Sunday, 29 June 2008

Pass the aspirin - and a giveaway

We've had fourteen extremely well behaved little people here for a belated birthday party today (hence my silence this week - I've been sewing metres and metres of bunting). Either they are growing up, and better able to entertain themselves a bit, or we are far more organised these days, but whatever the reason, it was a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon. It has always rained for this event in the past, and we thought we had blown it by choosing the weekend of both Wimbledon and Glastonbury, but the weather was kind and our gamble on having a garden party paid off. I usually curse our small and shady garden but it really comes into its own on days like this.



Anyway, we threaded beads, had a treasure hunt and painted stones:


We danced to High School Musical and Hannah Montana (give me strength) and feasted on our traditional cheese number biscuits and the new (but definitely to be repeated) ice cream cupcakes.


The birthday girl asked for Nigella's bee cake, but I have to say it looks better than it tastes - way too rich, which is not something you will hear me say frequently. Last time I made this, Winnie the Pooh perched on it but they're far too sophisticated for that now! (Anna, this pic is for you - sorry it wasn't a sunnier one!)

And now to the giveaway. I managed to miss both my 150th post and my 1 year blogiversary - how very careless - but now I present - tada! Party bags. Lined, appliqued and named!



I was so pleased with these - pure self indulgence but the little ones seemed to like them. I have two left over, complete with home made hairclips and other party goodies, and I would like to give them to two of you. Leave a comment here if you'd like one, and I'll draw two names on Wednesday. If I have the appropriate letter beads I'll name it for you, and will include a couple of extra bits and pieces from my stash.


If you have a strong preference for uber-girly pink spots, or for mad Ikea-ness, pop that in your comment and I'll try to do something sane to sort it out.

36 comments:

  1. Ahh... what a lovely day it sounds like ... and those bags are cute .. extra good idea with those bead names .. x

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  2. What a lovely day you had. I see things like these party bags and think - I should make those and then I think - no I shouldn't!!!!!

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  3. The bee cake is utterly delightful as are the party bags. I fear that we are about to enter Hannah Montanna territory shortly too. Pass me those aspirin won't you?!

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  4. The party bags are very cute.

    luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

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  5. those are the best favor bags i have ever seen.i want to try to make some for my daughter's b-day, but these fancy ones are beyond my skil level!

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  6. Looks like a lovely party. Well done on being so very organised!

    Who doesn't like uber-girliness?

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  7. I'm afraid I'm allergic to aspirin, but those bags are darling and would only make me swell with pride at owning one :)

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  8. I'd love a party bag. DD birthday is in August...I have learned many good things from you.

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  9. Glad the weather behaved itself for you. Sounds like everyone had a great time. The bags are so sweet, clever you. They look deceptively simple,the sort of thing I'd convince myself I could make and then would end up surrounded with a lot of mess and a finished product that would resemble the cat's dinner.
    Well done for lasting through Hannah Montana.

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  10. Cute stuff!! I hope I win this giveaway!!! Thanks and cheers!

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  11. I'm about in a state of collapse after a birthday party as well (I'll blog about it later!), but had to pop in and tell you how much we love the uber-girly pink stuff here at our house, and your hairclips are an absolute favorite. Love the bees on the cake, too, by the way. Happy blogiversary, how glad I am that we connected!

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  12. Congratulations on a super successful party! And now you have loads of bunting for next year. I do love bunting. Perhaps we could hang some from our shed in the allotment--hmmm...And please do enter me in the prize draw--how could I resist (particularly the pink bag)! K x

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  13. congrats on your blogiversary belatedly, and 150 posts - very impressive - as is that gorgeous bunting and homemade party bags, I can see what you've been filling your time with since you left work!!

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  14. What a brilliant party! Bunting, icecream cakes and lovely party bags. I've been spared the High School Musical and Hannah Montanna though, its more Kylie and Mc Fly here!

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  15. What a fantastic idea for party bags! I'm just going to have to try the ice cream cupcakes - I can imagine a lot of fun with those. As there's a lot of soft fruit around - you could do mini baked alaskas couldn't you. umm!... possibly this weekend.........

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  16. That sounds like a party from a story book! What a lucky little cookie. The cake does look beautiful (shame it was a bit rich) and the hand-made party bags! Blimey - it's beautiful Boden world, but real! You're a talented lady.

