But, for the time being, he's living here, in England. And so we celebrated his birthday with a mish mosh of American and Aussie and a few English traditions too.
We had a party at one of those crazy indoor play places- mostly because I just couldn't muster up the energy to host a party at home. The only thing I had to do was bring a birthday cake and a parcel for passing.
The little guy had his heart set on a fire engine cake so you can imagine how thrilled I was to find this one on display at my local grocery store.
When I asked to order one for the coming Monday the woman behind the counter chuckled and said, "Those cakes don't come in on Mondays." She proceeded to flip through her book and then added, "I can get it for you on Saturday." Now, Saturday is a full three days before my party. Personally, I'm not too fond of three day old cake. So I gently ask, "Will the cake still be good on Monday if I pick it up on Saturday?" Another chuckle as she replied, "It's got 2 weeks life on it." Of course it will still be good three days later!
I contemplated my chances of actually finding a fire engine cake that would be fresh on the day of the party. But I quickly realized those chances were slim to none. So I ordered the cake, knowing it would be stale before we even lit the candles.
But, the truth is, the kids loved it. It looked really cute. And actually, at an English party, that's really all that matters. Because no one actually eats the birthday cake at the party. They light the candles and sing Happy Birthday. Then they cut up the cake, wrap the pieces up in napkins, and pass them out for the guests to take home with the party bags.
I have a hunch no one actually eats the cake. A mashed up piece of stale birthday cake in a greasy napkin just isn't all that appetizing. Even my cake obsessed kids couldn't stomach it.
The take away cake is one tradition I don't plan on keeping when we return to the US. (Unlike the Aussie tradition of giving the birthday boy 3 cheers at the end of the birthday song. That one's a keeper).
Happy Birthday Buddy. Hip Hip Hooray!