Birthday week is coming up in our household.
The boy and the girl one's birthdays are five days apart, and while the girl one was in utero, I stressed a little about how I would make two birthdays oh so special, all in one week. They had their first and third birthday parties separately, and since then, they’ve been sharing the party.
I always thought I wouldn’t be okay with that, but I am. They are best friends, have very similar interests and they pretty much have all the same friends, so it works out great for us. Because we have a big birthday mash up, we work hard to make their individual birthdays just about them, and celebrate who they are and their milestones.
On each of their big days, the first thing they will find is some type of balloon feature. We’ve hung them down from doorways, strung them through the room, let them fall from the ceiling, etcetera. It starts the day off on a celebratory note.
We also usually eat something ridiculous for breakfast, such as anything with sprinkles on it. There are also a few other ideas that I'd like to try out for this year.
The first is an idea I saw on the blog “House of Hendrix.” They use window markers to write “Honk for the birthday boy!” on their vehicle. How fun is that? I think a big sign on the yard or in your house window could also suffice, and if you want to throw out four pink flamingos on your front yard in honour of your four-year-old, that’s cool too.
Another fun idea found on the Hendrix blog, and other numerous Pinterest pins, is to wrap each item of your child’s lunch in birthday wrapping paper and throw a balloon in their lunch kit. This would have elated me as a child!
Seeing as our children share a party, we also started a tradition on the first year of being siblings that we go on a birthday weekend getaway. Its a child-geared trip that adds one more thing to look forward to. Yay for birthdays!