It is August and we are hurtling towards birthday season in our house with it being just five weeks until the boy hits the big FOUR. I am busy making plans and have started buying a few small gifts; the party is booked and the main present is decided, if not ordered. Now is the time for thinking about the little details. Parties and presents are great, but it is often the simple thoughts that evoke the biggest smiles. With this in mind, here are my top five ways to make your child’s birthday extra special.
1) The birthday breakfast
Start the day as you mean to go on! I have always given my children a special birthday breakfast, starting with Miss J’s first birthday when she had a fairy cake with a candle on her breakfast table – it was eaten after the Weetabix, I hasten to add! Every year since, she has had a fried breakfast on the morning of her birthday and that has become our little tradition. The boy, however, will not eat a cooked breakfast, so he is given a feast of all the foods he enjoys for his birthday breakfast. I always include a candle somewhere!
Balloons feature hugely in my plans when it comes to making birthdays special for my little people. They each receive a special helium balloon every year, either in the shape of their new age or of their current favourite character (the boy had a big Thomas balloon last year). I also fill their bedroom and the lounge with regular balloons and will be adding water balloons to their baths this year. You can’t go wrong with the humble balloon; it never fails to raise a smile.
3) Send their birthday cards through the post
Miss J loves to receive post and so we always send her cards through the post (or even just drop them through the letterbox) for her to find on her birthday morning. Inviting friends and family to do the same makes for a happy birthday child – how often do they receive so much post of their very own?
4) Create a milestone masterpiece
Digitally customise a recent photograph of your child by adding words detailing their current interests and a few quotes that have made you smile. The children love to see these pictures and they provide a great reminder of days gone by. Looking at the boy’s from last year, it is amazing how much he has changed! Print them out to have around the house on the big day itself; you could even use them as unique party invitations or thank you notes.
5) Get writing
This is one I have picked up from Daddy – leave birthday messages everywhere. On chalkboards, on mirrors in lipstick, in their lunchbox, on their dinner plate in ketchup, on paving slabs; spell their name in cake and candles and find as many things as possible with their new age on… the only limit is your imagination!
So there you have it – my top five ways to make a child’s birthday awesome. Which little tricks have I missed? How do you make your child’s birthday special?