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Birthday Tea Party in Kennedy’s Arboretum,
Head gears required!;-)

Never have I followed the capricious Irish weather forecast as religiously as in the days leading to this little birthday tea party of mine. And in the end I was none the wiser! Only pure luck and the mighty oak that sheltered us from the recurring drizzle made the whole thing possible in Kennedy’s Arboretum.

My lovely guests poured in bringing good wishes and presents, each wearing a head gear – creative head attires were required – and there was a competition for the best hat.

Ballots were cast to a bowler and the winners were Hazel and Willie in their fantastic creations made out of a halved football with tennis balls attached on both sides for the green mickey mouse ears effect – just in time for the Wimbledon finals! Congratulations and thanks so much to you and everyone who participated.

Winners were awarded with a jar of divine apple & chilli chutney from Tastefully Yours also used generously in some of the tea sandwiches.

I have to say – it was all well worth the effort (what a hectic Sunday morning it was though trying to fit it all – and the baby! – into the car, and then unload, carry and unpack) to give myself a chance to wear this beautiful pink vintage veiled hat from Vintage Trig and indulge in Cupcake Heaven strawberry cupcakes.

Apologies Adam that I lost it the moment we were already late and you decided to yet get that latte at the petrol station for all the things I said to you then and would rather not quote here.

Thanks to Arthur for sleeping soundly the whole thing through under the tree and letting me enjoy the party – how considerate of you!

For anyone considering a similar sportĀ  – these picnic benches are damn heavy!;-)


Let Them Eat Cakes!

My Birthday Tea Party invitations

Came up with the above after my first ever day at the races. Tramore Racecourse held a Vintage Tea Party event with make up, hair styling and much more. I had a pleasure to attend courtesy of Adam’s boss and we both enjoyed it immensely, winning our first ever bets due to beginner’s luck no doubt.

So now, my birthday approaching, why not celebrate it properly – I thought -with an outdoor party for friends with or without teddy bears – weather permitting of course. Found a venue (JFK Arboretum, Co. Wexford), confirmed spaces and took a short card making exercise at preparing these impressive yet only very little time consuming (due to clever design from Country Living) invites.

Instead of buying glassine bags I made my own out of parchment paper. For the envelopes I used brown paper meant for recycling and the colourful little teapots are cut out of some leftover kimono silk with pinking shears.

I couldn’t decide between vintage English or Alice in Wonderland/ Queen of Hearts party theme. So went in between and asked guests to come up with creative head attires, including rabbit ears. Looking forward to it now!

Vintage Tea Party at Tramore Races – loved the assorted Wedgwood fine china tea cups and saucers and champagne served in Waterford crystal glasses.
Photos by Vintage Trig and Tramore Racecourse


Last week I met him in B&Q garden centre. His name is George Henry Kern and it was love at first sight. I introduced him to my husband Adam and it was agreed he’s going to move in with us right away. Our lovely neighbour Barbara kindly agreed to look after him using her green fingers. He mightn’t have survived long otherwise.

Apparently Magnolias were on the planet millions of years before us. There are many varieties but George Henry Kern is going to grow as high as 3 metres. It will look more and more splendid every year in our little cul-de-sac against the listed stone wall. This way I can look at him every time I look out of the window while working on another kimono lampshade upstairs

And you know what? – It’s native to sunny slopes in damp areas of central Honshu, Japan!

I love magnolias and the movie, too. The director, Paul Thomas Anderson is said to admit this: “I really feel… That Magnolia is, for better or worse, the best movie I’ll ever make.” – I think that’s quite a statement from someone who had only been 29 at the time and a whole career ahead. He then went on and filmed ‘There Will Be Blood’ amongst other things.

Still a student, I remember leaving the cinema in Krakow one evening having seen Magnolia first time. It was early spring 12 years ago. I started crying uncontrollably in the street for no good reason other than something in the story just touched me unexpectedly and caused this catharsis.

I suspect Aimee Mann’s songs for the film must have had something to do with it too: