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Birthday treats – A party afternoon Tea

September 7, 2022

Last month was my birthday and it was a week after we moved to a new house which I shared with you in my post ‘BE-ing in August Life Changes & another year around the Sun’. We were still surrounded by boxes and settling in but my daughter was adamant that my special day should be celebrated. One of the upsides of our move is that we now live only a 4 minute drive from my daughter, SIL and two grandsons – bliss! It is wonderful to be so close as before it was over an hour’s drive and last Sunday we met for an impromptu run together and enjoyed some mother/daughter time.

Birthday Treats – A party afternoon Tea

We had a lovely party Afternoon Tea, hosted by my daughter & SIL and my son and his family came along as well. I am always in my ‘happy place’ surrounded by my loved ones and we took time out for unpacking to enjoy some quality family time.

On the Menu

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Bilinis (Blinis are pancakes made from buckwheat flour)

Pizza Scrolls – easy to make using sheets of puff pastry


Cheese Platter

Mini quiches

Fruit Platter

Mini Italian Meatballs

Cocktail Frankfurts with tomato sauce for the kids (although some of the adults are still kids at heart)

The Birthday Cake

A few days before, my daughter asked me what type of cake I would like. I suggested her baked cheesecake or a chocolate cake. I know how extremely busy she is with family and career so I suggested she just buy a cake. But NO!, a bit like her Mum she decided that she would make a cake for me made out of love.

Baked Cheese Cake Recipe– I use this recipe when I make mine


Do you have a favorite celebration cake? I’d love the recipe.

Sue Loncaric

I’m joining Donna from Retirement Reflections and DebThe Widow Badass, for their What’s On Your Plate? Link Up.

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  • Reply leannelc September 7, 2022 at 17:06

    Hi Sue – how lovely for you to have the family throw you that birthday party and to have a daughter who loves you enough to make a baked cheesecake in your honour. BTW I keep meaning to tell you how much I like how your hair’s been looking lately – the slightly longer length really suits you. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2022 at 10:48

      Hi Leanne we had such a lovely time and no long drive home was even better! Thanks for the compliment about my hair too. x

  • Reply Debbie September 7, 2022 at 17:29

    You look so happy here Sue surrounded by your family and I’m so pleased you are nearer to them all now, you won’t know yourself! Your birthday treat looks delicious and I am not opening the cheesecake recipe because by doing so I will gain extra kilos but I’m sure it was yummy. Great post for WOYP this month 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2022 at 10:48

      Hi Deb it was a lovely afternoon and a good rest from unpacking. x

  • Reply Toni Pike September 7, 2022 at 17:37

    That looks wonderful, Sue – I’m so glad you had a fabulous birthday. You’re so lucky to have such a loving daughter. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2022 at 10:49

      I am very lucky Toni and it was so much fun spending time with both my children, their spouses and my grandchildren. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections September 8, 2022 at 09:47

    I love everything on that birthday menu (including the cocktail frankfurts meant for the kids). That cheesecake looks delicious — and definitely oozes love! Only 4 minutes drive from family is awesome!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2022 at 10:51

      It was such a lovely afternoon Donna without too much fuss. Of course avoiding a one hour drive home was the icing on the cake x

  • Reply Jo September 8, 2022 at 15:14

    We used to call parties like this party parties – I still love them. Lots of little bits and pieces to pick at. How very special – and the cheesecake looks yum!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2022 at 10:52

      You can’t beat a party party can you Jo? It was such a lovely afternoon x

  • Reply Janine September 9, 2022 at 11:28

    Your birthday celebrations look wonderful – a true family get together with your loved ones. Your daughter’s cheesecake looks amazing. My family usually request chocolate and raspberry roulade for our celebrations.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2022 at 10:46

      OOh Chocolate and raspberry roulade sounds delicious. I am certainly enjoying being closer to my family that’s for sure. xx

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