Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Big Bash for the Birthday Boys


Over Memorial Day weekend, we celebrated my son's 3rd birthday along with my brother's big 3-0 down in good ol' Virginia.  They share the same birth date of June 10.  It's kind of sweet.

All of us had different assignments in preparing for the party.  The guys ran errands.  Sis-in-law was in charge of bringing my brother over to my sister's house and keeping it a surprise.  Sis and I were in charge of the menu and drinks.  Mom assisted us with preparing some Korean side dishes and the traditional birthday seaweed soup. 



Dad had the hardest job of all - he was in charge of keeping the kids preoccupied.  He's looking pretty good with the feminine baby carrier, isn't he?


Once the older birthday boy showed up, we sat down to feast (except DC who was so excited, he dug in standing up).



We gorged ourselves on steamed blue crabs seasoned with Old Bay . . .


Shrimp seasoned with cajun spices and garlic . . .




A side of steamed squid (my brother's favorite) and sweet potato fries . . .


Sweet corn on the cob . . .



And for good measure, we rounded it out with Bon Chon chicken (the best Korean fried chicken there is) and some strawberry spinach salad with toasted almonds . . .



And a fabulous fruit tart from Wegman's to complete the show.


We had a wonderful time, but the best for the little birthday boy was opening up presents.


Our absolute favorite gift was this little guy:


Though the festivities and the food were fabulous, the thing that marks the occasion are the people.  And there's nothing like being with family.

Happiest birthday wishes and love to my darling son and my dear brother!

7 comments:

The Harried Cook said...

What a wonderful post, Rachel! Loved seeing the beautiful pictures of your family, and the food! Especially all the yummy seafood! :) Happy birthday to your little boy! He is so cute... My daughter is the same way too - chooses the box over the toy that came in it :) Thank you for sharing this with us! :)

KarenP said...

Looks like a fun family celebration! Food is an important part of our family get-togethers too.

Junia said...

i LOVE the photo of your son coming out of the box! so awesome u caught this kodak moment :D.

Donna Perugini said...

So this is where you are now! A good combination going on too...food and family is always perfect.

elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds said...

What a fabulous birthday celebration for your little boy, and your brother...a 3, and a 3-0. Love it! Superb photos!
Love the festivities with all the fabulous foods.
The Bon Chon chicken looks amazing, I will click on the recipe.
BTW-I found your blog through 3 of my blogger friend, including Kay. I'm so glad I did, and happy to follow you:DDD

Jeanette said...

What a wonderful family celebration - love how everyone participated to pull off a joyous time together. I grew up eating crabs with Old Bay Seasoning and have fond memories!

Rachel said...

Thank you all for the comments. We had such a wonderful time and the food was fantastic! The birthday boys were very happy.

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