Sometimes it’s fun to take a peek inside someone else’s family. I’m often curious if how we do certain things at my house is the same as other families. If you are the type that is always curious about how other families celebrate, you’re going to love this post. Today I want to share some of my family’s birthday traditions.
8 birthday traditions
Some of these are traditions that Hubby or I grew up with. Some we started when the kids were born. Others we have added as the years went by. The one thing they all have in common is the purpose. No matter how we are celebrating, we want to make sure that the birthday kid has a fun and memorable day.
1. Alternate party years
Each child gets to have a big party with friends every other year. On the in-between year, we have a small party with just our family. Because of the kids’ age gap, this works out so that we aren’t having two big parties in the same year.
2. Choose your big party theme
On the party-with-friends years, the birthday child gets to pick the theme. I plan the party around that theme with input from the child.
3. Surprise family party
The kids have slowly become less interested in planning their birthday parties and more in favor of going with whatever happens. In recent years, I’ve started planning without them if they don’t make requests. The surprise has become half the fun of party-with-family years.
4. Family birthday experiences
When we are doing a smaller party with family, we usually do a special activity. We have been to the movie theater and local attractions. One year, we went to the Reel Adventures: Harry Potter event at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
5. Donuts for birthday breakfast
This is a new tradition that we started last year. Lil’ Wheezy asked for donuts on his birthday. When Sniffles’ birthday came around, she asked if we were going to follow that tradition.
6. Choose your birthday dinner
This one is simple. The birthday kid decides what is for dinner. It can be anything, so we’ve had pancakes and sausage one year and shepherd’s pie another.
7. Have fun with the budget
Okay, maybe this isn’t so much a tradition for the kids as a rule for me. I try to spend no more than $200 on each birthday, whether it’s a party with friends or family. Usually I come in under.
On party-with-family years, the birthday kid gets to spend the ‘extra’ money. For example, for Sniffles’s 12th birthday, we went to Medieval Times. I was under budget, so I let her shop for souvenirs. She picked out a tiara that she wore to school for a few weeks. When we took Lil’ Wheezy to Legoland Discovery Center for his 8th birthday, he got to shop for LEGO kits.
8. Birthday cake alternatives
Sniffles actually doesn’t like cake or cupcakes. Why eat cake on your birthday when you don’t want it? I’ve made birthday apple pie, birthday chocolate chip cookies, and birthday brownies.
My family really loves our birthday traditions. The kids look forward to their parties with family just as much as their parties with friends. I’m sure our birthday traditions will change as they become teenagers. We will add new ones and some old ones may slip away. Me and my husband also have a secret tradition to look for rude cards and funny cards to buy online for each other, it’s always a bit of fun!
What birthday traditions does your family celebrate?