Yesterday afternoon I caught Luke feeding chocolate cream pie to Charlie under the table. I should have been mad that Luke was sticking a fork so close to Charlie's eyes, but I was more angry that Luke ruined "it" for the rest of us. "It" is referring to that fun rite of passage known as feeding a one year old tons of garbage on his or her birthday.
Everyone handles this tradition differently. I've attended first birthday parties where the baby is presented with their very own Costco size sheet cake. For Luke's first birthday we gave him a cupcake. Whatever you do, the idea is usually the same. Parents like being able to feed their kids junk food without feeling guilty about it and 1st birthdays are a good opportunity for things like that.
I've been thinking a lot about Charlie's upcoming first birthday party. I'm not sure what to do for him. We're in a recession, so I'm trying to simplify things this year. For example, I will probably only hire the DJ for 2 hours instead of 4.
I thought it would be fun to center his whole first birthday party around things Charlie can eat when he turns one. Here's the menu I have come up with so far -
Potato Cheese Whiz Soup
Cheetos (the really hot ones)
Deep Fried Ho Ho's with a side of Crisco
For his birthday present we will give him a gift card to McDonalds.
The only game will be watching Charlie taste all this junk food, guilt-free, of course.
Sounds fun, doesn't it?