Family birthday parties seem to happen on a monthly basis in my family but no matter how many birthdays there are, it is really important for my family to keep the family member’s birthday parties fun and special.
Over the years, my family has tried lots of birthday party ideas so that the birthday honoree feels special and that their day is an important event. Some of the birthday party ideas have turned into a type of tradition and some family members request on their birthdays that these traditions are repeated year after year.
Here are some of our favorite family birthday party ideas that have been successful because they are fun and the birthday person feels special and well loved.
Special Birthday Party Idea #1: You are Special Plate
There is a red plate with the words, “You are Special” printed on it and the plate has been in my family as long as I can remember. The birthday honoree gets to use the plate for dinner and then for their cake to be served on. In my family, each person expects to use the special plate on their birthday and when the plate is brought out, there is great excitement from the family. Never would I have thought a plate would bring such joy but it really does. Although I do not know where our plate was purchased, I have noticed similar types of plates in gift type stores and also available for purchase online.
Special Birthday Party Idea #2: Hidden Present
Typically members of my family receive numerous presents on their birthdays and we all sit in the family room and watch the birthday honoree open his or her presents. However, it is not unusual for a small gift to be hidden some where in the house and the birthday honoree has to find the small gift first before he or she can continue on with opening the rest of the presents.
Special Birthday Party Idea #3: Kids Get the Birthday Song at Every Birthday
This birthday party idea can get a little tiring but the family laughs so hard at every birthday when we all sing the birthday song, that we just keep continuing the tradition at every birthday. What happens is at each member’s birthday party, we sing Happy Birthday and the birthday honoree gets to blow out the candles, after the honoree is done then each little kid in the family gets the Happy Birthday song sung to them and blows out the candles too even when it is not their birthday. Yes, this takes some time and we sing Happy Birthday over and over again but by the time we are done, we are so giddy and laughing so hard we can hardly breathe, plus the little kids absolutely love it.
Special Birthday Party Idea #4: Dinner of Choice
Sometimes we go out for birthday dinners and the birthday celebration or other times we eat in and then have the birthday celebration at home. In our family, the birthday honoree gets to choose if he or she would like to go out for dinner for their birthday or eat at home. If the choice is to eat out, then the birthday honoree can choose which restaurant the family will go to celebrate and if the birthday honoree chooses to eat in, then he or she can choose what will be served for dinner. Choosing the dinner options is always fun for the birthday honoree but also for the other family members too.
Making family birthday parties special is dependent on what works best for each individual family. Trying a variety of special birthday party ideas will help to determine what family preferences are and which family birthday party ideas will turn into traditions.