Birthday celebrations (part 1) – featuring lots of cake

This week will be my birthday, and I celebrated with friends on a very sunny Saturday evening in Manchester, eating cake, drinking wine and cocktails and having chats and giggles. Warning – there are some explicit cake shots in this post!

My outfit was chosen with the weather in mind, and I went for a pair of cobalt blue scallop edge shorts, barely seen under a sheer long blouse. I also wore my bejewelled collar necklace which I received for my birthday last year. It’s surprisingly difficult to pair this necklace with appropriate tops – there are neckline issues – but a collarless shirt is (unsurprisingly) one of the styles that works best.

Nighttime shorts outfit

Shirt from Dunnes; scallop edge shorts from Simply Be; Collar necklace from ASOS; boots from Carvela; clutch from ASOS; lipstick in hot pink by Bobbi Brown

I also attempted a fishtail braid for the first time. I’m not going to lie; this is no easy task when you have layers in your hair, and even after watching online tutorials as guidance this took three tries before I had something fairly successful. I do like the final effect though.

Fishtail braid

And now onto the food porn… Our destination was Home Sweet Home in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which has cute homely décor and an American-themed menu full of hearty delights (including some tasty sweet potato fries and a very popular pulled pork pile up), as well as a very delicious selection of cakes and desserts, including doughnut butter pudding. Add wine and cocktail pitchers and it’s a fab place to start a night.

Buffalo chicken

Cake display

More cakes

It’s the giant cookie cake for me (the birthday princess)

Cookie cake

Not just a cake, but also a big pile of biscuits! I had to admit defeat about 3/4 of the way through this one!

Doughnut butter pudding

And this is the doughnut butter pudding, ordered by one of my friends. Yum!

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