It was two weeks late, but yesterday we finally hosted M's 1st birthday party. Nearly 30 people tottered down to our little terraced house and we enjoyed a few hours of the afternoon sun that we'd been praying for, for the last wet and miserable week.
L and I put on a large spread including poached wild salmon, courgette, tomato and rice tart, and my famous sausage plait - recipe to follow - as well as the traditional cheeses, salad, dips and crisps. We also put together a little brown paper, raffia-tied party bag for each of our guests, young and old, with traditional toys. I especially loved the little wooden pull back mice that I got for the other babies who celebrated with us.
M was thoroughly spoilt by everyone with some truley beautiful gifts.
I do wish one of my close friends would have a baby - I love going baby gift shopping!
Needless to say, I was pretty busy cooking towards the end of the week and the highlight was, as always is for me, the cake.
M has a few words now, but our favourite is 'aat'. Which is her way of saying cat, but she uses it to refer to all other animals. I have found myself replying 'Yes, M, that's a cat', when in fact it is a very large, hairy dog.
I am so pleased my baby is a going to be a cat person, she already enjoys poking our cat, Connie, at every available opportunity.
I had big plans for her first birthday cake, but midweek I decided I would give myself a treat by chopping the top of my finger off with my largest, sharpest knife, rendering me useless for fancy baking projects. My plans scuppered, I decided on a plain maderia cake, iced with white fondant and simply decorated with a cat and ball of wool. Both M and you will have to wait until next year for to see what I had planned.
This week my baby sister celebrates her eighteenth. Wowee. I have so many embarassing stories to tell her friends at her party next weekend.
I promise, there will be a cake recipe this week without fail - I have something rather fun up my sleeve.
For now, happy Monday, and enjoy the beautiful weather!