Last Tuesday TLM turned 10.
To TLM it was not a more important or exciting birthday than any other, though apparently for some it is very significant as it ends in zero.
She got a range of stationery/crafts thingies from us (the loving parents), some lovely tin flutes from Nanna and a very spendable amount of birthday cash from her Poh Poh.
Then she got to celebrate it all over again today when her friends turned up for a birthday yum cha.
It's interested to see what kids will eat at a yum cha - the prawn dumplings went untouched, the pork spare ribs were ignored and I was the only one who lusted after the taro puffs. BUT - the kids scrambled after the spring rolls, there were never enough roast pork buns and the sticky rice was surprisingly popular. The squid wasn't that popular either but that was okay because it meant more for me.
The only downside to a social yum char - at this particular restaurant anyway - is that we were only allocated 45 minutes at our table. I guess I should have worked this out when I first called to make the booking, because they asked whether we wanted a 11.30 am booking or a 12.30 pm booking.
45 is in no way long enough for a social food-oriented gathering. Sure, we were finished eating by then. But there was no time for just mucking around with the presents (a fantastic variety, from a pink hot glue gun to a cool puzzle game with a plumbing theme) or general chatting without your mouth full.
If we do it again in the future I'd consider scheduling an activity immediately after everyone's finished eating, such as a walk to the park or something.
In any case, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we even got to bring a few leftovers home to snack on!