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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Jubilee Garden Party / BBQ

We thought we'd celebrate the Queen's 60 years with a little family garden party and barbecue. We didn't do anything last year for William and Kate's wedding and I kind of wished we had afterwards!

Our Jubilee celebrations started last week with Little W's picnic at Nursery. He'd been asked to bring in a cushion so I thought I'd make one for him to keep as a reminder of the Jubilee. These are the materials:

A tea towel from the pound shop, a cushion insert from another cheap shop and a scrap bit of white material. I sewed it all together by hand and this is how it turned out:

Not too bad, if I do say so myself! And for less than £3.50. This is the back - I sewed his name on too (you can just see it in the middle):

I also wanted him to have some sort of Jubilee food. Being somewhat unprepared, in the morning rush before school, I grabbed the last Digestive biscuit and found some of that gel food colouring and quickly decorated this:

At least he did know what it was when he opened it so it couldn't have been too squashed by picnic time!

Then yesterday we had our garden party. It rained on and off but thankfully nothing like the day before and didn't stop us having the barbecue. So here are some pics:

Bunting along the washing line:

 My homemade Pimms:

My mum's diamond fairy cakes:

Some dips including a chilli and lemon dip I made to go with the halloumi cheese:

Mum's homemade lemonade:


More Union Jack fairy cakes: 

Plate, cup and serviette!


And a scrumptious pavlova made by my brother and his girlfriend:

Luckily, there's a little bit left for today. It really was yummy! And after all my hard work exercising to get back into pre-children shape... Oh well, lots of fun was had!

Tomorrow we're off to London to show Little W and Toddler W all the sights they've been seeing on TV. I'm just a little bit excited. As you'll know from previous posts, I do miss London. It always gives me a feeling I don't get in any other city. There's so much history and culture, but ultimately, it's just home and has many memories: childhood trips to museums and parks, teenage outings with friends, university, evenings at posh restaurants and theatres with Mr W, work lunches, Christmas dinners in restaurants I could never afford to eat in! And now I hope memories with my kids...

Anyway, how did you celebrate the Jubilee? Please post  your links as I'd love to see!


  1. What a lovely post - I'm mighty jealous of the yummy cakes and pavlova, amazed there was some left over!

    Hope you enjoy your day in London. Watching concert last night on TV made me wish we were all there drinking in the atmosphere. Whenever I go back I remember all the fun times I had living there - just like you.

  2. Thanks Elaine! I know, I think we'd eaten so much we just couldn't manage any more!!

    I've recorded the concert, so shall be watching that tonight.


  3. Lovely post. Great writing. Enjoy your day out in the big smoke

  4. Sounds fabulous! Love your cushion! Hope that London was fun :o)

    Dottie x

  5. oh! What a pretty party! Everything looks so wonderful! Happy Jubilee! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

    1. Thanks Angie:) We're having lots of fun this week! Vic x

  6. Even here in California we still celebrated. Went to a friend's house to eat fish n chips, drink Pimms and beer, eat trifle... Why is it always about food? :)


    1. Oh really??! That's wonderful! And very British food and drink. Hmm, parties always are about food aren't they?!


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