We kept things pretty simple and low-key, which also equated to planet-friendly. The only “disposable” item that I purchased was the pack of party hats, but they’re all in good enough shape to be used again.
Matthew suggested that we look for some kind of reusable (ideally cloth) birthday banner that we can pull out at this time every year (his family had something like this growing up), and I think that’s a great idea!
Sir requested strawberry birthday cake, and I delivered, using frozen garden strawberries (I used the Jell-O-free recipe here, subbing whipped cream and sliced berries for the icing). I also pureed a bit of roasted beet for extra pink oomph — the batter was a lovely bright pink, but, as you can kind-of see in the above picture, the finished product just barely had a pink hue. Sir didn’t mind!
I’m on the hunt for a kid-sized table and chairs for G (not necessary, but might be fun for him, so if I can find something nice, at a reasonable price . . . ), so in the meantime, we borrowed my MIL’s. Fun place mats belonged to Matthew and his siblings.
Birthday presents were also pretty low-key: a deck of Uno cards (he plays at Mrs. L’s house) and a new-to-him bulldozer, which, not surprisingly, was a huge hit! (I picked up the bulldozer at a thrift store last fall, intending it as a Christmas gift, then forgot about it.) While I think gift-giving can be a nice part of birthday celebrations, I really prefer that the acquisition of more stuff not be the focus.
My planned birthday gift for Sir is/was a new-t0-us, three-wheeled scooter. I’ve been keeping an eye on CL, but not really finding anything. My first choice would be a Mini Kick Scooter (reviewed here), but I might have to compromise on that, if I’m also set on buying used. Either way, I’d like to get something so he can zip around like the adorable kids I saw in London.
Sir’s weekend fun also included not one, but two, trips to Grant’s Farm, first with Baba, and then with my family, who came from Iowa for the weekend. Gabriel had lots of fun running around with his cousin Noah and riding the “train.”