My Favorite Birthday Tradition

All my best traditions are stolen from my parents, and this one is no exception.

For weeks, Ella has been talking about how, when she turned five, she’d get “breakfast on a tray.”

In my family growing up, we were reasonably healthy eaters, and we never ever ever had sugary cereal.

Except on birthdays.

On the morning of your birthday, the whole family would march into your bedroom singing “Happy Birthday” and bearing a tray with a bowl of mega-sugary cereal.

It was the best.

There were three great parts to this tradition. First, it was really exciting to have a cereal you never got to eat the rest of the year. Second, it was fun even when it wasn’t your birthday because you got to have a bowl of sugary cereal after the birthday child had their bowl. And third, you can’t get easier than a bowl of cold cereal. No waking up early to make waffles or pancakes or french toast.

Five is the age it started in my family because it’s old enough to (hopefully) eat in bed without spilling everywhere.

Happily, on Saturday morning, Ella successfully ate her Lucky Charms without spilling a drop (and the rest of us ate bowls on the bedroom floor without incident too), and it may well have been the highlight of her birthday.

That, or the Frozen bike she got. It might be a toss-up.

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  • Reply Kate Unger July 27, 2015 at 11:24 am

    So fun! What a great way to make a birthday even more special. 🙂

  • Reply Kristen @ See You In A Porridge July 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    this is so adorable! happy belated birthday to Ella. My mum never did any traditions – womp womp. I hope to overdose my kids with traditions like this. Love it.

  • Reply Dana W July 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    My family use to do this too but we could get poptarts in bed! And Happy Birthday to Ella!

  • Reply Jenna Hatfield July 27, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Well this is just super fun!

  • Reply Jessica July 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Are you kidding me with Baby M in a birthday hat?! Cutest girl. I grew up with the sugar cereal birthday tradition too, and I think it's the best.

  • Reply Daveana July 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Oh My Word!!! Her bed hair is simply precious!!! What a fun birthday tradition! Happy Birthday Ella!

  • Reply Kathleen Forbes July 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Love her adorable bedhead. Growing up my parents allowed us to designate one of our birthdays (there were three of us) as "junk food day." We got to request whatever junk food we wanted and we could eat it ALL day, no limits. It was amazing.

  • Reply Paige Flamm July 27, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    This is such a fun and cute tradition! Reading your blog makes me want to steal every brilliant idea you've ever had, and this is one of them!

  • Reply Meghan July 27, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Fun idea– and way to go for no one SPILLING!

  • Reply Rachel July 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Her sweet bed head!

  • Reply KT July 27, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    so fun! we only have sugary cereal on Christmas (everyone gets their own box) and it is so fun. I love Ella's fantastic bed head. I hope she had a great day.

  • Reply Mikaela D July 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    These are the sweetest pictures! I just cannot get over her bed head!

    • Reply Alysa Stewart July 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm


    • Reply Kristen Miles July 28, 2015 at 12:19 am

      I was going to say the same thing!! Love these pictures.

    • Reply Kayla July 28, 2015 at 3:10 am

      I also agree with this! The bedhead might just be the darlingest thing ever!

  • Reply Jeanette Larsen March 26, 2016 at 5:24 am

    this is so fun, we had sugar cereals for christmas as a treat 🙂

    the pictures are so precious!

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