The 3-day Birthday Celebration

Danny’s birthday celebration was long and so fun this year! 

It started Saturday.  We had brunch at our favorite local Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn, Fonda.  You could say Danny was excited about his breakfast burrito…

fonda brooklyn

fonda brooklyn

We then headed uptown to The Jewish Museum.  Remember Stefan Sagmeister, the designer behind The Happy Show?  He has a new exhibit here in NY.  I was so glad to hear of it as I wanted to find something great to do for Danny’s birthday.  So, this exhibit is small.  But it’s so cool and it will have you smiling.  It’s called “Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh.”  We really loved it.  They examine six things culled from Sagmeisterโ€™s diary that he believes have increased his personal happiness:

1.  If I Donโ€™t Ask I Wonโ€™t Get
2.  Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development
3.  Be More Flexible
4.  It Is Pretty Much Impossible to Please Everybody
5.  Now Is Better
6.  Feel Others Feel 

Sounds good to me!

FYI, Saturdays at the museum are FREE (due to the Jewish Sabbath).  It was not crowded one bit when we were there.  The exhibit is open until August 4.

Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh


Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh

Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh

Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh

Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh

Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh

Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh 
I didn’t even think to check the museum gift shop, but it turns out Sagmeister has this cool tote for sale along with some other things.
Sagmeister Tote

Jordan and Paul Ferney were in town so they joined us at the museum and then afterwards we had the best walk around Central Park.  The park is designed to get lost.  And we did.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I saw parts of it I had never seen before.  It really was so fun to just walk and wander, which sadly doesn’t happen often enough.

On Sunday we had dear friends over for one of Danny’s favorite cakes that is affectionately called, “The Cake”.  (I’ll post the recipe soon!! )

And on Monday, Danny’s actual birthday, we met up in the city for a date, which is always such a thrill for me.  We visited a restaurant that has been on our list – RedFarm (thanks to Rebecca).   It’s a Chinese farm-to-table restaurant (anything farm to table is my kind of place…)



I had just gotten a haircut that day, so I met Danny at the restaurant.  And yes, I’d say Joanna Goddard is right when she says it’s super fun to just “meet” your date at your destination.  Danny was there at the bar perusing the menu (he was sweetly mapping out all the gluten and dairy free items that I could eat :).  And when I walked in, we were both just beaming and so happy to see each other and to sit and have a wonderful, romantic meal together at our little table for two.    


Danny ordered these recommended Pac Man dumplings.  I had to send a picture to my friend, Koseli.  She loooves things with cute faces on them (like this & this).  She replied and said, “Those are the cutest dumplings in existence.  *So cute*.”    ๐Ÿ™‚  

pac man dumplings

So yes, it was a wonderful birthday.  Normally we would just go out to dinner (which is a treat for us as we normally eat at home.)  But I guess birthdays that fall close to a weekend call for more celebration.

How do you celebrate your birthdays (or your spouse’s/partner’s)?  Do you find yourself falling into traditions or do you try to do something unique and different each year?

(Exhibit photos from The Jewish Museum, restaurant photos from RedFarm)

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  1. Lauren March 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    We usually celebrate a new way each year, depending on the day of the week and what we have going on at the time. Sometimes we go to the mountains or beach for a night. There is always great food involved. One year, my husband had a bad cold on his birthday and so instead of going away for the weekend as planned, we bought all new bedding- fluffy pillows, wonderful sheets, a linen duvet cover. We spent the weekend hanging out in our cozy bed and it was one of the best birthdays! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mara March 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      LOOOVE the idea of new bedding ๐Ÿ™‚ I kind of have a thing for linens. This would be a dream birthday for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Original Kos March 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    RedFarm sounds amazing, Mara. I've never heard of a Chinese farm to table restaurant so I'm super intrigued. And those dumplings are so cute. Are you kidding me? How could Danny turn a blind eye and actually eat them? ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Birthday to Danny! Another wonderful year!

    • mara March 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      hahaha. You are delightful.

  3. kh March 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Sending belated birthday cheer to you, Danny! Here's hoping more guys will choose to be as kind-hearted as you. (And I'm so saving this restaurant recommendation for my bday in NYC…Yum!)

  4. Lisette March 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    We like to celebrate birthdays all week long. Why not extend the celebrating for as long as possible.

    • mara March 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      mmm…haha…I like the sound of that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. livetolist March 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I love a museum gift shop (esp the Jewish Museum in NYC – yes this little Aussie has been there… I ALWAYS go to Jewish museums when I travel, and I'm Anglican btw). The gift shop is great when you don't know what the gallery/museum is famous for – so I can look at the postcards and think 'ah, that's here, I better go see it in person'.

    Loved the dumplings, oh so cute. Happy birthday to Danny (again!)

    • mara March 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Love this. You're inspiring me to check out the gift shops more.

  6. Amber March 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    What a fun birthday weekend!
    Your story makes me realize how much I want a love story of my own.
    Thank you both for sharing!

  7. Amberly March 28, 2013 at 2:54 am - Reply

    I LOVE birthdays and my husband thinks it's so weird that I make such a big deal about everything to do with them.

  8. Starlee March 28, 2013 at 3:35 am - Reply

    I think it's always fun to do something a little different each year. But one thing that always stays the same is this simple tradition: when it comes time to open presents, everyone in attendance shares one thing they love about the birthday boy/girl. This is especially fun with kids. They come up with the best things!

  9. This Girl loves to Talk March 28, 2013 at 4:17 am - Reply

    'meeting up' is the best. Usually getting a sitter for the kids means we leave together. There has only been like 4 times in 12 years of marriage that I have met up with my husband somewhere. It is super romantic. I live a close to where we met for our 10th anniversary lunch at a fancy restaurant, but it was fun to dress up and surprise my husband. Just this past December my husband was away for work in Melbourne and I met him there later. I seriously ran into his arms in that hotel lobby where he was waiting. super romantic. I recommend 'meetin up' too ๐Ÿ™‚

    my husband and I birthdays are a day apart. So we usually celebrate on the night of his as the 'middle' of both birthdays. We call each other birthday twins and then we only need one cake. Sometimes we make a two day party of it and send the kids to grandmas. at first i thought it sucked as there was rarely enough money for two awesome presents, or if I cook a big dinner and cake for him, then cant be bothered the next day etc. But now I really look at it as it is something that brings us together and I love it, we're joined by our birthdays and instead of feeling like missing out having to share, its something that is wonderful to share and have special between the two of us.

  10. Lisa | Happy By April 1, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Happy birthday Danny! Seems so much fun to have an extended holiday. The longest we have celebrated our birthdays has been 2-3 weeks (more like mentally than splurging everyday, but it puts you in such a mood) despite I'd love to celebrate for a whole month ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am so glad you had a blast, because you totally deserve it. The variety of activities you had is awesome. May you have a beautiful month!

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