Throwing a party, eating cake, giving birthday cards and opening presents: These are all typical aspects of birthday celebrations. While the frills and thrills of birthday festivities are certainly appropriate for commemorating another year of life, the memories your children carry in their minds are most precious of all. Starting a birthday tradition is a great way to spark those memorable moments, especially if the tradition reflects the unique personality of your family. Check out these fun ideas for birthday traditions that you can start this year:
Decorate the house
In my family, every kid had a specific spot at the dinner table. Without fail, I’d sit in the chair facing the window for every meal. This seating chart-like routine is comfortable for families, and it also provides a convenient decoration opportunity. Make your birthday boy or girl feel extra special by decorating his or her chair at the table. When your child sits down amid the balloons and streamers, you’ll surround them with love and effectively incorporate the festive vibe from the very start of the day.
If seating arrangements aren’t your family’s style, opt to decorate your child’s room instead. Fill the room with balloons and ribbons the night before or early in the morning. Your kid will wake up to a scene of celebration!
Making a yearly memory keepsake on your children’s birthdays is a great way not only to celebrate but also to give your kids something tangible to look back on for years to come. Consider having your kids fill out a question and answer sheet. Even if they are too young to write legibly, you can fill in the blanks for them. Or, it might be cute to look back on their toddler scribbles! Here are a few question ideas:
- What’s your favorite thing to do?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What did you do on your birthday?
If you’re starting a few years later on this project, don’t sweat it. Creative with Kids contributor Alissa Marquess explains that even making keepsakes one or two times will still give you and your kids something special to look at in the future.
Pass on an heirloom
Is your attic stacked with boxes of old items you had as a child? Many people hang on to these meaningful things to pass on to their own kids, and birthdays provide a great opportunity to do that. Make the heirloom gift appropriate for your child’s age. For example, you may hand down an old stuffed animal to a toddler, but your long-worn piece of jewelry would be especially meaningful to your young adult daughter.
Start a tradition that speaks to the personality of your family. Even if you don’t begin the birthday custom until your kids are older, it’s still a fun and meaningful way to celebrate.