Posted on by Dawn Casale

These past two weeks have centered largely around Nate. He has a lot going on in his life…at least for a little kid. Not only did he turn five, but he also graduated from preschool. On the same day.   These events involve parties and celebrations of all sorts. Plus an effort to wrap his five year old mind around it all. I won’t even mention trying to wrap my own adult brain around it all. Suffice it to say there have been a lot of emotions (ok, tears) whirling around our house. Though these milestones are bittersweet, they are happy ones and we are grateful to be able to celebrate them.

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For his party, Nate really wanted a Star Wars theme. In a bouncy castle place, to boot. Try as I might to change his mind, Nate wasn’t having it. I should mention that I know nothing, whatsoever, about Star Wars. Until I was 18 I thought that Princess Leia was nothing more than a girl’s hairstyle.  Etsy saved the day.  I was able to find some chocolate dipped pretzel light sabers (HitstheSpot), those awesome masks and other paper elements (PimpYourParty) and some adorable pins for the goody bags (BurritoPrincess). These sorts of things come in very handy when all you have to work with is red and purple decor and fluorescent lights.

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In the end, everyone had a blast. Perhaps the adults most of all.

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His school celebration was very sweet. It made me remember what a big deal it was to bring cupcakes in for your whole class.  Not to mention having your mom come in and read a super cute book about crayons going on strike (The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt)

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We wrapped up “Nate’s Week” with a super sweet graduation celebration. Since I can barely talk about him moving on to kindergarten without tearing up, it is doubtful that I can string together some sentences to describe the occasion. Instead, I’ll focus on the fact that my contribution to the Potluck Graduation Dinner was deviled eggs. Preparing them was a “Like Water for Chocolate” moment for me, but  they are a crowd pleaser. And usually don’t reduce me to tears.


Posted on by Dawn Casale | Posted in cobble hill

Dawn Casale

About Dawn Casale

Barneys New York was the place I called my second home for six years. It was the classroom in which I learned the importance of aesthetic, the power of creativity and the joy of indulgence. At a point in time which I cannot specifically put my finger on, I reflected on my career choices and decided to return to that which I really knew... food and humanity's love of it. I began to think about my childhood and how much of it had been happily spent in the kitchen. The memories of the aromas and flavors that came from my grandmother's kitchen were vivid and exhilarating. That is where I learned about the ritual and significance of food, the sense of happiness and comfort it brought, and the essential elements of quality and care that went into its preparation.

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