I did it guys! I made it to adulthood in every country of the world. After a day of surprises in Manchester from my boyfriend, and my best friends and family surprising me by all coming out for dinner with me in the evening, I was well and truly spoilt by all that is photographed and more (I didn’t have time to photograph everything, simply because I went home mid week to visit another friend for her birthday and I’ve been at either at uni or work during every single hour of decent lighting). Keep reading if you’re interested in what my nearest and dearest treated me to on my big day.
As I said, my family and some of my best friends surprised me at dinner, and my mum’s friend actually made me these cupcakes. The Little Mermaid is my absolute favourite Disney film, and my mum really put a lot of effort into my presents (thinking about my favourite things, not just what would make a nice present), including these cupcakes. They were delicious, and I actually got to sample them again because the same friend made them for the friend I visited on Wednesday.
The first gifts I opened, were from my boyfriend. He bought me my favourite crisps and chocolate (Lemon Harissa Crisps from M&S and Cadbury Chocolate Popcorn mmm), some Yankee Candle Votives and some Ted Baker earrings which I have been lusting after for years. He also paid for my day out in Manchester, and we’re going to go away for a long weekend in the New Year so we weren’t doing many presents.
For my 18th, my parents bought me a Pandora Bracelet, and they followed suit for my 21st. This one included Ariel’s dress (you see the theme?) and a Happy Birthday charm, and my brother bought me the USA charm to go on it too. I also later got a heart charm from a family friend. My parents also bought me CK One Shock which my boyfriend bought me last year for my birthday and I’m almost out, a teddy bear, a bottle of champagne, Jamie Oliver’s latest book, flowers and a few Lush goodies.
Mum didn’t want me to have bath bombs since I can’t use them where I’m living, so she bought me things that I didn’t need a bath for which was really sweet. She’s also promised me a day out somewhere of my choosing when my exams are over. My brother bought me a Wet Brush which I was close to buying in America as well as the charm, and IMO, it’s better than the Tangle Teezer (I said it).
Another family friend bought me a bottle of prosecco, and my grandparents bought me chocolate (as well as giving me a cheque). The zebra canvas is from my aunt, as zebras are my favourite animal, a vest top and a necklace. Another necklace that I got was from a neighbour and she got a ha’penny from 1894 (100 years before I was born) made into a necklace which is absolutely beautiful and have already worn it a couple of times.
My uni friends bought me the candle in the above photo and a Bomb Cosmetics bath bomb, as well as a Ted Baker makeup bag which was so sweet of them. The candle is way too nice to light, but I said I might for my boyfriend’s birthday next month. More family friends bought me a Red Letter Day gift for 7 courses of tapas and a cocktail night for two in London as they live out in Spain and wanted to get me something to remind me of them, so I think my boyfriend and mum are going to be fighting for who gets to go with me to that.
One of my best friends from school bought me a silver bracelet and one of my mum’s best friend’s bought me a nail & brow kit and a set of bath goodies from Santuary Spa. Other things included an H&M voucher from my boyfriend’s mum and step-dad, a Costa card from the girl who made my cakes, a Topshop voucher from my aunt and uncle and a Nandos card from the best man at my parents’ wedding, as well as a fair amount of money which I’m putting into savings until I buy a camera (I think) in the January sales.
I am now stuck with way too many balloons for my flat to handle thanks to my uni girls but I’m going to just leave them in the corner until they start to deflate. My parents also bought me a helium 21st balloon, but they always get me a helium balloon each year (it’s the norm in our family).
Basically I was well and truly spoilt and I can’t believe how lovely everyone I know is. Now I need to think of something just as good for my boyfriend’s birthday since he managed to keep the whole day a total surprise. Now I need to go and find a place for all of these lovely, lovely things which is going to be a mammoth task in this little flat.