Growing up, my mom was great about always making a fuss over our birthday and she always had something special up on our birthday morning. Now I’m carrying the tradition on with my own littles and want to up my game this year! That’s why I did a little research and brainstorming to bring you 12 birthday morning surprises for your kids! Take a look and find a tradition or two worthy of passing along to your family!
Birthday Morning Balloons
Let’s be real. What kid doesn’t love balloons?! That’s why you’ve got to include balloons in some way, shape, or form in your birthday morning surprise!
1. The Balloon Avalanche
You’ve probably seen variations of this on Pinterest, but the idea is that when your child opens their door first thing in the morning, balloons fall down all over them – super fun!
It’s also pretty easy… just make sure your kid’s door opens into their room. All you need is 2 trash bags, a whole bunch of balloons and painter’s tape.
Kelly from Simply Kelly Designs has a great tip too: place the lowest edge of the trash bag high enough that you’ll be able to see your child’s face when they open the door. You’ve got to capture the moment, right?! Be sure to check out her full balloon avalanche tutorial on her blog.
An alternative way to create a balloon avalanche is with crepe paper.
I saw this image on Pinterest and it would work great for an inward opening bedroom door too. Just make sure you wait until early morning to do it if your child usually gets up in the night to go to the bathroom!
2. Balloons and Streamers
If you don’t want to do a full avalanche of balloons and want something they can enjoy for the entire day or week, why not do something like this…
Birthday Morning Banners and Signs
My mom always had “The Birthday Banner” hanging each morning for us in the kitchen by our chairs or over the mantle. It came out for everyone’s birthday. In fact, she still has it and it makes appearances when we’re at her house to celebrate a birthday. Long live the Birthday Banner!
Anyway… birthday morning banners or custom signs are a great and fun tradition too!
3. Birthday Morning Sign
I thought this Birthday Morning Sign hand-lettered on butcher paper was so sweet…
What kid wouldn’t like to be reminded of just how long they’ve been loved?
4. Birthday Morning Mirror
Or surprise your child with a sweet birthday message on their bathroom mirror. You can use window crayons, dry erase markers or lipstick to customize a greeting. This mirror message, spotted on Simply Four Us, is simple, but sure to delight!
And of course, here are a few Birthday Banners that could be used year after year for each person in your family.
Birthday Morning Food
Now let’s get to the good stuff! Celebration food!! There are so many awesome ideas out there (thanks Pinterest), but to me, nothing says birthday like sprinkles and candles!
9. Sprinkle Rimmed Milk Glasses
I’m in love with this idea and can’t wait to do it for my daughter – she’s going to freak out!
This tutorial on Dip It In Chocolate, uses (of course) white chocolate melts to dip the glass into before you dip it into the sprinkles. You could use corn syrup around the rim to make the glass sticky first too.
10. Birthday Confetti Pancakes
There are a variety of ways to make these confetti pancakes… you can use your favorite pancake recipe and add sprinkles to the batter or make it using a Funfetti cake mix. Or just add sprinkles on top with whip cream! Trust me, you can’t go wrong! Stick a candle in it and you’ve just made their birthday morning!
11. Birthday Waffles
How adorable are these ice cream cone waffles?
I feel like the waffle on the left is perfectly decorated for a birthday! You could also use whip cream on top of the bananas (or in their place) or actually use ice cream! I know, now we’re talking crazy!
12. Birthday Donut Cake
If you have a kid that’s obsessed with donuts, this donut cake with Happy Birthday Candles would be a dream come true on their birthday morning!
Use all glazed like pictured here, or mix up your donut mountain with your child’s favorite flavors.
There you have it – 12 Birthday Morning Ideas for Your Kids! Did you find a tradition you want to add to your birthday routine? We hope you’re inspired to make this the best birthday morning yet!
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