Birthday party-Honest Mum

This Sunday I turn 34 and on the 10th my blog turned a whopping 4! Honest Mum was officially born on the 10th of November in 2010 but like to celebrate my very FIRST POST along with my birthday!

Wow a lot has happened in 4 years, the last (almost) 3 have seen me become a full time professional blogger working with brands I love, modelling professionally, appearing in campaign films and doing consultancy work (not what I’d ever imagined or set out for myself all those years ago)…I also started a second, sister blog, a style blog, Mummy’s Got Style, a year and a half ago too, it’s been a busy, exciting 4 years let me tell you …

I hand on heart LOVE what I do and feel grateful to have found a career that I’m as passionate about as filmmaking which works around for my family. Blogging really ROCKS!

So to mark this double whammy of a celebration, I got together with 5 of my closest blogging buddies, women who’ve become family to me, sisters I’ve met through blogging and social media (and of course many times off line too) who’ve been there for me in happy and sad times, supportive women who are great mates and even colleagues and whom I pretty much spend most days with online!

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It’s hard to explain to non-bloggers but we’re a big part of one another’s lives and it’s pretty damn marvellous!

…Having arranged this get-together months ago, all our emails, tweets and fb messages had gotten us excited for meeting up again in 3D and we couldn’t wait for a much needed girly night out!

Admittedly, I’m really milking my birthday this year (clearly still a party girl at heart) with a family party on the weekend too and another night out with close friends from home and abroad coming up, but why not hey?! There’s not enough partying in life I say!

But back to Saturday, meeting in my hometown of Leeds, Mirka (All Baby Advice and Fitness 4 Mamas) and Zaz (Mama and More) travelled from London, Hannah (Mums Days) from Newcastle and Franki (Little Luca & Me) and Kate (Pouting in Heels) live in Yorkshire like myself so had a shorter journey!

It was amazing to have everyone in Leeds after so much planning!

Sadly, my other wonderful blogging buddies Nomita of Ebabee Likes, Uju of Babes about Town Michelle of Bod for Tea, Helen of Mummy Mode and Sophie of Franglaise Mummy couldn’t make it but hopefully another get together will happen in the new year!

Back to Saturday- arriving at my parent’s house in Leeds (which is nearer to the station than mine) for cupcakes (thank you amazing Sprinkled Magic), pots of Yorkshire and South African (Rooibos) tea and plenty of hugs and laughter, the girls naughtily showered me with presents before we all got ready together in one of the spare rooms, feeling about 15 again in the process!

Then, of course, all being bloggers, it was naturally time for a photo shoot with Peter my husband behind the camera and a keen photo bomber in Oliver, my 4 year old desperate to make every photo! Bless!

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Here we all are rocking our stunning gifted Fever London dresses that are so stylish and chic, I don’t think I’ve seen a more glamorous group of ladies, have you?!

My outfit is the striking floral Anthea Cowl Neck Pencil Dress with Maria Lace Panel Cropped Cardigan, figure hugging and flattering and will be one I wear and wear! I fell in love with it at first sight, it’s so me!

My gold drop earrings are also Fever London, the necklace a birthday present from my husband!

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…I love this shot of the girls snapping away on their phones as we each took it in turns to pose! The blogger paparazzi! Work it!

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Don’t you just the floral print and lace detail on the cardigan? Swoon! On the dress, not myself. Now that would be weird!

Fever LondonAnd the cutest accessory for A/W 😉

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…Somebody likes the camera-can’t think who he takes after, can you?!

Oliver-Honest Mum…Huge, HUGE thanks to Lauren at Fever London who styled me up for the night and for making us all feel a million dollars!

And here are some shots of us all-the girls are smokin’!


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Zaz-Honest MumI love these shots of us together too (told you it was shoot)!

Here I am with Hannah, Zaz and Kate…

Vicki and Hannah-Honest MumZaz and Vicki-Honest MumVicki and Kate-Honest MumOnce our pictures had been taken (thanks Peter), it was time to actually head to the Olive Tree Rodley, my parent’s multi-award winning restaurant and EAT.

