I’m going to talk about birthday traditions this week. I’d love to hear your birthday traditions, either growing up or new ones, in the comments.

Friday was my middle daughter’s birthday and I started thinking about birthday traditions. When I was growing up our birthdays were always special, at least mine were. (I honestly don’t remember any of my 5 sibling’s birthdays–but we’ll analyze that another time, on a different blog). My mom would always make my favorite breakfast. I’m guessing it was either waffles or ebelskivers. We even had a special red plate that you could use on your birthday. Usually my dad would have to leave early for work, but the rest of us would eat together around the kitchen table. I know that some years I even blew out candles on my cake and opened my presents at breakfast. And my mom always bought my favorite cereal.

Soo… fast forward to me as a mommy with four little kids. One day when my kids were whining for the fun, colorful cereal at the grocery store I remembered that yummy, sugary cereal that I would get on my birthday as a child and I promised them that for their birthday they could choose a box of cereal, whatever they wanted, to have for their birthday. Normally I don’t buy my kids sugary cereal. I’m that annoying mom clogging up the food aisles who is reading every–EVERY–ingredient on the labels. I’m very picky and strict with what cereals come into our house and I have my tried and true brands that I always buy. Low sugar, no corn syrup of any kind, no BHT or BHA (artificial preservatives), no artificial colors or flavors, etc. And often organic. Yeah, I know. Right now you feel bad for my kids and are wishing every day was their birthday so they could have fun cereal more often. Sorry. Well, I’ve often forgotten about this promise but when a birthday approaches, someone always remembers and reminds me or asks the birthday kid what cereal they are getting. I let them pick out 2 cereals, one for them to have all to themselves (I know a thing or two about how quickly the “good” cereal can disappear), and one to share with the other kids. Anyhow, my kids love this tradition and look forward to it every year. And I like it too because it reminds me of when I was growing up. Ahh, nostalgia.

p.s. My favorite new tradition is when my husband makes me breakfast in bed for my birthday, but you already figured I was a breakfast in bed kind of girl, didn’t you?

So tell me, what birthday traditions do you have?


  1. I’m with you on BHT – it’s in nearly every cereal out there! Even the claiming to be “healthy.” My poor husband has had to take back so many spontaneously purchased cereals when hitting the grocery store for me. Ha haaa.

    Since we have four children, our traditions are pretty simple: always a special cake and presents opened at dinner that night. And plenty of special attention all day.

    seleta    Monday, March 15, 2010
  2. I always decorate their breakfast chairs with balloons and make them “name pancakes”. Each letter of their name is a little pancake. They love it!

    Jennifer Shields    Monday, March 15, 2010
  3. Seleta–I’m glad I’m not the only mom who worries about cereal :)
    Jennifer–I love the idea of decorating their birthday chair in the morning. Thanks for sharing.

    Brittany    Monday, March 15, 2010
  4. We take two boxes of cereal, the largest mixing bowl we have, and a gallon of milk and use the biggest spoons we own for our birthday cereal. Makes for some great photos.

    We also get a pass on any and all chores which was always nice.

    And before my daughter was born, we’d do a big birthday every 3rd year so as not to break the bank. Sometimes these birthdays would be scavenger hunts all over town, a children’s book that related to every place we went to (including a bed and breakfast) and so on. There was always a theme like music, baseball, the fair and so on.

    Angel    Wednesday, March 31, 2010
  5. I always buy one special Character or number helium balloon(so they have never asked at Disneyland or the grocery store)and the rest helium color balloons for every year of life.We bring them singing into to their rooms to wake them up.My kiddos both have summer birthday’s so I buy a helium tank at costco and I have balloons for each Birthday:)i plan to have balloons delivered even when they are in college:)They are 8 and 10 so i have time:)

    Carrie Lovett    Friday, February 25, 2011
  6. You sound just like my mom! Not only were we routinely denied “sugared cereal”, but our birthday parties were the only time we got to have “American” food like hamburgers, steak, or Noodles Romanoff or spaghetti. Mom was a gourmet cook, but she always asked me what I’d like on my special day and I’d request the above dishes.

    Rebecca    Monday, September 17, 2012

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