The Ultimate List of Birthday Traditions

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I love family traditions. I mean love. Growing up, we had so many traditions that made our birthdays and holidays so much more fun. I knew that once I had children, creating traditions would be important (and exciting!) I remember staying up late at night with Kris and Carl (snuggled inside my belly), thinking of all of the traditions we would want to create as a family.

When Carl’s first birthday hit, I was so overwhelmed with planning an insane Winter Onderland (which I will share at some point here on my blog!) that coming up with traditions just fell to the side. We held his party on his actual birthday so we were in full party-prepping mode from the moment we woke up. The only special things we did for his birthday were to fill his room with balloons when he woke up and to tell him the story of his birth at bedtime.

We had spent countless hours discussing all of the traditions we would have, and when his first birthday came, we just forgot. Since Carl really didn't understand what was going on just yet, we have plenty of time to come up with some for this year. Plus, we can always lie to him and tell him we started them on his first birthday, he’ll never know the difference. :)

So when as his half-birthday came around, it got me thinking about traditions again. I went straight to Pinterest and started searching through birthday tradition ideas. Instead of all of my research going to waste, I thought I would share with you a mega-list of birthday traditions.

What birthday traditions does your family have? I would love to hear them (and add them to the list!) The more ideas, the better!

One suggestion though – just pick a few traditions. Traditions may be fun, but having 30 of them makes it a lot less special. Pick something out that fits your family and you feel you can uphold doing every year. 

My Family Traditions 
In my house growing up, we got breakfast in bed. It was always a special breakfast, too! It was such a wonderful start to the day, it made me feel so special. Then it continued when my mom brought us lunch to school and had lunch with us (our school was great about this). And instead of cupcakes, my Mom brought in Twin-Pops to give out for my twin sister and my birthday. And for our birthday parties, my parents always put together a treasure hunt for the goody bags (there was a clue with each child’s name on it so that every child got to read a clue). It became synonymous with our birthday parties.

The Ultimate Birthday Traditions List

Food/Meal Traditions

Birthday Chair from Hilde at Home (will need to translate)

Wake Up/After School Surprises

Spreading the Word

Simple Birthday Button from Zazzle (simple enough it can be worn every year)




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  1. Laura, you are number 350 on this week's Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!!! That is a milestone for my party and you were the one! Yipee! Pinned this fun post to my Happy Birthday Pinterest board. I'll be sharing it on G+ etc next. Hope to see you again next week (tonight is a fun FB party if you can stop by)

    1. Thanks so much Sinea! Love your Wonderful Wednesday Blog hop! I'll definitely be joining the party again next week. Have a great weekend!

  2. I pinned this baby! Thanks for the great ideas for birthday celebrations. So glad you linked up at Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

    1. Thanks Carrie! Thanks for hosting a great linky party!