Birthday Fête Essentials
It's my favorite day of the year: My birthday. And for this very special holiday (yes, I consider it so), I've rounded up the perfect products for any fête d'anniversaire—especially those squished in with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Happy Birthday, fellow Sagittarians!
For guests who just want "the tiniest sliver" to those willing to eat the entire pie, here's a cake form to fit all appetites. The form molds the batter into a ring comprising 15 different serving sizes and is made of silicon so the cake will easily pop out when it's cooked and cooled.
As an activity for kids, this concept is pretty brilliant. They forget that they’re waiting for dessert, they get a little exercise, and when the ice cream is done, they have the satisfaction of knowing they’ve made it themselves. Plus the color options are great and storage is easy. As the only nonelectric model we reviewed, this won very high marks. We’d definitely take it on a picnic.
Does your pulse race at the sight of a Scrabble match in progress? Heart beat fast when Boggle is near? Is Words With Friends cutting into your real live social life? (ed note: Yes to all of the above) Bananagrams might be just the game for you. The little yellow sack contains 144 lettered pieces, but there's no need for a board, cube, or iPhone to play; It's just a matter of arranging—and rearranging—the tiles into words, any which way you can. Would be great fun for an afternoon in the park or a rainy eve at home with pals.
Cakes will come and cakes will go, but when it's time for a slice (or two), we're all for putting the sweet stuff up on a pedestal. Finnish designer Harri Koskinen created this glass stand for Finnish housewares brand Iittala as part of the new Art Works collection.
Few things are better than a beautiful bouquet on one's birthday–or any day! This lovely vase, handmade by Brooklyn-based ceramics company Perch!, stands 11.5-inches tall with a 4-inch opening (and has a wider-stouter sister, the Vessel: Chloe, that measures 9-inches tall and 5-inches wide).
Whether out for a picnic or hosting a party too big for your plate count, sometimes you need to use disposable dishes. The Wasara line of compostable and biodegradable tableware, including the Maru plates, is good for the earth—which is good for your likelihood of being able to celebrate more birthdays.