We did it ultra simple this year… it was just a breakfast on the morning of Drew’s birthday with my family and grandfather.
Drew has a love affair with dogs. His favorite stuffed animal was given to him by the woman who set AJ and I up (thanks, Val!) and we have creatively named him “Puppy”. 🙂 He gets so excited whenever he sees dogs, hence, the theme of the breakfast. Our neighbors were getting rid of the dog you see as the centerpiece and I snagged it, drew his little missing nose on with a Sharpie and tied a happy looking ribbon around his neck.
Our favors were Puppy Chow. Have you ever had it? One of my college girlfriends, Jess, introduced myself and my other girls to this… I couldn’t stop eating it and have remembered it nearly a decade later.
Here’s how simple the recipe is:
Melt a bag of chocolate chips on your stove top.
Take it off the heat and stir in a cup and a half of peanut butter
(we used Teddy’s All-Natural and it turned out just fine!)
Add nearly a whole box of Rice Chex
(generic version works well)
Stir mixture and then toss in some confectioner sugar, maybe a 1/2 cup for the whole recipe.
I put them in the little boxes I sell my stationery in and then tied some white string around it multiple times. It was such an easy favor and got rave reviews.
I made some napkins for the party by following the steps I took when I made some for Mother’s Day.
This time, though, my bobbin gave me huge problems and at least one of the napkins looked like Drew sewed it. I did a simple zig zag stitch at the bottom, it’s the first time I’ve ventured away from the straight stitch.
There were a couple of uber simple and homemade birthday banners around (one on the kitchen buffet window and and one over the mantle).
Our food was also simple (are you catching the theme here?).
French toast, fruit and a frittata with sweet potatoes, tomatoes and onions in it.
I left the Christmas lights up because Drew loves them…
isn’t there something magical about them lighting up a dark room?
His face is just the cutest in this next photo.
I’m not biased or anything. 🙂
Because it was a birthday breakfast I didn’t want to do something super heavy for his birthday cake so we just did birthday cookies and a smidge of ice-cream.
He had a blast with his gifts… every one was a hit.
He got a tool bench from my parents because he is always using AJ’s tools right along side of him.
And no, Drew doesn’t play with the power saws.
He got a Radio Flyer tricycle from my sister.
I just love this photo of the two of them.
Lastly, let me share with you one of my favorite birthday traditions, thanks to my ingenious mother who brainstormed it for Kim and me growing up.