For my own children, when they come down on their birthday morning, the kitchen has been transformed into a birthday wonderland. Balloons and streamers and of course a Happy Birthday banner are hung. The special birthday candle (just like I had as a child) is ready to burn down another year. Later in the day, the birthday child is allowed to pick a special dinner and a special dessert (served on a birthday plate!) for the whole family to enjoy.
Here are some other cute traditions I read about that sound like fun:
Make a favorite things list. When the kids are younger, you can help with the list. As they get older, they can write it themselves. It can include favorite foods, pastimes, books, TV shows, colors and what they want to be when they grow up. Save these each year and keep them in a scrapbook to have as a memento when they are older.
A friend of mine had a special seat cover with a birthday cake on it for the birthday child. They also had a special birthday plate and cup to use that day as well.
Celebrate a half birthday! We do this at our house.....the kids get half a card and I serve half a cake. It's also fun to serve half a glass of milk, use half a napkin and sing half of the "Happy Birthday" song. It's a cute and funny way to recognize when you are halfway through a year and it's especially nice to be able to have a little celebration during a different season (my daughter has a winter birthday so she loves to celebrate her half birthday in the summer).
Write a silly message or picture on the bathroom mirror, A bar of soap or lipstick make an easy way to leave a simple message for the birthday child to wake up to.
Stash a surprise. Instead of leaving the gifts in a group, try hiding them throughout the house. Sneek a tiny gift into their shoe, leave one on the carseat. It's like a big game of Birthday Hide and Seek!
There are so many creative ways to make the day special and memorable for your child. What you do will be carried through their lives and probably passed on to their own children as well. What a wonderful gift!