So continuing on from my first article on our birthday garden party, I’ve posted a few more images from the day. (Click HERE to visit the first post of this series.)
After arrival cocktails on the front lawn, guests moved to the private dining room of Gardens House for a semi-formal luncheon, where a delicious three-course menu was prepared by Peter Rowland Catering. Our entree was a tasting plate of Spanish tapas. The main course was a choice of chicken or beef and we were served a wandering dessert to complete the meal. [I quite like the idea of a wandering dessert even for a semi/formal dinner. It allows guests to mingle and enjoy a variety of desserts. Quite simply, after the main course is cleared, guests can get up from their seat and move around or outside the dining room. Waiting staff then wander about offering trays of delicious dessert bites. We had five desserts to choose from and they were all moreish.]
The menus were created by me. I purchased a set of 1980s botanical 9″ x 12″ book plate flower prints [by Pierre Redoute (1759-1840) whose patron was Empress Josephine of France]. I personalised the catering menu and had this printed on the back of the botanical prints by my local printers. I loved the result.
Image above: Le Menu
We invited our friends and their families to come celebrate with us at Gardens House. We catered for the children in a downstairs dining and lounge room and they were expertly entertained by two childcare teachers from my daughter’s daycare centre. The teachers are qualified professional childcarers and well known to my daughter (Mlle Belle) and some of her friends.
As soon as the guests arrived the children were off with the teachers playing games on the front lawn. They later came inside to have their own lunch (party) in the downstairs dining room. Parents were able to easily run downstairs to check on the children however, this wasn’t really needed. According to Mlle Belle, the children had a wonderful party! She especially enjoyed the DIY ice cream sundae dessert. [Ice cream was served and the children decorated their sundaes with their favourite topping and sweets]. The parents were able to relax and as you will see from the photos below, mingle and stroll around the house and gardens at their leisure.
Images above: The kids only party room.
Image above: Looking down at the back lawn of Gardens House, situated in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
Image above: A wonky view of the back verandah of Gardens House.
Image above: Our very talented one-man band.
Image above: Our friends, Grant and Tammy improvised a special birthday blues song for M. Bonbon and me – spoilt!
I have a few more photos of the amazing birthday cake and themed party favours and I’ll include a detailed suppliers listing for my Melbourne readers.
Note: Most of the photos in this post were captured by guests at our party. I used the “WeddingParty” app so guests could capture the party on their smartphones and upload to the app for us to later share and reminisce. I loved the app. It’s so easy to use and beautifully designed. You should check it out – it’s free. I’ll write more about it soon. I have suggested to the creators at Wedding Party App that a party app would be wonderful for birthdays, farewell parties, baby showers, anniversaries etc, too.;-)
Thanks for popping by,