Monday, April 18, 2011

VERY Extra Special Happy Birthday Balloons!

My daughter Brooklyn turned 8 on Friday and this is what she woke up to find:
8 balloons across the doorway to celebrate her day.
What makes these balloons special, is that inside each one is a One Dollar bill!
That makes them VERY Extra Special Happy Birthday Balloons:)

See?

My parents do this for all of their kids on their birthdays(until they turn 18).
I say "do" instead of "did" because they still have many kids living at home;
the youngest being just 9 months older than my daughter;)

I always felt so special when I would wake up on my birthday to see my balloons hanging there...one for each year of my life with my dollars inside.

Now I do this same birthday tradition for my children
and it gives me such great joy to see how special it makes them feel.

The best part is getting to POP them and watching the dollars fall from the sky!

It's kinda like a Grand Finale to the birthday because it is done
after the cake and presents and it sounds like fireworks;) 

It's a little thing, but it's the little things that make life special.

Make it RAIN! ;) Ha ha ha! I am so Gangster.

Collecting her dollars and trying to unroll them.

She LOVES this birthday tradition;)
8 dollars baby!

I hadn't planned to blog this, but I had some friends over on Friday morning for some crafting and they all commented on how awesome it was and that now they are going to do it for their children. So I decided that maybe you might like to know about it as well:)

What little things do you you do for your kids on their birthdays
 to make them feel extra special?

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73 comments:

Connie the crafterbug said...

Great idea!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I LOVE this idea! I'm starting it with the very next birthday at our house- oh wait, that's my birthday! I'm thinking we shouldn't save the fun for the kids only, right? :)
xoxo,
Amy
p.s. I love your daughter's skirt

Lu said...

So glad you shared -- I love this idea! I want to do simple but fun birthday traditions for my kids and this will definitely be among them.

Heidi Lucille said...

Luv it! :o)
Thanks for sharing.

Erin said...

Such a fun family tradition - and I think the fact that its a family tradition is what makes it all the more special. Love traditions!

Jamie said...

What a neat idea, thanks for sharing (i'm probably going to steal the idea)!

Anna said...

That IS awesome! I'm adding it my tutorials TO DO so that I can remember to do it for Malea's birthday next year!

Anna

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

What a cute idea, Amy! Brooklyn looks super happy :)

Cherie said...

what a great tradition that is! And she looks very pleased.

Jenna said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I love the idea and I JUST told Josh that I want to do this for our kids! :)

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

What a fun idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

Tiaras & Bow Ties said...

I am happy you shared this idea! My son Austin will be 10 next month and this would be a really fun thing to do for him. Perhaps, I'll line the entire ceiling with balloons, 10 filled with money...make him work for it! You're a good mom.
kim @tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com

Jackie Koll said...

I love this idea!!! I'm so adding it to our birthday traditions. Last year I started thinking of ideas of what I could do for my boys that is differant and this sounds so fun.

All Things Beautiful said...

what a fun idea! It really is the little things that make life special. I like the birthday girls skirt too.

I am the oldest of 10 and my parent's youngest is just 8 months older than my first. I think its cool and so do the kids.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

That really is a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick said...

This is so sweet! I love it :)

amy@flexibledreams said...

This is awesome! My kids were in the room as I read this post and they very much want me to do this... tomorrow :-)

I pinned this post! http://pinterest.com/pin/14942533/

TheCraftInMe said...

Oh, that is such a fun idea, I have to do this for my daughter, thanks for sharing!!!

Angelyn said...

Lovely idea! Glad you changed your mind and shared. Brooklyn looks so cute and happy.

BigBearswife said...

what a great idea! thanks for sharing!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

My kids would love this! Going to start this idea this year! Thanks so much for sharing!

I have a weekly linky partey called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love for you to link up sometime!

leah mari said...

Thanks for sharing! Now I am going o do this! Great idea!

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Rosario said...

great idea! I think I am going to share this with my sisters.

Diane Writes said...

Hello Amy! I discovered your blog from Paisley Passions. I am a participant too. I must say that your family's balloon tradition is uniquely great! It's a family tradition that is worth for keeps and surely made a lot of kids and even those grown up who remained to be very kids at heart HAPPY!

Your daughter is by the way very beautiful!

I hope we could develop a connection by following each others blogs. Have a great week!

Erin said...

What an awesome tradition! I love it!

btanders said...

I love this idea! I think I may have to start doing this with my kids. Hey, maybe I'll even hint that my husband should do it for me!

http://btanders.blogspot.com

cajungal01 said...

Oh my gosh! I am SOOOOO glad you shared this because it IS a great idea! I LOVE having traditions and this one is perfect..not too time consuming, not too costly, and yet it makes the person feel super special~ perfect!
I am DEFINITELY starting this tradition this year!
thanks!
:0)
~robin

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

Perfect timing!

My oldest turns 11 tomorrow...this is a fabulous idea.

Thanks so much for sharing!

PartyMom said...

What a fantastic tradition! I think I may have to incorporate this now...thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

What a cute easy idea! I'd love for you to link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

~Michelle

Judy said...

How fun is that?! My brother is autistic and was terrified of balloons so nothing of the sort would have worked in our home growing up, but this might be fun to do with my kids now that they are getting a bit older :) Thanks for sharing!

