Let's face it, the last thing we need at this house is an influx of more kids making even bigger messes than usual. Hence, instead of a birthday party, we opted for a special just-parents-and-birthday-kid trip. For D1, we went window shopping in a historic area of town, followed by lunch at a fancy tea shop.
The best part of this is instead of being a major ordeal for the parents, it was a fun break for us, too. Only having one kid along is practically a date! And I got inspired by the wide world outside the four corners of our property. We stopped in at a kids' art studio where I got reinspired to help the ducklings use our pretty extensive stock of art supplies. The French import shop--which was in a tavern where Charles Dickens had slept--had some lovely, durable oilcloth that would be a perfect solution for recovering our kitchen and dining room chairs (if one could stomach the import fees). Then there was lunch, too, with scrumptious ham and cheese crepes and scones for dessert.
Then we came home, which was not quite so inspiring. But it was still a fun day.