There are so many benefits to a belated birthday celebration. I don’t know about you, but I always feel very pressured and overwhelmed when I have to see all my loved ones (family, friends, colleagues, etc) in one day. It’s intense and there’s a lot of expectation on the birthday girl to be ‘on’ all day long, and be sweet and appreciative.
Honestly, it’s hard for me, and it’s a horrid feeling being ungrateful and wanting to just be alone or curled up on the couch with my husband while everyone has already decided that you’re going to have a great and super-social day… which brings me to the awesomeness of having belated birthday celebrations with family and at workplaces.
My birthday is right smack in the middle of July, which means that I was mighty surprised on the 17th of JUNE when my colleagues at school started singing Happy Birthday one lunch time in the staff room, and brought out cake, lollies and cinnamon scrolls! Turns out my boss (who basically hired me to organise him better, haha!) had incorrectly told the team it was my birthday and put the girls to work making me a spread of sweet treats. There was even a double layer chocolate cake with blue cream, chocolate frosting and popping candy on top!
Fast forward to mid-July, and after this very surprising and early start to the birthday celebrations, I was lucky enough to have the actual day off work with my husband and we spent a very relaxing day together – with a surprise flower delivery YAY – and dinner out at a special restaurant that we love visiting for fancy occasions.
The day after my birthday I worked at school, and the team outdid themselves again, providing MORE sugar in the form of a donut cake and lollies. Here in the Health and Physical Ed department, we are all for upending the healthy food pyramid!
I was spoilt with birthday messages from my Lorna Jane colleagues all week, then when I finally worked there after 12 days away… the girls threw me a mini-party. I figured that since I was going to be scoring awesome presents (and yes, I knew beforehand that they’d go the easy option and choose something pineapple-ish), I should provide a cake. And not just any cake, but a very MNB cake.
I had an Orgran chocolate cake mix floating around the pantry and after reading the ingredient list, I knew it would be perfect for a team of health-conscious young women who are all about finding balance between green smoothies and salted caramel macarons.
I whipped it up late the night before, and it was as easy as a packet cake mix can be. There were instructions for both regular and vegan (egg-free) versions of the cake. I’m all about protein and taste, so I went for the add-egg option.