Birthdays are more of a personal holiday at our house. Parties are sometimes a part of the festivities, but in recent years the plans for Eric’s birthday have involved a day of cultural activities and dining out. Starting in 2008, I gave him a celebration that started with lunch at Via Vite, a visit to the China Now exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the movie Happy Go Lucky at the Esquire Theatre, some lite bites at Aqua (now defunct) in Mt. Lookout, and dessert at Hugo in Oakley. Eric knew he needed to clear the whole day but had no idea until that morning of the day’s agenda when I presented him with his customized card.
This year we celebrated about a month after his birthday, so I announced the day before that we would be spending the following day out on the town. We started with lunch at Iris Book Café on Main Street, moving up to Eden Park to the Cincinnati Art Museum where we were greeted with several small to medium sized exhibits. Our main objective for that day was to see Art Deco: Fashion and Design in the Jazz Age before we missed it. For a complete shift of pace, we zoomed up I-71 for a matinee of The Muppets at the Kenwood Theatre. Then we stopped at home to visit Dexter and went on to an early dinner at Enoteca Emilia in O’Bryanville. It’s not exactly “the gift that keeps on giving” but definitely packed with lasting memories for both of us.
More on our day in separate reviews of Iris Book Café, the exhibits at the Cincinnati Art Museum (1/1/2012), and Enoteca Emilia (12/28/2011).
Just as a reminder…my birthday is September 1st.