I had been racking my brain, trying to come up with a special family tradition for celebrating Emmy's (and any potential future kiddo) birthdays. Our friends, Jen & Chad, bought a charm bracelet for their daughter, and buy a charm each year that represents something special from the year. I love that! I did some research online, and got some great ideas. I liked the idea of having a special birthday plate that the family member gets to use on their birthday only (mental note...go to local paint-your-own ceramics shop and make one of these!)....or, take photos each year at the same place to document growth (or next to parent, or next to a tree), cool idea too.
I had already decided a while ago that I wanted an ice cream maker so we could make homemade ice cream to celebrate birthdays. The birthday person gets to choose the flavor. I'm planning to take a cake decorating class this year so I can be the cakemaker too! One of my favorite memories of birthdays as a kid was telling mom what kind of birthday cake I wanted each year.
The big tradition that Keith and I came up with was giving a classic book each year, so by the time Em's 18, she'll have a nice collection! This year we decided upon Charlotte's Web. She'll probably be a big fan of Wilbur and Charlotte!
What are your family birthday traditions?