It has been quite a year this year! Not only have we said farewell to our oldest son as he ventures out of the nest to embrace his future, but our darling youngest baby has just turned two! Not a big deal to a lot of people I guess, but when you have been pregnant and birthing babies for almost twenty years, this is a milestone indeed! Not so much having a two year old, but having a two year old and not being pregnant with the next one!!!! This is a first for Mama Bear.
It is my absolute pleasure to share with you our family Christmas dinner. I enjoyed all of the preparation immensely and honestly found it all so simple to create the look I was after. I chose rustic red and white for my colour theme, bringing in different textures and fabrics as well as combining vibrant red and whites with more earthy natural tones.
I loved using brown paper and string with bells and wooden christmas decorations to wrap the presents and display them throughout the table.
I had the immense pleasure of planning and hosting a baby shower for a friend of mine who is expecting her third baby. She loves bright colours, particularly yellow and orange. I decided to go with a yellow vintage theme…not too soft and pale, not too bright and cheesy….a beautiful mix of yellow ginghams, checks, brown spots and a few little duckies.
One of our dearest little Lambs turned 6 last week. Such a sweet little thing.
A real cutie patootie!
Each year in October our two Jacaranda trees blossom.
They are a sight to behold.
This year I decided to start a new family tradition and have at least one tea party under the beauty of these remarkable trees every Spring.
“We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures.
Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things!
Make you late for dinner!!”
Earlier this year we honoured our beautiful daughter on her 16th birthday.
As we are all arduous Tolkien fans, there was no question as to the theme of this event…
..and what an event it was!
Welcome to the Shire!
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.”
” Bilbo had a horrible thought that the cakes might run short, and then he,
– as the host: he knew his duty and stuck to it, however painful-
he might have to go without!”
The bottom layer of the cake was carrot and walnut,
with chocolate sour cream cake on the top.
I was really pleased with how well the cake turned out and thought it suited the theme beautifully.
“The road goes ever on and on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.”
Happy 16th Birthday precious daughter…..
“May the hair on your toes never fall out!!”
We all love you.
Last October our dearest Miss D turned 4.
My personal Party Planner, Miss A, created a fabulous dress up tea party with a red and white storybook theme.
This party really needs a post of its own , but a few photos will have to suffice.
( I apologise for the length of this post. Please bear with me!)