Hey all! How is your weekend going?
Mine has been pretty lovely so far! I actually still have a huge grin lingering on my face from yesterday afternoon; I was so lucky to have been a part of the most beautiful baby shower ever thrown. It was a glowing day filled with melt-worthy newborn baby cuddles and plenty of pretty pictures….
On the 3rd October 2014 at 16:23pm my new, second baby cousin Lily was born to my big cousin Michelle + her husband. Having a new baby in the family is so exciting! Yet before baby Lily was even born, a bunch of Michelle’s closest friends pulled all of the family together and set out to organize a double, surprise baby shower to throw for her after the baby was born to celebrate the arrival of both Lily and Michelle’s toddler (who missed out on his own party 2 years ago)…
One of Michelle’s biggest weaknesses also happens to be traditional English Afternoon tea. Her amazing friends knew that this would be the perfect theme for planning a lavish afternoon filled with quizzes, champagne, and CAKE! Ahead went the secret planning…
Can you believe that this entire spread was handmade by my Aunty (The new Nana!!) and cousin?!
They are so, so talented. We still tell the new Nana that she quit her job and party plan for a living – everything was ridiculously perfect! There was so much delicious food to go around (we were packed off with at least 3 cakes worth of leftovers). It was the ultimate-baby-shower-cake heaven. I don’t think anyone will be forgetting this any time soon!
The salted caramel torte (first photo) was incredible. If you are a sucker for anything cheesecake, brownie-like and rich and infused with oodles of salted caramel…then this = what your dreams are made of. The recipe remains top secret however… (I tried). Then there was the chocolate-pops: white chocolate balls stuffed with thick, sugary Nutella! *Melts*.
Now, regarding the *surprise* theme of the party… These big plans had been kept pretty well under wraps + hidden from Michelle for an entire 2 months…Then guess what?
This happened: My mother (who was driving us to Michelle’s new house) gets quite lost after turning off the motorway. Mum freaks out, phones Michelle in a bit of a haste (we were stuck facing the wrong direction on the narrowest one-way street in the history of ever…) to say sorry, and that we were going to be a tad bit late + could she give us her address again please?! Michelle’s baffled response was along the lines of:
“But…why are you going to my house??”
“Oh. Sh*t Mich! Forget I ever said anything. In fact, forget I even rung you. See you soon!!”… *Hangs up*
It was definitely an applaud worthy moment. Naturally, my mum wanted to know why I didn’t say something before she hit dial…but I did! She just totally didn’t hear me. It’s already pretty hilarious to look back on! Oh, and then we got yelled at by an angry taxi driver who wanted to get down this one-way street but couldn’t. So he tried anyway and we both got stuck and then he yelled at us some more (that’s so helping us both out, bro…Not). We did get there, eventually.
She is beautiful. There is nothing more angelic than a cuddly, blue eyed bundle with soft, tufty hair and warm cheeks all wrapped up in white…
There is also nothing more peaceful than watching a newborn baby fall asleep in your arms. A new life is so fascinating…I mean, it’s crazy we have no idea who this little girl is going to be, or all of the amazing, beautiful things she will go on to achieve in her life?! Holding her was so amazing because it felt like I had her whole life-to-be right there condensed as a bundle in my arms; a story that only time will tell…
It was the perfect way for the family to spend time together after a rather chaotic (and scary) week, before we all disperse back out into various other parts of the world again until Christmas! There were so many babies and another pregnant mummy expecting twins which only added to the excitement in the air! I also think it’s fair to say that newborn baby’s bring out the gushiest side of everyone. What a perfect day it was!
I can’t believe it’s Sunday again already?! Recently, I feel as if I’ve been watching the days/weeks fly by just as quickly as I used to watch the hours tick by as a kid in classes all day. I’m pretty sure there is some external force out there having fun with the remote to life! Time is definitely on fast forward…
I have so many new recipes in my ‘post inventory’ that will be going up over the next couple of weeks. For a sneak peak, check out my IG (on the right sidebar)! I’ve had to stall the baking process for a few weeks and start to catch up with everything – there is so much going on right now, and I enjoy the creating + baking process so much that I just know it will just serve prevent productivity in the other areas of my life that need to be seen to. I have a feeling I will bake anyway though – a girl needs some sanity!
Also if you have a moment, then do check out my friend Jessie’s (genius!) amazing sweet potato and early grey loaf! Jessie is one of my best buddies from uni (the girl who captured my heart by sharing out her post-lecture chocolate cupcakes…says it all really ) – and she has just started out her own blog adventure, so I am super excited to see what more she has yet to surprise us with from her oven, so do check her out! I totally thrilled if you could visit her site and give Jessie her first few hits
On that note, I hope you all enjoy your Sunday afternoons, get to make something warm + soupy and have a chance to take a walk in some crunchy orange leaves in the breeze! Here is a London sunrise that I snapped a couple of days ago; #cloudporn. Yet another reason to justify why I LOVE AUTUMN!!