday weekend for Rosie, filled with some beaut people, lots of cake, an abundance of sunshine and one very beautiful tutu and crown outfit.

Rosie's birthday fell on Easter Sunday this year so we made full use of the weekend and celebrated her birthday with a party on the Saturday and then on the Sunday we went to a local farm so she could shout 'DOG' at all the animals which is her current favourite thing to do. I'm so glad we did it this way as it meant that I got to see my daughter on her birthday rather than running around looking after guests and not paying her any attention.

The day of her party dawned to glorious sunshine and birdsong much to my relief as trying to fit 30 guests into our house should it have been raining would have been a little snug. Not to worry though as we were able to have everyone in the garden and it made such a difference.

The theme for Rosie's birthday was, of course, Easter and so the set up involved a country feel with lots of nods to Easter here and there, in the food, decorations and games.

For the guests to tuck into we made several rounds of sandwiches, homemade quiche and cheese straws and a huge pile of chicken nuggets and cocktail sausages, along with lemon cupcakes, hot cross buns, chocolate birds nests, white chocolate covered 'carrots' (strawberries) and a four tier carrot birthday cake. The food was demolished with hardly anything left over, much to my disappointment as I'd hoped to eat party food leftovers for days. We also provided some Pimms and beers for the adults which was very welcome on such a hot day.

The carrot cake was made with this recipe and it tasted so good (if I do say so myself!) and after much deliberation I decided to go with a peach ombre cream cheese frosting. I used this food colouring and good old Betty Crocker for the icing. I decorated it with small fondant carrots and at the last minute realised I didn't have a topper so at a vast cost I ordered this one to be delivered next day.

We recycled our wedding flower curtain as a backdrop. Originally made by my mum who got crafty with some felt and a glue gun I'm glad we found another use for it. It just helped pull the table together a bit more plus it looked pretty too! I had a few Easter themed bits for a photoshoot I'd done so I used these to decorate the table.

For our smaller guests I hid around 100 eggs in the garden and let them go mad, they were very sweet and all came together to help each other. I also hid three small bunnies around the house and garden which, if found, rewarded them with a full size egg. The children were really excited about this part and I'm happy to say all the eggs were found.

Rosie's outfit was insanely extra, like any good birthday outfit should be and she was very kindly gifted the most beautiful tutu from a company called Six Stories. We paired it with her 'R is for Rosalind' top from Mama & Me Designs (Mama10 will get you 10% off) and for the finishing touch she had a grey velvet crown and wand from Meliestutus. She looked like a little fairy princess and I wish she could get away with wearing it every day!

She had the best day tottering around from person to person and playing with balloons. She wasn't so sure about the candle when it came towards her on the cake but enjoyed eating the cake more. I know she won't remember this day but I will because it was filled with smiley faces and the people who care about her the most were there which was the most important thing.

Cara x