Wedding Countdown; Outfits and Duties!

My cousins wedding is next week and Z has the super important job of being a page boy.

He is very excited and cant wait to put on his special suit with his cousin. I’m filled with nerves and hope that he will do what he has to throughout the day, so we have been having regular chats for the last 3 months about his duties of walking down the aisle in front of Steph and making sure he poses nicely for pictures when he is needed!

One huge relief is knowing that his outfit is taken care of unlike the rest of the family! Little miss Flo I think is just about sorted, that hasn’t been any easy process, although she isn’t an offical flower girl I do want her to look beautiful and fit in next to her cousins for pics so she may as well be! A dress was purchased, discarded due to being too small, two further dresses ordered which had to be returned only for us to go back to the original dress as it now she seems to of lost some weight with her walking and running around – phew! This is her dress for the day which was a bargain at only £15 from a local seller who was having a liquidation sale last year.

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I have accessorised her dress with some gorgeous sparkly shoes from Next which are just too gorgeous!

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I’ve been looking for some gorgeous hair bands in silver but still haven’t found any so she may just end up with silver bobbles instead!

I’ve managed to acquire a lovely dress from TK Maxx and think I may be able to squeeze into some kitten heels without it being too much agony on my toe! I will be taking my gorgeous dressy sandals that have been my lifesaver since the arrival of better weather and wanting to have some kind of heel that didn’t kill my broken toe.

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Now it’s just a matter of getting nails done, eyebrows threaded, self tan applied and the trip up to Leeds next Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather gods are kind to us!

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Turkish, Conkers & Keith Lemon

Last week I visited Havet Restaurant in Bromley. It always surprises me how busy this restaurant is on any day of the week! It’s a tasty Turkish restaurant which has an open grill (behind a screen) with fresh salads and tasty starters (their hummus is to die for!) with friendly efficient service. I accompanied my Meal which consisted of a lamb kebab/chicken kebab combo, tomato salad and bulger rice with a bottle of the tasty house white wine (or 2 🙂 )

Over the road The Barrel and Horn provided us with some after dinner Gin & Tonics – I love the vintage theme in this bar which usually accommodates the over 25 clientèle – a nice respite from the 18 year old drinkers that Bromley tends to attract in many places. Although it wasn’t that busy seen as it was a Tuesday night I have been here before when it’s rammed, sometimes with a live singer or band. My friends even gave us a quick rendition of chop sticks on the piano – perhaps best left to the professionals they have in!!

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In kiddie world this week we collected plenty of conkers to thread Daddies old shoe laces through and have conker wars – it’s easy peasy – just get a screwdriver and run the lace through the middle with a knot underneath and take turns to hit each others conker off first. My (nearly) 4 year old loved it and couldn’t wait to ask every person who stepped over the threshold for a match – simple things 🙂

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Lastly I had the pleasure of attending the JSA boat party down the Thames on Sunday. It’s a yearly event which includes the families of their clients rather than an evening event. This year they surpassed themselves! The entertainment which ranged from face painting and tattoos to balloon men, caricaturists and magicians to George Michael and Keith Lemon kept everyone entertained whilst taking in the sites of London. The Keith Lemon impersonator was soooo good and really engaging, we met him as Tim nice but dim when we first boarded 🙂 My facebook video of George Michael has had friends asking if it really was George which speaks for itself really!

I’m awaiting the twitter handles for the entertainment team as I highly recommend every single one of them! – UPDATE: All the entertainers were brought together by Zap Magic .  The caricaturists are Simon & Sheba of www.bitterandtwisted.org

With a paid for bar i sampled the fizz on arrival and a nice dry white wine aboard and sampled a very nice white from Laithwaites on my arrival home which i will let you know the name of when I get home!

What wine have you tried this week??

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Pub lunches & #tallships2014

So kiddie time began with just one on Thursday whilst my other was in pre school so a pub lunch was on the cards at The Crown & Anchor in Bromley. This pub has always been a favourite of mine as I used to live round the corner and frequented it plenty of times before I had children! Saying that it is kiddie friendly having a little tikes climbing set in the garden and the staff are super friendly so I highly recommend it for mums, dads and kids. Apart from the lovely internal decoration the pub has an added area adjacent to the garden which is open plan in the summer and closed in for the winter so perfect for hiring for events and parties.
My friend and I both had burgers from the menu which is all very reasonably priced (£5/£6 for a main) and my Union Jack burger which included a fat home made burger, blue cheese, tomato and onion chutney was lush and served with fries and coleslaw. Yummer yummer!
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As I mentioned in my previous blog I had a work event in the evening which was held at Jewel Bar, Covent Garden and I must say the staff there were fantastic and the evening was a huge success. I tried a porn star martini and another personally made cocktail by my amazing event manager Natalia. If you need a function place with a fun atmosphere and yummy cocktails this is the place for you!

On Saturday we were all excited to go to the tall ships festival in Greenwich. The festival celebrates tall ships (hence the name!) and we saw plenty sailing up and down the Thames. The DLR was the start of the fun for my eldest seen as there’s no drivers so that was his job 🙂
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We couldn’t stay for fireworks but I heard they were spectacular.
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It was exhausting though so I was so relieved to get home for a nice glass of centro plaza prosecco (currently on offer at tescos!)
So Sunday is here already and all I can wonder is what wine I can try this week when it’s wine o’clock 🙂 what do you recommend??
Have a good one peeps!