Saturday just gone was my birthday. I don't usually go huge for my birthday, preferring to just have dinner with my family and maybe dinner with my girlfriends. But after the stress of the last month I really needed a night to just blow off some steam and that's what I did.
To be perfectly honest, it wasn't so much Mums Gone Wild as it was Mums get out of the house and eat good food and drink lots of cocktails! I went to dinner with two of my besties, Kel and H, and afterwards Kel and I headed off to Panthers for cocktails while the pregnant H headed home.
I gotta say, it was quite strange not being the pregnant one and dropping people off. I remarked at dinner how H and I had swapped places, as I was the heavily pregnant one when we went out for dinner for my birthday last year! How the times have changed!
Dinner was great, but it was the drinks that I enjoyed most. Panthers has refurbished good old Dominic's Cocktail Bar and it's now Dom's, a 1920s-Gatsby-inspired exclusive cocktail area. They want you to make a reservation now, but thankfully they weren't full so we were able to go right in. It's table service, so you don't have to go and line up at a bar, but unfortunately it took quite a long time to get our drinks.
The cocktails were pretty awesome though. I had one that was like a lemon gelato slurpie, and the other was called The Cat's Pyjamas. I have no idea what was in it, other than pineapple, but it was gooood! I also had a Strawberry Sangria while eating dinner at Outback Steakhouse, and after we left Dom's I had to indulge in a classic margarita.
After that it was all about the Malibu & Pineapples, which were going down a treat! So well in fact, that I was drinking two to every one of Kel's and before I knew it, it was 2am! So we grabbed a cab and headed home to Kel's place, where we proceeded to drink a bottle of Moscato and finish the night off with some of my favourite ice cream.
I had a great night, and despite the alcohol I felt great the next day (if a little tired!). It was nice to wake up to a birthday message on my phone rather than a naked toddler asking me where her iPad is! Kel was the hostess with the mostess and made me pancakes and coffee to welcome the morning.
Dave picked me up and my wish came true, to come home to a tidy house! After a sushi lunch we packed the girls up and headed over to the hospital to see Mum and the family and have some dinner. We took over the patient lounge and ordered Pizza to the hospital and proceeded to have our own little pizza party.
While it's not how one expects to celebrate their birthday, it certainly wasn't the worst way I've spent one! The only thing that mattered to me was getting to see Mum and spend some time with her and my family. We ate too much, had mud cake and even a little dance. It was kinda great.
After getting home Dave and I sat on the lounge for a few hours, having a couple of drinks and just talking and hanging out together. It really was one of the best birthdays I've had. I'm so lucky, and so thankful, to have such a wonderful family and beautiful friends.
Thank you to all of you too, for the lovely birthday wishes via my Facebook page and Instagram profile. It was lovely to see them and to feel your hugs, kisses and well-wishes through the screen. If the rest of the days in my 33rd year are half as good as the first one, I'm in for a good year!
How do you like to celebrate your birthday? What's your favourite cocktail?
My birthday is just after Christmas... and truthfully? I'd like nothing more than to head away from the commotion with just my little family... but it never happens. Never. I know the attention comes from a good place, but gee, I'd much prefer to go without. X
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
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