For my mom’s 46th birthday last December, she decided to go the same route my dad did and celebrated her birthday at the Queen Mary Sunday Brunch Buffet. She also opted to spend her birthday there because my aunt had wanted to check it out before heading home for Canada.

My mom’s birthday fell on a Saturday, and since the brunch is only on Sundays, we ended up celebrating on New Year’s Eve – the ship was packed with visitors in town for the Rose Parade & Bowl, as well as guests checking in for their NYE party. With that, the buffet was super packed! However, we were seated immediately.

Whenever we have brunch here, I almost always just hit up the carving station because they always cook the prime rib the best way. Medium rare is the way to go, y’all. Plus, I’m obsessed with their dessert bar where you can grab some wafer sticks and top it with some whipped cream. Since it was New Year’s Eve, they had extra food stations and more breakfast options.

After eating, we explored a bit of the ship. However, they had a lot of areas blocked off as they were preparing it for the night. We ended up going to the Lego room where they had a giant Lego replica of the Queen Mary, and spent a good ten minutes trying to find the Lego kitty! We found it, but unfortunately there was no price.

On our way home, Chris and I stopped by my old job so I could drop off a present for my best friend’s baby, and also, I wanted to say hi to my old patients (whom I miss so dearly) and coworkers. When we got home, we ate some more. We rang in the New Year with some good food, good company and spoonfuls of herring.

I know it’s two months into 2018 but this post just about sums my busy December festivities. How did you celebrate your holidays? And, how is your year going so far? 


  • Heather Rowland
    February 18, 2018 at 1:12 AM

    This looks like such a lovely ay to celebrate your mom’s birthday! I’ve spent loads of time with family and friends so far this year, plus had my prelims too so it’s been really busy!

    Heather xoxo

  • Jessica
    February 18, 2018 at 4:35 AM

    Your mom is soooOooo pretty! Good food and good company is definitely the best way to ring in the new year. Gosh, I can’t even remember what we did on New Years Eve, lol! I think we just lit up some small fireworks in the front yard and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep like around 10pm, I didn’t even make it to midnight, haha!

  • Kathrine Eldridge
    February 18, 2018 at 5:09 AM

    Happy Birthday to your mom! This buffet looks amazing. The ship is so cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy
    February 18, 2018 at 6:50 AM

    These photographs are gorgeous and really capture the day – it looks like you had an awesome time! You are such a goals family, you can just see how close everyone is and it’s so lovely to see 🙂

    Have a good weekend 🙂
    Wandering Everywhere

  • Nancy
    February 18, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    It’s so cool that you guys celebrated your mother’s birthday at the Queen Mary! I’ve never been there before but always hear about things going on there. YASSSS medium rare is the best!!!!

    Ok, I need to see this Lego kitty for myself! It’s so sweet of you to drop by your former patients while making a trip to your old job! HAha, sounds like you had lots of delicious food to go around!!

    Jeez, December felt so long ago… Hope you’re having a great year so far!

  • Agness of Run Agness Run
    February 18, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    You obviously had an excellent December and your pictures are stunning, Eena. That ship seems magnificent. 😉

  • nat
    February 18, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Random comment, but your mum is so young! The year has been going alright thus far. January was full of highs, and Feb has a few lows. Oh well, should even out over the course of the year.

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    February 18, 2018 at 8:48 PM

    Happy way belated birthday to your mom! I’m always most excited for dessert at buffets :3 // I’m still working on my 2017-in-review blog post so… heh… I kinda wish it was December 2017 again; 2018 is already going too fast for me! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Kandice
    February 18, 2018 at 10:31 PM

    Happy Birthday to your mom!! <3

  • Kasie
    February 19, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    What a fun way to celebrate your mom’s birthday! I have been living in Southern California for nearly a decade and still haven’t gone to the Queen Mary. I should probably visit before I move!

  • Alyse
    February 19, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    No way, your mom does NOT look 46! Good genes and self care! A happy belated birthday to your mama. Mmmm, prime rib, medium rare. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    February 19, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Brunch is the BEST! Especially when there’s a solid dessert station haha. Your momma looks so happy! The start of our year is going great, and there’s so much fun stuff to look forward to. I honestly can’t even remember what we did on New Year’s Eve haha. We were probably in bed by 12:01!
    Hope you guys have been having a great start to your new year!

    Susie |

  • Rezina
    February 21, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Oh hey, I remember that post! It feels surreal to recognize a place without ever having visited it, haha. That’s awesome that you guys went out for your mom’s birthday! Happy belated birthday to your mom 😀

    And that must have been nice to visit your old job and visit all your old patients and coworkers! When I was interning at Fred Hutch (a Cancer research center), I did these transcripts for interviews and I heard a lot of stories of the relationships between the nurse and their patients and how much those relationships mattered.

    Hope your February is going great!

  • Katherine
    February 21, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Such cute family photos! December sounded nice for you, I already miss mine too!

  • Vivian
    February 21, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Yes to medium rare beef! Looks like your mum had the loveliest time!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


  • Tannya Aditya
    February 21, 2018 at 10:04 PM

    oh man i really need to do this for my parents’ birthday. i somehow never gotten to do anything aside of bringing them food and do mini party at home by the weekend. really gotta make it special someday :/ been a little overwhelming on my side but i hope everything has been splendid for you, eena! x

  • Kenny
    February 22, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    It sounds like all of you had a great time. And I’m jealous. I consider myself lucky when I get Chinese take out, heh.

  • Mira
    February 22, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    That photo of your mother had me melting, she looks so happy! Also the location is really cool and the food sounds delicious! I spent NYE with my family, we just stayed home, watched some movies and ate raclette (and had a bit too much bubbly haha) xx

  • Chynna
    March 8, 2018 at 12:50 AM

    It’s not even 9AM yet and I’m hungry for some prime rib now XD “Medium rare is the way to go, y’all.” < IT SURE IS!

    Happy Belated to our mum, looks like she had a fun birthday! Loving your photos 😀

    I can't believ eit's already March actually. The year ahas been pretty okay so far, so hopefully it continues to do so 😀

  • Kim
    March 10, 2018 at 5:40 AM

    Happy belated bday to your mom! I can really see the similarities between you and her!

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds


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