In a long tradition of spoilt children (read the best possible meaning into this, whatever it is), Aleks decided he would have two birthday parties - one at the grandparents as we traditionally have and a second at home with friends. He called it a "Friend's Birthday," naturally. We agreed as we are in love with our son and he is getting older and this makes sense. He wanted the theme to be mythological, so I made up an invite, sent it out, and did not much else theme-wise.
Aleks decorated gift bags himself, however, all with different creatures, people, or gods from greek myth. I didn't get a chance to photograph them all. We invited many friends and neighbors and spent the day indoors eating pesto and eggplant Parmesan. I swear we have parties just to rid ourselves of excess CSA vegetables.
Of course, there was cake (chocolate beet cake with chocolate ganache and powdered sugar).
To satisfy the "meeting Poseidon" bit on the invite, we had a water balloon toss and a slip and slide. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), it rained most of the day. I will say a water balloon toss in a rainstorm with a bunch of 5-8 year olds is pretty amusing. Also, very wet.