Denise Van Outen has shared a rare glimpse inside her daughter's 13th birthday celebrations.

The actress and Strictly star, 48, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share highlights from her daughter Betsy's 13th birthday, where they celebrated with close friends in Mersea, Essex.

The 48 year old was previously married to actor Lee Mead from 2009 to 2013 who she shares her daughter Betsy with.

Staying at Park Holidays UK, Denise shared a video reel of the birthday celebrations across the weekend and gushed about her daughter in a heartfelt Instagram post.

She wrote: "Happy 13th birthday to my beautiful Betsy. Lovely weekend celebrating with our close friends in Mersea!".

"Betsay I love you so much. My best friend who makes me smile everyday with your quick wit. You are the best!", she added.

After expressing her gratitude for Betsy's personalised gift bags, card, box and balloons in the post, Denise ended the caption with: "Essex seaside at its best".

The video showed highlights from their seaside weekend away, including a trip to the beach, a stay in a large static caravan, snaps with close friends, personalised and pastel-themed decorations and a meal out.

The mum of one also posted on her Instagram story following the celebrations with one showing a close-up of the personalised gift boxes for her daughter.

It showed four sweet photos of Betsy with the caption "Betsy, a daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart".

Denise pulled out all the stops for her daughter as the same personalised photos were also used for birthday gift bags in celebration of Betsy turning 13.

Pastel coloured balloons decorated the caravan where they were staying with a clear theme used for her daughter.

A personalised cake was also made for Betsy keeping with the pastel and seaside theme of a pink beach hut.

A photo of the friends later showed them standing outside a similar-looking hut during a trip to the beach.

The lilac beach hut was decorated in pastel coloured balloons with Betsy's name on the front.

Denise also shared a photo of her daughter smiling with her birthday cake as she wore a 13th birthday sparkly hat in honour of the day.

The weekend trip for her daughter's 13th birthday comes just days after Denise celebrated her one year anniversary with her boyfriend, property developer Jimmy Barba.

Denise first went public with Jimmy back in 2022, following her split from ex Eddie Boxshall.


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