20 Birthday Questions for Flora

20 Birthday Questions for Flora

As some of you may know, every year just before Flora’s birthday, I ask her 20 questions.  I’ve been asking the same 20 birthday questions every year since she was three, and I keep a copy of them all, along with a birthday photo, in a folder that I plan to hand her on her 18th birthday.   It’s an idea I came across on Pinterest originally and I love seeing how her answers change from one year to the next.  Or, in many cases, stay exactly the same.

Last year

… saw a shift from dinosaurs to marine animals, from a boy to a girl as her best friend, and olives remained a constant (as they have done since she was three, just like sand and glitter…)  So, as she’ll be eight in a few days’ time (HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE, PLEASE?) I wonder how much has changed in a year?

This year

1. What is your favourite colour?Turquoise
2. What is your favourite toy?My big dragon puppet
3. What is your favourite fruit?Nectarines
4. What is your favourite tv show?Horrid Henry
5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?Mummy’s Sunday roast ♥
6. What is your favourite outfit?Tokyo tiger top and black skinny jeans
7. What is your favourite game?Hungry Shark (iPad app)
8. What is your favourite snack?Kalamata olives
9. What is your favourite animal?Dragon
10. What is your favourite song?Deadlines and Commitments (The Killers)
11. What is your favourite book?The Wizards of Once (Cressida Cowell)
12. Who is your best friend?Orla Grace Dowie
13. What is your favourite cereal?Frosties
14. What is your favourite thing to do outside?Ride my bike
15. What is your favourite drink?Lime and soda
16. Where is your favourite holiday destination?Paphos (Cyprus)
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?Spooky (my cat)
18. What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?Buttered crumpets
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?Fish and chips
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?Marine biologist

A new family tradition

Wow, I really think it’s fascinating how many of her answers have stayed the same!  I’m hugely chuffed that she loves my Sunday roasts, and that her taste in music remains excellent.  Although I’m a little surprised that a wannabe marine biologist wants fish and chips for her birthday tea 🙂

I’m so proud of her and the way she’s growing up, and I hope she’ll love looking back on all her answers when she turns 18.  I’ve suggested we make this a new family tradition, which she thinks is a good idea.  Who knows, one day I could be reading 20 questions for my grandchild – now there’s a scary thought to conjure with!

Do you like this idea? Did you do anything similar when you were growing up?


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Jenny in Neverland

This is such a lovely idea! I bet it’s been fascinating to see how her answers have changed over the years. I love that she wants to be a marine biologist, that’s amazing. And you can’t go wrong with fish and chips! <3

Ms Via

I loved loved loved this idea so much. A great family tradition really. She will really be happy to read all her answers and cherish the memories that you are so lovingly collecting. Marine Biologist sounds interesting. You baby is very beautiful she is looking gorgeous in this picture and so similar to you. 🙂 As always a lovely post Lisa. 🙂


What a fab idea! Definitely be something unique to give her. I’d love to do this when I have children. Xx


This is such a sweet and special idea Lisa! It will be so nice for you both to read the answers again when she is older. I agree with Flora that nothing beats a mum cooked Sunday Roast! Also Paphos in Cyprus is such a lovely place, Shaun & I went last year for my birthday and loved it! Happy Birthday to Flora – hope she has a great day! xx

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Awh this is so sweet Lisa, what a lovely thing to do! I’m a huge olive fan too, so we’d get on well! I’d love to do something like this when I have kids! Or photo albums perhaps xx.

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This is possibly the sweetest concept I’ve ever seen. It’ll be so amazing to have when she’s older! So cool that she wants to be a marine biologist. I hope that doesn’t change next year (pretty sure it will at some point given that she’s only 8, but still impressive). The most impressive thing however has to be that olives have been her favourite snack basically forever. My mother used to try to force feed me them as I hated them as a kid. Now, kalamatas are the best. Great choice, Flora!


Mary Lane @NewYorkCliche

Awww!! I love that you do this every year! So cute and what a lovely surprise for her in the future when she will appreciate your thoughtfulness so much! How awesome is it, out of all the crisps and biscuits in the world, her favorite snack is Kalamata olives!? Love it.


What a fabulous way to record Flora’s preferences throughout the years and see how much she has changed- or things she still likes! Fab post Lisa ?

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A Cup Of Wonderland

Nectarines are an excellent fruit so good choice but can I just say this is one of the most adorable and lovely ideas I have seen and I am sure that Flora will love it when she gets this on her 18th birthday!


This is such a cute idea! She’s going to absolutely love reading her answers back when you give her them! I’d definitely love to do something similar when I have kids! Marine Biologist- she’s clearly a smart cookie!- – https://sophhearts.com x

Charlene McElhinney

Bless, what a little cutie pie, her answers were so so so sweet! It’s nice to do blog posts like these as when she is older you can reflect on them together and always treasure the memories! Loved this post so much!

Lena Dee

This isn’t such a fun idea! I simply LOVE it! ? Flora is just the cutest and boy look how big she’s getting, 8 is such a fun age. Lol I can’t remember what I was doing at 8. Her answers are soooo cute! I use to want to be a marine biologist when I was in love with my science books lol. Keeping a record of all her answers and showing her progress and that it’s ok to change will be a gift in its own for her 18th. Such a lovely tradition to have. ? Xx Lena |… Read more »


This is an AMAZING idea!! I have to admit I wasn’t keen on Wizards of Once (Sorry Flora ?) but I agree fish and chips are a brilliant birthday dinner ?
Amy x


Awww Lisa this is such a wonderful tradition to start! I am sure that Flora will be so touched to receive a book containing all of these answers, built up over the years, as well as all the photos on her 18th birthday! How cute that she rates your Sunday roasts so highly, you’re obviously a great chef! 😉 I’m impressed that she enjoys olives so much for someone so young, I hated them throughout my childhood and have only come to love them in my adult years, so I always think of them as a “grown up” food hahah!… Read more »

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Shevy du Toit

This is honestly such an epic idea! I wanna steal it but I can’t go back to ask my 12 year old these questions 6 years ago ? That makes me bummed! Thanks so much for sharing…