My son’s birthday was mid-week in summer. This means something small and intimate – which is great by me. He chose to go to La Mediterranee in San Francisco for his birthday dinner. He had his favorite food – Chicken Celicia, followed by a new favorite dessert – baklava. He was quite happy.
I don’t do kids’ birthday parties every year. In fact there have only been 1 or 2 parties in my children’s lives so far. Last year my son wanted a party with lots of his friends. We invited and send out the invites, however only one could come (that summer thing) – so we had to postpone until September. It was fun but not as festive. This year my son wanted to have a few friends for a few sleepovers. This is fine. That’s what happens at age 9 in the summer anyway.
We had two boys over for a cookout and backyard campout. My son wanted cheeseburgers (however there was also tofu for my daughter and portobellos for my husband), homemade chips and homemade vanilla and chocolate ice cream sandwiches. The boys went to town on the cheeseburgers. I of course love when kids eat their food and one even asked for a second burger. The friends were disappointed there was not going to be cake…until they tasted the ice cream sandwiches and loved them. We have an ice cream sandwich mold which makes these treats easy to assemble. I made the vanilla ice cream (same as my daughter’s b-day) a few days prior, and the chocolate cookies the night before. So assembling the morning of the party was simple.
The camping part was tricky as we just put in artificial turf. Thus we realized we couldn’t steak the tent into the ground. We didn’t worry too much as the boys played with flashlights, told jokes and giggled for about an hour and one half inside the tent. However a gust of wind came through the yard about 10:45 pm and my husband and I heard “Help! We can’t get out!” I went out to find the tent and boys tipped up on the back wall of the tent and the boys couldn’t reach the zipper (now on the roof). Laughing and tired, I got them out and they came inside to “camp” in the living room.
Breakfast of course was my husband’s famous pancakes. Studded with chocolate chips for the occasion.
Stay tuned to read what’s in store for the final July birthday of the year….mine.