1. Balloons On Your Birthday
There are a few ways you can implement this and we’ve done both. On my daughter’s first birthday, we blew up around ten balloons and in the morning when we woke her up, we threw them in her crib and let her play around with them while we sang happy birthday to her. It was inexpensive to pick up a pack of balloons and the smile on her face was priceless!
For her second birthday we started a new tradition that we plan on continuing throughout her childhood. In the morning of her birthday, I woke her up and we drove to to the grocery store where they filled up two balloons in the color of her choosing. She enjoyed carrying them around all day and I am sure it will be fun to see the number of balloons grow over the years.
2. One On One Date
Take your child on a quick date somewhere on their birthday. It doesn’t have to be expensive or take up a lot of time. Going on a walk or eating a meal together is a simple way to celebrate.
My children are only 16 months apart. Because of this, at this time of their lives they are rarely separated. That makes the moments when they are alone with Casey or myself extremely meaningful. They get our full attention and soak it up!
This year I spent an hour of one of one time with my daughter on the morning of her birthday. We went to a local bakery and shared a smoothie and bagel. E loved eating her breakfast and was smiling the whole time. Just doing something out of the ordinary was fun for her.
3. The Birthday Ring
This Waldorf birthday tradition is my favorite tradition that I stumbled upon a year ago. There are many different ways to customize and practice this beautiful yearly celebration but I will explain how we choose to do it.
We first bought the wooden ring with 12 pegs and a set of beeswax candles. Since E was turning two this year, we put in the number two ornament, two candles for her to blow out and her custom peg doll from Pocketful of Pegs. Each year we plan on purchasing another ornament to add to the ring that symbolizes something that was meaningful to her in the past year.
This year she had a farm themed birthday party so I filled the ring with her Holztiger wooden figures.
After the birthday ring was set up, we took turns going around the table and each family member that was present spoke about one special memory they had of our daughter this past year. We then sang happy birthday and she blew out her candles! (With some help 🙂 )
There are a few places to purchase the ring and ornaments but my two favorite places are Bella Luna Toys and The Wooden Wagon. They both offer discounts if you sign up for their emails so take advantage of that!
I absolutely adore these simple traditions we have implemented and I hope they are a source of joy for our children in the years to come.
Are there any simple and sweet birthday traditions you practice in your family? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!
From my home sweet home to yours,
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