Celebrating Toby's 2nd Birthday With an Outdoor Lunch

A Delicious Meal from Bristol Farms


Toby's Backyard Birthday Lunch

This is a sponsored post. I received a Bristol Farms Gift card in order to prepare for this post. All opinions are my own.

Many of you may already know that my family suffered a loss recently. My dear grandmother Angelina is in heaven. She left us in the days leading up to Toby's second birthday so I knew we would skip on a big birthday celebration for my little boy. What I didn't imagine was how much joy and peace it would be to have a quiet and personal backyard birthday lunch for my son. Everything turned out perfect!

For one, Toby is a little foodie. He loves to eat–– from vegetables and meats to fruit and yummy starches. In planning his birthday lunch, I wanted Toby to enjoy a hearty & succulent meal that included a quality protein and yummy sides.


I drove out to Bristol Farms in Woodland Hills (read all about my shopping trip here) and when I made it to the meat department, I knew I had to get a steak. I opted for a prime grade, USDA Ribeye from Cedar River, which has no hormones or antibiotics. I pan seared it to medium since I couldn't think of a better way to enjoy such a quality meat cut!

Then I picked up ready-to-eat mashed potatoes and gravy from their hot foods section and a batch of fresh asparagus, which I lightly drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled fresh garlic and a few dashes of salt before baking in the oven for a few minutes.

For dessert, I went with a simple swirl bundt cake, fresh strawberries and a can of whipped cream.

I decorated the cake with a few star-shaped Party Picks (also purchased at Bristol Farms).

I decorated the cake with a few star-shaped Party Picks (also purchased at Bristol Farms).

Needless to say, Toby was so happy! For one, I made it a point to decorate the table with a truck (he's currently obsessed with trucks). I turned the truck into a type of vase for the flowers I purchased at Bristol Farms. At one point, Toby decided to bring a vintage airplane from his room to accompany the truck.

He savored his tiny meal one toddler bite at a time and even asked for more. The Ribeye was exquisite and very tender (and it's on sale too).


After we sang Happy Birthday, he took a slice of bundt cake and spread whipped cream on it with his little fingers. It was so cute!

My Toby is a very special little dude. He's got a short-temper but a gentle soul. He's always happy at the dinner table and this backyard lunch was no exception.

It's going to be hard to match this lunch setting next weekend, unless of course, I make another trip out to Bristol Farms...which is actually not a bad idea considering there's currently an awesome steak sale happening:


Bristol Farms

Now through March 21, enjoy 30% off choice, prime and dry aged steaks available as:

Choice & Prime Ribeye’s

Choice Porterhouse

T-Bones & New York Steaks

Prime New York Steaks

Choice & Prime Dry Aged New York Steaks

Choice Top Sirloin Steaks

I hope I inspire you to make a trip to Bristol Farms. It's a much-loved SoCal Grocery store that offers quality products.

Thanks for reading!


Anabel M.

Anabel Marquez