Simple and Magical Birthday Celebrations

Simple and Magical Birthday Celebrations

This week’s theme over on Instagram is creating simple and magical birthday traditions!

Keeping Birthday Celebrations Simple


  • Invite only the number of guests as the age the child is turning. (eg. 3 years old, 3 guests)
  • Cakes can be as simple or elaborate as desired. Aesthetics are usually driven by parental expectations not children’s
  • A few meaningful presents is all that is needed to foster joy and gratitude. Less is more.

Day Before 

  • Plan for a family game or meal on the special day: birthday child’s choice!
  • Lay out clothes the night before, prep meals and sportscast the next day for a smoother morning.
  • Say a birthday verse the night before

On the Day

  • Recount for the child their birth story and how you welcomed them into the world.
  • Prepare a special meal and let your child choose what’s on the menu
  • All feelings are valid. A lot of anticipation, attention & focus on young children. They are not ungrateful just overwhelmed.

I also shared a beautiful Waldorf-inspired Birthday Verse to say the night before the child’s birthday:

When I am tucked into bed tonight
And I turn off my nightlight
I’ll be ____ years old.

And in the morning when I rise
There will be a sweet birthday surprise
______ kisses when I wake
______ candles on my cake!

Below are some simple open-ended birthday gift ideas. If you’re looking for more ideas and product recommendations head to my Open-Ended Toys Amazon List to take the stress out of planning!

Check our family’s favourite cake recipes made with simple, real-food ingredients.

The Cake

We like to bake a very simple cake and add sweet icing as a treat. Our tried and true cake is our simple lemon vanilla cake with vanilla butter frosting. We decorate with edible flowers to keep things natural and simple but beautiful. You could replace the spelt flour with an all-purpose gluten-free flour is desired. If you have allergies or sensitivities, I highly recommend searching for dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free options.

Simple Birthday Cake with Butter Frosting

2 cups spelt flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (bi-carb)
1 cup of cane sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
zest from 1 lemon

3 tbs butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
dash of milk

Let’s Begin
Preheat Oven to 180 C (350 F)
Mix first four dry ingredients together
Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl
Add wet to dry and mix well
Pout into greased and lined pan

Bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven and let it cool completely before removing from pan or icing

Beat icing ingredients all together until fluffy and smooth and ice cake when it has completely cooled


I hope these ideas give you the freedom and calm you deserve when planning those special celebrations.

Happy Birthday to those celebrating!

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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.


  1. Shalyn on September 1, 2023 at 10:07 am

    Hello! I just came back to this post to find the birthday cake recipe again. I have made it twice, and it is so delicious! The link to the recipe is no longer working. Any chance you can share it again? Thanks!

    • Meagan Rose Wilson on September 12, 2023 at 8:51 pm

      Hello Shalyn! I’ve added the cake recipe you were searching for to the journal above. Please take a look. Enjoy!

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