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Toasting my birthday in style with Sterling Vineyards

20th December, 2018

December’s been a hectic month for me and whilst I had a gorgeous time spending my birthday in Hawaii with my family, I was lucky to celebrate it again in Sydney. Sterling Vineyards once again, generously offered to host a party for me cruising along Sydney Harbour, which was the ultimate way to throw a belated birthday celebration.

I don’t think there’s anything better than spending a day on the water with close family and friends and that’s exactly what I got to do this year. Everyone from Luke, to my brother and sister-in-law and friends were all there to help me celebrate. This time of year is always really busy for everyone so I was so thrilled to be able to catch up with all my favourite people in the one spot – to not only celebrate my birthday but also to toast another great year together.

Birthday outfits are always so fun to style and this year I wanted to go with something summery so opted for an all-white ensemble by Christopher Esber. The cropped top and skirt perfectly suited the nautical vibe of the day.

Sydney Harbour Yacht Charter provided the perfect setting for the event and we were able to enjoy canapes and drinks whilst everyone chatted and mingled (and took about a million snaps of our gorgeous backdrop) cruising along the harbour. We then enjoyed a three course lunch on the main deck. We started with a baked forest mushroom tartlet with cauliflower puree followed by a main of barramundi with beetroot, fennel and leek. There were matching wines for each course and we were spoilt with Sterling Vineyards Prosecco, Pinot Noir Chardonnay and Sparkling Rosé throughout the afternoon. What really made lunch special for me was that Luke and some of my friends made some heartfelt speeches, which was so lovely of all of them.

We enjoyed a long, relaxing lunch before we got down to the main event: cake! We went up on deck for me to blow out my birthday candles and I was surprised by a drip cake decorated with pink blooms and macarons. It was a great way to enjoy our last course of the day and the cake was the ideal afternoon treat.

With the excitement of Christmas around the corner and the summer holidays stretching ahead of us, I was so happy that everyone was able to take time out of their busy schedules to celebrate with me. A birthday on the water was the most perfect way I could think of to mark another year of getting older.

Check out a few of my favourite snaps from the day below…

Birthday ready!

With some of my fave women

Toasting another birthday

We enjoyed a Sterling Vineyards Prosecco, Pinot Noir Chardonnay and Sparkling Rosé throughout the day

The gorgeous blooms on board

With my good friend Nadia Fairfax

Luke and I enjoying the day

The girls enjoying our picturesque surroundings

My birthday menu

The main was almost too pretty to eat

Luke saying a few words

Thanking all my beautiful friends

The cake!

Blowing out the candles

My crew

And another birthday is done…

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Sterling Vineyards


Grace’s 2nd birthday party

22nd August, 2018

Grace recently turned two and to celebrate we threw her a birthday picnic at our family farm in the Southern Highlands. We kept it quite a low key affair, just inviting our close family and friends. Luckily we woke up to a beautiful day so we could set the party up as a picnic and let the kids run around outside.

I always like to have entertainment at the kids’ parties so all our little guests are occupied so we had a birthday fairy entertain the children with various activities including games, dancing, face painting and colouring in. Mum also looked after the pony rides for all the kids which they all absolutely loved.

We wanted to keep our decorations simple so we had a pink and white colour theme throughout, which we carried through from the balloons to the cups and plates.

I always like to go for a menu that can cater to both adults and children so we decided to have a sausage sizzle and then scattered a few sandwich, cheese and fruit platters around. The kids had a few extras like sultanas, fruit, sandwiches, popcorn, cupcakes and a few lollies. The showstopper was definitely the cake which we had made by Stacy Brewer Cakes and it was decorated with pink flowers with a few gold accents. It was so pretty we almost didn’t want to cut it!

This was the first year Grace could really understand what was going on at her party and get involved with the activities so she had a ball. It was a lovely day spent with our nearest and dearest and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate our little girl turning two.

Cupcakes and the gorgeous Stacy Brewer cake

The drinks table and a few of our pink and white decorations

Grace with the birthday fairy

Kisses for the birthday girl!

The kids enjoying their picnic

Swing time

The girls with the birthday fairy

Sophia with our family dog

Sausage sizzle = no fuss catering

Mum looked after the pony rides for the kids

Sisters having a great day

Blowing out the birthday candles