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7 Simple Birthday Traditions


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Simple Birthday Traditions

I like to make birthdays a big deal. But, making them a big deal doesn’t mean spending a fortune on elaborate presents, parties, decorations or activities.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve definitely loved planning my husband’s slider dinner party and my little girl’s little miss first birthday or my boy’s movie theater-themed birthday. However, I know that as our family gets bigger and we get busier, I won’t have as much time for elaborate party plans.

For that reason, we have deliberately decided to stick with some simple traditions that we can repeat each year. And no matter how big or busy our family gets, we will at least be able to keep up with these birthday celebrations, if not more.

7 simple ways we make birthdays special at our house.

1. The Birthday Fairy visits! 


The birthday fairy has been visiting our family for generations now. The birthday person puts their favorite shoe by their bed and in the morning, they find quarters from the birthday fairy! You get a quarter for each year you are old, plus an extra one for good luck. So, yes, there are definite perks to getting older– read: more quarters!

2. The birthday banner comes out. 


And cheesy smiles with it! Some years we have themed birthdays and others we don’t. Regardless, we always hang up the birthday banner the night before so that it sets a fun mood for the entire day. I’m all about party supplies that can be used over and over and this Birthday Banner has definitely fit into that category!

3. We make a special birthday breakfast. 


The birthday person gets to choose what they want for breakfast. Our Birthday Breakfast Bundt often makes an appearance which I’m a huge fan of since it can be prepared the night before. Also, how fun that it resembles a cake? We add candles for extra festiveness!

4. Speaking of meals, the birthday person gets to eat off of the Birthday Plate


I made up a few of these a couple of years ago and they have been a fun addition to our birthday celebrations! It’s a simple way to make the birthday person feel special on their big day!  If I’m on my A game, I’ll have the breakfast table all set the night before. It’s all about affect. 🙂

We also let the birthday person choose what’s for dinner.

Want to make your own birthday plate? Click here for a DIY Birthday Plate Tutorial

If you want a simpler option, why not buy a birthday plate already made? Here’s a few of my favorites:

 5. We do a birthday interview with the kids. 


Now that my children are getting older (as in they can talk better!),  a Birthday Interview  is on the list of birthday traditions. I have a stack printed out and will add each year’s birthday interview to their memory book. I know we are all going to get a kick out of the answers in years to come.

6. We decorate a birthday door.


My friend Andrea (our awesome So Festive For Kids contributor) gave us this tradition idea. You can fill up an entire door with photos or stick to a large frame.  I love looking back and seeing how much they’ve grown throughout their life! And the older they get, the more fun it will be!

If I don’t have time for a birthday door, we will at least hang up some real photos. It’s a great excuse to get photos printed!

7. We end the day with a birthday treat! 


Yep, it doesn’t have to be cake. In fact, growing up I always chose pie because I didn’t like cake. I think it’s fun to try out a new dessert like this Snickers  Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake, or we will try our hand at making a snake cake if that is what is requested. Did I tell you I am not a cake decorator? If you have any tips, send them my way. I’d love to learn how to make cakes look prettier. 🙂

So there you have it…how we celebrate birthdays at our house. Of course, we also give presents, but that isn’t the focus of the day. We love using birthdays as a day to celebrate and have fun as a family.

Do you have fun birthday traditions? Send them our way!

More birthday ideas here.


Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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  1. Alexa September 11, 2015

    oh i LOVE these ideas!!

  2. Tina December 16, 2015

    Fun ideas! How do you make the birthday plate?


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