Birmingham, UK


Grace and Sean posing for a photograph inside a pub
a tray full of cherry sour shots
a tray of kebab meat and chips

Friday - So this year, like every other year, I decided to be a complete brat and have a Birthday weekend. I know I'm not the only one who celebrates all weekend and frankly I love having a whole weekend all about me. I started my birthday celebrations with a night out with my friends. We did the typical British thing and went to the pub for drinks and then onto a bar for a little dance.

I bought a gorgeous black and white Warehouse dress for the night which I completely forgot to photograph but trust me it was pretty. I think there might actually be a photo of it over on my Instagram so you will have to do a little bit of scrolling to see it. 

We drank too much and danced until out feet hurt but I had such a fun night with all of my closest friends. We didn't stay out too late as I was off to Manchester the next day, so at around 2am we decided to call it a night and headed over to the chippy to pick up a kebab.

The chandelier inside the main entrance to the trafford centre
on of the beautiful glass dome ceilings at the trafford centre
the huge neon sign outside the Hard Rock Cafe Manchester
3 cocktails on the bar at the Hard Rock Cafe Manchester
My whole family at a table holding a happy birthday banner
Our meals at the Hard Rock Cafe
from the top floor of the Hard Rock Cafe Manchester looking down over the restaurant

Saturday - This was the day I spent with my family and Sean. A few weeks back I had asked if I could have my birthday meal at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester. Incase you didn't know, Sean and I are trying to visit them all at some point and we had already ticked off London, Amsterdam and Barcelona. So after a little bit of convincing Dad drove us all up to Manchester for the day. 

We decided to start the day with a bit of shopping at the Trafford Center and when I say start the day I really mean start the afternoon as me and Sean couldn't bring ourselves to get out of bed too early. We didn't really buy all that much which is typical because I actually had money to spend. We wandered around the shops for a couple of hours before deciding to drive into central Manchester to grab some food at the Hard Rock. 

When we arrived at the restaurant I was actually a little overwhelmed. It was huge and busy and loud and thinking about all the effort everyone had put into this weekend made me a little emotional. But I soon snapped out of that as it was cocktail time! If you have never been to a Hard Rock I would definitely recommend going just to try some of the amazing cocktails! Seriously grab yourself a Southern Rock and enjoy the atmosphere.

For my meal I chose a burger; now I can't remember which one I picked but it was huge and absolutely delicious. Mom and Dad picked the same as me and Hannah and Sean opted for a massive meal of chicken and ribs! After we had eaten our waitress brought over a huge sundae for me with a candle in and everyone in the restaurant sang Happy Birthday to me, it was probably the most awkward experience of my life but that desert was amazing. 
We then called it a night and set off for our long drive home.

a table full of breakfast foods
the bathroom sink area of the hotel room
Grace is holding a bottle of Champagne
A bottle of Champagne inside a cooler with two champagne glasses beside it
the bar area at Bacchus bar Birmingham
Our food at Bacchus bar Birmingham
Grace and Sean posing for a photo in a large mirror at the hotel reception
a table food of breakfast food

Sunday - Sunday was my actual birthday and I spent it mostly with Sean as he had booked us a suite in the most gorgeous hotel. We stayed at the Burlington  Birmingham (formerly the Midland Hotel) and it was fabulous. 

In the morning I woke up and opened all my presents and cards. I received some beautiful things and some money to put towards my holiday which I'm going on next week. After opening my presents we decided to head out for a full English at our favorite buffet breakfast place in Redditch. I stuffed myself silly and I didn't care because it was my birthday and you are allowed to eat like a king (or pig) when its your special day. 

After eating all of the things we headed home to pack our bags for our overnight stay in town. We arrived at the hotel just after midday and checked into our gorgeous suite. I will do a full post on the hotel soon so you guys can see the room properly, but it was so big and beautifully decorated.

Not long after settling into the room I got a knock on the door from room service who brought up a bottle of champagne for me; a surprise Sean had organised well in advance! We soon cracked it open and relaxed in our home for the night. Sean got comfy on the sofa with a good book while I decided to make use of the bubble bath we had been supplied with. 

It was soon time to get ready and head out for my second birthday meal, this time we opted for Bacchus Bar, a little place in the basement of our hotel. Its hard to explain but the interior of Bacchus Bar is almost like a medieval church, or like a vampires lair. I ordered another burger and Sean chose a mixed grill. Both meals where huge and fabulously cooked. I will definitely be returning to this creepy little bar soon. After a couple of drinks, we turned in for the night and fell asleep on the sofa watching Family Guy.

The next morning we were very sad to leave but we were excited for breakfast. We loaded our plates up with ham and cheese and I created the most perfect bagel I've ever eaten in my life. 

My Birthday was officially over, but it was bloody amazing!

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  1. Ah man all that food looks AMAZING - looks like a seriously good time (: My 21st is in a month so I'm looking for ideas for how to celebrate and it looks like you had it absolutely down! Hard Rock Cafe is one of my all time faves (:
    Imii xxx |

    1. the amount of food I ate that weekend was unreal! I hope you have a lovely birthday! xxx

  2. It sounds like you had a great birthday weekend! I always dedicate a few days to my birthday too, I mean why not..especially if it's a big one like your 21st. All the food you had sounds amazing, even the kebab mmm. x

    1. I kind of think you have to celebrate for as long as possible! It only happens once a year so why not ha! xx

  3. It sounds like you had the best weekend! I also make it a thing to have an entire birthday weekend. People tend to merge it with Christmas even though there is more than a month between so I make a big fuss over it. All that food looks delicious.

    Rachael at

    1. I always make a huge fuss over my birthday, I think I would even more i it was close to Christmas :) xx


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