BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Family tradition: the birthday crown

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In the Netherlands, it’s a tradition to give a child a birthday crown for the day when it’s his or her birthday. Typically it’s a home-made, simple crown made of thick paper, decorated with some curls and colours and usually there’s the number with the child’s age glued on it. When the child is old enough to go to school, the teacher in class will make the birthday crown for the child, who will be so proud to wear it during the day!

A long time ago in a little shop in Antwerp, Courtney and I bought sweet fabric crowns with a plastic sleeve in which (felt) numbers can be inserted. These crowns have really become part of our families’ birthday traditions. The morning of the birthday, the crown with the correct number will be waiting next to the presents and a decorated chair. It’s become so much a part of the party!

Do you have any special birthday traditions in your family or in your country? Maybe you know the birthday crown as well? I would love to know — I love family traditions!

xxx Esther


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Nicola
June 4, 2014

I love the crown tradition, its really sweet. At my children’s school, a birthday child is allowed to wear non-uniform for the day and hand out treats to classmates at the end of the school day. All the kids seem to adore this – their special, once-a-year day of not wearing uniform. At home we always decorate with balloons & paper pompoms & have pancakes for breakfast (which we usually eat at the weekends, but pancakes on a school day always feels slightly decadent!)


Esther in Amsterdam
June 5, 2014

I can imagine being the only one without a uniform is super special! (In Dutch schools, the children don’t wear uniforms so I guess they have to differentiate in other ways 😉 ) x


Nayelli
June 4, 2014

Here in Mexico we celebrate with a really big party where all family and friends gather; there’s a huge cake so everyone can get a piece, a huge pińata full of candies and enough food for everyone…it is quite a day full of noise, music, fun & lots of presents!


Esther in Amsterdam
June 5, 2014

I love the idea of piñatas! x


Sola
June 4, 2014

Love this idea. I’ve been on the search for a felt birthday crown that I can reuse year after year (i.e. with a place for a number to be placed inside). Ideally one that is also gender neutral. Any idea where I can order one?! Thanks so much.


Esther in Amsterdam
June 5, 2014

Hi Sola, we’ve been searching for the kind of crowns we got in Antwerp, but we can’t find them anymore. I did find this link to cute fabric crowns made here in the Netherlands: http://www.ukkespul.nl/c-1995852/verjaardagskronen/ (Email of the maker is info@ukkespul.nl) 🙂


Yolande
June 5, 2014

In Germany, when I was little, I used to have a flower wreath made from fresh flowers. They made for very pretty pictures. I have adjusted that tradition a little bit and we have a colourful paper flower wreath.

My mother gave us cardboard tiaras saying “Happy Birthday” and one of my daughters likes wearing those to school. 🙂


Esther in Amsterdam
June 5, 2014

I love that idea! How sweet!!


June 5, 2014

This is a tradition in Spain too! They make the kids a crown in school and sometimes kids wear them to their parties. My son is going to turn two in a month and it may sound crazy but I’m really looking forward to seeing him in his crown.


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Lisa
June 5, 2014

We do crowns too! On the first birthday of each of our children, they pick out the colors of wool felt they like (with a bit of help from older siblings/mama/daddy). I sew it into a crown…adding their name/initial and a button. Each year they pick out a new button to signify that year…or just the “best button” and we add it the morning of their special day. They get to wear it all day…or week or month. The crown is secured with elastic so it expands to fit long enough for them to tire (sniff, sniff) of the tradition before it doesn’t fit anymore.


June 6, 2014

The one thing that unifies all our birthdays is ice-cream… we always go out for an ice-cream cone… no matter what the weather, no matter where we are in the world… it can be a simple cone or a freshly made salon… we always always go out for ice-cream on somebody’s birthday.


Esther in Amsterdam
June 10, 2014

That’s a fun tradition!! x


June 6, 2014

Oh, I really like this idea. Very creative!


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