Last week my Mum turned 60 and we celebrated with a party at my parent’s house. With her Birthday being so close to Christmas, it was hard to find somewhere to hold the party that would fit in everyone she wanted to invite, and we decided that parties at home really are what we do best!
Mum is the kindest most lovely person you could ever wish to meet, and always goes out of her way to help other people, and to make things special for them. We wanted to make sure that her own birthday was just as special, with lots of little touches and lovely details. She did still end up doing lots of the planning and preparation herself, we just couldn’t stop her!
I had the big responsibility of baking her cake! My Mum, Sister and Auntie all have coeliac disease (so can’t eat gluten) which can make buying a shop bought cake a little tricky. I love baking for family too, as it feels more personal and special, and the gluten-free element just adds a little extra challenge!
I decided to create a cake with a surprise centre, as mum didn’t really have any particular requests. I went for a 4 layer pink ombre cake with a piñata style centre stuffed with dolly mixtures (her favourites!). I wanted to outside to be quite simple and the photo edible cake topper from My Cupcakes Toppers was an extra personal touch, how cute was she?!? I also make some cupcakes with a different photo topper to ensure there was plenty of cake to go round! (You can get 10% off with my code OHJUST10)
We decided to keep food on the night pretty simple. We made huge batches of chilli, curry and casserole to serve with rice and baked potatoes, and had lots of cold nibbles too, with the whole family contributing something to the table.
With celebrating being at home it felt important to make sure we had lots of decorations to get everyone in the party spirit. We surprised mum with these large foil number balloons and lots of other 60 balloons too. We covered the tables with party table clothes and added these 60 sprinkles from Party Pieces.
We spent a lovely evening eating, drinking, catching up with family and playing board games, and most importantly of all celebrating my wonderful mum!
Thanks for popping by,