First we have Christmas, then one week later it’s New Year’s, and one week exactly after that is my youngest son’s birthday. It’s always a bit of a whirlwind!
He turned 13 this week and I have to tell you that I am a bit surprised at how well I am doing with it. I actually love having only teenagers in the house. (If I just don’t think about how my oldest will be driving later this year…)
Yes, it all has gone much too quickly for me and I do miss my little boys (and snuggling!) sometimes, but it’s amazing how they still really need their mom at this age – just in different ways.
This kid is kind of shy, so even for his big “I’m a teenager now!” birthday, my youngest was not that keen on having all the attention on him with a big splashy party.
To celebrate, he decided that he just wanted a nice quiet dinner at home with the four of us. His chosen menu included bacon-wrapped tenderloin steak, lobster tails, baked potato, and a green salad with baby shrimp. Such rich, grown-up tastes! (But still less expensive, I guess, than a party or going out for dinner.)
He’s never been a big cake person, (see last year’s Sundae Buffet), so for dessert he asked for chocolate fondue and we enjoyed our very own “non-party” fondue party!
So all we had to do was decide on what to use for dippers.
- Strawberries (of course)
- Pretzel rods
- Pirouette cookies
- Gummy worms
- Marshmallows – chocolate (have you seen these?) and regular!
- Bacon – yes, bacon. This was the favorite of the night!
I simply poured different varieties into festive cupcake liners (doubled up) so that the kids could dip their items in the chocolate and then into the sprinkles.
We had dinner at the table by candle light, but when it came to dessert time, I thought it would be fun to serve it up on our new coffee table/ottoman in the living room – what a perfect use for this piece of furniture.
Isn’t he a handsome young man?
What types of non-cake birthday desserts do you enjoy?
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