Olive Tree-Honest Mum Set in a Victorian Manor House, where the Lord Mayor of Leeds used to live, this is one of three Olive Tree’s my parents own in Leeds and I couldn’t wait for the girls to try the food and enjoy the holiday style ambience.

And enjoy it we did!

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First up champagne (thanks Mum, and for the second bottle too-hic!) and then I arranged for seafood, meat and vegetarian mezze for us all to share, three sumptuous courses where the girls could try lots of my favourite dishes and they all said how bowled over they were by it all! (Recipes in the links).

Seafood salad

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Potato keftedes and cheese pastries

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Greek meatballs and chicken pastries

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Mixed fish and seafood platter

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Beef stifado

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Chicken kebabs

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And the famous Olive Tree rice with vermicelli

rice with vermicelli-Honest MumAre you lot hungry yet?!

…George, the bouzouki player serenaded us with Greek and Cypriot songs and manager Fikret and the waitresses really looked after us too! Thanks guys, you did me proud!

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…Fikret even arranged some plate smashing for us as we hit the dance floor (fear not, these are special plates made for safe plate smashing)!


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And we were up dancing all night long from start to finish.

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dancing-Honest MumGreek dancing-Honest MumEven the Head Chef, George came out of the kitchen for a dance and my Dad, Papa G (another George) couldn’t help himself either!

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Greek dancing-Honest MumDad also joined us for some of the meal before I had to remind him it was a girl’s night out! Daaaddd! He begrudgingly left us to it. Eventually. He loves a party! Hilarious!

Love this picture below of us all laughing!

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It was such a funny night!

I actually can’t remember having so much fun!

There were times where we laughed so hard we nearly fell over, I actually told Franki and Kate (as we were crying with laughter) that I needed an oxygen mask at one point-that kind of laughter is just so good for the soul! You know, that ‘nearly weed in my pants’ (and Spanx in my case) laughter that’s so bloody joyous!

It was a night of such effortless fun with fabulous friends!

…Back to the food, full to the brim but excited for dessert, we actually had three courses for pudding too (I know)!

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Sprinkled Magic-Honest MumWe finished off the pretty Sprinkled Magic cupcakes which were delicate, light and oh-so tasty and my brother arranged for a creamy birthday cheesecake to be sent over to us from his lush Italian restaurant Giorgios.

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And as if that wasn’t enough, the wonderful Hotel Chocolat had their Assistant Manager Emma drop off some Chocolate Dipping Adventures with fine chocolates for us all to share and enjoy too. Truly so, so kind of everyone!

The perfect sweet finale to the night!

Dipping Adventure-Honest Mum

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Chocolate Adventure-Honest MumHotel Chocolat chocolatesChocolate dipping Dipping AdventureyumI must note too that Hotel Chocolat have also sent me a bespoke one-off birthday cake for my family party on Sunday-it’s a rocky road cake, my brother’s favourite and is patiently waiting in the fridge to be devoured!

If it’s anything as tasty as the dipping adventure, we’ll be happy! The girls all said they loved every course and we giggled our way back to my house for a sleepover and really did feel 15 again!

…What a gorgeous night with fun, caring, beautiful women inside and out, whom I would never had met had it not been for this blog right here.

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Out of everything that has come from blogging, these friendships are what I cherish the most! Here’s to another 4 years hey (and hopefully many, many more)!


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76 Responses

  1. Kohl Mama

    You all look so gorgeous! I miss a good old girly night filled with food and wine! Your Dad looks like great fun, happy blated birthday to both you and your fab blog! #AllAboutYou xx

  2. Susan Mann

    Wow it looks amazing. Glad you had a good time. You deserve it hon. Happy birthday & happy blogoversary. Lots of love and hugs x

  3. Katie @mummydaddyme

    It looks like a fun and happy evening surrounded by friends. Happy Birthday! I totally agree, hands down the best thing that has happened through blogging is the friendships I have made. Looks like you have met an amazing group of women. x

