Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Adding Touches of 12 to a 12th Birthday.

D's birthday was this week.

This year, for the first time, he didn't come to me weeks in advance with a picture from a magazine, or website, of the cake he wanted - the cake that usually sets the theme for his party.

Instead, he decided, turning a very grown-up twelve, he might just like a "normal" cake, with ice cream, and presents, but no party.

I was okay with that.  Given the number of birthday parties we have in a year, I was more than okay with that.  But still, I wanted to find ways to add little special reminders of his birthday, throughout the day, especially since we had to wait until T, and the the Man of the House were off work, for the presents and cake.

To begin with, I woke D up early (he's an early riser anyway, and didn't mind), so he could make a quick run to the store with me to pick out a dozen donuts for breakfast.  Donuts for breakfast are rare in our house, and  he was pretty pleased to be able to choose all 12 himself.  While we were at the store too, I picked up 12 quarters in change, for later in the day.

D is not a huge lover of party games, but I managed to disguise one, as a quick, time killing challenge, by giving my youngest three 12 balloons, and asking them how many they could keep in the air at once.

At lunch, to go with D's requested, grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup, I added one apple, cut into 12 slices.

We picked T up shortly after lunch, and with the rest of the siblings in tow, set off on a quest to visit all of our local grocery stores, to see what treasure D could reap from the quarter machines, with the 12 quarters of change form the donuts.  The contents of the machines were lackluster, but the racing from store to store, and the tromping in out was a good bit of entertainment.

Then, it was time for the Man of the House to come home.  I really wanted to order a pizza with 12 toppings, but the pizza place website informed me that was too many toppings to allow for proper baking, and refused to take the order. Instead, the Man of the House volunteered to cook another of D's favorite dinners, before cake (decorated simply, with sequences of 12 M&Ms) and ice cream (with 12 different flavors to choose from).

While we were picking up the donuts in the morning, I noticed the pints of ice cream were on sale for a dollar each, and ask D if he'd like an ice cream shop style ice cream tasting, before the cake.  He was pretty thrilled with the idea.

When the time came, before we added the candles, and sang, I lined up the open cartons, in a single row, on the table.  Then, I gave each child 12 plastic spoons, and let them move, single file, past the cartons, taking a small sample from each, before choosing the one they wanted with their slice of cake.  It was a surprising lot of fun, and a wonderful way to end off a very special day.


Auntie Makes said...

I really love your ideas. I think I will have to start a tradition of giving the kiddos in my life birthday quarters so that they can have some vending machine fun. What a fun idea! I love the way you incorporated 12 in so many ways!

Dawn Rebekah said...

What wonderful ideas. I will have to remember the donuts one for when my son turns 13 in a few months. He absolutely loves donuts and rarely gets them.
Blessings, Dawn

Angelic Scalliwags said...

Happy 12th birthday!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I bet the 12 different flavors of ice cream was a big hit! I may try this with my daughter's ninth birthday next month - thanks for the inspiration!

Joann6274 said...

Happy birthday to D! And thank you for the wonderful inspiration! My daughter turns 12 this year in August and I just might have to try out the quarters and ice cream ideas!

Ticia said...

I am so stealing that ice cream tasting, my boys would LOVE that!

Happy birthday to D! Last year as not a teen, that's a big deal.

kari said...

Oh, my very best birthday wishes to D!

You have such a clever idea for birthday celebrations. I know my kids would love celebrating that way and I think we might have a new traditional starting in our home. :)

sunflowerous said...

What an awesome way to celebrate! Happy 12th birthday, D.!

Becky Bercegeay Connor said...

What great ideas, sounds like a wonderful birthday!

raventhreads said...

That sounds like a great way to make 12 really special :-)

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants said...

What a great special birthday memory for D. Happy belated birthday to him! It's strange to see kids growing up on the blogs that I read regularly :)

storyland4 said...

Happy birthday! My oldest will be turning 12 later this year. I'm gonna use a few of your wonderful ideas to make the day special for him.