Kid’s birthdays aren’t just about big parties or goodie bags; birthdays are a celebration of life and birthday traditions are important for this reason. Unforgettable birthday traditions create lasting memories with your children, which they’ll cherish forever and even pass along with their own children. Kid’s Birthdays aren’t about the size of the party, it’s about how special they feel on their birthday. Making a person feel extremely loved and important, doesn’t cost a penny with special birthday traditions which do this all day long.
24 Unforgettable Birthday Traditions to Delight Your Kids
1. Cover the Floor in Balloons
If your child is out of their crib (and best to be over the age of 4 so they’re potty trained and not waking in the middle of the night), cover the floor with balloons while they sleep.
2. Decorate the Bedroom Doorway
While your child is sleeping, hang streamers and crepe paper in the bedroom doorway. You can attach balloons or a birthday sign to the streamers for a little extra touch. We used this Happy Birthday foil sign last year for my daughter’s room and it looked great!
3. Create a Balloon Avalanche
If your child is older and sleeps with their door shut, this is a fun way to start the day off! Tape up a loosely hung plastic bag to the door frame and fill the space between the door and the plastic bag with balloons. When your child opens their door in the morning, all the balloons will fall in on them and starts the day with the perfect small celebration! Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a Balloon Avalanche.
4. Pull Out the Baby Pictures
There’s no better day to reminisce by pulling out baby pictures, video of the day they were born and rehashing the stories of their birth, when you brought them home and the baby stage.
5. Conduct a Very Special Birthday Interview
Each year, on your child’s birthday, interview the birthday kid with a set of fun questions, but don’t forget to record their answers on the printable birthday interview form. The birthday interview is a special birthday keepsake to document your child’s likes, dislikes, interests, best friend, favorite memory, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite movie, subject in school, and so much more!
You can take this one step further, and conduct the interview on video too!
6. Dinner of Their Choosing
Let the birthday boy or girl pick the menu for the night! If spaghetti is their favorite meal, then a delicious spaghetti dinner is in order! Let your child make the menu, including the main course, sides and of course, dessert.
7. Go Around the Table and Compliment Them
At dinner, take turns going from person to person and giving compliments and stating what you love, appreciate and enjoy most about the birthday girl or birthday boy.
8. Give One of Your Childhood Toys as a Memorable Gift
If you have a stash of toys from your own childhood, sift through them to find one that’s age appropriate or matches a particular interest (if they’re into dinosaurs, dolls, matchbox cars, etc.) and pass down this heirloom to your child on their birthday.
9. Grant 3 Wishes for the Day
Indulge your child and give them three wishes for the day (within reason, of course.) This is your chance to say “yes” to your child on their very special day.
10. Birthday Present Scavenger Hunt
Leave clues around the house and in the yard, leading from one birthday present to the next, until all the day’s gifts have been collected. Provide fun clues for the birthday girl leading them on the ultimate treasure hunt!
11. Donate Old Toys for Other Children to Use
If your child is having a birthday party and will be receiving a handful of new and shiny toys, it’s time to clean out the toy box and donate their own unused or outgrown toys and books to others who may enjoy them now.
12. Birthday Countdown
Like an advent calendar for the Holidays, create a birthday countdown leading up to the big day. Create a paper chain, leave out envelopes with little notes, or small numbered boxes with a little piece of candy in each. This is a cute, reusable birthday countdown calendar you can recycle over and over again!
13. Request Guests Bring Supplies to Donate
Ask guests to bring items and supplies to donate to the charity of your child’s choose in lieu of gifts, especially if they’re older. This can be as simple as books, canned food, toiletries, old blankets or towels, or a dog toy.
14. Write a Letter Each Year
Write a letter each year to your child, save it in an envelope with the date and age of they are on their birthday and give it to the when they turn 18. This will be a sentimental and wonderful gift for your child to look back on.
15. Birthday Breakfast with Candles
Why wait all day to blow out the candles, when you can do it first thing in the morning? Whip up a special birthday breakfast, top it with a sparkling candle and sing “Happy Birthday” at the start of the day.
16. Pull out a Special Birthday Plate
First, create a special plate for everyone to use on their birthday. It could be one you buy or create (which is fun if you use a kit like this one) and pull it out to use all day on birthdays. Serve breakfast, lunch and dinner!
17. You Got Mail
Ask friends and relatives to send a special note or card in the mail. Sometimes something as simple as checking the mailbox and finding a letter addressed to them, can be the most special gift of all on their birthday. Image if they received a stack all addressed to them!
18. Have a Birthday Campout
Combining kids and camping is usually a recipe for pure fun & happiness! Whether it’s in your backyard or in your living room, set up a tent, lay out blankets or unroll sleeping bags and spend the night together for a family campout!
19. Make a Birthday Picture Book
Throughout the year, you’ve probably snapped hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures of your children. Throw them together in a nicely curated photo album and have printed to look at on their birthday. This also helps you stay organized, get your photos off your phone or computer, and to have a nicely printed album as a family keepsake.
20. Plant Something Each Year on Their Birthday
Do something not only nice for the Earth, but together with your child and plant flowers, a tree, or add to your collection of house plants. Let them pick out the plant or flowers and lead the way on digging the hole, mixing potting soil and adding to the beauty of your home. Then, watch it grow year after year!
21. Make a Birthday Crown
Crafty parent or not, making a birthday crown falls on the easier side of DIY and is one project you can most certainly add to the list of birthday traditions. Plus, everyone person, child or adult, should wear a crown all day on their birthday! Gather supplies, cut out a crown headband and let them go wild decorating it as they like.
22. Nice Birthday Notes Jar
If you host a birthday party or gathering, set out slips of paper and pens, to have friends and family write down nice notes about the birthday boy or birthday girl. Toss all the notes into a bowl or fishbowl and after the party, read aloud all the nice things over have to say about them!
23. The Birthday Fairy Gives Money for Each Year They Are Old
Each year, the birthday fairy will visit a pair of shoes to fill it with quarters or dollars in the amount of year your child is old, plus leaves an extra quarter of dollar bill for good luck. For example, if your child is 5 the birthday fairy would bring 5 quarters or 5 $1.00 bills, plus one extra for good luck!
Read More about the tradition of the Birthday Fairy here.
24. Put it Under the Pillow
Place a small gift, treat or meaningful note under their pillow for them to find first thing in the morning. A simple note that says “I Love You” or “You Make This World More Beautiful” will mean an immense amount to your child.
Birthday Traditions: Kid’s Birthdays and Kid’s Birthday Parties…
It’s important to remember that kid’s birthday aren’t just about big parties or goodie bags. Birthdays are a celebration of life and birthday traditions are important for this reason. They create lasting memories with your children, which they’ll cherish forever and even pass along with their own children.
Don’t Worry! You can still throw a kid’s birthday party without going over budget or breaking the bank, and this article will help you stay up to date on the modern etiquette of planning a kid’s birthday party, but be sure to download the birthday party planning checklist in the article too!
Kid’s Birthdays aren’t about the size of the party, it’s about how special they feel on their birthday. Making a person feel loved and cherished doesn’t cost a penny because of special birthday traditions which do this all day long.