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My 30th Birthday BBQ

30th Birthday BBQ - Me on the patio!

To celebrate my 30th Birthday over the weekend I threw a small BBQ party in my garden.  The weather had been glorious all week but come the weekend rain was predicted.  Never fear!  I had a plan!

30th Birthday BBQ - Awning to protect guests from the rain!

I have an extendable awning for over the patio and I stretched a shade sail over the lawn to provide an even bigger canopy propped up with a pole in the middle and anchored to the fence posts on the corners.  This way most of my garden was sheltered and I could happily set up everything under cover in case of rain! A few shower curtains filled the gaps over the food and drink stations.

30th Birthday BBQ - DIY Bar

I set up a little bar so people could help themselves to drinks throughout the evening.  I am so in love with the drinks dispensers!  I set them on cake tins to give them a bit of elevation.  I also went the plastic and paper cup route.  No point in crying over smashed glass!

30th Birthday BBQ  - Pallet side table and flowers

I went to town on the flowers and decorations!  A few sawn pallets stacked up made a nice little coffee table on the lawn (and helped to stablise the pole!) My flower arrangements were made up of peonies, roses, rhododendrons, chrysanthemums and sweet william with rosemary for greenery and fragrance.

30th Birthday BBQ - Roses and Rosemary in Diet Coke Bottles

30th Birthday BBQ - Candles and Flowers throughout the garden

I had plenty of seating set up so people could suit themselves and lots of cushions and blankets to keep everyone comfortable.

30th Birthday BBQ  - Guests mingling under the canop

30th Birthday BBQ- the Lawn seating

Darcy got a little bit overwhelmed by all of the people but he soon bounced back and mingled with the guests stealing bits of BBQ!

30th Birthday BBQ - Me and Darcy!

30th Birthday BBQ

I got all crafty for this shindig too!  A polystyrene wreath covered in cocktail umbrellas decorated the front door to greet my guests.

30th Birthday BBQ - DIY gold glitter letter sign

I cut out letters from black posterboard and then covered it in gold glitter paint for the ANNA 30! and DRINKS signs.

30th Birthday BBQ - Food and Drink Stations

I kept things nice and simple and self service through the night.  I had got Tesco Bumper Party Bags of BBQ food, which were excellent value and had everything you could need! Everything got cooked in the oven and then served buffet style.  Paper plates and pink plastic cutlery meant that at the end of the night cleanup was simple!

30th Birthday BBQ- Ombre Birthday Cake

The cake went down very well!  I went for a 3 layer ombre victoria sponge.  Darcy helped to clean up!

30th Birthday BBQ - Darcy cleaning up cake plates!

 

All in all a wonderful evening filled with fun,friends and food, what more could a girl ask for?

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Darcy’s 1st Birthday!

Darcy turned 1 this week!  I can’t believe how the last year has flown by!  I certainly can’t imagine my life without him in it and I am endlessly grateful for the joy he brings to my life.  So I thought he deserved a Birthday Party to show him how much I love and appreciate him!

Darcy's 1st Birthday

I made him a special Birthday Cake and mini Pupcakes to share with all of his friends too!  I’ve put the recipe in a separate post here!

Darcy's 1st Birthday

The cake is delicious and I say that as a human!  Given the speed that the pups wolfed it down the doggy guests were fans too!  In fact, I took some up to my parent’s dog to have and he ate both his and Darcy’s slice!  (Darcy may have been a bit caked out by that point!)

Darcy's 1st Birthday

Cheeks full of cake there!

Darcy's 1st Birthday

There were even some ‘Pawesome’ fairy cakes for the humans!

Darcy's 1st Birthday

He had so many presents!  And my mum even found him a rawhide Birthday Card!

Darcy's 1st Birthday

He certainly embraced the party mood!

Darcy's 1st Birthday

 

Darcy's 1st BirthdayDarcy's 1st Birthday

All in all an excellent 1st Birthday!

Darcy's 1st Birthday

 

 

 

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