It's Birthday Week here at The Kitchn, and we wanted to pause for a moment and collect our memories. What was the very best birthday party you've ever been to? It could be yours, or someone else's. What made it outstanding? The food? The cake? The crowd? My own memories often revolve around the cake (surprise, surprise). I still remember a rainbow-shaped cake my mother made for my fourth birthday. The lemony taste of that cake is with me still; I don't know why it was so memorable, but I think I am always trying to find that cake. I remember birthdays with surprise gifts that I longed for, and lots and lots of sleepovers. There were birthdays with piñatas, and birthdays at small, candlelit restaurants. But nothing seems to beat those earliest memories of cake, friends, and all the sugar I could eat.
What about you? What are your best birthday party stories and memories? In your mind, what makes for a good birthday party — for children, or for adults?
Tell us! We want to hear your very best birthday party stories... and of course, if food figures large, tell us all about that too.