Thursday, 1 May 2014

Little Snippets #1

If there's one thing I love, it's birthdays. 

I think I prefer other peoples to my own. Getting to spoil people & secretly organise things to try make that day special is something I really enjoy, so I loved making a fuss over my boyfriends birthday this year! Obviously those who have read this blog over the past month, will know that this year has already had a fair few 'downs,' and although we would normally celebrate abroad, it was nice to try and spruce up our living room & just make the best of a strange situation. 

Typically, I was told the night before that I had an interview for my teacher training on the morning of his birthday, so any plans had to be rearranged so that I could make it (I think it went well, fyi! *fingers crossed*). Nevertheless, once that was out of the way; present opening & birthday cake eating could commence & I think it all went down very well in the end. 

A couple of things I did to try & make it special;

♥ Bought his favourite cereal (Lucky Charms FTW!)
Made a banner (tempted to put rude words/jokes about age in there - but I resisted - it was hard) 
♥ Added flowers to brighten things up
♥ Bought pizzas, his favourite films & popcorn for a movie night in 
♥ Clearly bought the best cake M&S had to offer - what can I say? We're animal people!

After present opening, we went to a lovely little restaurant called Brasserie Blanc, which is just by the River Aire (& conveniently on our doorstep) and has some unbelievable food on offer. We got to tuck into some freshly made bread, straight from the oven, while we decided - it was hard to choose, it all looked wonderful. In the end, I opted for honey roasted parsnip soup (possibly the best soup I've ever tried!) and an amazing piece of fillet steak with dauphinoise potatoes & carrots. Yum! The whole thing was cooked to perfection & made a nice change from our usual restaurant choices.

(far too into my menu to realise this was even taken - excuse the fluffy hair & interview outfit!)

Later on, I cooked some pizzas, put on Drive (hello, Ryan Gosling) & dished up popcorn, chocolates & even more birthday cake. The perfect end to a low key but very special day. Clearly, it's no fancy hotel or champagne affair, but I'm personally just happy to have him around in one piece for his birthday. And if you're on a bit of a budget or just want to celebrate at home, hopefully the above tips will offer a bit of inspiration! 

What's your favourite way to spend your birthday?
I hope you're having a lovely week


  1. This is so nice, I also love spoiling other on their birthdays. I bet he was really happy that day :)

  2. Aw that is so sweet :) I love spoiling people on their birthdays. That old adage of it's better to give than to receive! It sounds like you both had a lovely day.

    And PS that parsnip soup sounds divine! x

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

    1. Thank you Katy! :) it was delicious! I may even try recreate it (although I'm sure it will be nowhere near as good!) xx

  3. Great tips - my boyfriend did the dinner & hotel shebang for my last birthday, but I just can't do the same for his because of my money situation! I think the things you did for Julian were wonderful, especially that incredible hedgehog cake - that might have to be part of Alex's birthday this year!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

    1. Aw, I know that feeling! I always want to spoil him, but can't exactly afford it! Hope Alex likes the hedgehog cake, we're still working our way through it, hah! Xx

  4. That sounds like such a lovely birthday, i'm definitely a low-key celebration girl. I bet he had a fab day :) x

    lillies and lipbalm

  5. It sounds like he had a great birthday! It's always nice to make the people you care about feel special! And that cake! Wow! It's pretty awesome :)

  6. It looks nice! Cute birthday cake!

    1. Hehe, I couldn't resist his cute face! Xx

  7. Happy belated birthday to your boyfriend! This sounds like such a perfect day - I think good food and good company are all you really need for a special occasion.


    p.s. HOW amazing is that cake?! :o


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