A Limited Birthday Budget is Not a Problem
Birthdays come once a year, and chances are, your child will be dreaming about her next birthday as soon as the last one has ended. There are many little things that you can do to make your child feel special on her birthday, regardless of whether or not you're planning a party.
Things you'll need:
- Craft supplies (will vary depending upon what you choose to do)
- Make a birthday crown for your child. You can cut strips of paper and tape them together to make a band that will fit your child. Cut the top in a zig-zag shape, and add "Happy Birthday," her name, and her age. You can add other decorations such as stickers, balloon shapes cut from paper, and so on.
- Surprise your child with breakfast in bed, and present her with her crown. Something as simple as a bowl of Cheerios on a tray can seem extra special when eaten in bed while wearing a crown.
- Make a sign. Prior to your child's birthday, have everyone else in your family make a sign or poster for your child. You can write "Happy Birthday!" add the year, make drawings, and write things that you each love about your child. You can also add photos to the poster. Place the sign somewhere where she will come across it on the morning of her birthday.
- Add surprises to your child's lunch box. If it is a school day, surprise her by adding things to her lunch box. Some ideas include confetti, (you can make confetti using a hole punch, a shredder, etc.) a special note, a party horn, and so on.
- Let your child choose what she'd like for dinner. You can offer her a menu with three or four dinner choices, and let her choose what she'd like, or, you can just let her choose without offering suggestions.
- Have your child pick a favorite bedtime story, and have your whole family present when you read the story.
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