1. “It’s my party and I’ll [blank] if I want to…”
Favorite way to celebrate your birthday (dinner with family? party with friends? a day in solitude?)

I like going out with friends–doesn’t matter what we’re doing, although eating is normally involved.

2. “You say it’s your birthday… it’s my birthday too, yeah…”
Do you share your birthday with someone famous?

Robert Frost! Woot!

3. “Lordy Lordy look who’s forty…”
Milestone birthdays:
a) just like any other birthday–they’re just numbers, people.
b) a good opportunity to look back/take stock
c) enjoy the black balloons–I’ll be hiding under a pile of coats until the day is over
d) some combination of the above, or something else entirely.

I want the black balloons, black roses, the whole nine yards. And I will be Mrs. Death in her black mourning veil and whitest-white make-up (PeaceBang would probably be horrified).

4. “Happy birthday, dear… Customer…”
Have you ever been sung to in a restaurant? Fun or cringe-worthy?

Nope, and I’m thinking I would be cringing.

5. “Take my birthday–please”
Tell me one advantage and one disadvantage about your particular birthday (e.g. birthday in the summer–never had to go to school; birthday near Christmas–the dreaded joint presents)
EDITED TO ADD: This could also simply be something you like/dislike about your birthday (e.g. I like sharing a birthday with my best friend, etc.).

I always had to go to school or work! When I was a kid my birthday fell on Easter, and I just knew I was going to get robbed of birthday presents or my Easter basket. I didn’t think I could celebrate both on the same day. But Mom and the Easter Bunny proved me wrong.

If anyone watches Ace of Cakes on The Food Network, this cake is from their website: Charm City Cakes. If I’m ever in Baltimore I’m ordering a cake eight weeks before and picking it up.