Being a student has forced me to be more creative with birthdays due to lack of cash. I decided for my mum’s birthday I would host a dinner party (albeit a very small one – I’m not that organised).
Pip and my ‘Round to Ours‘ book were very helpful in the planning!
My A Level Art skills were put to the test by making invitations and menus. I always loved typography so I designed little templates and printed them on some nice paper from Paperchase (which was £7!?! So much for not spending money…)
I also managed to successfully bake something which quite literally is a miracle. I have never baked something before which has not a) been burnt or b) been cooked properly.
These were Lavender cupcakes and actually were really tasty! They’re from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. God knows how I managed these and yet can’t manage a recipe called ‘Simple Chocolate Brownies’…
I am definitely not the strongest cook in the world but my favourite thing is making everything look pretty. It might be inedible but at least it looks nice?
Although, I should probably give my parents credit for most of what makes it look nice seeing as they bought all of the furniture and crockery (not specifically for this occasion obvs). And Pinterest. So basically I don’t know what I did but my mum’s smiling on her birthday so I guess that’s the main thing!!
I love how candles look when it’s still daylight. One of my favourite cafes called Toast House always lights candles on their tables in little IKEA glasses like these and they look so pretty on their tables!
The actual food in this photo is homemade mojito sorbet (basically lime sorbet) which was crazy easy to make! I would definitely recommend. The recipe is from here.
All in all, I didn’t kill anyone in the process so I’d say it was a success and, even though it was more effort than buying a present, I actually really enjoyed it!
The Pinterest Board that fuelled my ideas for this:
Thank you for reading!!