Birthday Recap & Bar Mitzvah Week!


So, like I want to go on and on about how this is the week of my son’s Bar Mitzvah and OMG I can’t even believe it is here but I know you want to hear about my son’s birthday dinner and dessert from the other night so that’s what we will discuss first.

For the first time in years, my son chose a different restaurant for his birthday dinner. He must really be growing up to decide he needed a fancier meal and I was more than okay with it.

His selection: Blackstone Steakhouse.

We started with sushi as an appetizer. I don’t even know which roll we ordered but it was delicious. I have always loved Blackstone’s food, especially the sushi. I used to be more of a regular here, it’s actually the restaurant I went to that night I had cookies for dinner. Remember that story?

blackstone sushi

Since I no longer eat steak, I ordered a salad and shared the two side dishes which were onion strings (my favorite!) and mashed potatoes.

I would have chosen the hashed browns because those are always the best in steakhouses but my son wanted the mashed potatoes and it was his birthday so I didn’t argue. Honestly, as long as he agreed to the onion strings I didn’t really care what else was on the table.

blackstone steakhouse

Nothing is more exciting to me than a really good chocolate fudge frosted birthday cake.

I ordered exactly what my son requested from The Bakery – a vanilla cake with chocolate fudge frosting – and I still bought the fun birthday plates and cute candles even though he is now too cool as a teenager because if you ask me, it’s the fun plates and cute candles that help to make the special birthday tradition memories in our childhood.

birthday cake

I had more than my share of the birthday cake Thursday night which had me craving crazy healthy vegetables by Friday morning.

Aside from the salad at dinner, vegetables have been at a minimum since I was sick a few weeks ago. Even though I feel completely better, I always get thrown off for a really long time after being sick. Just to give you an idea of how thrown off I can get, I became a meatless eater after a terrible stomach virus almost five years ago. You can read the story of My Meatless Diet if you missed it.

I listened to my appetite though and went over to Whole Foods for the food bar around lunch time while out running some errands.

While in theory this brown box seemed like the right thing to eat, I really did not enjoy it. Taste wise it was just kinda bleh to me, I didn’t even finish it, and of course my stomach starting freaking out from the fiber that I am not so used to eating right now. Oh well, I tried.

whole foods food bar

In other news from the week, my feet are finally feeling better and less cramped after walking  too many city blocks in heels on Wednesday. I know I briefly mentioned my feet being bothered in yesterday’s half marathon training recap and also mentioned the other day that I had been at Kleinfeld’s city showroom for Bridal Fashion week.

I had stayed in the city a little longer than I technically needed to because I went out for dinner (no pictures) and then walked several blocks to the NHL store to get my son a birthday gift. For the life of me I could not get a taxi back to my car so I had to walk something like a total of 50 blocks after working the fashion show.

I took this picture of Times Square for you because somehow I ended up there too. It was quite a busy day.

times square

The Bar Mitzvah:

It’s basically here! Do you know how crazy this is to me? This Bar Mitzvah has been in the back of my mind since my son was born and the planning has been active for a good two years.

We went for dessert Saturday night at Cold Stone after my son’s hockey game, at the exact time one week before his Bar Mitzvah would begin.

As we ate (my Cold Stone creation is made with frozen yogurt), I told my son how well I can still recall the Saturday night before my wedding. While Bar Mitzvahs are not the same as weddings, they are a really big deal and a monumental moment in Jewish life. I also told my son this is the only big affair I will get to plan for him because most likely, his future wife’s family will handle their wedding. 🙂

cold stone sundae

I finalized a ton of the remaining Bar Mitzvah details last week:

  • Final meeting with caterer is done!
  • Reviewed Set Up & timeline of events
  • Scheduled my drop of time for this week (need to drop off exit treats, favors, sock baskets etc.)
  • Finished candle lighting poems
  • Packed most of the favors

Of course a few things did not go as planned. Some of the logo drawstring backpacks (which are used as packaging for the actual favors) arrived damaged so I am waiting for the replacement bags to come today so I can finish packing up the favors for the kids. Also, the dancer logo t-shirts arrived with the logo printed on the back instead of the front which means they need to go back to press and remake them.

This week is another short week for us which is good because the excitement is slightly overwhelming. My son is off today for Columbus day, off Wednesday for Yom Kippur and then off again on Friday because we have a final Bar Mitzvah service rehearsal Friday morning.

How lucky is this kid to only have two days of school this week?!

Linking up with Meg’s week in review!


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Edited to add:

The Bar Mitzvah

Bar Mitzvah Candy Table Pictures

The Bar Mitzvah: A Year Later

Best Bat Mitzvah Food Recap + Love The Bat Mitzvah Exit Treats

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  1. says

    Schools here are closed Wednesday but not today. Its always been so weird to me that MD schools don’t get off for Columbus day! My mom made a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting on Saturday when we celebrated my bay…and sent us home with leftovers so we got to enjoy it last night too!
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  2. says

    Awesome weather week for your preparations and next weekend is looking good too. Enjoy every minute leading up to and during the weekend!! Stop to enjoy it and savor the most meets or in your execution it will all fly by to fast. You are the mother, not only the party planner and enjoyment of the weekend first and foremost. You worked so hard you all deserve the pleasures now of the different events. Have a blast!!!!
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  3. says

    Almost the big day! Very exciting!

    Three things I did this weekend:
    -Went to the Boyce Avenue concert Friday night which was so fun
    -Run the Chicago Marathon and PR’d by a lot!
    -Celebration dinner with my mom at a lovely little Italian restaurant we found
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  4. says

    What a wonderful birthday day dinner. I say that because I would have been totally content with those onion curls too. I love fried onions. That along with the salad and a slice of that cake, and I would have been in heaven.

    I can’t believe his Bar Mitzvah is this weekend. How did that happen? Hopefully his future bride to be will let you in on the wedding plan because you know what you’re doing. They need to put you in charge of desserts, among other things.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.
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  5. says

    I’m so excited for you guys! One more week! Okay so the whole veggie thing… is the fibre something our stomachs actually get used to over time? I’ve been eating lots of veggies for a few weeks now and I think (???) my stomach is handling it better.
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    • says

      yes! you get much better at digesting fiber as you expose yourself to it. I normally have an iron stomach especially for vegetables but after not really eating many for a few weeks, I definitely feel them now.

  6. says

    That’s seriously crazy to me that your son’s Bar Mitzvah is already here. I feel like you’ve been working on it for so long, and now you get to see it all come together – I bet it’ll be brilliant. And I totally agree that the fun paper plates are necessary for birthday cake. My parents got me ones with minions on it for my last birthday 😆
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  7. says

    My kids have only 2 days as well…..they called today their “Thursday!”

    Such an exciting week for you. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    Our weekend consisted of a friends 24 hour 40th bday celebration. Very fun. I count that as three things since it lasted so long.
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  8. says

    My husband and I have a favorite restaurant with really good pizza’s we like to go to on our birthdays. Then I usually bake cupcakes or some dessert for us to enjoy at home. So nice of you to treat your son to everything he wanted on his birthday. Good luck getting everything ready this week!
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