Our Michael turned the big seven on Sunday. I feel like seven is a big birthday...the age of reason, the number of perfection...is that weird? Probably. Anyway, after much debate over the last few months, he chose to celebrate with a dwarf-themed birthday. Not cute dwarf. Tolkien dwarf. The ones that carry axes and drink beer and forge things out of gold. For some reason, though he's never seen the movies or even read all of the books, Michael has taken a liking to Gimli. (Actually, I'm fairly certain it's because of the axe. And the gold. Thankfully, not the beer.)
Let's talk about this decor (and not my lack of photography skills) for a moment, shall we? In my head (always a dangerous place to begin...) I had pictured making our home into the inside of the Lonely Mountain of Erebor. It involved several black tablecloths hung from the ceiling and draped to the corners of the room. Simple but cool for a seven year old, right? Also much better in theory and not in practice. So we had to settle for an abstract black and gold streamer "mountain". Lamer but the birthday boy didn't seem to mind one bit.
And the cake. A battle axe cake. Because seven year old boy.
It actually wasn't all that hard to make and I finally was able to get a gray look to the frosting using only natural dyes. (And all the crunchy folk shout hooray!)
A Lord of the Rings banner made super easy by Charlotte, one of the most generous women on all the internet.
And some very very simple decorations. A few more streamers, some gold and jewel-y stuff scattered around the house. I could have gone way overboard (and it would have been fun) but time and funds were limited this time around.
Earlier in the afternoon, John Paul gave Michael his first clue to find his gift for him. It led him on a treasure hunt around the house involving a series of clues he had written all on his own. It's so fun that I remember doing this for my younger siblings years ago.
And some gifts later on...
His face cracks me up in this one. A book on Michaelangelo!
And the big gift from Mama, Papa, and one set of grandparents...
Rollerblades are clearly of high boy interest.
After a dinner of chili and beer (root beer for the kids which was crazy special), we planned one game before letting the kids run wild (which may or may not have involved sending them upstairs and closing the door so that the adults could actually converse).
We hid gold (chocolate) coins all over the downstairs and the kids were sent on a mission to find them. And the one to find the homemade arkenstone was considered the winner. (Pretend there are more chocolate coins there. I took this afterwards. I'm not that stingy :) Michael and John Paul are the creators of the arkenstone masterpiece. I also had the idea of a toss the (paper) plate game a la the dwarves at Bilbo's hobbit hole and the unexpected party which the boys think is the most hysterical thing ever. But that lost out to just running crazy and doing who knows what upstairs.
A simple but fun day for our Michael.
Happy birthday, sweet boy!
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