Not only did my family celebrate Christmas last week, we also celebrated my youngest’s 7th birthday.
When Levi arrived so close to Christmas, I made it very clear that I was NEVER going to combine celebrating his birthday with Christmas.
Even though planning a birthday party around the hectic Christmas season leaves me completely worn out, it is so worth seeing how excited Levi gets.
This year Levi asked for a birthday cake that looked like a garden. Believe it or not, Levi’s favorite hobby is to work in the garden. He is pretty good at it, too. He can grow carrots better than I can!
My daughter helped me make the veggies for the garden out of fondant.
We decorated the Rice Krispy Treat cake, (that Levi requests every year), to look like a garden. It was worth all of the work to hear him say, “This looks amazing!”
And, for the traditional birthday cake lovers…cupcakes.
We had friends and family over to help us celebrate. It was fun to have a house full of people. Levi requested that we have hot dogs and BBQ potato chips for supper, so that is what I served.
In North Carolina, hot dogs are served with mustard, ketchup, chili, slaw and onions. I made homemade chili and slaw. If you have never made homemade chili to go on hot dogs, you should. It is so much better than the stuff that comes in a can.
I set up a “Hot Dog bar” and let everyone fix their “dog” the way they like it. Of course my homemade sauerkraut was a topping option. We also had an assortment of veggies, veggie dip, hummus, and potato chips.
It was fun watching Levi and his friends. Their conversations kept all of us laughing.
Of course opening presents was a highlight for everyone.
It is so true when they say that the years fly by. It seems like it was yesterday that we brought this little 5 pound baby home from the hospital, and now he has blown out seven candles on his birthday cake!
He has definitely kept things interesting and fun around here.