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

Our Engagement Party

On saturday we celebrated our engagement with our family and friends.

I’ve spent every day planning and preparing for our party stressing myself out way too much!

I had my nails and makeup done before hand. It cuts out so much time to get ready when everything is done for you. I could spend about 2 hours just doing mascara!

We had a sweet table full with; jars of sweets, donuts and cupcakes. Unfortunately, I was so busy doing the rounds with people that I forgot to take pictures.

I made my engagement cake myself, through all the sweat and blood that went into it I managed to nearly get it how I wanted. (perfectionist)

We bought a personalised filter for snapchat and had a table for “pimp your drink”

We had such a good night and a bit too much prosecco! Here’s a few pictures from our night.

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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 ÂŁ7 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

MEXICO – Our 5 Year Anniversary

Mexico has always been on my list of places to go for many years now, not cancun party central but Mexico in general. We’ve had our holiday booked since April so we had a long time to wait before we flew. Flying with Thomson is always the best experience as the cabin crew are always so lovely and attentive. The flight was roughly 11.5 hours to Puerto Vallarta. There are 2 meals on board the flight (average) and lots of films to watch too. We were welcomed at our hotel with a tequila shot and a cocktail to start our holiday the way Mexicans do! We headed out on our first night to have a look around and have our tea. It was very hot around 32 degrees. Our first day we headed out to the pool where the entertainment team were doing activities. We had dips in the pool and chilled by the pool bar most of the day. Jay and I were really shocked to see lizards all over the resort. Mostly large ones and also a baby one. Some were bright green. Jay spent an hour of the day playing water volleyball whilst I sunbathed. Later on in the evening we went out for tea and had a wander on the beach. This was the most perfect sunset we got during our stay. As it is hurricane season we would get some rain in the evening which would block the sunsets. It would be scorching hot the day after.

We received a fruit plate as a gift on one of the days which was lovely of the hotel. Unfortunately, the food didn’t agree with me while we were away so we stayed out of the heat for a day and close to a toilet. There was a bar in the lobby and one of the restaurants wasn’t too far. Due to where we were, in a bay, we had mountains and forests around us which caused a lot of the clouds. However, someone told us that they got burnt one day even from using factor 50 suncream! At breakfast time there was a wide range of options to have. Most days we would both have fried eggs, a toastie, potato chunks and bacon. Sometimes we would choose a sweeter option like fresh pancakes and donuts. The best thing was how the food was all freshly cooked as you were walking around. It’s always ideal to try the cuisine of wherever you are. For me, eating chilli nachos was great! I did try other things which I can’t pronounce, which were okay, just not to my liking. We took some strolls along the beach in the morning most days. Caught a crab scurrying along on the beach to hide under the jet ski. We spent half the day on the beach and half by the pool. Loved my outfit on this night! There was some really bad thunderstorms in the evening so we avoided watching any shows getting drenched. We chilled out in our room with some drinks and played some games of cards. Chocolate fondue!! We walked around our hotel, as I wanted to try and get a good picture of the hotel from higher up. Everywhere was soaking wet due to the thunderstorm so we had to be careful not to fall over. Every night there was a theme for the performances and the food. Themed drinks and the entertainment dressing up. Mexican night! And to top our holiday off we got engaged! We both couldn’t be any more happier and it most certainly made our relaxing holiday an unforgettable one! I hope you enjoyed our holiday highlights! I wonder what our next adventure will be? Thank you for reading guys. 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

My Check-list for Mexico

I thought I would create a check-list for me and Jay ready for our 2 week getaway to Mexico.

This may come in use for anyone who is also travelling soon!

Injections 6-10 weeks before we fly

Passport

EHIC Card

Mexican Pesos & English Pounds

Plasters

Mosquito repellent

Dioralyte

Suncream

Aftersun

Shampoo/Conditioner

Shower Gel

Bikinis

Swim shorts

Basic tops

Basic shorts

Sun hat

Sunglasses

Evening wear

Flip flops

Shoes

Jewellery

Make-up

Make-up wipes

Headphones

Book

Wordsearches

Toothbrush/Toothpaste

Deodorant

Underwear

Light Cardigan

Towels

Razor

Adaptors

Camera

Phone chargers

BIRTHDAY GIRL

10th September, 2017

I’m another year older! Can the world please stop so I can get off?

Time is flying by far too quickly for me, I’ve been trying to spend every year making the most of it and i just can’t keep up!

On Thursday 7th, I celebrated with the work girls. We all had a lovely meal at Pesto’s. Lots of laughs and being surrounded by the people who have made such an impact on my life. I have such a strong friendship with them and I’m so grateful for them all.

On Friday 8th, the work girls suprised me with a little party in the afternoon. Good 90’s tunes and lots of cakes!

On Saturday, my boyfriend took me to Manchester for a night away. I couldn’t tell you how much I needed to get away!

We arrived at the train station and decided to get a bite to eat and of course, a pint of beer and a glass of wine!

The heavens had opened so we waited a little while before heading to the hotel.

We stayed at Malmaison, which is absolutely gorgeous!

They decorated the room for my birthday which i thought was lovely of them and I received 2 free drinks in the bar.

The city centre is literally 5 minutes walk, so we did a bit of shopping for our holiday next week.

I was wined and dined at Bella Italia by my boyfriend. With it being my birthday I also received a free bottle of prosecco!!

For the starters, I had Pizza Spirales. Which is just mozzarella stuffed inside bread with a dipping sauce. Jay had the meatballs, which were really yummy.

For our mains we had, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne and a Meatball Calzone. Both meals are very big and filling. We ordered fries with it but for me it was just too much food.

I didn’t take a picture of our desserts but we only had ice cream.

On my birthday morning, I woke up to all my presents layed out on the side.

I had the best birthday ever to date!

Thank you all for reading. I hope you enjoyed my post.

Have a great day!

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

American Afternoon Tea

Recently I went to a local restaurant for afternoon tea with my friend. We were celebrating her 21st birthday so we thought we’d go for something a bit diffefent.

The Afternoon Tea included:

  • Dirty Fries
  • Mini Bbq Ribs
  • Fried Chicken
  • Cajun Corn on the Cob
  • Milkshake
  • Donuts
  • Waffles
  • Prosecco

This was ÂŁ29.95 for the two of us. I was definitely stuffed, far too much meat for me to eat in one go.

I left the fries – thought it would be bacon and cheese, instead it was pulled pork and cheese. Pulled pork is a no go for me!

Im not one for eating off the bone, but the ribs were perfect! The meat just fell off the bone.

I had such a lovely saturday afternoon with my friend. She definitely had a great birthday!

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you’re all having a great bank holiday weekend so far!

With Love, V x