I have become the most extra dog mum.
On Friday, Pickles turned one. I know, ONE. Time has flown so quickly, I can’t believe we’ve had her that long (I know right, sound less like a dog mum).
And on the Saturday, we threw her a birthday brunch. Sure, it was an excuse to have people over, eat amazing breakfast food, drink and play games. But we did it all wearing birthday party hats, so it was a party.
Oh, and there was a CAKE.
HOW CUTE, RIGHT?
The cake is from The Barking Bakery via Fetch, and it comes with an icing pen and candle. Of course, we had to get the pink one.
And of course, we needed a mummy-baby picture. What a soppy little thing.
The soppy little thing being me.
The birthday princess eagerly awaited her guests.
I think next year when she’s less cray cray we’ll invite dogs (or maybe when we have a garden), but it was strictly her favourite people this year.
She didn’t mind, since she loves people, and people bring presents!
(P.S. I’m loving hydrangeas season)
As people started arriving, Luke and I were cooking up a storm.
My favourite thing is inviting people round for some amazing food. And when you’re not instantly like “Welcome to our vegan brunch”, they just chow down and don’t even think about it.
Everyone said how delicious it all was. YEAH VEGAN FOOD IS DELICIOUS AM I RIGHT. I made a little comment after about the vegan spread and people would be like “Was it seriously all vegan?”, and shocked about it. “The bread? The waffles?” YES SIR.
My favourite new addition to the brunch were Jus-Roll bake-it-fresh pastries. A lot are actually vegan, so we had freshly baked croissants, cinnamon rolls and pain au’s in no time. SO EASY TO MAKE, and a pastry plate is an essential at any brunch. I ate about 8.
We also had lots of drinks ready – Bloody Mary’s, G&T’s, magnum bottles of rosé in the fridge. We kicked things off with a bottle of champagne, then prepped a whole dispenser of Pimm’s.
Yeah, yeah – I see the Nutella, probably the only non-vegan feature. Super old in our cupboard.
Luke’s friend Rob makes the BEST Bloody Mary’s. I had our vegan Worcestershire sauce at the ready. I need to get the recipe.
And the food?
Garlic portobello mushrooms, which I like to put on top of hash browns.
Along with Chocolate Chip Waffles, of course (recipe from Minimalist Baker, with gluten-free flour blend subbed with plain flour – I like my gluten!)
And Smashed Avocado on Toast. Bread is Rosemary & Potato Sourdough from Gail’s – THE BEST.
Followed by G&T’s with grapefruit and blueberries (and the best elderflower tonic from Fever Tree).
When the birthday girl woke up from her nap (she’s also currently napping on me as I type), we sang happy birthday and she got a big slice of cake.
The cake looked so good that we had to search if it was actually just for dogs or if humans could eat it. Luke had a little taste. Website confirmed it was for dogs.
Then she got to play with her new presents.
And then another nap.
Whether you’re a serial commenter or silent reader, please wish Princess Pickles a happy birthday!