{celebrate} Ava’s Birthday


Hello Hello,

Not many words today, just some pictures of our lovely sunday… I can’t believe I’m now the Mama of a four-year-old!

Birthday Morning

We were up early, checking to see if those birthday fairies had visited.  Turns out they had!  We tried to keep the presents as homemade as possible this year.  Barry built a set of doll’s bunks, and I made some mattresses and pillows to fit.  I also had great fun making over my old doll’s house.

Princess Picnic at the Zoo

Now that she’s four she gets her very own zoo pass… something she was very proud to show off! 

We ate on the lawn beside the band rotunda.  The weather was gorgeous, despite the forecast threatening otherwise.  Auckland Zoo has to be one of my favourite places in the world. (In case you were wondering, you can get those lovely goody bags here.)

My lovely sister-in-law was kind enough to make the adorable vanilla and chocolate cupcakes…

Because we weren’t having a party at home, I decided I’d have enough time to make something special for each of the girls who were celebrating Ava’s birthday with us… I’d seen a number of lovely felt crowns on etsy, and drawing on a variety of them for inspiration, I made one for each of the little girls.  I must say I was very happy with the way they turned out, and will hopefully show you a little bit more with a dedicated post very soon.

It would seem that Rugby World Cup Fever is inescapable wherever you go in Auckland, with even the Tiger at the zoo supporting her favourite team!

Birthday Dinner and Cake

As per our family traditions, the birthday girl chose pizza for dinner, followed by cake and ice-cream.

Would you believe I was silly enough to ice the cake after we returned from the zoo, and I was completely exhausted!?  Thank goodness four-year-olds are not too discerning!  The cake itself was pretty yummy, I branched out from my usual birthday cake recipe and baked a dark chocolate mud cake instead.  And as most Antipodeans do, I have the Australian Women’s Weekly to thank for the cake design.

It was such a special day, and we were lucky to share it with so many of our family and friends.  I read the girls an excerpt of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory from our Birthday Book before they went to sleep… and I’m sorry to say I was so exhausted that I couldn’t even stay up to watch the All Blacks match!

So, that’s it for now… I’m hoping to share a few more details about certain parts of the celebration soon… until then…

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6 Responses to “{celebrate} Ava’s Birthday”

  1. October 14, 2011 at 7:49 am, Janine said:

    Hi Hana, Janine from BYW here. I thought I would pop by and leave a comment. Belated Happy Birthday to Ava. I think it’s special that you have been able to hand down your own doll house to her. What a beautiful present and even more so as you got to give it a special makeover. What a great day at the zoo and those cupcakes looked so yummmmmmmmy!! I am in awe of that birthday cake, more so that you had the energy to ice it after such a busy birthday celebration.

    BTW loving the look of your blog.


    • October 14, 2011 at 11:32 am, Hana said:

      Hi Janine! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, and for your lovely comments. I think I’m only just recovering from the celebrations! H xo


  2. October 14, 2011 at 8:30 am, Phoebe said:

    What lovely photos, it looks like a great birthday party. I can’t wait to look at the doll’s house, it looks AMAZING.


    • October 14, 2011 at 11:35 am, Hana said:

      Thanks Pheebs… we had a really lovely day.

      I wonder if you remember playing with the dolls house when we were little? I’m so glad David found it for me to revive! H xo


  3. October 14, 2011 at 11:02 am, Mary C. Nasser said:

    What delightful photos!
    You have a true talent for photography!
    Looks like a great time was had by all! :)

    So nice to meet you through BYW.

    All the best,


    • October 14, 2011 at 11:36 am, Hana said:

      Hi Mary! Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I feel as though I’m a little behind with BYW already, but after reading the first couple of lessons, already feel enlightened! So lovely to meet you too! H xo


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