I can’t believe I am sitting here writing this because the last year has absolutely flown by! Today is Nineteen Twenty Four London’s 1 year anniversary! I am so thankful for every single one of you that has stopped in to this little project of mine over the last year. If it weren’t for your support and kind thoughts it would have never grown into what it is today. In honour of every reader, commenter, pinner and silent fan, I want to say thank you!

Thank You  | 1924 London

In case you are a new reader, here are a few of my favourite posts:

DIY Christmas Stockings

Destination Guide: Italy

James Bond Birthday Party

No Bake Egg Free Pumpkin Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

Up In The Air 

Kirsten xo

James Bond Birthday Party!

James Bond Birthday Party | 1924 London

James Bond Birthday Cake | 1924 London

As I write this I still cannot get over how much fun this theme was! I am so used to our Christmas parties being a hoot, but pretty standard as far as decorations and a theme goes, since the theme itself is Christmas. This was such a great opportunity to get creative and tap into some of CWM’s favourite things! Hope everyone had as much fun as we did!

For drinks we always follow the same model, a make your own cocktail station and then a punch of some sort. I am a big believer in being present at your party so the first drink will always be offered but from there it’s self serve, this allows the host to socialize, and the guests to feel more comfortable because they don’t have to ask you every time they need something. This time we went with two of CWM’s favourite drinks: martinis and bourbon! This delicious Bourbon Punch recipe can be found, here and the martini set up is shown below

Martini bar essentials:

  • vodka
  • gin
  • vermouth
  • olives
  • onions
  • lemon peel
  • lots of ice
  • shot glasses
  • shakers
  • bowtie martini glasses

James Bond Birthday Party- Martini Bar | 1924 London

We did a stand up, help yourself dinner, which given the amount of people we had, worked very well!

The menu:

  • Oyster platter from The Whalesbone
  • Pulled pork and cornbread sliders
  • Mashed potato bar with gravy, hollandaise, grated cheese, and chives
  • Our guests’ favourite recipe of mine: maple bacon wrapped sweet potatoes
  • Balsamic and basil tomato and bocconcini sticks
  • Cream cheese and smoked salmon rollups
  • Chicken skewers with peanut sauce

I owe a huge thank you to the amazingly talented Allyssa of Keepstead for this amazing 007, mandarin orange birthday cake! It was more than I could have ever imagined and CWM absolutely loved it. Yum!

James Bond Birthday Cake | 1924 London

Click here for some of my favourite hostess tips!

007 and his favourite Bond girl

James Bond Birthday | 1924 London

I hope you had the best birthday!

Kirsten xo

James Bond Themed Birthday Inspiration

CWM’s 25th Birthday party is this weekend so I wanted to share with you a little bit of the inspiration behind the party, can’t wait to show you all the details!

James Bond Inspiration Board | 1924 London

James Bond Inspiration Board | 1924 London

James Bond cake/Bowtie drink accessories/Plastic guns spray painted gold/

Oyster platters/Bond girl dress/Union Jack photobooth backdrop

Kirsten xo

a twist on girls night

Guide to Girls Night | 1924 London

I find girls nights in Vancouver are becoming so far and few between that when I get home I always want to host them. I want to be sure they are memorable, fun, and relaxing, so this time we decided on a tea party. Since we wanted a night time get together we did a couple pots of tea, and then moved on to spiked pink lemonade, and pink champagne. This was such a fun spin on girls night that I strongly recommend!

A twist on girls night: a tea party! Such a fun idea!

My classic cucumber tea sandwich recipe can be found here and the best chicken salad recipe you will ever try can be found here

The perfect tea party recipes: cucumber tea sandwiches and the best chicken salad recipe ever!!

Home made coconut cupcakes with cream cheese icing, and jam filled shortbread cookies combined perfectly with the treats my girlfriend brought from her bakery

A twist on girls night: a tea party! Such a fun idea!

Absolutely love them!

A twist on girls night: a tea party! Such a fun idea!

A few styling tips:

I always prefer a different place setting for each person, just keep it in the same colour family and it will look perfectly put together

Fresh flowers tucked here and there are the perfect accessory for any party

When styling a table (or home, or outfit for that matter), texture is just as important as colour! Try layering a lace tablecloth over a solid one

Kirsten xo