Missing out on our family birthday traditions is one of the things I miss most about living near family and friends back in Michigan. We used to celebrate birthdays on Sundays with the birthday person’s favorite meal, cake (usually homemade by me), and ice cream. Sunday always meant NFL football on in the background and the guys cheering loudly for a win, or commiserating over a Lion’s loss.
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I’m so thrilled that my parents are spending the fall in Arkansas as they begin their retirement travel adventure. It means that I will spend both mom’s and dad’s birthday with them! It’s been ten years since I’ve celebrated their birthdays in person. Dad’s birthday is this week and we were able to spend time together over the weekend.
Family Birthday Traditions
I’m the baker in my family so it’s usually up to me to make the birthday person’s cake. Or, pie, brownies, etc; whatever the celebratee desires. Dad was quick to answer what he wanted. I think he may have been thinking about it.
He requested a carrot cake so I immediately went to Pinterest to get a recipe.
The Happy Birthday bunting was made early Sunday morning with some basic scrapbooking supplies and stickers. To make them: punch out circles from patterned paper. Adorn with letter stickers spelling out whatever you’d like. Use a tiny hole punch to make little holes in each circle and pull embroidery thread through each circle. Tie onto lollipop sticks.
Game Time Snacks
I had picked them up at Sam’s Club earlier in the week. What I loved about the deep dish pizzas (other than the cheese, deep dish crust, sweet sauce and the general pizza-ness of them!) was that the variety pack had both cheese and pepperoni pizzas; cheese for me (vegetarian) and pepperoni for mom and dad. Win-Win!
Can I just say that game time is much quieter with just dad watching the game instead of both my brothers and dad watching all together?
And also? More food for us! Hahaha! Luckily, the Red Baron Minis come individually wrapped and there are 32 of them in a box so there would have been plenty to feed my grown brothers, too. (Hey, guys! Missed you!!)
It was such an enjoyable day hanging out with the parental units. I’m loving having them here for an extended stay. Their RV park is close, so I can see them a couple of times a week and even get to camp with them; it’s something that I miss SO much!
Your turn! What are your family birthday traditions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below, or as always you can join in the conversation over at the Desperately Seeking: Inspiration for Creative Living Facebook Page.