Are you looking for the best ideas for a Christmas birthday party in your household? I remember calculating my due date with my son and when I realized he would arrive just before Christmas, I immediately thought of his future birthday parties! Having a Christmas or near Christmas birthday can be a challenge, but not impossible! Make sure to take time to celebrate those December birthdays for your family members and friends. Read more to find out some great tips to help celebrate your December baby’s special day.
1. Ask the birthday boy or girl if they want a Christmas theme or not.
As you are decorating the Christmas tree, ask your birthday girl or boy if they want a Christmas theme for the party. Some children will prefer to have their own theme, apart from Santa Claus and jingle bells. If they would like a Christmas theme, pull out those Christmas decorations and get ready!
For a Christmas-themed birthday, hand out candy canes as party favors. Consider decorating gingerbread houses together as a party activity. Be sure to hot glue the houses before the party starts to be prepared and line the tables with plastic disposable tablecloths. For more great gingerbread house-building tips, hop to my other post about it!
Set up a hot cocoa bar with marshmallows, sprinkles, and candy cane stirrers. Decorate simple Christmas ornaments or delicious Christmas cookies as a party activity. If you have older children, have each child bring a white elephant gift and have a white elephant exchange. (Little kids may not understand the concept of trading presents which is the fun part!)
Have each guest wear their favorite Christmas sweater and invite guests to take turns decorating their own Ugly Christmas sweaters for a friendly competition. Put out some white paper, let kids take turns outlining each other, hand out some markers, and decorate those sweaters!
2. Pull out birthday decorations, not just Christmas decorations.
If your birthday boy or girl wants to celebrate without a Christmas theme, be sure to pull out your kid’s birthday decorations on their actual birthday. Consider your child’s interests and plan a birthday theme that reflects those interests: favorite shows, books, video games, sports, etc. Set up fun birthday traditions.
Some of our favorite traditions are writing sweet messages on the bathroom mirror, decorating the bedroom door with streamers and balloons, and using a special red plate for the big day. Have siblings write birthday cards with kind messages to their brother or sister and share during dinner time. It’s a great way to promote strong relationships between siblings. Such fun ways to make a birthday special!
3. Consider having a non-Christmas related venue for the party.
Take the stress off of hosting at your home (that is probably filled with holiday decorations) and host a birthday party at a venue that reflects your child’s interest. Some of our favorite venues have been gyms, basketball courts, roller skating rinks, and bowling alleys. You can bring your cake pops, giant cookie cake, or birthday cake, prop up your birthday banners, and enjoy letting someone else handle the cleanup!
You might also consider just hosting a party outside in the backyard or in the park. This past year, it snowed on my son’s birthday. His favorite activity was playing outside in the snow with all of his friends and my husband! They bundled up and had a fantastic time. Then, we warmed up with a hot chocolate bar in our garage.
4. No combination of birthday and holiday presents
When thinking about birthday gifts, be sure to avoid combining a child’s birthday gift with their Christmas gift. Even if it’s something small, make the effort to differentiate between Christmas presents and birthday presents. Save those Christmas gifts for Christmas Day! (And if the birthday is on Christmas Day, still change it up!)
5. Use birthday specific wrapping paper.
Think about wrapping those birthday gifts in birthday paper and save the Christmas wrapping paper for the holidays. Keep the birthday celebration focused on the birthday child, just as you do with the other kiddos during the other months of the year.
6. Order a birthday cake.
With all of the sweets floating around during the Christmas season, it may be tempting to skip the birthday cake. Resist the temptation! It’s a good idea to ask that Christmas baby about their best birthday treat wish and make it come true! Our birthday boy always requests an ice cream cake, and we order it, even in the cold of late December.
Combine that special treat with his/her favorite finger food options and make it a great happy birthday during the holiday season. It’s an easy way to show your little one that you remember their birthday during such a busy time.
7. Celebrate birthdays, even on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
It’s really tough to have a birthday on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Consider inviting party guests for a second half of the day party before Christmas Eve services or after Christmas dinner. Or, consider having a winter wonderland party during the end of December or in the New Year when school is still out and activities are light. You can even get some great deals on the best gift ideas when all of the best things are on sale!
8. Consider celebrating a half-birthday.
Another great option for winter birthdays is celebrating a half-birthday. Consider hosting your little one when the schedule is more relaxed in the summertime. Serve a half-cake, throw in a present or two, and celebrate those Christmas babies!
9. Send out invites early!
We all know that hosting birthday parties in December can be tough. Be sure to get a head start and send out invites to avoid conflict with another holiday party or Christmas event. When you give enough notice, lots of people will let you know if they can make it or not, enabling you to make the best plans for your birthday kiddo! It actually might be the best time to host a party over school break when many parents are looking for activities for their children.
I hope this post inspires you with some Christmas birthday ideas for your winter baby. Remember to keep it simple and special with some easy planning. Be sure to sign up below for my free meal planner and read more about all of our favorite celebrations during this time of year!