21st Birthday Lunch

Today was not a day for diets and being healthy.  It was Lara’s family and special friends lunch.  A day to spend celebrating our beautiful and extraordinary daughter’s first 21 years, with those who have known her all her life.

First things first, we needed cake.  Thank you to Ketta at Flossie Pops Cakery for making and then delivering this beautiful cake.  If you live locally and need a cake for a special ocassion, click on the link above and have a look at Flossie Pops’ site.  Ketta will make whatever you want.  I wanted a chocolate fudge cake as that is Lara’s favourite, covered in pink to celebrate her girliness and with some models of a few of her favourite things: Tiffany, high heels, Elnett and mascara.  We were all delighted with the result.  Thank you Ketta.

Lara's birthday cake Cake details

You can never have too much cake so I also bought a ‘Whisky Bomb’ from Konditoor & Cook’.  It doesn’t taste of whisky to me but I love it.  It is a marbled chocolate and vanilla moist sponge covered in marzipan.  One of my favourites.Konditor & Cook

So there’s the important bit done, the cakes 🙂cakes are ready

Chilling the champagne was easy.  There were definite advantages to the snow!chilling drinks

The children found plenty more advantages and had a fantastic time outside.kids in snow

Leaving space and peace and quiet for the rest of inside, to sit and eat and drink and chat. eating lunch 3

Luncheon was served and eaten wherever people found a comfortable spot.eating lunch 2 eating lunch

I didn’t get to the table in time to take photos of the food before people started eating.  On the menu today was:birthday lunch

Potato salad, made with white and purple potatoes and spring onions,potato salad

Ottolenghi’s aubergine, mango and noodle salad,Ottolenghi noodle, aubergine and mango salad

tomatoes and mozarella,tomato and mozarella

salmon (which was lovely, thank you Cranbrook Fishmongers for being so helpful and providing such delicious fresh salmon)salmon

pasta and roasted vegetables salad (peppers, courgette and red onion)med veg and pasta

and one of Lara’s favourites, Greek Salad, made with tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion and Feta.  Plus we served sausages and rolls for the children, and for adults who like such things.Greek salad 1

Happy birthday gorgeous!

christening mug

I am so happy that the children of my school friends were able to join us. girls chilling

Lara took a snowball in the face during the mass snowball fight which took place and I somehow didn’t even know it was on!snowball casualty

There was then a complete scrum, when I announced pudding time 🙂pudding scrum

We had berries and meringue (thank you Abi), a chocolate roulade with berries and praline (thank you Gail), Chocoltae nutty Crunchie squares, Whisky Bomb, chocolate and a selection of lovely cheeses.pudding time

It was so heart warming to wander round my house, seeing so many dear and special people, enjoying each others company, and the food we had prepared.  I just never new where to go next, which conversations to join or who needed something else.
pudding in kitchen

Katie, how do you sit like that?Katie and pudding

As if we hadn’t eaten enough, it was cake time!

birthday cake time

Birthday cake with candles and sparklers and by now, a very rousing rendition of happy birthday followed by plenty of cheers.

cake with candels

And then presents.Party guests 4 party guests 3

Come on Trevor, stop chatting, we need a brew.  Trevor is always chai wallah at family gatherings and he does make a cracking cuppa.  Thank you Trevor.party guests 2

party guests 5 party guests 1

Despite the snow and the distances people had to travel, everyone who was able to come to Lara’s family and special friends lunch made it.  We are so grateful to you.  For those who were absent, Ian, BJ, Jeremy, Godfather Dan and Anne, we wish you had been here too.

Thank you to all of you who came and braved the snow and ice to get here.  We are so thankful you did.  And a special thank you to Michelle, for collecting Granny and Papa.  It wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Lara and Papa

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Girl.Lara's birthday cake with sparklers

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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3 Responses to 21st Birthday Lunch

  1. Laura says:

    Happy Birthday for yesterday Lara. Zoe you are such a special Mom!

  2. Lucy Murphy says:

    It was a lovely day and we are so glad the snow held off so we could join you in celebrating 21 years of lovely Lara. That last picture of Lara and Papa made me cry xxx

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