Saturday night was a complete whirlwind as twenty of my friends gathered at my brother’s beautiful Italian restaurant Giorgio’s in Rodley for fab Italian food, bubbles and a delicious two-tiered chocolate birthday cake. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right, hey?!

two-tier birthday cake

I’m going to let the pictures and vlog do the talking this time (she writes before a big old waffle) but I do want to say a great big thank you to everyone who made me feel so special last week: for travelling far and wide to get to Leeds, for their thoughtful gifts, stunning flowers, touching cards that made me cry real life tears (insert weeping with happiness emojis) and importantly for all their love.

That’s all the world needs hey: love.

And pretty black velvet and lace dresses 😉

Thank you Precis for mine!

little black dress

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Here with my great pals Lela of Lela London fame and Sharmin of Brand New Cravings who I’ve known since our uni days. Lela had just returned from LA and Sharmin flew all the way from Amsterdam to celebrate with me.

birthday party at Giorgio's Italian in Leeds

We rendezvoused with lots of friends at my brother’s Italian restaurant Giorgio’s which is set in a listed Victorian manor house in Rodley, Leeds.

Top blogger Vicki Psarias with husband Peter

It was so much fun catching up with friends, old and new-er. Caroline front right and I went to Sixth Form together and Louise and I met when both our kids started school three years ago.

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Here I am with my two oldest and closest friends, Carlie and Rebecca and my pals, their husbands James and Oli.

birthday meal with friends in Leeds

Below I get my pose on with great friends Nicci Topping and Lela London. You might recognise Nicci from our annual trips to the Cannes Film Festival together. We first met when Nicci was a Casting Directing to a drama I was directing and we’ve stayed close ever since.

Vicki Psarias of Lela London and Nicci Topping

Below are lovely friends Rachel, Lina, James and Carlie.

Birthday meal at Giorgio's Italian restaurant

I love this shot! Two ladies in lace! Ooh la la!

Friends celebrate birthday

Here I am with Caroline and the fabulous Juliette of  super blog Dr Juliet McGrattan.

birthday meal

I adore the shot below of me with my big gob open, pre-laughter,  just how I like it 😉

Here with Jacqui from Mummy’s Little Monkey (every pic of us on the night has our eyes shut so I’ve had to run with this one)!

Happy times celebrating birthday

Now this is going to sound a bit mushy and a little cringe-y but birthdays are a great reminder of just how much you mean to others, and they, to you, and I spent last week floating on cloud nine thanks to my 6 year blogiversary and birthday double whammy.

Literally, my brain was flooded with endorphins and I’ve never felt happier.

…I must be getting old though as I’m only just recovering from the late night, four days later!

Don’t miss my most favourite vlog of all time below from the night!

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25 Responses

  1. Lianne harris

    Your cake looked stunning! And how beautiful are all your friends and family??!!??
    It sounds like your birthday meal was a success- beats mine where I was so full of cold I puked it up in the loos before I left!) #brillblogposts

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  2. teacuptoria

    Happy belated birthday gorgeous, you looked stunning and what a fantastic video! xx
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  3. Eb Gargano / easypeasyfoodie.com

    Wow what a gorgeous celebration!! I absolutely love your cake and your gorgeous, gorgeous lace dress – sooo need to get myself something similar for the party season! I can’t remember if I’ve already wished you happy birthday or not, so just in case I didn’t HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Eb x
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  4. Michelle

    Looks like you had a fab time. Happy belated birthday. Your life so much fun #brillblogposts
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  5. Rebecca

    Awwwwww I love how super happy you are in this Vlog… you are right birthdays are amazing times for endorphins to run wild and make us all warm inside <3 love a Birthday! <3
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  6. Twin Pickle

    So much fun! Happy Birthday 🙂 #brilliantblogposts
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  7. Babes about Town

    How lovely honey, wish I could have been there, looking forward to a get together soon. Happy birthday again! xoxo
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  8. Alison (MadHouseMum)

    You were rocking that dress! It looked like a fab night 🙂 Alison x #brilliantblogposts
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  9. Nancy Baten

    Oh I enjoyed your blog! Its so funny when you hear people voices. I thought you had another voice! Is thetbother girlfriend from Amsterdam? I am also from the Netherlands! Thank you for this lovely peek into your life!
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    • Honest Mum

      Aw really? How did you imagine my voice?! So funny. My friend Sharmin is from Amsterdam and she’s Brand New Cravings on instagram xx

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  10. Chilli Regina

    That was some cool birthday party!:) I love your dress and your cake – can’t deside which is more gorgeous:). All the best in the next year! xx

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  11. Michelle

    Happy birthday Vicki! Beautiful cake for a beautiful person 🙂
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  12. Kat

    Happy Birthday, lovely! That cake looks amazing – hats off to the baker! You look like you all had a fabulous time! ??
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  13. Lucy At Home

    Happy Birthday, Vicki! It looks like you had a fab time. I LOVE your cake – so glitzy and sparkly! #BrillBlogPosts
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