12 Ways to Make Your Child's Birthday Feel Special

From cupboards full of balloons to a stack of birthday pancakes, check out these sweet, easy ways to make your kid feel special on her birthday

The presents are wrapped and ready to go, and you've got the party all dialed in. But that's on Saturday, and your kiddo's actual birthday? Well, that's on a Tuesday. No matter -- we've rounded up the cutest, cleverest birthday ideas to make your child's special day magical from beginning to end. Let the countdown begin!

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Boo! Got You!
Birthdays were made for surprises. What if every cabinet, cupboard or closet your child opened on her birthday held a hidden, colorful stash of balloons? You'd officially be the Coolest Mom Ever, that's what.

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Light Up the Day
Who ever said candles were just for cake? Set something ablaze and stick it in everything he eats all day, starting with a stack of birthday pancakes. By lunchtime, he'll catch on to the fun!

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Let Her Eat Cake (Sort Of)
Forget the boring bologna sandwich. Today, turn her lunch into an edible party. The "cupcake" is really a cleverly-shaped stack of whole wheat bread and cheddar and provolone cheeses topped with a cherry tomato and a few candy-covered sunflower seed "sprinkles." When she opens her lunchbox, she'll feel like she won the birthday lottery.

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Tag, You're It!
If forking over for an actual throne is out of the question (ahem), give any regular chair the royal treatment with a birthday sign and some colorful flag bunting. Don't be surprised if your requests to "sit down and eat" finally get heard.

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Pin This
In case a smile the size of Texas isn't enough to give away her birthday-girl status, pin a big ribbon to her shirt announcing the news. She'll love basking in the sort of VIP treatment you only get one day a year.

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Pop Art
Us grown-ups may not be eager to add another candle to our cakes, but turning a whole year older is a Big Deal to kids. Magnify the majorness of the occasion with a giant balloon number announcing the new digit. Just tape balloons in the appropriate configuration to a prominent wall or door.

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I'm This Many
Little kids love any visual representation of their age. Sure to fire her up: a sweet custom tee with precisely the right number of candles. (Don't even try to picture what yours would look like.)

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Drive Home the Point
Let her scribble a birthday announcement on the car window (or do it for her if writing -- let alone spelling -- isn't something she's mastered yet). What's more awesome than mom-approved graffiti? Word.

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Shout It From the Windows
What kid wouldn't love coming home from school to find his whole house filled with ballons? (Fine, the windows will suffice...it's the illusion that rocks here.) It's a little gesture with huge returns.

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Morning, Sweetie!
Nothing says "happy birthday, kid" like a flaming, cake-shaped tower of donuts for breakfast. (Come on, it's only one day out of the whole year!) Sure, it's starting the day with a big-time sugar rush -- but it's not like she wasn't going to be jazzed all day, anyway. 

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Wrap It All Up!
Kids love unwrapping presents -- so why not capitalize on it? Individually wrap everything in his lunchbox with different fun wrapping paper. We're betting his applesauce and PB&J never tasted so good.

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That stack of birthday pancakes you're going to make? Yeah, it'll look extra festive when it's served on a customized "it's your special day" plate that only comes out of the cupboard once a year. Wash it and use it again (and again!) for lunch and dinner.

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