What I'd like to know is: Did they typically buy cards and presents for the birthday boy or girl? Did they buy presents? Did they wrap the presents? Did they say 'happy birthday' or 'many happy returns'? Did they sing 'Happy Birthday'? Was it an occasion for all the family or just close family?
Awesome response from Maynard so far - and just as I thought - the Victorian birthday celebration was very different indeed from today's type of celebration. Can anyone top that? Provide more details on what they might have specifically eaten? Would they ever celebrate at breakfast, for instance?