Celebrate - Mum's Birthday

Slap-bang in the middle of the Easter holidays was my Mum's birthday. I love to treat her because she is as wonderful as they come so it's great that we can make the day a bit special. This year, we went for an afternoon tea at home, complimented by homemade cakes & scones and lots of pretty details. I got to try out a few crafty makes that I'd had my eye on for a while too as well as indulging my love of baking so if Mum enjoyed herself, I can tell you I did too!

A table fit for a birthday tea! Hanging from the shelves, the honeycomb garlands were a great buy from John Lewis as I cut one pack into three lengths. The pom-pom garlands are just wool pom-poms made around forks and threaded onto thin cotton. The daffodils are in tins that I painted blue and the cake centrepiece is the large version of the gluten-free sponge recipe I blogged a while ago.

A table fit for a birthday tea! Hanging from the shelves, the honeycomb garlands were a great buy from John Lewis as I cut one pack into three lengths. The pom-pom garlands are just wool pom-poms made around forks and threaded onto thin cotton. The daffodils are in tins that I painted blue and the cake centrepiece is the large version of the gluten-free sponge recipe I blogged a while ago.

I made this cake bunting in under five minutes. I just threaded a pretty doily (again from John Lewis) onto some of the green wool leftover from making the pom-poms and cut two slits in the top of each stripy straw, squeezed the wool through and snipped the loose ends. Ta-dah!

I made this cake bunting in under five minutes. I just threaded a pretty doily (again from John Lewis) onto some of the green wool leftover from making the pom-poms and cut two slits in the top of each stripy straw, squeezed the wool through and snipped the loose ends. Ta-dah!

Gluten-free vanilla cupcakes topped with piped buttercream and sprinkled with sprinkles because you can never have enough cake at a birthday party!

Gluten-free vanilla cupcakes topped with piped buttercream and sprinkled with sprinkles because you can never have enough cake at a birthday party!

Mum's birthday party was the unveiling of new shelves in the kitchen which are the proud home of the photos we had taken at an amazing family shoot with the absolutely wonderful Eddie Judd - thoroughly recommend her sessions for families if you want some rather wonderful images of your with your nearest & dearest.

Mum's birthday party was the unveiling of new shelves in the kitchen which are the proud home of the photos we had taken at an amazing family shoot with the absolutely wonderful Eddie Judd - thoroughly recommend her sessions for families if you want some rather wonderful images of your with your nearest & dearest.

The pattern on the top of Mum's cake was created by just laying one on the heart-shaped doilies on top and sprinkling sieved icing sugar over it before peeling it carefully away. In this pic, you can also see the gluten-free, egg-free scones too!

The pattern on the top of Mum's cake was created by just laying one on the heart-shaped doilies on top and sprinkling sieved icing sugar over it before peeling it carefully away. In this pic, you can also see the gluten-free, egg-free scones too!

More birthday goodness and birthday best-bits...

More birthday goodness and birthday best-bits...