Tuesday, 4 January 2011

A birthday celebration

It was Defne's birthday yesterday so we had been very busy over the last two days.
It is the first time we organised a party for Defne, so she was very excited.Growing up and being more aware of such things she has been asking about her birthday for ages.
I wanted to organize a fun but simple birthday and I wanted to create a few rituals which will be repeated in the years to come.
On her birthday eve we read this little poem to Defne (I changed it a little bit and translated to Turkish)

When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on the chair,
And mother switches off the light,
I'll still be ___ years old tonight.

But from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow, I'll be ___ years old.

___ kisses when I wake,
___ candles on my cake.

Poet unknown


I loved this German birthday ring as a child so decided to get one for my children as well.These days,it is used by Waldorf families. Each year another ornament is removed and a candle put in it's place.








I also made a personal time-line for Defne. I showed her pictures from her birth,1st,2nd and 3rd years.

At the party the children had great fun,dancing and playing. We also made a craft activity which went very well.We made tie-dye hankies.I had seen it on Pink and Green Mama. We had lovely patterns like this:

5 comments :

  1. hello thanks for your comment, am enjoying reading your blog.
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  2. That sounds like a wonderful birthday. I read the same poem to Annie when she turned 5 recently. Thank you for stopping by my blog, your blog is lovely!

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  3. Nocton4,it's so very kind of you comin to leave the recipe.Thank you very much!
    Ola,
    glad you like it.

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  4. Hi there. I love the birthday poem AND the German birthday ring - this is the first time I've ever heard of it and I think it is such a beautiful idea. My daughter's birthday was on January 2, so I will have to save your idea for my son's later this year, but just wanted to say thanks for sharing, I am inspired! Greetings from sunny South Africa.

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  5. Joyful Mama,
    thx for taking your time to comment.I am glad you liked the ideas :)

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