How to Surprise Your Child on His or Her Birthday Morning

Start the day with balloons, a favorite breakfast and other surprises!

Birthday breakfast table

Sometimes kids are so sleepy in the morning, they even forget when it's their birthday.

Well, if you follow this advice, they'll remember right away.

Take a look at these fun birthday morning ideas you could use to surprise your child:

  • Place a helium balloon above your child's bed, so it's the first thing he or she sees in the morning. Or, fill the room with dozens of helium balloons. You could also skip the helium and just cover the entire floor with colorful balloons. What a way to wake up! 
  • Cover the birthday kid's doorway with streamers or a happy birthday sign she must walk through to get out of her room.
  • Line a path from his bed to the breakfast table with a red carpet (you can use disposable tablecloths to make this). 
  • Place a birthday message on the bathroom mirror or underneath the toilet seat lid.
  • Have your child's favorite breakfast cooking when he wakes up. Set the breakfast table with party hats that everyone will wear during the meal. 
  • Serve a breakfast muffin, waffles or pancakes with a candle on top. Or, serve birthday cake for breakfast!
  • Make him a shirt that says "It's my birthday!" Set it out so he can wear it for the day and receive birthday wishes from everyone he meets. 
  • Take the birthday kid out for breakfast.
  • Decorate the house for the birthday party while the child is sleeping.
  • Invite a few of her best friends over for a surprise breakfast party. Have them sitting at the table, waiting to yell "surprise!" when she comes into the kitchen. 
  • Place a wrapped present next to his pillow or on the floor outside his bedroom door.
  • Hand your child a clue when she wakes up, setting her on a treasure hunt. Leave several clues around the house until she reaches the final destination, where her first present awaits.
  • Hang a birthday banner in the birthday kid's room.
  • Play with the age your child is turning. If he's turning five, for instance, make him a pancake shaped like the number five, put paper handprints around the house and greet him with a high five in the morning. If she's turning eight, play a game of crazy eights over breakfast. For a seventh birthday, serve 7up with breakfast.
  • Decorate the front yard or porch in a festive way. You could stick signs in the grass or spell out happy birthday with rocks, for instance. If it's a winter birthday, draw a message in the snow.
  • Decorate the car with streamers and signs, kind of like a "Just Married" car, but with birthday messages instead (like "Just Born - 10 years ago!").
  • Hang a happy birthday sign on the outside of your child's bedroom window facing in, so when he opens his blinds or curtains, it's the first thing he sees.
  • Have a playlist of birthday-themed songs playing when she wakes up.
  • Print a larger-than-life picture of the birthday kid and hang it on a wall. You can even use this with a cutout slice of cake to play Pin the Cake on the birthday child's mouth.