7 Fun Ways To Celebrate The Birthday Of A Passed Love One

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Remembering a loved who has passed is not easy, so I wanted to put together some ideas where you can have fun and spend the day remembering the things you loved about that person. It is always ok to grieve and take moments to cry but it’s important to find time to remember and celebrate too. I think our loved ones would want us to have some fun on their special day! So today I am sharing 7 Fun Ways To Celebrate The Birthday of A Passed Love One.

Happy Birthday Dad!

This past weekend Jake and got to I celebrate my dad’s birthday! We had a really great time making his favorite cookies and sharing them with some neighbors.

The past 2 years, Jake and I were at Disneyland celebrating over my dad’s birthday. This year being home, I wanted to plan something to celebrate my dad that would put a smile not only on my face, but others as well. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies popped into my head! It seemed like a fun way to celebrate so, I decided to go with making cookies!

It has been almost 3 years since my dad has passed away, and to celebrate his birthday we wanted to do something fun! For me it’s important to remember him and have him still part of my life even though he is now in heaven. When I was trying to come up with some ideas on what to do, I reached out on Insta Stories with a few ideas I had, as well as asked others who have experienced the loss of loved one how they celebrate important dates. There were so many great ideas, I thought I would put together a blog post with some of those ideas. Thank you so much to those who shared with me your stories and celebrations of loved ones!

Here are some pictures from the cookie making adventure, as well as 7 ideas to celebrate the life of a loved one on their birthday! I tried to pick things that would be on the easier side to do, and things that could be fun to do every year! Birthdays are supposed to be fun, and good days. I think our loved ones would want us to have a good time remembering them!


1. Make Your Loved Ones Favorite Meal Or Eat Out At Their Favorite Restaurant

A fun and easy way to celebrate a loved ones birthday is to eat at their favorite restaurant. If you enjoy cooking or your loved one liked to cook, try making their favorite meal! It’s ok if the food doesn’t turn out, just have some fun making it! My cookie making took 3 batches to get the batter right! hahahaha

2. Throw A Birthday Party!

Buy a cake or make a cake and have a birthday party!  In our family, one of my favorite birthday traditions we would do was go around the table and each take turns telling why we loved the birthday person.  I thought it would be fun to go around the table with whoever is there to celebrate the loved one, and share favorite moments or stories you remember.  You could even recored it and write the stories down and give everyone a compilation of the stories for a gift in the future! Or add to the book each year with everyones stories!

3. Movie Night!

Have a movie night and watch home videos or the loved ones favorite movie. Get their favorite movie treat for everyone to enjoy while watching! If they were more into books than movies, you could read their favorite book too!

My dad was more the go out to the movies type. He got sick when I was 4, so going to the movies was something we would do often since it’s a pretty low key activity. My dad would get Junior Mints or Rasinets and I could pick out whatever treat I wanted. He was always great company at the movies!


4. Spend The Day Doing Something Your Loved One Enjoyed Doing

If they had a special hobby, you could do that too!  I have heard of families that have had younger family members that passed away they would do something that would be that age appropriate for the age they would be turning.  For example if the family member was going to be 10 that year, they would go bowling and to the movies to celebrate that loved one. Or do something they thought their family member would enjoy doing at that age.

5. Recreate A Favorite Pastime

Did you and your loved one have something special you loved to do together? Spend the day doing what you two loved doing together! You could even invite friends to come with you to make it more fun! My dad and I loved shopping together, so for me it would be spending the day going shopping 🙂 I have a friend who her and her dad loved playing Scrabble together, so that is what she does on his birthday.

6. Plant Something In Their Honor

Add some new flowers, or a plant a new tree. Then every time you see that plant you can enjoy it and think of your loved one.

Outfit Details- Dress: Zara | Headband: Etsy | Sandals: Marc Fisher


7. Find A Way To Serve

Donate to a charity that your loved one cared about, share some bouquet of flowers, or make your loved ones favorite treat and share them with friends/neighbors!  You can attach a favorite quote or message that meant something to your loved one. Doing something for others will always leave you smiling and your loved one smiling too 😉

Have you lost a loved one? I would enjoy hearing how you like to celebrate their life on important dates!

Thanks for stopping by today for 7 Fun Ways To Celebrate The Birthday of A Passed Love One. Hope you have a great week!

