I am thankful for you!On the Monday before the birthday, I let the birthday boy choose his favorite dessert and we play a little game with it. Here is how it works.
First we serve up the dessert. Then I give each non-birthday person a candle. Before we eat, we pass around the birthday person’s dessert. Each person takes a turn putting in their candle and telling the birthday boy/girl something about them they're thankful for or why they are glad that he/she is in our family. It continues until everyone has added a candle. Then the birthday boy finally gets his dessert and we light the candles and sing Happy Birthday. (Super Mommies, write down the cute things they say!)
(thanks to Catharine K for inspiring me with this fun idea!)