1. Fill your birthday kid’s bedroom with balloons as they sleep.
In the morning they won’t believe their eyes.
2. You can also surprise them with a “balloon avalanche.”
You’ll know they’re awake when you hear their laughter.
3. Write a birthday message on their bathroom mirror.
4. Tell your kid the story of their birth.
This is a sweet way to remind them of just how loved they are.
5. Turn their bath into a party.
6. Celebrate a “birthday week.”
Do something simple, but fun, like going out for ice cream or taking a trip to the park after school, in each of the days leading up to your kid’s birthday.
7. Surprise your birthday kid with a balloon wreath when they come home from school.
8. Have a birthday countdown.
This is great for both little kids (who are often confused about when their birthday is) and bigger kids (who will find counting down to the big day exciting).
9. Serve up a special breakfast with a birthday candle.
A kid can never blow out too many candles on their birthday.
10. Serve your kid’s food on a special birthday plate.
11. Encourage your fellow drivers to wish your kid a happy birthday.
Older kids might find this embarrassing, but younger kids will love the attention.
12. Present your kid with a special birthday shirt to wear.
This will make them feel special and ensure that no one forgets to wish them a happy birthday.
13. A fun alternative to a birthday shirt is a birthday button.
14. Make it a tradition to measure your kid’s height on their birthday.
In subsequent years your kid will look forward to this moment to find out how much they’ve grown since their last birthday.
15. Have everyone in your family tell the birthday kid what they love about them.
It will boost your kid’s self esteem and bring them closer to their loved ones.
16. Individually wrap the items in your birthday kid’s lunch.
Learn more about this here, including how you should probably only wrap one item with smaller children.
17. Designate a chair of honor for your birthday kid.
18. Present your kid with a birthday crown.
These may not be as in vogue as they once were, but they sure do make a birthday kid feel special.
19. Hide a present and give your birthday kid clues to find it.
Make finding the present every bit as fun as opening it.
20. Make a donation to a charity of your kid’s choosing.
Teaching your kid to think beyond themselves on their birthday will make the day extra meaningful.
21. Make a photo slide show of the last year starring your birthday kid.
These can easily be made using iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, and are fun for the whole family to watch.