Despite the freezing temperatures and gloomy weather in these parts, we are trying our best to keep the celebrations going.
I finally got my bunting up at home, although the pound shop bunting for outside has had an epic fail after 2 days and has come down round the other side of the window.
However, at least my DIY Blue Peter-stylee tissue paper fan decorations are up:
Excuse the lack of paint on the window sill there, the old paint has peeled off rather badly after all the rain.
Inside I have the lounge decked out with more bunting.
It's lovely stuff - you can never have too much. The one reflected in the mirror was from Sainsbury's and was very nice for just £2!
Love this M&S calico bunting, great for the mantelpiece. :)
And I had to add my jubliee-inspired card as the centre piece!
Yesterday ma and I braved the cold weather and rain for walk down into town to see if anything was decorated and basically, we fancied a nice lunch!
Loved this retro chic bunting in one of the windows. It's navy blue and white and really pretty.
I am amazed people were sat outside eating!
Even though it was cold, it didn't stop us having dessert at the new ice cream parlour that has opened. I had an almost patriotic sundae - no blue bubblegum ice cream to complete the tricolour homage.
Today attention was focussed on our jubilee afternoon tea.
I started early by doing some baking:
Red velvet cupcakes...
With cream cheese frosting, of course.
Then headed over for family get together and ended up combing the sideboard for items to use on the table (there are lots of items in there that my grandma had had passed on from further up the family tree). Earlier in the week my dad had been looking for the fabric bunting that had originally been used in my great-great-great uncle's saddler's shop in Wakefield for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee - not in our possession, but residing safely with my uncle in Cornwall instead. :) Too fragile to use these days, but how amazing for it still to be around and kept all these years eh?
Anyway, back to this afternoon...
First of all I had to get my cupcakes finished with their toppers.
They looked fab on the cake stand.
It wouldn't be afternoon tea without a few Mr Kipling fancies. ;)
Continuing on the sweet theme I tipped those lovely limited edition M&Ms into the commemorative teacup and saucer I bought ma... she didn't mind. ;)
The sideboard yielded some wonderful items that were most apt:
The King George VIth coronation mug for our cutlery.
The Queen's silver jubilee mug for the dessert forks...
And of course lots of nice white and blue tableware for the savoury section:
Was rather happy with how my knock-off M&S roast beef, horseradish mayo, and yorkshire pudding sarnies came out. Thanks to Aunt Bessie on that one! Also afternoon tea wouldn't be complete without some scones (cheese in the case - my fave!) and a good cup of tea afterwards.
We were well and truly stuffed and there are plenty of left-overs to enjoy tomorrow.
Mind you I need to bake my brother's birthday cake in the morning and use my final Jubilee decoration on it, can't wait!