Chester Zoo – Lanterns at Christmas

On Sunday 10th December we booked to go and see the lanterns at Chester Zoo.

The weather was snowy and I had to drive through the heavy snow for a good half hour. This was first time I’d driven in snow and I almost had a panic attack because I couldn’t see anything.

We eventually got there safely and wandered around the gift shop to keep warm as it snowed.

At 6pm we took our little lantern and walked around Chester zoo to look for all the lanterns.

It was a cute little date night that I’d recommend to anyone who’d be interested next year!

Here are some photos we took..

With Love, V x

Date Night – Engagement Celebration

A month after our engagement, we decided to try somewhere new for date night. We chose somewhere slightly more special than our average curry date, even if curries are the best!

We chose to go Cheshire Grill, Lach Dennis.

I thought it was so lovely of the staff to write us an engagement card and put a balloon on our table.

We received two free glasses of champagne with our meal, Jay actually liked it! But it was gorgeous.

I found the decor stunning, done up as a woodland theme with stag heads and pale tartan wallpaper. LOVE.

We both chose burgers for our main, well done with chunky beef dripped chips and a side of onion rings.

Absolutely gorgeous food!

Skipped the dessert entirely, but had a lovely evening with my now fiancé.

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With Love, V x

Engagement Party Planning

My engagement party planning has begun and I’ve never been so stressed in my life! I know it will be worth it in the end.

This is going to be my how-to guide on party planning.

Step 1 : Decide on a theme/colour scheme.

I have chosen an autumn theme for our party, using the colours of autumn and gold features.

Step 2 : Cake Design

As a cake baker it is my duty to carefully pick a cake that suits the theme and something which we can both agree on. We have, thank god!

Although I’m not too sure on the flavour! Hmmm

Step 3 : Venue

Luckily enough we managed to get our date quickly so we wouldn’t have to celebrate our engagement too far in the future.

I was really finicky about this due to not wanting to celebrate too near to christmas and also definitely not wanting it in the new year!

Step 4: Catering

Adding up how many people are estimated to come makes it much more simpler to find out the cost of catering. On average, a buffet is £7 per head.

We decided on a hot and cold buffet due to the venue we have picked. I am also doing a sweet table full of goodies!

Step 5 : Invitations

Deciding on who to come and how many is a challenge within itself. It’s ideal to write a list and make sure you’d definitely want them there.

My invitations match my theme, although those one’s are more expensive. I limited the amount I bought to family and very close friends.

I bought some others from whsmith which are simple and still match my a part of my theme, being gold.

Step 6: Decorations & Bits

As I’ve chosen an autumn theme, my decorations will reflect just that. I have artificial leaves for the tables with lanterns and led tealights.

I have led lights for my “cake table” and a wooden crate to put my cake on top of.

I will also be adding other bits an pieces such as photos of myself and Jamie.

We’re adding a few bits for our guests to enjoy on the night and make our celebration slightly more unique and memorable

Step 7: Outfit

As a girl it’s highly important to plan the perfect outfit and I have chosen something simple yet elegant.

I have picked out a beige mid length dress so I look more formal but at the same time the dress is floaty.

I’m pairing this with nude court shoes and jewellery.

Step 8: RELAX

It’s time to chill before the night. I have booked myself in to get my nails done. This is just a little “me” time to make me feel girly again.

I’ve also treated myself to get my makeup done so I’m not stressing about loosing my eyelashes and getting in a big strop.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my party planning guide.

My Engagement Party photos will be shared soon after my party with all the deets (if the hangover doesn’t last too long!)

With Love, V x

WE’RE ENGAGED!

Hey Everyone! I just wanted to share with you the news that Jay and I are engaged!

I’m so overwhelmed with happiness and joy right now, so I’m in a little bubble of positivity.

So we’ve been in Mexico for the past 2 weeks sunning ourselves whilst it was our 5 year anniversary. Then on October 4th at sunset Jay got on one knee and proposed!

It was the most gorgeous setting on the beach with barely anyone around and he wrote in the sand saying “will you marry me?”

We won’t be getting married for about 5 or so years yet, so for now we are just going to plan an engagement party to celebrate with our families.

I’m obviously going to attend wedding fayres for the free prosecco though!

Thank you for reading guys.

With Love, V x

Honoured..

I’M HONOURED!

My oldest friend is engaged!

I have been asked to be a bridesmaid for my oldest friend of about 16 years!

Right now, I am bouncing off the walls with a big cheesy grin on my face.

I’m so excited to help plan and guide my friend through the wedding process to her big day! I think I’m more excited than her haha.

I’ve always had a weak spot for planning and being involved in a wedding.

I cannot wait to attend wedding events and go out for brunches to discuss the wedding cake she wants me to make her!

I haven’t been to a wedding since my auntie’s back in 2002. 15 years ago! I think that’s why I’m so excited. I’m desperate to go to a wedding!

Below is the engagement gift i created for her, full of things she can use to plan and celebrate.

Wrapping paper- tesco

Engagement card – tesco

Magazines – asda

Frame – tesco

Reed difuser – asda home

Prosecco – asda

Dairy Box – asda

It appears I love Asda & Tesco! Haha. But you can buy any of these products from any supermarket at a reasonable price.

Thanks for reading guys, hope you enjoyed this little post.

With Love, V x

Uptown Funk

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely evening.

I went to Chester on Saturday so my other half could do his theory test. I thought I would do some holiday shopping whilst I was there.

The only part-successful shop I did was in Primark. I say part-successful because, I didnt actually buy anything holiday related. Not a single item.

I prefer the Primark in Liverpool and Warrington to Chester by miles as there is way more to choose from!

So, in Primark, I literally RAIDED the Harry Potter section.

I put quite a few bits back and just chose 2 sets of pyjamas and a top.

This is honestly, the BEST thing Primark have ever done.

I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!

There was so much to chose from. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, go and raid the stores!

I met back up with Jay with the good news that he passed his theory test and we headed for some food.

We came across this funky shop. Gino’s Gelato. You could not walk passed that without taking a double glance.

There’s nothing I love more than fresh, self made food. Especially, when the presentation is as good as this!

I had Gino’s Special Crepe – Strawberries, Bananas and Nutella.

How cool is it?!

We drove back home for me to get busy baking a GIANT jaffa cake. My Mother-in-law requested it for her birthday.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed reading what I was up to at the weekend.

If anyone would enjoy reading cake recipes please comment below and I will share my recipe for the Jaffa Cake above.

With Love, V x

LOVE

3 and a half years ago I finally understood what true love really is.¬†I’ve never believed in love at first sight but honestly, it’s true!¬†

When I first laid my eyes on my boyfriend I fell head over heels in love. Silly right? But he genuinely is the one! I never could see myself being with anyone long term, especially with all those assholes out there.

I couldn’t imagine life without him now as I’m so happy and have someone who has been there through the worst times in my life and the best times. I’ve never had a friend like that and I’m glad my boyfriend is also my best friend.¬†We’ve had made many memories over the few years we’ve been together and I can’t wait to make loads more!!¬†

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First holiday together Greece, Kos 2014
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Night away
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Winter 2012