Don’t you remember how excited you used to be back when you were a kid, and you were finally able to say, “I’m five and a HALF!”, or I’m seven and a HALF!”? I think for the under-10 set, reaching the point where you can add “half” to the end of your age always feels like a milestone….. so why not celebrate it as such? In our family, we recognize all of the kids half birthdays, as well as their actual birthdays- so yes, that means we celebrate 12 times a year! But a half-birthday doesn’t need to be a big production- it's just a little something that we do at home as a family. We certainly don’t buy any presents, or go out to dinner or anything, we just do a few small things to make the half-birthday child feel a little special! And since last week we actually celebrated two of our kids half-birthdays… I thought I would share with you how we like to make their day fun:
1. Wake Them Up By Singing “Happy Half-Birthday”!
Right off the bat you make the “half-er” feel excited that they've reached their milestone by remembering this is “their day” right when they wake up. It puts an instant smile on that sweet face!
2. Make Something a Special/Different for Breakfast
Whether it's something as simple as making pancakes instead of their usual cereal and toast for breakfast, or surprising them with a small powdered sugar donut snowman with sliced gumdrops for eyes, nose, and buttons- mixing up the regular breakfast routine makes the day feel special.
3. Allow Them To Choose the Dinner Menu
Half-birthdays don't change our family routine- there are still soccer practices to get to, and homework to accomplish- but I still need to prepare and serve dinner to the family either way- so an easy thing to do is to allow the half-er to help with the menu plan. Now while my kids might really want to pick steak or grilled shrimp for dinner, they know that we really don't have time to pull off a meal like that during the week. So I ask them to pick a favorite “weeknight” dish instead!
4. Celebrate with a Special Dessert
I don't normally do much baking during the week, I do like to bake a special treat for a half-birthday. Not a whole elaborate birthday cake… but a simple sheetcake, pan of brownies, or some best-ever chocolate chip cookies are all great picks! We like to pop a candle in whatever we are serving and sing to the half-birthday child.
5. Allow Them to Stay Up a 1/2 hour Later
A little extra snuggle time with Mom, maybe an extra book at bedtime… or even a little extra Olympics watching, while the rest of the siblings keep a normal bedtime all go a long way into making the half-birthday child feel like this was truly a fun day!
Here's a few ideas from people who have taken the Half-Birthday celebration to a bigger level:
1/2 birthday cake from AlexaMarieZurcher.com
BettyCrocker.com shares this half rainbow cake plus a ton of ideas for celebrating a half-birthday!
And then there's the half-birthday celebration at school (we do this for our kids who have summer birthdays…. they are NOT celebrating twice in the same year in the classroom!). Here's a sweet idea from Over the Big Moon.
Of course, there is a movement against the Half-Birthday…
Not everyone loves the idea of celebrarting the half-birthday. This post from Buzz Bishop over on Babble claims that half birthdays prove that ours is the worst generation of parents ever!
And of course- Someecards couldn't let the half-birthday event go by without creating a stack of snarky e-cards!
So what do you think? Do you celebrate the half birthday or think it's too much? Let us know!