how to celebrate december birthdays

We celebrated a birthday on Christmas Eve.  A big O-N-E!
how to celebrate december birthdays
I got crafty and made a bunting. My plan is to reuse it every year on his birthday.
how to celebrate december birthdays
Emmet had two celebrations.  The first a week prior to his actual birthday with a few of our close friends.  Then another on the actual day with family. He wore a fun tie at his ‘friends’ party.
how to celebrate december birthdays
how to celebrate december birthdays
And a special birthday shirt at his family party on the actual day.
how to celebrate december birthdays
There are a few things I think should be done to celebrate a December birthday to help differentiate it from the hustle and bustle of the holidays:
  1. Fill child’s room with balloons before they wake up in the morning.
  2. Don’t be stingy with the birthday decorations.  They need to overpower the holiday decorations.
  3. Don’t give just one gift for both events.  I believe two smaller gifts are better than just one in this case.
  4. Wrap all birthday gifts in birthday wrapping paper.
  5. Wait to decorate your tree until after the birthday celebration.
  6. Do not forget to take photos/videotape the birthday party and try not to have the tree in the background.
  7. Have a ‘friends’ party earlier in the month. You can have your friends when baby is little and then baby’s friends a couple years later. Like when they actually have friends and play with them instead of just near them.
  8. Have a birthday playlist and do not play any xmas music on this day unless requested by the birthday child.
Here are some fun birthday songs to include in your playlist:
  • The Beatles – Birthday
  • Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday
  • Steppenwolf – Happy Birthday
  • The Ting Tings – Happy Birthday
  • Kermit Ruffins – Happy Birthday
No first birthday is complete without the first yummy bite of cake.  I made an organic white cake and homemade white buttercream frosting.  I kicked myself after I put the sprinkles on and realized that they were full of nasty dyes.  Next time I will come up with a better topping.
how to celebrate december birthdays
how to celebrate december birthdays
I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it!
how to celebrate december birthdays
Anything else I should add to my list for next year?
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