Last of the Summer Gin

carrie lucy best friends having fun balloons birthday bloggers

lucy and carrie balloons park birthday

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in the park secret picnic with friends

carrie birthday cake chocolate cafe valerie

wotsits in cute bowl at picnic

ham and cheese board at picnic

picnic paper cups straws biscuits

roses and lillies in a vase mulberry bayswater

SURPRISE! Happy Birthday Carrie!

Ah don’t you just LOVE it when a surprise goes to plan?! I was so delighted when my best friend Carrie was down right tricked into coming out to our local park and without knowing it, fell right into my pretty, giant bunting-ed trap!

She didn’t want to leave the house at all. Afterall, it was her birthday weekend and she’d be far happier in bed than sitting outside on the grass with her boyfriend and best friend thank you very much! Somehow Miguel and I managed to convince her that picking through some snacks in a tesco bag with us would be a great way to spend her birth-boxing day. (I had secretly set everything up in the park behind the house before hand and managed to convince her that we wouldn’t need rugs!) So we coerced her round, everyone cheered, she looked bemused/delighted, I jumped for joy and beamed a relieved smile! YAY!

Oscar the cat in the park with paper pompoms honeycomb decorations basket

carrie cuddling Oscar the cat

mariell hjartesmil and jostein kiss in the park

Without further ado, we pulled the cork from the Hendrick’s and tucked in to a bounty of Carrie’s favourite foods.Β Kristabel made marvellous jerk chicken (her speciality) and Emma made biscuits that I could just not stop eating! (Emma has an adorable baking book so you can make your own!)Β Mariell and Jostein made an adorable little cheesecake that we covered in glitter and flags and Bart and Martyna brought hot pastries. NOMERZ. Oscar the cat brought love and laughs and we all hysterical over that guessing name game with the post-it notes on your forehead. Later we played ‘volleyball’ under the trees and ate red velvet and chocolate cakes. A good time was certainly had by all!

carrie birthday girl laughing markus lupfer jumper

bart pajak eating playing who am I

jostein playing who am i game

Miguel Santana in the park

carrie wishwishwish birthday picnic in park friends surprise

Thanks everyone for coming and Carrie for taking most of the pics because I stupidly lost most of mine!


  • teawiththemoon October 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Looks magical πŸ™‚

  • Paula T October 22, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    This looks like so much fun! Beautiful pictures, fun food and lots of laughs it seems!

  • mat October 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    you guys always look like you’re having so much fun, i love it

  • Jenny October 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    I spy some amazing food and lovely blankets! Looks like such an amazing party, Carrie is very lucky! x

  • Stephanie October 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Awww so cute that you did all that for your friend πŸ™‚ . Amazing photos too.

  • Winnie October 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Aww this looks like such fun and I’m glad that the weather worked out for you guys!

  • Gabi October 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    This looks like the perfect garden party! All that lovely food is making me hungry! I bet it was delicious! x


  • Miss Ecl October 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    So beautiful <3 You are such a great friend! I should show this post to my friends πŸ˜› The party looks so beautiful!! πŸ˜€ Sure she loved the surprise!!

    • Lulu October 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      hahaha! Yes show your friends and then elbow them HARD in the ribs ;D xx

  • Amy October 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Aw, I love it when a surprise comes together! The pictures look wonderful, I always love the colour and brightness of your photos (and in this case, Carrie’s photos too!) πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • Maria October 16, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    This is such a lovely idea, what a lovely thing to do πŸ™‚

    Maria xxx

  • Katie October 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    you guys are friends, real friends and this is beautiful. no matter what happens you always are together πŸ™‚ aw, i bet carrie had so much fun! <3

  • Kati October 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    What a fantastic party! Everything looks so delicious and made with so much love..