My friend recently approached me and asked if I can plan/design/cater her sons 3rd birthday party. As you all know I love parties…So of course I said yes.
A boys 3rd Birthday is a very significant stage in Jewish culture. This is the age when Jewish boys begin to learn Torah, wear a kippah and tzitit. Being 3 years old is actually a transition for most kids. They are no longer in diapers, they need to give up pacifiers and are beginning school.
Many observant jews have a custom to wait until the boys 3rd birthdays to cut their hair. When a boy goes from having long hair to short it makes a strong impression. They now look grown and mature.
The theme of the party stemmed from a quote in the Torah; “A person is like the tree of a field…” (Deut. 20:19) There is a commandment in the Torah called Orlah. The rule of Orlah is that if you plant a tree, you cannot use its fruits for the first three years. Just like the fruits are left alone for three years so too is the hair of the baby boy.
The brunch menu; assortment of breads, lox, cream cheese, tuna salad, cheese platter, broccoli cheddar quiche, zucchini havarti quiche, lasagna, cheese pancakes, blintzes and greek salad. After filling up on brunch guest enjoyed dessert, which included iced sugar cookies (in shapes of boys wearing tzizit and kippahs), peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins, bran muffins, cheese cakes, candy, fruit salad and chocolate birthday cake with whipping cream and handmade chocolate trees.
Beautiful family! Can’t wait to see him after his haircut!
Mazal Tov to Jared, Micole, Philip and Yaron.