    Please put my name down for the giveaway. Spots or Ikea-ness - either is lovely for me.

    Emma
    x

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  17. What lovely goody bag idea!

    I always liked Nigella's dishes butI'm not a big fan of chocolate cake so never made that. Prolly just as well! It looks pretty though.

    Happy belated blogerversary!!

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  18. I'm new to blogging, so hello!

    Your party looks as though it was a triumph. I have a thing for bees, so the cake is a winner in my book, and I've also been making bunting this week... for a wedding next year - leaving plenty of time!

    fingers crossed for a bag!

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  19. Oh wow - what a fab party and those ice-cream cupcakes look fab - I'm going to have to give them a try!!

    Gorgeous bunting too!

    Your party bags are gorgeous!! Personally speaking I'm an Ikea-madness kinda girl but speaking for the Minx it would have to be pink dots of course :)

    Luckily Minx has not caught the HSM or Hannah Montana obsession - she likes them but prefers Madonna and Abba ;)

    xxxx

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  20. oooohhhh...looks like a lovely day was had by all...belated happy birthday to the birthday girl...stick my name in the hat - I haven't been given a party bags for ages (if ever, don't think they did them when I was a kid!)

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  21. You did better than me, I didn't manage to make bags for the party, just the bunting. Your cake looks lovely, I made the Easter one from one of Nigella's books for Mister T's first birthday and it was extremely rich I think most of her chocolatey ones are. Glad your weather was good.

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  22. What a good idea for your party bags. Sounds like you all had a great time at the party!

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  23. The cake looks delicious, what a shame it was too rich - although I can handle rich, is there any left?

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  24. Perfect weather, perfect day, great party and great bags, what more could a girl ask for.

    Vanessa x

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  25. So glad the party went well, it is fun when they get that bit bigger and start to entertain themselves little more.

    Really, the cake was TOO rich? Wow! Which book is it in? I'd love to see the recipe.

    I would love to be in your draw for the delectable bags. Please add my name Miss:-)

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  26. That sounds like the best party ever! As for Hannah Montanna and High School Musical... passed me right by!!!

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  27. Those party bags look so cute. I am trying to psyche myself up to make the ones for Ruth's birthday in 3 weeks time, but may end up resorting to paper bags again. I love the idea of the names done in beads - may have to copy that one if I do end up making them.
    Glad the party went well.
    Cathy X

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  28. A fab-bity post today Val! I have just bookmarked two of the recipes and I am seriously impressed with your party bags - the name beads are such a clever idea (and I think the pink polka dot just tips the balance for me!)

    I'd wondered why you had gone quiet so I'm pleased to find out it was for a happy reason!

    Take care, Lucy xxx

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  29. Do you rent yourself out for big people parties too? It really does sound like a brilliant party and I'm so glad the weather was on it's best behaviour for you! Thanks for the recipe links, will definitely be trying the cheesy biscuits.

    I would love to win one of your pretty party bags, they both look fabulous...and the idea of an Ikea party bag intrigues me in particular. Will the winner have to construct it themself at home with the help of a diagram and an alan key? :)

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  30. The bee cake looks delicious, Sounds like the little ones had a lovely time. Happy blog anniversary, a girly bag would be a hit in our house. Jane x

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  31. I LOVE that cake,Val!! So cool!Will there be a piece in the party bag, or am I pushing my luck...?!Love the bees as well, brilliant.x

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  32. I just stumbled upon your blog. I like the look of the birthday cake, are the bees marzipan?

    Those party bags are cute, such a simple idea. Both the giveaway bags are pretty, especially the pink girly one!!!

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  33. what a sophisticated birthday and how can I resist the chance of being a inner of one of those fabby bags...count me in PLEASE!!!!

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  34. Its amazing how much effort goes into a party. We have just done a 4 year olds. Love the party bags. I just used paper bags form the market! Ran out of time.

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  35. Oh how fun! It looks like you had an absolutely lovely party. That bee cake is adorable -- thanks for the link! Too rich??? Hmmm...sounds like my kind of cake LOL. Your little bags are so cute -- I'll bet the girls loved them!

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  36. Ah sounds like a lovely birthday party - glad the sun shone for you all. The birthday cake looks lovely but it must be very rich if you thought so! It's my youngest's birthday sleepover on Friday and (for my sins) I am taking her and a friend to London next week to see High School Musical!
    Kimx

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