Lovely Jubbly Jubilee party
Yesterday, on the 2nd of June I celebrated a very special lady with my family. My Nan!
We decided a few months ago that we would have a Jubilee party for her 77th birthday as the two coincided. She has always been a fan of the Royals and I think that has rubbed off on her grandchildren too. I’m not going to get into a pros/cons of the Royals debate, Twitter has depressed me enough with all the joyless miseries. I enjoy British traditions and I think it made it an even better excuse to celebrate a memorable occasion. Oh and of course you may know me by now, I love a theme for my nails!
My friend Emma solved the what to wear problem by kindly lending me a dress which I spotted her in on Facebook. This is me in it with my two ‘little’ brothers Ricky and Joe. I love this picture so much.
I made a Spotify playlist for the occasion with one song for every year from the last 60 years. We all love music in our family and having a sing song. My cousin Charlotte filmed everyone singing ‘Two Little Boys’. I can’t post it because it’s not on YouTube but it’s probably for the best, haha. My stepdad Tom made a big box covered in Union Jacks which we used as a DJ stand i.e. something to put the iPad and speakers on.
We didn’t want Nan to have to faff around so we all made something to bring, her only instructions were to make a trifle.
I made Jubilee Battenburg from this recipe from Wright Little Baker
I also made some red velvet cupcakes with buttercream and some nifty icing Union Jacks , sorry Union FLAGS I got from Icing World.
Man being a man wanted to make something meaty so he made BBQ pulled pork from the most recent Good Food magazine. Plenty of opportunity for pork pulling jokes.
Mom made a ton of this amazing warm potato salad with blue cheese. Nom nom. Quite jealous she got to make it into bubble and squeak today with the leftovers. Other foodie mentions, my Uncle Steven’s marinated chicken, the spicy one was my fave, my cousin Emily’s sausage rolls and not forgetting my cousin Liz’s cheese and pineapple on sticks! A party isn’t a party without something on cocktail sticks!
Despite the weather not being perfect the rain stayed away for the afternoon. My Nan has a pretty massive garden so we put two gazebos up and got on with it. My Mom got too cold in the end and went and stole a blanket off Nan’s bed. She will thank me for posting this.
My naughty cousins managed to get behind everyone without them noticing with flags. This is the moment they caught us.
We added candles (a ‘2’ and a ‘7’) to Nan’s trifle and sang her happy birthday. By then I was sporting my Mom’s hat and a leather jacket donated by Nan’s friend, even my hot blood gave in in the end!
This is a photo of the full rabble (Minus my Aunt and cousin who are on holiday).
This says it all for me. God bless the Queen of our brilliant family.
Hope you had a lovely jubbly Jubilee too.
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Posted on June 3, 2012, in Blog, Food, My Life, People, Random ramblings and tagged Battenburg, Birthday, Cakes, Diamond Jubilee, Great Britain, Jubilee, Nan, Party, Recipes, Royal Family, The Queen, Trifle, Union Flag, Union Jack. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.