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: