This week I have a big birthday coming along, and since Mr Biddle is also an Aries, we decided to host a garden party to celebrate (and also mix in a bit of house warming and baby shower cheer for good measure). Two months ago when we decided to have a party, our thinking was that it would be starting to feel a tad warmer and spring-like, and therefore we'd take a risk on planning a BBQ. We hadn't banked on it being a mini-heatwave! Blooming heck it was hot and Bath was looking particularly resplendent in the sunshine.
We spent a couple of days before hand getting ready. Mr Biddle bought and erected a new, shiny BBQ and purchased some industrial cooking utensils. I chose a red & white theme, and made grown-up party bags and cakes, and decorated the garden with homemade bunting.
The party bags were inspired by this post on The Sweetest Occasion - a fab blog which is chock full of the prettiest inspiration for parties and celebrations of all kinds. I bought the bags from Amazon and the doilies from a pound shop. The butterfly and airplane rubber stamps were bought to decorate favours for our wedding, so came in handy again this weekend. And what was in the goody bags? ...
Sweets and chocolate, of course. Picture postcards of Bath - for people to remember their weekend by. And illustrated pin badges created by my talented illustrator sister Sally. I love her cheeky drawings, the backings featuring the Northern phrase "eh up", and the delicious candy colours of the badges.
I baked three different types of cake - dorset apple, fairy buns and a Nigella Lawson gooey, flour free Easter special (from her book Feast). The fairy cakes were decorated as an early afternoon task in the garden by girlfriends wearing vintage aprons.
The divine weather gave me an excuse to wear the Gap maternity summer dress I'd picked up in the ASOS sale during the cold winter months in the hope that I might see some sunshine before the baby arrives. If you're pregnant and looking for decent maternity clothes which are actually things you'd choose to wear normally, check out ASOS (especially their sales).
We had a superb day - we heated up the new BBQ, scattered rugs on the grass, borrowed the neighbour's deck chairs, drank the first Pimms of the year, talked, laughed, squealed, and ate about 100 sausages. It was a truly lovely day and the growing Biddle Family felt very blessed.