As regular readers will know my daughter turned eighteen at the weekend. The subject of how to celebrate this was discussed over many months, she didn’t want a big party but still wanted to do something nice with her special day. In the end we settled on a small gathering of mates for drinks the night before, and when the clock struck twelve, it being a Saturday night, they would scamper to the night club next door for her first legal drink or three! This was to be followed on her actual birthday proper with a Spa Day for the two of us.
After our recent visit to Camp Bestival we took inspiration from Josie Da Bank’s Jam Jar Bar and settled on cocktails for her pre-clubbing party on the saturday night. We purchased a selection of jam jars and glass bottles from our local cookware shop, and bolstered their numbers with some colourful tumblers. We bought striped paper straws, lemons and limes and umbrellas to decorate. We had large jugs and pretty cordial bottles for the pre-mixed by me cocktails. (What – you think I am gonna leave a bunch of 18 year olds with several bottles of spirits to play with?! Nah, I may be a cool Mum, but I ain’t that cool – vomit o’clock was to be avoided!)
We had Pina Coladas and Rum Punch and Cinderella’s (A pretty pink cocktail of vodka, lemonade and grenadine). Sweet, sickly concoctions which were really enjoyed by all. Everything looked pretty and I think they all enjoyed themselves. Amazingly she was home and in bed by two – which means fortunately she wasn’t hungover when I had to wake her at half nine the following morning for our Spa Day.
I had browsed around various hotels in Dorset offering Spa Days and had settled on the Christchurch Harbour Hotel, and it was lovely. The fabulous spa area is beautifully lit and features a decent sized pool for a swim and an awesome hydrotherapy bath which we spent a fair chunk of time in. We hung out in the salt grotto with it’s twinkly star ceiling, and lazed on comfy beds in a candle lit and dream music filled relaxation room.
We had a treatment each – the lifesaving back treatment for me – 55 minutes of massage which was so relaxing I caught myself drifting off a few times. And Betsy opted for a make-up lesson, which she really enjoyed, rushing out to buy recommended brushes and the like yesterday.
Our Spa Day included afternoon tea in the Upper Deck restaurant at the hotel. Despite forecasts of doom laden weather the sun was shining and the wind manageable, so we were able to eat outside on the decking overlooking Christchurch Harbour. It is a beautiful spot to sit for a drink, and they are open to non-residents, I highly recommend popping in if you are in the area. The afternoon tea was beautifully presented, and utterly scrummy. The staff, having realised it was Betsy’s birthday, brought her a gorgeous special plate to eat from, decorated with chocolate and fruit – but she was so touched she couldn’t bear to mess up their hard work, so we admired it instead!
We chose to purchase a cocktail each from the bar – it was her 18th after all – and I had a delicious Espresso Martini, and she opted for a fruity Traffic Light. It was so lovely to have some special time together on her birthday, and the Christchurch Harbour was everything we had hoped for it. It is an expensive treat – I paid £175 for the two of us, but that included our treatments and tea, and although it isn’t something we could afford to do every week, we certainly felt pampered and spoilt and I felt I had had my moneys worth. The hotel is absolutely stunning, and am now thinking about arranging a stay with the other half as would be the perfect romantic getaway spot!
We then scampered down to Christchurch Quay to meet up with the rest our of the family for more presents and drinks before heading home on the train. She thanked me for such a lovely birthday when we woke up yesterday, and she truly meant it – which makes me very happy. Eighteen is a birthday you should remember for the rest of your life, and I am sure her memories will be happy ones.
What did you do for your 18th birthday?
Love Miss Cisco XXX