  4. Maria (notyouraveragebaby)

    Oh wow, that looks like quite the night; girl power at its finest! The food looks yummy too and that really has to be one of the greatest examples of “Dad Dancing” I’ve ever seen. Happy Birthday! Maria x #brilliantblogposts

  5. Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    Happy birthday for Sunday, gorgeous! A beautiful post full of beautiful women wearing beautiful dresses! You all look stunning, and looks like you had a fabulous time. Friendship really is a wonderful outcome of blogging. So pleased your birthday and blogaversary celebrations were so brilliant, you deserve it xxx #brilliantblogposts

  6. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    Wow, you sure know how to have fun, and that food….! It all looked so good. I love it that you’ve made such good friends from the blogging community. You all look stunning in your finery! Happy birthday and blogiversary to you!!

  7. My boys and me

    Ah, you guys all look like such a lovely friendly bunch. It’s great you all met through blogging. I hope I make some lovely friends like you guys with this new exciting path I am following. xx

  8. Charlotte

    Happy Birthday and blogiversary. I love the idea of changing your first post date to a date you can remember. I’ve only been going a few months and I’ve completely forgotten already!!

    Looks like you had an amazing evening.

  9. Sharmin

    Wow what an incredible night. Looks like you all had such a fabulous time and what amazing post, the pics are bursting with colour. Love that floral frock on you. Cannot wait to see you and party on with you in less than two weeks time hon. xxx

  10. Sharmin

    Wow what an incredible post bursting with colour and fun times. What an amazing group of blogger friends you have there Vee and i love your floral frock. Sounds like you had a fantastic celebration. Cannot wait to see you and party on with you in less than two weeks time 😉 xx

  11. amy everything mummy

    looks like you all had a fab night! you certainly know how to celebrate with all them parties i must take a leaf out of your book 😉 happy birthday to you and your blog xx

  12. Mrs H

    Happy birthday and blogiversary. It looks like you all had an amazing time. I love the friendships that are formed in the blogging world. You know people so well because you read about the ins and outs of their life on the blog. You all looked fab and I think your dress is sensational. I hope you enjoy your party at the weekend and your rocky road cake. Yummy! Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  13. Notmyyearoff

    Wow, what a day and evening, it looks absolutely fantastic and your Dad’s restaurant makes my mouth water. I SO need to go to it. Definitely showing my hubby all the food pics tonight. Looks a brilliant start to a very Happy Birthday 🙂

  14. Jess Paterson

    Happy birthday and blogiversary! Looks like you had an awesome night. I’m not going to say anything about Papa G this week (MWAH!). You look gorge in your floral and all you ladies look fab in your Fever dresses. xxx

  15. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Happy Birthday for Sunday lovely, sounds like you have some fab celebrations coming up and looks like you got them off to a great start! Looks like an amazing and fun night, love all the paparazzi shots and posing, you can definitely tell you are all bloggers!! The shots of dancing and laughter are my faves though. Have a great birthday weekend! Xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, we had such a laugh from start to finish and although I love all the pics you are right, us lot natural laughing really capture how brilliant it all was x

  16. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Amazing amazing, I just love reliving the wonderful time we had celebrating fabulous you!!! It was so wonderful to have such a wonderful time with 5 absolutely terrific women, I am delighted to call friends. Enjoy opening your pressies darling, and have a fantastic birthday! Heaps of love xxxx

    • honestmum

      Feel the same way about you and the girls, so lucky to have you all. Thanks for the presents, can’t wait to open them, top kind xxx

  17. Hannah Mums' Days

    Oh I love!! Such a fabulous account of such a fabulous evening. And your last sentence totally sums it all up for me too – meeting you guys and being able to call you friends really is the biggest perk of blogging. Thank you again for such a wonderful evening and happy Birthday my darling!!!! xxxx

  18. Franki - Little Luca & Me

    Oh my it was fun! We did laugh a LOT my stomach and faced ached from laughing. The oxygen mask conversation had me hysterical and especially when you told your Dad off.
    We must do it again soon, very soon Xxxx

  19. John Adams

    Joyeux anniversaire to you and your blog! I remember being 34.

