When Q turned 5 in April, he started off a near-monthly birthday celebration for our family that lasts through summer. Our birthdays are all in a row — basically one a month from now through September.
I had my birthday last Friday. O will turn 7 in July (the gap between mine and his is our longest span between birthdays). B turns 11 in August. G turns 9 in September.
And Matt turns the big 4-0 in September as well. (That may require an extra special celebration!)
For the next few months, then, I’m constantly either planning a party or deciding what gifts to buy or figuring out what kind of cake to make.
When they wake up on their birthdays, our kids come down to a decorated kitchen with streamers, garlands, party hats, and/or balloons. Birthday gifts are placed at the birthday kid’s place at the table to be opened at a breakfast celebration. We’ve always done it, and it’s become a fun tradition.
The birthday kid also gets to choose dinner that day and, of course, dessert. We don’t limit birthday desserts to cake because some of my kids prefer other things — O in particular tends to choose something different, like strawberry shortcake or homemade ice cream.
Because we do a breakfast birthday celebration, birthday dinners don’t ALWAYS take place on the kids’ actual birthdays. A lot of times we have games or practices those nights, so sometimes birthday dinner is the closest available night to the actual birthday. But birthday breakfast — that’s a tradition that never changes.
It’s fun to look back and see the pictures over the years. Yay for birthday season at our house!
Do you have any special birthday traditions?