The ultimate cat birthday

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If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you probably already know this: I am a very (very) proud cat mum. Like all good cat parents that means two things – that our ginger fur-babies, Hunter and Sybil, are quite simply the coolest cats on the block and that I love each and every one of their little quirks and details.

While I can hardly believe it, these furry twins just turned two – and obviously that’s something to celebrate! As rescue kittens we don’t know exactly when they were born, so always make a big fuss of them on the day they officially joined the family – that means a whole heap of cat-ty fun.

When we celebrated their first birthday last year I came across this awesome ‘catland’ idea and knew that we absolutely had to make it part of our cats’ annual birthday festivities. Seriously, why choose just one toy when you can let them have everything – and I mean everything!

This year’s cat playland featured every one of Hunter and Sybil’s favourite things: a blanket, ribbon and scrunched up paper ball, Christmas ornaments, hair ties and an old phone cable (encouraging bad behaviour, I know!), their favourite play tunnel and – of course – the perfectly sized cardboard box. And the cats absolutely lost it with excitement.

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With both cats exhausted, it was time to move on to part two of the celebrations – the food! Food is a big part of all birthday celebrations, so making sure you have the right things on the menu is key.

Maybe salmon, spinach, courgette and green beans? Or how about chicken with pasta pearls and spinach? Luckily you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to pull together such a fabulously gourmet meal – Fancy Feast has got it covered.

We whip up a little cat birthday ‘cake’ for Hunter and Sybil each year using their favourite Fancy Feast flavours – for Hunter that means beef is on the menu, while Sybil’s more of a chicken girl.

It’s super simple (and way less gross!) than it sounds – just pop over a can or pouch of Fancy Feast (they’re single serve, so you won’t have open cat food lingering in your fridge) on a nice dish and top it with a little extra treat you know your fur-baby loves: think cream cheese, grated cheese or their favourite cat treats.

Oh, and a candle of course!

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Hunter and Sybil’s birthday is officially done and dusted for another year, but they won’t be longing for the next one to roll around too quickly – they can relive the magic of their purr-fect birthday every evening with Fancy Feast. After all, we all enjoy eating well, so why shouldn’t your fur-baby – love is in the details.

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Hands up if your cat’s mad about running water?

Thanks to the lovely team at Fancy Feast I have a cat water fountain to give away to two lucky readers – plus we’ll pop in a replacement filter with each one too, so your cat’s all set for the next six or so months.

To be in to win, simply leave a comment below telling me how you show your cat how much you love them. Let your inner ‘besotted cat parent’ out – it’s something we all have in common!

This post (and Hunter and Sybil’s second birthday celebrations) was made possible thanks to Fancy Feast. All comments and photos are, and always will be, my own.

Entries close 11.59pm Thursday 21 July. The winners will be chosen at random and notified on Friday 22 July. Each winner must make contact within 3 business days or they’ll forfeit the prize and a new winner will be drawn. Sorry – this giveaway is only open to New Zealand residents.

HTWD is back

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Welcome to the brand new High Tea with Dragons!

After a couple of weeks of hard work behind the scenes I’m thrilled to finally be able to share High Tea with Dragons’ brand new look with you all.

I’m very excited that High Tea with Dragons is branching out into the world of lifestyle – think inspiration and ideas for the home, celebrations, D.I.Y and travel.

But don’t worry, there will still be tons of baking filling the pages of the site – High Tea with Dragons is, and always will be, sharing recipes and ideas for sweet treats with you every week.

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One year ago today I married my best friend.

We were so lucky to enjoy the most wonderful day filled with loved ones, sunshine and laughter. The weather was perfect, the gardens looked beautiful, the reception was stunning and the photobooth was without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever spent money on. Seriously, I spent most of the night in there.

And then of course there was Kevin, who looked the most handsome I’ve ever seen him decked out in his suit and tie and surprised me with the most beautiful wedding vows I could have imagined – even after eight years together he still has a few tricks up his sleeve!

A year on, there’s still not a single thing I’d change about the day. Well, other than remembering to eat more wedding cake!

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And what better excuse than a birthday! My 25th birthday is just around the corner (only two sleeps to go!) so we decided to have a few friends over to celebrate with dessert and drinks. I’m sure you know what that means – I got busy in the kitchen and did a lot of baking!

I decided to go with a pink and gold theme for the dessert table, with splashes of white to balance things out, so came up with a menu to suit – think cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies and (of course) cake!

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There’s no denying that the past few weeks have been some of the most magical, busy, exciting and nerve-wracking weeks of my life. While High Tea with Dragons has ticked along like normal (thanks to the help of some fabulous blogging buddies), I’ve had a three week holiday from blogging… to get married!

The 24th of January was without a doubt the best day of my life – I married the most wonderful man in the world, in a beautiful garden ceremony, in gorgeous weather, surrounded by our family and friends. It was just perfect.

So much time and effort went into making the day so special – think hand-stitched table numbers (thanks Mum!), a gorgeous photobooth backdrop, and making and packaging over 700 (!) pieces of marshmallow – it would be remiss of me not to share a few of the details with you!

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Mid-winter Christmas Cookie Swap

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I absolutely love blogging – the brainstorming, baking, photographing, writing, planning… everything! I especially love getting to know some of my lovely readers and blogging buddies through their comments, emails, Facebook comments and tweets – it’s a whole lot of fun!

The one downside of blogging is that a lot of the time your online blog friends are just that – online. Which is why I was absolutely thrilled when Lydia from Lydia Bakes invited me to the cookie swap she was planning – a group of bloggers catching up over cookies and tea, swapping cookies and taking home a bundle of delicious baking; what’s not to love?

While I was of course looking forward to gorging myself on cookies (who wouldn’t look forward to that?), I was especially excited to catch up with some old and new blogging friends: Courtenay and Melissa from Baking Makes Things Better, Amanda from Here Comes the Sun and Danelle, photographer at A Couple of Night Owls and blogger at Danelle Bourgeois. I’m sure you’re already familiar with some of them, and those that you aren’t – you should be, you’ll love them!

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Friends, babies, celebrating, cake… what’s not to love about baby showers?

Yesterday Kevin and I had the pleasure of throwing a surprise baby shower for a very special family. Two of our closest friends, the wonderful Rhys and Joy, are just weeks away from welcoming the latest addition to their family – a little boy to join their beautiful 17 month-old daughter, Tilly.

To say we’re looking forward to his arrival is an understatement – we’re beyond excited, and know lots of other people are too. So while we wait the last few weeks until he finally enters the world, Kevin and I decided to surprise Joy with a party in celebration of her growing family.

With the time before the new addition arrives speeding by and weekends filling fast, Kevin and I worked with Rhys to pull together the party in little over a week.

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