January 28, 2008

You Are Cordially Invited

I'm feeling gift-y this week. My birthday (33!) is on Thursday. There is a teeny, rather embarrassing part of me which hopes Baby B isn't destined to be born in the next few days. Because my mom is baking a coconut cake and I very much want to be present to eat it.

I adore celebrating birthdays. We try to make a big deal out of them in our house--not necessarily with a pile of presents or extravagant party, but little touches throughout the day to remind the birthday boy/girl that it's their special day. I loved birthday parties as a kid, with the themes and games and cake. And party favors! My word, I enjoy a good party favor.

So you are cordially invited to fĂȘte my birthday with me, bloggy-style. While I'd love to hand out favors to everyone who attends my little cyber-party, that might get a little complicated. So instead let's have a bit of a party game:

What would your perfect birthday day look like? Leave your story in the comments by midnight Wednesday and I'll pick a winner on Thursday. It can be as fantastical or realistic as you'd like. The winner will receive a nifty prize, still to be determined but probably tasty and locally made. Have fun!

ETA: I picked a prize. Mmmmmm.

EATA (2/7): Um, when I said Thursday, clearly I meant next Thursday. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Thanks to everyone who left a story. I was sincerely inspired by the way we all turned to the simple pleasures: favorite foods and activities, touches of nature, the people we love. Nature didn't cooperate on my birthday (grey and stormy), but I had moments alone to read and rejuvenate and a lovely dinner with family. It was a good day.

The prize goes to Wendryn, who also had a birthday this week! Wendryn, email me with your address and let me know if you prefer light or dark chocolate.

9 comments:

Wendryn said...

I'm turning 33 a week from tomorrow! The perfect birthday - take the puppy out for a very long walk so she isn't completely nuts. Make pancakes for breakfast with my husband - when we're both in the kitchen, we never know what we'll end up with! Curl up on the couch with the puppy and a good book. Spend the morning reading, with no particular interruptions (like the puppy chewing a piece of the couch...). Skip lunch, but go for another long walk with the puppy. Spend the afternoon putzing around, not doing much, working on the house if I feel like it, reading if I don't. Go out to dinner with my husband at a quiet little French restaurant. Take our time, enjoy the food & the company. Go home, take the puppy out for yet another walk, and curl up into a nice, pre-warmed bed with my husband and the cats for another bit of reading and relaxation before falling asleep.

I know, nothing exciting. I wish I could say I wanted fireworks, a cruise, or a dream vacation, but right now quiet, relaxed, stress-free time is what sounds perfect. Last year was very busy and sometimes very hard, so having quiet, good times is much of our focus this year.

Hope your birthday is wonderful!

Munchkin's Mom said...

My perfect birthday?

Coffee. Back to bed for a few hours while Josh takes care of the boys. Lunch at home, in the yard with spring flowers blooming. (April birthday.)

Followed by another nap.

And then the arrival of the Munchkin for dinner, cake and presents.

Yeah. That's about it.

Clementine said...

Hey, happy birthday to you!

My birthday is in late May, so ideally it would be a gorgeous, warm, breezy spring day--jeans and light sweater weather. Lots of flowers, green grass, the whole nine yards. I'd take a little road trip to western MA with Petunia and Hester and we'd eat, loll, and stroll around our favorite town. We'd definitely get ice cream at Herrell's, too! We'd visit our favorite yarn shop and Waldorf children's shop, then have a great meal before heading out to a local hotel for the night. Bliss!

Here's wishing you the birthday of your dreams! Best wishes.

mama2roo said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you young thing, you!

My perfect birthday? Sleep late, of course, eat breakfast in my cozy bed while watching Regis or the View. Get up in time to play with Woob and then go take my time getting ready, because, you know I have a massage to go to--full body (and the bed is HEATED so I don't get cold). Becasue this is a fantasy birthday, the massage does not leave me greasy, so I can immediately go to the matinee and see some great, goofy funny chick flick with parts where I cry and laugh and sit on the edge ofmy seat. All the while eating popcorn and chocolate covered peanuts washed down with a big, cold Coke. I go home to a CLEAN house, hug my boys and they treat me to a lovely little gathering of my friends and family and there are sweet barbecue wings from Buffalo Wild Wings, along with their mozarella sticks. Followed by a chocolate cake made by my favorite bakery in town and decorated so pretty! Then we settle down for some great television because in my fantasy birthday the WRITERS STRIKE IS OVER/NEVER HAPPENED and go to bed early.

Oh happy birthday to me!

Tammy said...

It's your birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!!!! As a "girl" looking at 40 in a couple months well, I've been thinking about the perfect birthday party. And can't decide. It would involve my kids and Hubby playing and time to myself taking care of me. And then time with just Hubby. Yeah... vague enough for you??? LOL!

I hope you have a great day!

Pep said...

Hey! Hoping you had a wonderful, wonderful birthday. Mine was Wednesday - but with another 10 years! ha!

Happy Birthday! Pep

Cloudscome said...

My perfect birthday would be a sunny spring day when I don't have to do anything at all. Some kind friend would call up and ask to take my kids to the park for an hour so I could go to the bookstore and read poetry books. Then I would meet them at the playground, play for a while and go to lunch with friend, her kids and my kids. The little ones would entertain each other while we talk. Then we would all go home for a nap. Someone else cleaned my house beautifully, went shopping and did all the laundry. My best friends and my family would come for dinner. Some one would bring flowers. Buster would cook us a yummy dinner with a Gluten Free chocolate cake and there would be lots of gift certificates to yarn stores, music stores, and book stores. The kids would drop off to sleep sweetly and easily and I wouldn't be too tired to read for an hour or two in bed.

This actually sounds do-able. I ought to start planning for my April birthday now! Thanks!

Cloudscome said...

Oh! I forgot to say Happy Birthday!! How was it?

Heather.PNR said...

Um, when I said Thursday, clearly I meant next Thursday. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Thanks to everyone who left a story. I was sincerely inspired by the way we all turned to the simple pleasures: favorite foods and activities, touches of nature, the people we love. Nature didn't cooperate on my birthday (grey and stormy), but I had moments alone to read and rejuvenate and a lovely dinner with family. It was a good day.

The prize goes to Wendryn, who also had a birthday this week! Wendryn, email me with your address and let me know if you prefer light or dark chocolate.

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