Last weekend, I threw the second of three birthday parties I’m in charge of hosting in January/February. It unintentionally became the easiest, most popular party we’ve hosted in a long time, and the fact that it also happened to be a no-cook meal that cost less than $100 (to feed 23 people) only reaffirmed that this is a party menu everyone should know about.
Jackson is very invested in his birthday parties, often declaring them his favourite day of the year, so he has big thoughts and feelings about the cake and what we should (and shouldn’t!) serve for the meal. When we sat down to plan what this year’s celebration would look like, we immediately knew it needed to be a lunch event. He’s in the middle of first semester exams, and midday meals usually don’t last as long as evening ones. One day last week, during a much-needed study break, we were debating the merits of both mac and cheese and tacos, when he suddenly bolted upright and declared he would have a build-your-own-sandwich bar for his birthday celebration this year.