My Birthday Garden Party Series – Part 2

July 18, 2013
Birthday Garden Party - Children's table

This is part two of my Birthday Garden Party Series.  In Part One,  I talked about the preparation and the start of our garden party at Gardens House.  Here are a few more details on our lunch, the entertainment and the children’s party.

Birthday Garden Party Details

Lunch upstairs in Gardens House was a delicious three-course meal 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.We had a selection of five delicious desserts to choose from and they were all moreish.  [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.]

I arranged for our menus to be printed on the back of some beautiful botanical prints I bought on Etsy. The prints are by Pierre Redoute (1759-1840) whose patron was Empress Josephine of France. This gave me some creative freedom to style the menu as I liked.

Birthday Garden Party - The  menu

Image above: Le Menu

The children were whisked away from their parents to have their own little party downstairs. During lunch parents were able to easily run down to check on the children if they 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]. With the children so entertained the parents were able to relax and mingle and stroll around the house and gardens at their leisure.

Birthday Garden Party - Children's table

Images above: The kids only party room.

Birthday Garden Party - gardens

Image above: Looking down at the back lawn of Gardens House, situated in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Birthday Garden Party - Gardens House

Image above: A wonky view of the back verandah of Gardens House.

Birthday Garden Party - Simon Phillips

Image above: Simon Phillips, our very talented one-man band.

Birthday Garden Party - Simon Phillips

Image above: Our friends, Grant and Tammy improvised a special birthday blues song for M. Bonbon and me.

I have a few more photos of our fabulous birthday cake and themed party favours.  I’ll also include a detailed suppliers listing for my Melbourne readers.

P.S. Most of the photos in this post were captured by guests at our party. I used the “WeddingParty” app. This allowed guests to take photos with their smartphones and upload to the app to share. It’s so easy to use and beautifully designed.  You should check it out  for your next event,  it’s free.

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