Smiling like Sunshine: A birthday celebration

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:


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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!

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

  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.

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


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