Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Simple Birthday

Yesterday my youngest daughter turned 5. I've talked before about how we keep birthdays simple in our family and thought I would show you what this year's simple celebration looked like.

The girls wake up to decorations....

streamers, balloons, etc.

A couple years ago we began the tradition of letting the birthday girl design and decorate her own cake. 

New to our celebration this time was some fingernail painting. My girls always beg me to buy them fingernail polish and I've never obliged....until yesterday. You should have seen the looks on their faces when I told them we should go pick out a couple new colors.

We are very practical with gift giving. We ask the girls what they want and also keep in mind what they might need. Kayleigh wanted a pillow pal and we also got her a new backpack for our future hiking adventures. Inside the backpack were a few fun, adventure-themed items (a camping cup, a flashlight and a child's swiss army knife).

How do you simplify birthdays in your family?


  1. Very simple and sweet...and special. I love that they design their own cakes! What a great tradition.

  2. What a lovely little celebration! My family likes to make birthdays a really big deal, but I've tried to tell them we need to keep it simple, especially since our daughter is still a toddler, it can be overwhelming for her. Any tips for getting other family members on board with your simple birthday plans?

  3. The Learned Lady....move 2000 miles away from them! : ) ha ha I really think living so far away from family has saved us from this pressure. I'm not sure how we would handle it if we lived close.

    I think in any situation, honesty and openness is best - that and living by example. I can't control the gifts the grandparents give, but over they years they seem to respect our desires more and more.