Birthday in a Multicultural Family | Party at Home
Over the past few years, I have tried to throw birthdays parties for my children, lots of Pinterest, and social media research on ideas with catering services. Due to the Novel Coronavirus, we have to cancel our older daughter – Luana’s birthday party. In consequence, it gives me an opportunity to reflect and to understand that birthdays are not meant to be stressful.
The key to design little kids’ activity is to keep it within his or her personality, interest, disposition, and attention span. If you are raising a multicultural kid, perhaps adding a few diverse flavors is a good idea. Little kid’s birthdays can be eventful without leaving home. This year we plan to have a family only, indoor & low budget birthday party!
Birthday Traditions in My Multicultural Family
Birthdays are celebrated around the world and we want to do the same. The idea behind the birthday celebration is allowing parents to express love to their little kids and the joy of having them coming to the world. Therefore, the most vital thing in our birthday celebration is to spend time having fun together.
We begin this tradition when my husband and I first start dating as a couple. The birthday person gets to waive from some household chores, get to choose the cuisine of the week, or select a movie on the movie night. Little things like this that make us feel spoiled and we certainly want to carry on this tradition to our little multicultural kids!
Brigadeiro is the most loved Brazilian sweets, and it is also the most popular snacks at the party. Brazilian father says he grew up eating these on birthdays, good ideas to add some Brazilian culture to our mini party.
If overall circumstances allow, we plan to arrange travel trips for birthdays. My husband and I are rarely exchanging birthday gifts throughout the years, and we spend most of our celebrations with a simple dinner or a trip. We want to believe that instead of giving material things, it is always a better idea to create experiences to remember.
In the article of Five Concept Littler Explorers Learn Through Travels mentioned that traveling with little explorers can be fun and stress-free. First and foremost, defined travel in your own way! It is not necessary to spend a big budget, break the bank to create a fancy trip. Walking in the woods or taking a local museum tour is also a form of “traveling.”
Make Birthday Fun & Memorable
My husband and I made a list of activities to celebrate kid’s birthday, such as scavenger hunt for presents, Blowing bubbles from the window, or movie night with popcorns inside a fort. These are the possible activities to do at home at this critical moment as things aren’t easy to purchase. We intend to go with the flow and allow our birthday kid to choose the activities.
Transform into a Birthday-party-zone
Birthday parties at home are great fun and do not have to be much work. Be creative and embrace the party-spirit as you decorate Balloons around the house, put up Streamers and banners, Birthday tablewares or Confetti.
FaceTime with Family & Friends
Being a multicultural family and especially after moving to Spain, our family and friends are mostly around the world; we try to create a “meaningful connection” in attempting to maintain a close relationship with half a world apart.
Birthday is a great day to get all family members and friends together; we want to take advantage of this special day, scheduled various FaceTime calls throughout the day. This way kids can listen to multiple versions of birthday songs from a different region of the world and also get to experience happiness with social distancing.
Perhaps open the present or cards during video calls, so that kids can associate the present with the giver, also allow your little kid to say thank you to the person.
Birthday Cupcakes Decorating
Cooking activities such as homemade pizza and baking cake are always fun. This year we choose to decorate vanilla cupcakes with buttercream and the topping of my kid’s choice.
Finger Paint Fun!
Not only finger painting can stimulate your child’s senses, improve motor skill and kid’s creativity. It also add some colors for the birthday celebration.
There’s no fun celebration without smashing a Piñata ! It was our toddler’s first time playing Piñata, it takes a bit time for her to realize how it works. Nonetheless, she was delighted to see hidden candies, treats, chocolates, and confetti falling out from Piñata. It was definitely one of the highlights for the birthday!
My multicultural kid gets to pick one present from us. Of course, within the budget, some of our family overseas mail-in birthday gifts and cards. What can a little kid want! All they really want are friends, parents and to have fun.
One of the most important traditions for us is our little kids always end her birthdays with a storybook present for a bedtime story!
Here are a few other fun activities to keep your little kids entertained without leaving home!