We hosted Papa G’s little family birthday party at our house yesterday for an early dinner that saw me hitting the sack before my guests left (what a lightweight)!

…With bright balloons in place and Dad’s favourite flowers, sunflowers adorning the dining table, Papa G had all his favourite people right in one place including best friend Andy (my husband’s godfather and second Grandad to our kids).

Both men are brilliant Grandads (as is Grandad David all the way in South Africa whom we miss a lot)…

My sometime Mannies (male nannies) played in the playroom with the kids-and big kids they are too!

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balloons-Honest MumMy brother Solos and Alexander having some balloon fun!

A bit of horse play!

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Alexander-Honest MumAs sunshine streamed in and champagne was enjoyed, it was time for a little bit of posing for the blog (of course)!

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family-Honest MumAnd then we made a start on the simply GORGEOUS food, courtesy of my folks and brother’s restaurants The Olive Tree and Giorgio’s.

Thanks to the Head Chefs for all the delicious dishes (and making my job easier)-washing up this morning did take hours in my defence!

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Delicious grilled lamb chops and chicken kebabs…

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And fresh seabass fillets drizzled in olive oil…

seabass-Honest Mum… And let’s not forget these stunning cupcakes gifted to us by Sprinkled Magic delivered to Leeds from London, in all their chocolate caramel, red velvet, after eight mint and oreo glory. Bliss!

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Sprinkled Magic Cupcakes-Honest MumI actually ended up dividing these beauties into quarters so everyone could try a bit of each and let me tell you, they were utterly lip-lickingly gorgeous and as you can see, Oliver loved them too!

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eating a cupcake-Honest MumIn fact, I’d go as far to say they are the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten! At a push, my favourites were the red velvet and mint cupcakes! I went in for second helpings of those!

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Grandad-Honest MumBefore long, the birthday candles were blown out and presents given, with Oliver informing Papou (Grandad) of the contents of each gift before he’d even opened them!

…Dad’s favourite Greek dessert galaktoboureko (above) was also scoffed too.

These syrupy custards encased in filo pastry were made by the Head Chef of the Olive Tree in Headingley, Orhan and were DIVINE!

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…And best of all, in between all the eating and drinking, we laughed a lot (as we always do) at Dad’s crazy stories and silly plans for a ‘boys’ ‘Last’ Vegas style trip with Andy (cue Mum’s eye roll) to Oliver refusing to go to bed until 9 because “its’ rude to miss Papou’s party”. The kid has certainly grasped the art of manipulation at just 4!

More than anything, last night sums up our little family-full of fun, fabulous food and so much flipping love!

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Here’s to Papa G, the most hilarious, ambitious and charismatic man I know! Cheers!

For those asking on Instagram and Twitter, my dress is a vintage number from Jus d’Orange, Paris which I’ve had for years, Oliver wears Polo Ralph Lauren checked shirt from the US and jeans are Next.

Alexander is in a Tommy Hilfiger shirt from Marbella with jeans from H&M.

Peter wears a Next shirt.

Sorry I can’t tell you what anyone else is wearing, I was a little too tipsy to remember to ask!

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30 Responses

  1. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    This looks like a brilliant party for your papa. I did chuckle when I read that you flaked out before all the guests had left. Champagne does takes its toll these days, doesn’t it? I was also a little perplexed at how incredibly clean your children look in these pictures. Mine manage to look filthy after a bath (slight exaggeration), let alone in a room full of cake and scrumptious food! Happy birthday to your dad x

    • honestmum

      Haha that made me laugh, thanks, my eldest is pretty clean and tidy, the little one takes a lot of wet-wiping though! We had a lovely time and yes champagne really takes it toll (ha), thanks for your lovely comment x

  2. Michelle at Bod for tea

    It looks like you had an amazing day! How lovely that Papa G had you all around him to celebrate with. Lovely, lovely photos – you have a truly beautiful family there Mrs! And we need the recipe for those cupcakes in a future Tuesday slot please – they look delicious xx

    • honestmum

      Ha thanks sweetie, the recipe was down to the company who gifted us the cupcakes but I will ask them if they fancy sharing x

  3. Hurrah For Gin

    Ahh happy birthday to your Dad! I so want to come to one of your family parties – they just look so glam and so much fun 🙂 x

  4. Izzie Anderton

    Belated birthday wishes to Papa G! Here’s to family parties and staying close to those who mean the most to us. Lovely photos as always.

  5. Mummy Says

    Everything about this post is beautiful. Family, friends, love, food – it’s all here, and all in gorgeous photos. It looks like you all had such a wonderful time – happy birthday to your Papa G. xx

  6. Notmyyearoff

    Happy Birthday Papa G! It looks like a really nice day and like you all had a really good time. And wow that sea bass looks amazing. I love sea bass 🙂

  7. Alex [Bump to Baby]

    Looks like an absolute fabulous party! Your brother and you look so alike. I love all of your photos! What do you use to edit them? x

  8. Franglaise Mummy

    Happy birthday!! What a fab party, and I’m totally drooling over that spread – yum! I love a good family party, we’ve got one coming up next weekend too, can’t wait 🙂 xx


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