We celebrated a birthday on Christmas Eve. A big O-N-E!
I got crafty and made a bunting. My plan is to reuse it every year on his birthday.
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.
And a special birthday shirt at his family party on the actual day.
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:
- Fill child’s room with balloons before they wake up in the morning.
- Don’t be stingy with the birthday decorations. They need to overpower the holiday decorations.
- Don’t give just one gift for both events. I believe two smaller gifts are better than just one in this case.
- Wrap all birthday gifts in birthday wrapping paper.
- Wait to decorate your tree until after the birthday celebration.
- Do not forget to take photos/videotape the birthday party and try not to have the tree in the background.
- 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.
- 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.
I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it!
Anything else I should add to my list for next year?