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The Birthday Book

Celebrations for Everyone

December 2004
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    1st December 2004
  • ISBN 9781903458013
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.

Birthdays are milestones on our journey through life. The authors say, "We wrote this book for the many people who wish to find ways of bringing beauty, meaning, and a touch of magic into the celebration of birthdays."

The Birthday Book is packed with recipes, stories, songs, games, and ideas for cards, decorations and presents. There are suggestions for ‘oldies’, for teenagers, 18th and 21st parties, as well as children’s parties. You will also find unusual celebrations for those celebrating birthdays on holiday, ill in bed, at Christmas or for rainy days.


— A complete resource for birthday celebrations from age one to 100+.
— How to organize a party—invitations, games, prizes and food.
— Party suggestions for teenagers, 18 to 21 year-olds, twins, and small children.
— Unique celebrations for those on holiday, ill, Christmas birthdays, and rainy days.
— Birthday traditions from around the world—Chinese, Muslim, Hindu, and many more.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Diana Carey

1. Where Do Birthdays Come From?
2. The Candlelit Cake
3. Birthday Traditions
4. Exceptional Birthdays
5. Party Time
6. Invitations and Cards
7. Party Games
8. Party Activities
9. Entertainment
10. Eating at a Party
11. Decoration
12. Gifts
13. Gift-wrap
14. Poems and Songs
15. Stories
16. Birth and Star Wisdom
17. Calendar of Saints

Appendix 1. Back to Basics
Appendix 2. Conversation Charts

About the Authors
About the Illustrator

Ann Druitt

Ann Druitt trained as an artist. She divides her time between teaching and writing.

Christine Fynes-Clinton

Christine Fynes-Clinton works as a music teacher and doll-maker and leads workshops on festivals and family life.