“Are you going to put ribbons in the door?” my daughter asked me sweetly as we discussed her 6th birthday plans a couple of weeks ago. “I love that!”
I had no idea what she meant. She hates it when I don’t know what she means. “Ribbons!” she repeated, frowning. “Don’t you remember, mama? You put ribbons in my door when I was 5.”
And then I did remember: A year ago today, on the morning of her 5th birthday, I taped a few lengths of crepe paper streamers in her doorway. I doubt she remembers a single present she received, but somehow the memory of opening her door to those “ribbons” is entrenched. Another reminder that sometimes it’s the little things that leave the biggest impression.
With that in mind, this year I set out to find other things that I could do to make her birthday a little more special. I had three criteria: (1) Cheap (I’m on a birthday budget), (2) Easy (I’m not what you’d call a domestic diva) and (3) Quick (Like most moms, I’m not exactly drowning in spare time over here).
Here are a few fun birthday ideas I found, courtesy of a couple of trips to the dollar store and some very creative online mamas:
Gift scavenger hunt
Streamers in the doorway
Special breakfast cereal (candles in pancakes)
Birthday button to wear to school
Treat in lunch bag
Pick the family dinner
Cupcakes for the kids at school
Games night (pin the tail on the donkey)
How do you make your kids’ birthdays extra special?
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