    Haven’t been out in Leeds in years. I know where to next time I find myself there. #brilliantbogposts

  20. Louise

    What a lovely day/night out for you all – looks like you had so much fun. Happy birthday to you and your blog 🙂

  21. Lysa @ Welcome To My Circus

    Happy Birthday and Blogiversary! It sounds and looks like you all had a wonderful time as each of you are picture perfect and the food looks absolutely delish! Here’s to many more birthdays and blogiversary’s. #brilliantblogposts

  22. Babes about Town

    What a blast you guys had! I grinned and chuckled and drooled all through the post, the food looks amazing and you girls are all so beautiful. Papa G always takes the cake for me, so wish I could have been there. The photos are awesome, really captured the weekend. When’s the next night out ladies? xoxo

  23. Complicated Gorgeousness

    Wow – that looks like an amazing night. I love night outs like that and your parents’ place looks great fun. Must check that out next time I am in Leeds (my university town). Happy birthday and blog anniversary xxx
    p.s. so sorry for not adding badge last week – loaded on phone and meant to go back and add badge on laptop but forgot #badblogger x

    • honestmum

      Oh you must, they have another one close to the uni, fab city to study in. I got a place at Leeds uni but opted to study at Goldsmiths, Uni of London as thought good to leave home town. I’m back now and love it. Please give me a shout if you visit again, thanks for your lovely comment x

  24. Mel

    Wow, Vicki, you certainly know how to party! Happy birthday and Blogiversary! You and your girls look absolutely stunning and those dresses are beautiful. Classy bunch. The food looks delicious and I had never heard of plates made for safe plate smashing! x

  25. Lauren

    Oh gosh what a wonderful night. I love yours and Hannah’s dresses.
    This reminded me of a Greek themed night we went to when we were on holiday in Kos in 1995! It was amazing. Wonderful food, entertainment and such a fantastic atmosphere.
    Happy birthday and blog birthday xx

  26. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    What a night! I am still laughing when I see all the above pictures. You know I love you, and am so happy you are my friend. Everything about the party was just perfect, fabulous people (including me ha ha ha), fabulous dresses, fabulous food! I am so pleased I travelled to join you in Leeds, loved every minute of my visit, and as promised will be back with my family too. Thank you Vicki for organising such a great night. You are fabulous and so lovely. Your family are all lovely too, and loved that extra cuddle with Alexander on Sunday. Happy birthday girl, wishing you all the best and cannot wait to see you again soon! xxx

  27. Mummy Says

    Happy birthday and blog birthday! You ladies know how to party in style! Looks like such a fun day and night. Glad you had a brilliant time celebrating, you really deserve it lovely. Enjoy the rest of the celebrations xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling it was so much fun, would love to meet up with you and all the other blogging friends I’ve made this year soon too xx

  28. Ebabee

    So sorry I missed it – looks like such fabulous fun. Thanks for the mention lovely and definitely next time. BTW, each and every one of you is looking sizzling hot! x

    • honestmum

      Aw thanks darling, was sad you couldn’t be there but will def arrange another night and would love you and Uju to come to Leeds, mwah x

  29. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Oh my! What a night we had! I honestly had such a ball, it was brilliant. I love you guys so much, as you say friendship is always the best thing to come out of blogging, and I know my life wouldn’t be nowhere near as much fun without you all in it. I’m still laughing now to myself at some of the shenanigans we got up to! Thanks so much for inviting me. Your family – and you- are just gorgeous. Thanks for making us all feel so welcome and for being such a super party host. Happy Birthday my darling! And here’s to another incredible year – both personally and professionally for you XXX

    p.s I have no idea what I’m doing in the dancing pic! Aahahahahaha! Good times! XXX

    p.p.s Blog post to come soon! 😉 x

    • honestmum

      Aw LOVE you too sweetie and feel so lucky to have you all in my life, as you say it wouldn’t be the same without you all and how much fun did we laugh, we all just click and I had such an amazing night. Cannot wait to read all your posts, here’s to the next night, mwah xx


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