We fill their rooms with balloons so that they wake up to them on their birthday. I honestly thought they would grow out of this little tradition, but now they ask for it. A super simple way to wake up excited for their day.
i love love LOVE balloons! and stickers! but lately been trying to avoid the use of plastic. i’m wondering about origami balloons of some kind. maybe there’s a paper replacement! i’m sure it would be just as pretty.
I would also like to begin keeping a list of highlights the child will remember through the year, and on his birthday, filling his room or covering the dining room wall with small notes or pictures or doodles that show events from the previous year. A picture/memory/scrap book as a birthday gift would do the same thing, but I can’t throw that together the night before as easily. :)