V. I. BIRTHDAY: How to host a 1970’s inspired Dinner Party with a little help from Morrisons

Earlier this month I turned 40. And, I celebrated in style with a retro 1970’s Dinner Party. You can see where we celebrated here. I had researched seventies inspired food on Pinterest (of course) and asked friends, family and Facebook for ideas… and came up with the following menu. I was also pleased to join up with Morrisons who provided some of the dishes for each course to prove that having a themed dinner party for a big birthday can…

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V. I. BIRTHDAY: My 40th Birthday weekend, the perfect beach home & what to do in Camber Sands

I find organising birthdays hard. Not for friends or kids parties – but my own. For one, I have a fear that people won’t turn up if you have a party and two, the pressure to actually have a ‘party’. With my 40th creeping up I kinda figured I would keep it quite low profile and celebrate with family and a few close friends. Well, how wrong was I? My closest friends weren’t going to let me sit this one out.…

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V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! 40 things I’ve learnt at 40 *Part Two*

Well, next WEEK I turn 40 and I’ve been sharing a few thoughts about it here. I have a weekend away planned with my closest friends and all the kids (how times have changed?) – and we’ve having a 1970’s themed dinner party which I will be sharing on here soon too. Writing about it here is proving a great way to document my milestone birthday – and a way for me to process if life really does begin at…

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V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! 40 things I’ve learnt at 40 *Part One*

Well, next month I turn 40 – and I wanted to find a way to mark this milestone birthday. Yes, I could go and get a dramatic hair cut or splash out on some designer shoes. Book the holiday of a lifetime or finally throw away those scales.  I admit – all great ideas but really I wanted to mark it with something on here (you can also read about how I feel about turning 40 here) Something I could…

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V. I. BUYS: This is 40! The Birthday Wish List – 40 gifts from £1.50 to Priceless

“What do you want for your birthday?”  “Can you give me a list of what you want for your BIG birthday?” “Any ideas for your birthday?” “Shall we just give you money for your birthday this year?” These are just some of the questions I have been asked over the last few weeks as my big 40th approaches.  The thing is – and I don’t want this to sound ungrateful – there is actually nothing I need…or really, really want. …

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