Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Fantasy Birthday Cake

This weekend we celebrated my 31st birthday!!

My lovely husband and Mia had planned a “fantasy tea party” on Saturday to celebrate. This was an idea they had come up with between them, the “fantasy” part referring to the cake. They were up bright and early and off to Tesco by 9.am and returned with a bag full of the most sweet, sugary but unbelievably delicious toppings and decorations, with strict instructions to myself not to peek!

They baked all morning, and produced a lovely jam and cream sponge, decorated with all of Mia’s “fantasy” toppings; white chocolate, milk chocolate, hundreds and thousands, strawberry buttons, cream, and the most lovely little chocolate rabbit and toadstool toppers;

We had a lovely tea-party with sandwiches and sausage rolls, and shared another of Mia’s creations; a hot melted chocolate, cream and curly wurly drink!;

I could only manage a few sips but it was very nice!! We sat in our cosy dining room, watching the rain beating on the windows, and were glad to be warm indoors!

I had a lovely day, and some beautiful cards and gifts;

Mia had bought me this beautiful little owl bookmark, this will come in very handy as I always have a book on the go;

I also had money from Hubby and the rest of the family to treat myself this Saturday as I’m off to the Builth Wells Antiques Fair…I’m very excited! I’m not after anything in particular, but it’s nice to think I’ve got a bit of extra money in my purse in case I see anything I fancy.

Finally, I want to say thank you to you all for such lovely comments on my last post, especially regarding my return to work. I have now been back for 2 days. We have found it hard, but Baby Boy appears to be having a lovely time!! (which is the main thing!) – he has a little playmate at the childminders, being her own 13 month old little girl, and was absolutely exhausted when he came home yesterday – which resulted in a good nights sleep! Just one more day of work tomorrow and then the rest of the week off, which I’m looking forward to.

I hope you are all having a good week, I'm just off to have another slice of that cake!

Marina xx


  1. Hello Marina
    Happy Birthday... You all looked as if you had a wonderful day, your cake looked so yummy, My daughter is going back to work part time in July, after having her first baby last October, she is feeling the same, I will let her know that your little one is having a whale of a time!
    Thea x

  2. Happy birthday Marina, it looks as though you had a lovely day with your family and the cake looks Divine! Enjoy your day at the antiques fair. Patricia

  3. What a simply gorgeous cake! And happy birthday to you hon!!! You have such a lovely family. Becks xxx

  4. Happy birthday Marina! Sorry it is belated. The cale looks brilliant. How lovely they are. It sounds like you had a great day.
    i am glad going back to work has been ok. I teach part time and sometimes feel bad when I leave my daughter, but we are doing our best for our little ones. It sounds like your boy is having fun.
    I think your name is so pretty. It sounds like a character from a novel!
    Tracy xxx

  5. Belated happy birthday wishes to you! What a lovely cake your family made for you.
    Hope you find lots of lovely things to treat yourself to at the antiques fair.
    Lisa x

  6. What a wonderful birthday - just love that cake! Mia reminds me of my daughter Olivia, who is now 24, but quite like Mia at that age - she looks delightful. Glad to have found your blog too and thoroughly enjoy reading your posts xx

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, allowing me to find your blog too. Happy belated birthday. My goodness, your family really spoil you, what a fabulous cake. I can see how scrumptious is was, it wouldn't last long in our house. Have a great time at the antiques fair, it's great to have some money in your purse just in case you see something you fancy. I'm off to have a read back through your previous posts now.

  8. Belated happy birthday wishes to you Marina! Your cake looks wonderful....made with lots of love,which is the important ingredient.Love your card with the two bears,just the kind of card my hubby would choose for me,and Mia's is so sweet! what a lovely family you have.
    Enjoy the fair,hope you find something lovely to spend your birthday money on!

    Love Bellaboo X

  9. Happy Birthday! That is such a fab cake, looks yummy! Glad your return to work has not been too bad x

  10. Ah, it must be the mammy in me but this post just totally melted my heart! So sweet and thoughtful. I remember being young and finding it ludicrous when my mum declared my crazy handmade creations as her fav pressies but I totally get it now.Rx


  11. Belated birthday wishes! You cake looks fabulous - it was made with so much love. All the best, Jx

  12. Aww what a lovely cake, you lucky lady :) Happy Belated Birthday! x

  13. Happy Birthday!!! Nice to meet you! I love all things English, my Mom was born and raised there, and I hope to make the trip one day! Your header photo is amazing!! We have a lot in common!! See you around! lol

  14. Hi Marina: Happy, Happy Birthday. Sounds like you had a lovely day which you certainly deserve, and now money in your pocket!! So cute are the cards from all your family and pics of kids are adorable. Beautiful cake. Marina, I want to thank you for your last sweet comments on my post. I am having alot of trouble getting the thank you's back to everyone. Something has changed, I guess this is what a lot of people are complaining about the new blogger stuff. So I'm thinking about just going back and leaving my thank you's under your comments that you leave on my post. If you don't see one from me then that is where they are at..Happy Sunday and hope your shopping trip was profitable..Judy


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