Though my birthday is far away, I can’t help but be excited about the new birthday gift idea to myself. Yes, I admit, I like to give myself gifts all beautifully wrapped and be utterly surprised when I open it. Nerd alert! No matter how cheesy that sounds, I’ve been doing it for years and don’t intend to stop anytime soon. But as of this year, I am updating that tradition by adding food into the mix. Rather than search for an item that I absolutely want, but don’t need, I will be treating myself to something yummy flown in from wherever once every year. All I know is I don’t travel enough to enjoy these delish foods from around the nation, but that shouldn’t stop me from having it shipped to lovely Arizona. Any other time of the year, the expense of purchasing food to be sent overnight to me would seem absolutely ridiculous; however, for a birthday (and a gift) I will make the exception. My close friends will get to enjoy it too – lucky!
Speaking of traditions, we celebrated two friends’ birthdays this past weekend with our first annual dinner party. Something small and quaint – absolutely what a dinner party should be. We’ve known these two friends for quite some time and they just happen to have birthdays a week apart and to top it off, they’re married. Back in the day, we lived just a mile or two down the street from each other and almost on a weekly basis, we would meet up for a weekend dinner. Following some really good eats, the guys would head out for a drink while the ladies stayed in for some crafting and social time. But as time passed, things changed and for us, it was distance. But that’s okay, our friends came up with the wonderful idea of having an annual birthday dinner where the non-birthday couple would make dinner at their home and host the other couple. This brings back memories of the good old days, so of course I loved the idea.
Coincidentally this particular weekend included Easter, so we hosted a small indoor hunt for their little one. He had a grand time and Ben was super proud for thinking of the idea. It was a pretty good one and one that I’m surprised I didn’t think of first; this is how you know we’ve been married for some time – my husband is now chiming in with party ideas.
After the hunt, we marveled over the soon to be consumed meal of take out…just kidding! A birthday meal of take out would be lame unless there was a place we totally wanted to try. Nope, instead our menu consisted of curry chicken with white rice and two desserts – peach sweet bread with a peach and apricot glaze and chocolate pudding…yum! I will be sharing those recipes with you soon, so come back for a little spice and a sweet ending.
Now before I go, I want to know: What was the best birthday meal you ever had or would like to have?