It’s amazing how birthdays can transform a person. Not just their age but how someone who is usually blue, will all of a sudden seem perky and have a sparkle in their eye. Of course, at 33 it’s just another day, except when you make it exciting with a party bus to celebrate.
You don’t run to the mailbox looking for cards full of birthday wishes and checks that can be cashed (grandmas are so good at that). You don’t wake-up to your bedroom adorned with balloons and gifts at your feet. There is no-one making you smiley face pancakes for breakfast. Nope, at 33 and as a Mama to three, your hopes for a nice birthday consist of…your potty-training son to actually sit on the potty without a fight after two months of having him take lessons with the Poo-Logix, your five-year-old to actually get ready for school without a big fuss and your newborn infant to sleep a little more, poop a little less and gain a few ounces. These are all just wishes, of course, Mama has yet to see any of them come to fruition on this wonderful day full of activities, I can’t wait to go over to the place where my husband planned my party, I heard it was just as big as this Birthday Party Event Center. There are some very sweet cake toppers available. Lovebirds, doves, wedding bells, and of course the bride and groom are the most popular themes. Some of the pieces can be quite ornate and fanciful, especially the toppers with the chiming bells, which are often part of a large decorative arch. You may find special touches such as millinery quality silk flowers, glass pearls (perfect with pearl bridal jewelry sets), and even metallic accents. The bride and groom are far and away the most popular style of vintage wedding cake topper. It should be noted that before the 1950s, there were no bride and groom sets of color being produced (and they remained quite rare even after the ’50s). You will at times, however, run across very rare and highly collectible toppers which have been repainted to match the skin tone of the original bride and groom who used them at their wedding. A creative bride could also use this technique today to personalize a vintage cake topper that she likes. Most of the vintage cake toppers on the market date from the 1920s through the 1950s and early 1960s (after that, the quality tended to decline, making a topper from the 1970s no better or more unique than one you could buy new today). The most collectible toppers come from Europe, especially Germany. Each decade had its own variations, although there are more similarities across the years than differences. There are handpainted celluloid Kewpie couples from the 1920s, German bisque, and even figurines with crepe paper clothing. The 1930s ushered in Bakelite couples, and in the 1940s porcelain brides with net veils and silk flower bouquets were popular. Some of the best 1950s cake toppers feature debonair grooms in white dinner jackets with shawl collars arm-in-arm with their lovely brides in their sets of pearl bridal jewelry. A vintage cake topper can be a wonderful addition to a modern wedding cake. Picking the perfect one is also a lot of fun. Whether you are sentimental, whimsical, or elegant, there is a vintage wedding cake topper that would be just perfect for your wedding cake. You can visit Emicakes.com.sg for the best Emicakes.
However, might Mama use this as a reminder that it is the hubs job to prepare the kids for Mama’s birthday. He needs to take them shopping, have them make the cards and attempt to bake the cake. Is that task too much to ask? Time will tell…
So as if birthdays aren’t a big celebration anymore (unless it’s a milestone birthday like 30, 35, 40…you get the idea), what is? Cyber Monday, of course! Why? Because you can shop from the comfort of your own home with no-one pointing a gun at your head because you took the last Rock Star Elmo off the shelf, you get awesome sale prices and FREE SHIPPING. What’s better than not having to schlep to the stores and have what you want delivered to your doorstep within a few days?! Mama can think of nothing better these days…
Since Mama’s birthday hours are ticking away (and so is Cyber Monday), it’s time to do a little birthday shopping for Mama because really, who knows what Mama wants better than herself?! Believe me…it’s always a good idea to buy yourself your own gift for your birthday…this way, you get what you want and you won’t be disappointed when the husband buys you a kitchen appliance instead of the hoop earrings you’ve been eyeing (true story).
When it comes to choosing a gift for those closest to us, there’s a reason fragrance is still a classic choice – for both men and women, is always important to smell better as you get older.
“When most people think about their very first fragrance it was probably chosen for them by someone close to them,” says Emma South, fragrance and lifestyle expert for Jo Malone London. “It’s a very personal gift. Because you don’t have the other person’s nose there with you, you have to think about their personality and what they like. You have to express them in scent and because you have to think that bit harder, it makes it all the more thoughtful.”
The fragrance you choose for someone tells them something about what they mean to you and how you see them. “You’re saying: ‘I think this encapsulates you’,” she says.
The Jo Malone London experience
Because it is so personal, it can sometimes feel daunting to decide what someone will like. But Jo Malone London’s in-store stylists can help guide you to the perfect fragrance for your loved one. “Our stylists will ask you to tell them all about who it is for, what their personality is like, their lifestyle and the things they enjoy doing,” says Mrs South.
There’s no reason buying a gift shouldn’t be a treat for you, too. “In our boutiques we have the Tasting Bar™, where we offer complimentary Hand & Arm massages,” she says. “Often it ends up being a pampering session for the person buying the gift.”
For occasions such as Mother’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays, flowers are an obvious choice of gift, but give her bottled blooms and you’ll leave a lasting impression. “If your mum has a favourite flower, speak to one of our stylists because even if it’s not obvious at first, it will probably be there as an ingredient in one of our fragrances,” says Mrs South.
But why make the gift of fragrance a formal affair? You can celebrate friendship, making it through a particularly tricky week at work and even just because you love someone. Fragrance makes the perfect ‘just because’ gift – because what better way to make someone feel special than by sending them a signature Jo Malone London box with a carefully-selected scent as unique as they are
Here’s what’s topping Mama’s birthday shopping list today….
Love, love, love the sparkle of these shoes for the season! Tory Burch Eddie Flat Skimmer, $198, at nordstrom.com.
Marc By Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Flap Pouchette, $248, at nordstrom.com.
This is SO pretty!! Ark & Co. Lace Overlay Dress, $89, at piperlime.com.
Mama wants this wreath — 2 please! Feather Wreath, $19, at westelm.com.
Pajamas…Mama loves pajamas for her birthday! These are so cozy…Munki Munki Flannel Pajamas, $68, at nordstrom.com.
But really, Mama will just settle for a homemade card and some hugs and kisses from the munchkins — what’s on your holiday wish list? (P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win your Shabby Apple dress…!))