How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Extra Special
From the moment your child wakes up on their birthday to the moment they fall asleep. These ideas are how to make your child’s birthday extra special with fun, easy, cheap birthday traditions. Make your child feel like the day is all about them! Check out these unforgettable birthday traditions to start with your family. Whether or not you have a full blown party, these simple birthday traditions will make your child feel like a star!
If you love starting new traditions with your family, don’t forget to check out these Christmas Traditions!
How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Extra Special
Leading up to your child’s birthday:
- Start a countdown clock to get them excited.
- If they are little, explain how old they are and how old they will be turning.
- Let them know any new things they may get now they are older. For example an increased allowance, a later bedtime, or new freedom. Also let them know any new responsibilities you may expect from them. For example a new chore, watching over younger siblings, or school expectations.
- If they are allowed to choose their birthday dinner/party theme/etc. make sure they know they have to choose in advance. The lead up to the big day can be almost as exciting as the birthday itself!
** If you have multiple children, make sure you set sibling expectations as well. Let them know that on your birthday the day will be about you, but for their siblings birthday we make it about them. Get siblings involved in some of the planning so there is not as much jealousy. Believe me, a whining or crying younger sibling can put a big damper on birthday activities. It’s not their fault if they get jealous and want attention/treats/presents too! That’s why as parents it is just as important to prepare siblings for birthdays as it is to prepare the birthday child.
10 Fun, Easy, Cheap Birthday Traditions on the Big Day:
Let them be the boss for the day (with limitations!)
Give them as much freedom as you can (without going crazy). Let them pick their breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Let them choose their birthday cake flavor. They could also choose their outfit of the day. They get to pick the radio station/music in the car. Let them choose the family movie/game/activity of the night. You set any limitations or rules they must stay within and what they can choose. Then let them pick! I like to have them pick a few days in advance for any food items so I can get that prepared, but otherwise the day is theirs!
1. Wake them up with a special song/alarm
If your child wakes up to an alarm, try setting a special song (like Happy Birthday). It will be the first thing they hear when they wake up and begin their excitement for the rest of the day. If they are too young for an alarm either sing or play a song on your phone as you wake them up! Begin the day with a dance party!
2. Booby trap their doorway with streamers/balloons
If your child is old enough to wake up and exit their room by themselves, this is a awesome start to their day. Tape streamers across their doorway that they have to break through. Or if you want a bigger surprise, use balloons! If you can sneak into their room while they are asleep, fill their bedroom floor with balloons. Then, outside the room, take a sheet and tape the bottom and both sides around the doorway (door closed). Fill the top of the sheet with balloons so when they open the door in the morning they get a balloon avalanche! Keep in mind this only works if the doorway opens into the bedroom.
3. Write a “Happy Birthday” message on the bathroom mirror
Use dry erase markers to write a special “Happy Birthday” message on the bathroom mirror! Get creative and sketch balloons, a birthday hat, or write out some of the reasons you love them. Easy to wipe off and fun to wake up to. PS They also work on the toilet seat!
4. Make their breakfast extra special with sprinkles and/or candles
If they are having a sweet breakfast (like pancakes, waffles, or oatmeal) make it feel extra fancy with sprinkles. If they prefer a savory breakfast like eggs add in a candle or sparkler. Why save all the fun for birthday cake? You can also rim their glass of morning milk with sprinkles by first dipping the rim in icing or melted chocolate, then dipping the cup rum into sprinkles!
5. Let everyone know it’s their birthday with a birthday hat, pin, or sash
Believe me, the joy and pride they will feel as they go through their day and everyone acknowledges their birthday is adorable. Plus many places like restaurants, or shops may give them extra special treatment! Our local dollar store or party store have lots of cool stuff like that or check out these Amazon finds!
6. Wrap each item in their lunchbox with birthday wrapping paper
Kids love unwrapping presents! Wrap each item in their lunchbox with birthday wrapping paper so they can enjoy tearing through to get to their lunch! Even though we try and eat healthy most of the time, for special occasions I will slip a treat into the lunchbox for dessert.
7. Remember the day with a birthday photo and birthday interview/letter
Personally I love the birthday photo traditions that can show their growth. Whether that be in the same spot every year, or holding balloons equal to their age or whatever else you may come up with. Showing how they grow each year is something they (and you!) can look back on. This is also a great time to look back on old pictures and old interviews so they can see how much they’ve grown. For the birthday interviews, they can start even before your child can talk, you may just have to help fill in the blanks. I also think it’s a super special tradition for you to write a birthday letter to your child every year. Talk about how much they’ve grown/learned this year. Talk about what you love about them. Tell them about the day they were born and what they were like in your belly. Collect them all and gift them to your child on their 18th birthday!
Check out my birthday interview template!
8. Make dinner special: have a designated Birthday Chair, Birthday Plate, Birthday Cup etc
Decorate their chair at the table with balloons/streamers! Designate a special birthday plate or cup that you are only allowed to use on your birthday! Something that separates them from the rest of the family. Their food will taste extra yummy on their special plate!
9. Decorate the car
I know this one became super popular this year with socially distant birthday parties and car parades. But why not carry on this tradition every year? Fill the car with balloons, tape balloons/streamers/banners to the outside. Write “Happy Birthday” in large letters with window markers! Let everyone driving by know that you are chauffeuring the birthday child!
10. Make Bath time extra special with balloons/glow sticks/birthday bath bombs
Bath time is another opportunity to make sure your child has extra special fun! Throw in glowsticks and turn off the lights for a glow in the dark bath. Or throw in a bunch of balloons (small or half inflated) or water balloons! The idea is to do something you don’t normally do at bath time. Even something as simple as writing “Happy Birthday” in shaving cream/bath markers is an extra step to make them feel special!
Wind down for the night with a special birthday book
This book is a fill in the blank with prompts about ‘Why You Are Awesome’! Your child can fall asleep with your affirmations ringing in their ears. You could also do a DIY version, but I like how professional this looks.
So there you have it! 10 Awesome ideas for how to make your child’s birthday extra special. Are you going to start any of these birthday traditions with your kids? Are there any birthday traditions you think I should add?
How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Extra Special with 10 fun easy cheap birthday traditions.
How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Extra Special with 10 fun easy cheap birthday traditions
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