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?
Captain America was a big hit on our street. I think he may be the cutest Captain America ever.
He rocked the wrist cuff for far longer than anticipated. And he loved his shield.
We spent the evening in the regular Halloween tradition of our street and gathered with the neighbors in the cul de sac to pass out candy, chit chat and enjoy an adult beverage. We call it “the sac.” We have the best neighbors. No seriously, we do. The best.
Do you have any Halloween traditions?
We are going to be a superhero family for H-a-double-l-e-w-double-e-n. Emmet’s Captain America costume is ready to rock. It’s a nice simple homemade costume. I like homemade costumes better than store bought because they have love in them. And a lot less plastic and weird fibers. They also don’t smell funny. Dylan likes store bought costumes because he didn’t have them when he was little. I had a combo of both. In my experience the homemade costumes kicked the store bought costumes behinds.
- royal blue onesie
- red and white striped babylegs
- white felt
- red felt
- foam disk for shield
- glue gun
The shield has a strap on the back that goes around E’s arm. The red cuff on the left of the pic below goes on his other arm. Is he going to like wearing either? I have no idea. Probably not. We’ll see how long they last.
We got this sweet 3-1 trike for Emmet yesterday. I am really tempted to pimp it out Captain American style and use it to cart E around when we go trick or treating. How can I not? He loves riding in it.
It has a cell phone. I’m not even going to go there.
I am going to be Wonder Woman and Dylan is going to be Hellboy. His costume was ordered online. I hit up the thrift stores for mine and I will be putting a couple more pieces of felt to good use. I do me, he does him.