Mimi said...

This is so fun and I think kids of ALL ages would love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jennifer said...

I just hung balloons for my birthday boy who is turning eight tomorrow! Thanks for the new tradition!!!

Paisley Walls said...

I love it and will do this for my kids too! The balloons even look like Easter Eggs, so I might do it for an Easter Morning tradition (:

Tracy said...

what a GREAT tradition! love it. thanks for sharing.

lauren@warmandfuzzy said...

love traditions....thanks for sharing yours. Great idea!!

Kids love balloons and money ;)

lauren
www.warmfuzzypurpleandgold.com

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I'm so glad you blogged this ... what a neat tradition!

TCK said...

I am so GLAD you decided to blog this!! I have a new tradition...they will LOVE it!!

Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

What a fun tradition! Thanks for linking up to my party. :)

Lolly Jane said...

love this idea too. i just had 2 kid bday, dang! i think we'll have to start this tho, how adorable!! thanks so much for sharing!! (:

Jennifer said...

Love it too!

Jen
www.dishesandsocks.com

persia lou said...

Ooh... Fun! New tradition in our house!!

Amy Bowman said...

such a great idea! I bet the kids just love it!!
Featuring you at "AP Tuesday" tomorrow!

The SPANGLER said...

Fantastic Idea... so glad you decided to share this!
Am off to follow you about now... if you get a chance I'd love it if you'd stop by and say hi at The Quick Unpick
Cheers

Sara E said...

can you do this for me please? My 44th is next month. :)

pretty please

Maggie said...

What I great tradition...thank you for sharing! I love incorporating new traditions into our family...and this will be one of them! I just subscribed to your blog....thanks!!

Maggie said...

that was supposed to say what "A" a great tradition, not "I"...oops...thanks!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Woah, and I thought easter egg hunting for singles was exciting. this idea is much more explosive :) haha. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!! Hope to see ya again this week :)

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

that is so cute! too bad in Canada our smallest bill is a $5 bill! haha!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Amy-

My mom used to do that!

Thanks for sharing at Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week.

Rockabye Butterfly said...

This is such an awesome idea!!! I'm totally going to do this for my husband's birthday coming up, but instead maybe with love notes/ his favourite candy!!! Thanks so much for the idea!!!

http://rockabyebutterfly.blogspot.com/

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

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Aubrey@My Forever House said...

I found you through HOH, but had to follow after I looked at your to do list! And I thought my list was long! LOL!

AliLilly said...

OH MY GOSH!! This is the sweetest and coolest tradition ever!! I'm doing this with my daughter! She'll be 3 in June! PERFECT timing! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! :)

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Hahaha, how much fun is that!! She looks pretty happy with her riches :D xx

Crystal said...

oh wow! what an awesome idea and tradition! love it! definitely gonna start doing it for our son....he turns 15 this year so he is sure to love getting all those dolla dolla bills, y'all!! LOL! i just had to say that because i loved your gangsta line so much...it cracked me up! big hugs!

Clydia said...

I.LOVE.IT! This will now be a new tradition at our house! Thanks for sharing! XOXO

AllieMakes! said...

Very fun! Great job!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie!
AllieMakes.blogspot.com

Tiffany @ Iffy Scraps said...

What a super cute,fun way to start a birthday celebration!

Michelle said...

I absolutely love this idea! I'm so glad you posted about it. My kiddos are 2 1/2 and 5 months old. This is a great tradition to start now!

Kate said...

What a precious idea!!

Melissa said...

I love love love this idea! My Daughter's birthday is coming up and though she is turning 6 and my son will be 11 I am going to start this tradition this year. Never to late to start a fun memorable tradition.

We will be featuring your post on Juice Box Dreams tomorrow. Please drop by and grab a button, we're also having our first ever blog party Sunday we love to have your link up!

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To Sew With Love said...

thanks for sharing this fun idea! I would definitely do it on my kid's birthday they would surely enjoy popping the balloon and see all the euros fall down! I will be featuring this tomorrow on our blog! ^^)

Smallgood said...

Very sweet tradition. I'll have to file it away for when I have children. You have any kids who are afraid of the popping noise? I've got several co-workers who can't stand it.

Molly said...

Such a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing :-)

Laura said...

I just came across this idea at A Girl and a Glue Gun. I LOVE it and can't wait for the next birthday here to try it.

Laura @ Come Together Kids

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I featured this on my blog today

http://kimboscrafts.blogspot.com/2011/05/shout-outs.html

x♥x♥, gina said...

That is a SupER fun idea. So going to start doing this!,

Wani said...

What a fun tradition!!

Laura said...

Just stopping back to say I did this for my daughter's birthday today and it was a HUGE hit! Thank you so much for this awesome idea.

http://cometogetherkids.blogspot.com/2011/09/birthday-balloon-pop.html

Michelle said...

I love this idea and will be doing it! thanks for sharing!

Frances7th said...

WE DO THIS TOO!! DD loves it! She loves to tie more balloons up on the ribbon that doesn't have $$ in them afterward as well. I think the ribbon hung in the archway for 2 weeks afterward. LOL!

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."
~Jill Churchill