Thursday, September 16, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Once school starts so does birthday party season. My children enjoy celebrating birthdays with their friends and family members. Their school does a wonderful job by encouraging a healthy snack and a donation of a book to the library. The day of their birthday they share the snack with their classmates and "walk around the sun" (a candle) while holding a globe. This represents the age of the child. They also share photos of themselves as babies and toddlers. It's a very special and exciting time.

We are encouraging our children to make their birthday celebrations about spending time with friends and family. Instead of receiving presents from their guests they choose a charity. On the invite we write "in lieu of gifts please bring a donation for..." Last year my daughter choose to donate to the food bank. My son has chosen the food bank as well for his birthday celebration in October.

On the other side of things, they also attend a few birthday parties throughout the year. They love to make homemade gifts. My son embroidered a bookmark to go along with the book about fairies. He also included some homemade magnets and a secret note. Flowers are a popular item to bring to the birthday child as well.

As for the birthday wish...I'll leave that up to them.


  1. Those cupcakes look so cute in that last photo! I had never thought of giving fresh flowers to a child for their birthday. I love that idea! I also like the idea of asking for donations to a special cause in lieu of presents.

  2. We have done - and are doing - food bank donations for birthdays as well. The kids just have so much stuff, we would rather make the "friend" party more about the party and less about "getting".

  3. Lovely birthday dreams. you mentioned on my blog about making my art into a story book, with pictures for children. I have just sent off some material to a publisher, I will let you know how I get on. Hope it is positive. cheers Marie