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An almost foolproof recipe for a fun birthday


  • A fridge stuffed full of food waiting to be prepared
  • 3 Teenagers and Husband and over helpful cat (evicted from the kitchen on numerous occasions)
  • 3 fondue pots, two from charity shops (thrift store) and a borrowed pot
  • Spices and fruit juices for the mulled apple punch
  • Breads and garlic breads
  • Mountain of baking potatoes
  • A huge chocolate cake
  • Many dips, sauces and sauces
  • Slabs of chocolate and strawberries for the chocolate fondue and fruit salad for desert
  • A cold and snowy Sunday


  • Get two of the three teenagers to assemble the fondue pots - two had never been used before and still had their labels one - one pot was from the 1970s! (cue thoughtful looks and mild confusion from same teenagers as they set up)
  • Then direct the same teenagers to chop and slice and dice and cut meat. cucumber,courgette, mushroom, cheese, tomatoes, onions, peppers, celery and anything else they can wield their knives through. (Tidy kitchen after them)
  • Sort out youngest teenager and husband to bring in extra chairs and table and arrange seating
  • Start laying out the vast quantities of bowls filled with nibbles, meats and forks
  • Be prepared for visitors bringing more delicious food

  • Stick the kettle on, serve warmed punch, tea and coffee with the cake
  • Toast the birthday boy (sorry - young man) and quietly remember his first day - with us 17 years ago and wonder where the time has gone and feel proud at the young man he is becoming.
  • Light fondue burners and feast through the evening regaling stories and tales and laughing as food is being eaten
Happy birthday beautiful - we love you x


  1. Happy Birthday to your son! What a super spread to celebrate the day. I laughed when you wondered where the last 17 years have gone ...... my son will be 37 in September (and how is that possible when I am still 29!!)

  2. I just knew you were going to have fun!

  3. Lovely evening, I remember sitting for hours with friends and a fondue, plenty of time for chatter.

  4. What a lovely post. Has he started driving yet? That was Matt wanted to do on his 17th birthday in September, and now he's just booked his test. Goodness they are growing up. x

  5. Sounds like you all had a good time! Food looks lovely; bet there was not much left over.

  6. Yes, it was fun BUT there was so much food and chatter that I forgot to have any mulled punch. :(
    It was a lovely evening - much laughter, confusion over whose forks were whose - in spite of having coloured ends and even a bit of stealing a cooked piece from youngest by his grandfather!! xx


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