Little Boy totally got the blowing-candles-out concept this year. We had to relight his birthday candles three times to get through the Happy Birthday song! He was so cute singing the song to himself that for the first time, I forgot to ache remembering how much Elli loved the song.
We served cake and opened gifts in the late afternoon so the kids could run all the sugar energy off well before bedtime. They of course LOVED having dessert first (and none of the adults seemed to mind a little food rule breaking either!)