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  • Claire
    April 8, 2019

    it’s hard for me to celebrate the birthday of a passed love One ! Love what you did!


    • Ester Bazile
      March 4, 2021

      Many Thanks for the wordings and the suggested activities to carry on in the midst of the loss one. A birthday celebration ideas of loved ones

  • Shauna
    April 8, 2019

    I love this idea…how meaningful. Hope it was a special day for for you all ..



  • Cate
    April 9, 2019

    that is such a beautiful idea even for processing the loss and remembering properly our loved ones. brava.

    Cate // 35mminstyle

  • Rach
    April 9, 2019

    So sorry to hear you lost your dad. But these are incredible ways to honor people we have lost!


  • Simone
    April 9, 2019

    Such a fab idea! Those cookies look so yum.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  • Jennifer
    April 9, 2019

    These are such good ideas!!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  • Laura
    April 9, 2019

    This is such a lovely post and thanks for sharing! It’s so important to celebrate the passing of a loved one to celebrate their life! I lost my best friend in 2006 and celebrate her Birthday by visiting her resting place and decorating it with flowers, but would love to do a few more things which fun loving and LOVE your ideas of making your dads favourite cookies!

    What was his favourite scripture?

    Sending love,

    Laura xo
    God Bless http://www.shehearts.net

    • Hookrow
      July 5, 2020

      Amazing article! You’re doing a great job. Your words seems to be real. Keep sharing good stuff.

  • My husband is always a little sad on his mom’s birthday. I should really think of doing one of these with him next year.


  • Alyssa
    April 10, 2019

    These are really great ideas. In my family, we actually celebrate my grandfather’s birthday every year who passed away in 2003. We always visit him in the cemetery, bring flowers, light some candles, and then we eat in a restaurant 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  • Kara
    April 10, 2019

    I love the idea of celebrating the birthday of a loved who has passed away! It’s a lovely way to remember and celebrate them. All of these ideas are great. My grandma passed away over a year ago and last year I wasn’t sure what to do on her birthday, but this year I’m going to use some of your ideas!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

  • These are great ideas and it looks like you had a really fun time making you’re Dad’s favorite cookies.

  • Brigita
    April 10, 2019

    You’re so cute! Love your ribbon, house, and dog :)) And those cookies look delicious! 🙂

    Bri | https://www.brigitadaisy.com

  • SundayDahlias
    April 10, 2019

    These are such sweet ideas. i think it may be hard at first, but spending the day in happy remembrance with these activities definitely sounds like the better and happier option!


  • Jill
    April 10, 2019

    First, I love your new blog design! These are great ideas of celebrating someone we’ve lost!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • jodie filogomo
    April 14, 2019

    You have some fabulous ideas. We did this once for Mother’s day by cooking the things that a friends mother always cooked!!

  • Pat Blake
    April 14, 2019

    I loved this idea, thank you so much for posting this one.


  • Logan
    April 15, 2019

    Oh my goodness, this makes my heart so warm. I absolutely love this idea. Also, those cookies look amazing!

    xo Logan

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    June 10, 2020

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    September 14, 2021

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  • Angeline Petrus
    October 30, 2021

    I was looking for a way to celebrate the birthday of my Mother in love whom I loved dearly. Thanks to you I certainly found some great ideas.

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    December 2, 2021

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    December 2, 2021

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  • Umeko
    June 30, 2022

    Thank you so much ! All these were great ideas 😊. My mother passed Dec 2016 and her birthday is today, June 30th. It’s usually hard for me so I try not to think about it, but today I’m going to do something different and celebrate her birthday.

  • Cassie
    September 29, 2022

    This is such a wonderful idea. Keep sharing good stuff

    Sending Love



  • Cassie
    September 29, 2022

    This is such a wonderful idea. Keep sharing good stuff



  • Sohbet
    January 6, 2023

    very very nice

  • I love this idea…how meaningful. Hope it was a special day for for you all ..

  • Thank you very much dear teacher for this nice sharing.

  • akshita
    January 18, 2024

    Very nice method to celebrate birthday

  • sheikhusman
    February 20, 2024

    Your words evoke an expanse of emotions. Your unique insights add color to the discussion. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and contributing to this vibrant exchange.

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