Mixing it up….

In just a few short weeks time, my bouncing little ball of energy, also known as Oscar, will be turning four. FOUR! Man alive, how on earth did that ever happen? A year. Over. Done. Never to be repeated. When you look at the passage of time through the ageing of a child it makes everything feel so much more transient, so here today gone tomorrow. Literally. Ahh my sweet sweet boy. Every day you change, every day you grow.

So aside from getting maudlin, and feeling all kinds of old ? we’ve been thinking about how to mark our little guy’s fourth birthday. Last year, you may recall, we threw him a wonderful party with the help of our friends at The Hen House, Haslemere. It’s was awesome! So awesome in fact that we weren’t sure what we could do to top it this year (not that it’s a year on year competition, but you know what I mean!) We ummed and ahhed and looked around locally, but couldn’t find anything suitable. Then we started talking about how much fun we had over Christmas and how it would be lovely if Oscar could share his birthday with his extended family.

So that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re going down to Plymouth for Easter. We’re staying in the same apartment as at Christmas, and we plan to celebrate his birthday, with his extended family, a week early, on Easter Sunday. I’ve been pinteresting like mad already for some Easter themed party food and while I won’t be going mad, a centrepiece always goes down well I find. My favourite at the moment is this one. Isn’t it too cute?

A dip filled bunny, surrounded by veggies? What's not to love?

A dip filled bunny, surrounded by veggies? What’s not to love?

Any other Easter themed party food ideas gratefully received. Seriously, if you’ve got any ideas, or blog posts to share, I’d love to see them!

So that’s the party sorted, but then there’s what to get him for a gift. For the last few years we’ve concentrated on large garden toys for his April birthday, setting him up for the coming summer. And that’s been great, but this year we haven’t really got anything in mind. Maybe a bigger slide? But where would it go? Hmmm. It’s a conundrum that’s for sure. And in terms of play toys, there’s nothing he desperately wants and nothing much he needs, to be honest. He’s got more Thomas toys than you can shake a stick at and Duplo coming out of his ears! He has no interest in any of the movie tie ins and flits between favourite cartoons most days (last week it was 1940s Tom and Jerry, this week it’s been 1990s Rugrats – all hail TV streaming services!) He has just started to pick up things (straws, sticks, the Hoover!) and use them as guns, but this upsets me no end and I have no wish to encourage it. So we’re back to the question; what do we get him? What is he in to?

There is one idea I had. It may sound crazy and you may think this is more for me than him, but hear me out. The boy loves to bake. This has been a thing now for over a year. But recently he’s decided he doesn’t like using my Kitchen Aid and instead wants to ‘mix’ everything himself in a ‘giant bowl’ (his words). For this you need a good sturdy bowl, and I just don’t have one. We tend to use my mixer bowl, which is light and topples off its tiny base regularly. He needs something better. I’ve always loved Mason Cash bowls. My mum had one, my Nanna had one. I used to think owning one was almost a prerequisite for being a mum. I always wanted a beige one, just like my mums, but recently Mason Cash released their Varsity range, in cream and Navy Blue. So I started thinking, actually, of all the things we could get him, how about his own ‘giant mixing bowl’? And if we’re going to do that, why not get him the grande dame of bowls?


The Mason Cash Varsity Mixing Bowl in blue. The perfect gift?

Surely that’s what every four year old would want for their birthday. Right?

Come back in a few weeks, I’ll let you know what we decide!


  1. Oh, I love that bunny centrepiece. So cute! Last year, I made devilled eggs at easter, but dyed the egg whites different Easteryou colours ( https://www.instagram.com/p/1B5gGDruLW/ ).
    That mixing bowl is lovely, I’ve thought about something similar for a gift for Pumpkin, with her own utensils and cookbook too. I remember getting my own recipe book when I was little and it made me feel really grown up.

  2. That dip filled bunny looks fantastic – what a great idea! We had one of those bowls in a neutral colour when I was a child. It seems like a perfect present to me as I love the idea of children who cook! We have made some chick eggs http://handy-herbs.co.uk/recipes/easter-chick-eggs/ which are fun to make. I am in the middle of writing an Easter post with other ideas Too 🙂 #MarvMondays

  3. I have to say that often children want experiences not toys, so a mixing bowl might be just the thing, maybe a children’s recipe book too. My children love a day out, so that’s what we’ve been doing for presents recently. #sharethejoy x

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Thanks Alice – I think you’re right. At this age what is more fun than doing something they really want to do?

  4. I agree with Alice above (great name, by the way 😉 ) We have sooo many toys, we are getting swimming classes, playgroup sessions and music group subs for Stella’s birthday rather than more toys for the sake of it! It sounds like a perfect idea for Oscar. I hope he gets so much joy out out of it 🙂
    x Alice

    • mrssavageangel says:

      That is a brilliant idea. I hate filling my house with things I know he’s never going to play with.

  5. Oh wow, four! I’m sure we’ll be there before too long, it goes so fast. I suck at present ideas, I always end up buying him things and he’ll play with a box instead all day haha. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

    • mrssavageangel says:

      I know boohoohoo! It only just occurred to me at the weekend that the next pair of leather shoes we get will probably be his black school shoes. That makes me feel wretched! Oscar’s past the box playing stage, but still whats the point of filling up our teeny tiny house with stuff he doesnt care about. Maybe I’d feel different if we had more room?! Thanks for hosting!

  6. Have a wonderful time in Plymouth, it’s a great city and I’m sure Oscar with have an amazing 4th birthday. #sharethejoy

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Thanks Fiona – It’ll be great to see family and we’re hoping to get out on the Moors or the water. Oscar thrives outdoors!

  7. Well that bunny centrepiece is flippin brilliant isn’t it?! What a perfect Easter table treat (and healthy too). Hope Oscar has an amazing 4th birthday and enjoy your time in Plymouth. #sharethejoy

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Isn’t it cute? I’m hoping to get the bread from the bakery next door to the apartment we’re staying in too! Thank you my lovely!

  8. Aww what a lovely idea for a present. You can get some great little baking sets and I remember Finlay being super pleased with a little Gruffalo apron last year at 4. I hope he has a lovely Birthday and good luck with the themed food. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

  9. What a lovely way to celebrate his birthday, hope you all have a fantastic time and I so want one of those bowls now! 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix beaut

    Stevie x

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