We celebrated with a special family dinner. I cooked his favourite...South African chicken, broccoli and spinach, baked in creamy mayo and mushroom yumminess, topped with a mountain of cheese, and cheese and onion crisps (chips!) for extra crunch! This boy left his heart in South Africa the last time we visited, so we thought a little African celebration would cheer him up on his birthday. We decked the table out with touches from our homeland....Safari place mats sewn by my mum-in-law, bright, bold sunflowers, pineapple fruit punch, and a choccy cake for a centre piece.
Now, the cake was inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, the lovely Alicia Paulson of 'Posy gets cozy'. She made THIS gorgeous cake, and it has undoubtedly become a popular pin in the world of Pinterest! I opted for a chocolate version, topped with a few animals from the play box, all dressed up with cheerful party hats. I added sprinkles to the side of the cake, with the idea that it would resemble African beads...the jury is still out on that one! But my boy loved it!
And so he is another year older. I am very proud of the caring, loving, thoughtful young man he is growing up to be, and yes, I wish I could squeeze his chubby little legs just one more time, and have those 'monkey cuddles' for a few moments once again, but I also embrace the newness of this lanky eleven year old with the gentle nature. For now, he is still my baby...Happy birthday Nath!