Monday, 25 June 2012

Belated Birthday Brunch

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Life has been busy lately, which resulted in me missing the birthday of a dear friend. Or at least a month's delay in giving her a birthday gift. So in order to make it up to her, I invited her to my home for a "Belated Birthday Brunch". I never really need much of an excuse to buy yummy food and decorate the table with my amassed collection of vintage crockery and mini birthday bunting. So on Saturday morning this is how it looked, for a much needed catch-up with some healthy foods and lots of drinks.

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That morning I baked some Cheesy Muffins, (using this recipe). There were various fruit - a bowl of cherries, some strawberries and green grapes with a selection of cheeses. I made up jars of granola, berries, Greek yoghurt and flaked almonds and maple syrup again, as well as a couple of smoothie options, using a mini crate of milk bottles which I found on eBay recently, with the obligatory pink and white striped retro straws.

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For drinks, I made a small pot of coffee and some new tea that I had been sent from The East India Company. This was the first time I had had chance to try the tea, which doesn't really look that much like normal tea at all (you can see it better here). I have never tried white tea before, and I think had I not been sent it doubt I ever would. But oh my, since trying this for the first time on Saturday morning, I cannot stop drinking it. If you like your tea fragrant, I urge you to buy some. If this delectable smell could be made into a perfume, I would buy it immediately. It is Blend 68 White Tea & Hibiscus - a perfect accompaniment to the Hibiscus Cordial I was also sent by them, that you can see in this post. The taste is so unusual, words cannot describe. But every time I make it, the most amazing fragrance infuses my whole flat! There was also a decanter of orange & melon juice and a bottle of Peach Bellini from M&S. One of the best Saturday mornings I've had in a while.


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16 comments:

Catherine said...

Aw what a sweet way to make it up to her! :) The table setting looked gorgeous.

Claudia Moser said...

What a great friend you are!

Winnie said...

Awww Paula, this is so lovely. I love the birthday brunch and all the cute foods, you are a wonderful friend!

Please may I? said...

Sounds and looks divine

X x

Arielle Domb said...

Wow, this all looks so lovely! You're photography is fantastic, you make everything look beautiful.

CLARE MARIE said...

This is so lovely! Everything looks so pretty, it's such a sweet thing to do! x

Audrey (hkittygirl) said...

I like the softness of all your photos and sounds like you've got a lovely friend. :)

Lightning Heart said...

oh my goodness, this all looks devine!

İpek said...

I just adore your arrangements! Your food always look very wonderful, I'm sure your friend had the time of her life. Cheese muffins look so yummy.

Maria said...

What a lovely way of saying happy birthday! This looks lovely!

Maria xxx

The doll on fashion said...

I want to come to your house for brunch! I love those tiny milk bottles too, so cute!

The doll on fashion

Gawgus things... said...

Next year could you throw me a birthday brunch please?! I love how you've used the decanter for juice and the little milk bottles and everything really!!

Emma xx

Mat said...

so much effort, well worth ti

Helen said...

This just makes me want to be your IRL friend! :D

Harriet said...

This looks beautiful, and so yummy! You are clearly an amazing friend to have!

little henry lee said...

everything looks so delicious and i love the little bunting happy birthday sign, you have one lucky friend!