Family traditions and rituals have always been important to me.  I grew up with many traditions and I’ve passed many of those onto my own family.  But we’ve also created lots of other traditions for our little family!  I feel it’s important for our children to have these traditions as they grow up as it gives them a sense of belonging.  We’ve had many different rituals in our family and my kids have come to depend on them.  These traditions have become just as important to them as it is to us.

Birthdays are special to children.  And just like many other families, we’ve always celebrated our kids on their special day.  Some of our simple family birthday traditions include: extra attention & special treats, a birthday gift, a party with family or friends, and a homemade cake.  Another tradition we started years ago was to make little signs and hang them around the house.

We just make several hand written signs on construction paper.  Then we hang them in different areas of the house…a few in the kitchen (because that’s where we all spend lots of time, one in the kids bathroom (so they see it as soon as they wake up) and one on the staircase (which they can see when they come down the stairs).

I started this tradition for our three kids and soon everyone in our family wanted in on the fun and started making signs for each other.  They even make signs for their Dad & I on our birthdays and Mother’s & Fathers’ Day.  Over the years it’s been just fun to see what they write on the signs they make for each other….so sweet!

And if we aren’t home for their birthday and we happen to be spending it with their grandparents we bring our ritual with us…

and even when we are traveling to the happiest place on earth for a birthday…

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Several years ago I saw an idea on pinterest and decided to start this really fun birthday tradition with my own family.  It’s so simple and adds such a decorative element to our house for each birthday celebration.  We put a dollar in a balloon for every year of that birthday and hang them over our kitchen island

Our kids really LOVE this tradition!  Not only do they get the extra cash as part of their gift…they get to pop those balloons.

Lots & lots of balloons the older they get!  If you look close you can see the dollar in each balloon.  We just roll up the dollar bill and slip it inside the balloon before blowing it up.

And we’ve also taken this birthday balloon tradition on the road with us to Pop Pop’s house (along with Buddy the elf)!

And it makes a great back drop for a family photo

or an individual picture of the birthday boy…

or birthday girl!

Do you have any fun birthday traditions with your family?  Leave a comment and share them.  We’d love to hear from you!

3 Comments on Simple Family Birthday Traditions

    • Thanks Karen! I agree it’s getting expensive as my kids are much older than we started this tradition…LOL. But it does make such a fun decoration for our kids to wake up to on their birthdays!

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