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Posts tagged ‘birthday’

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Money Balloons

It was just a week ago that I was stuffing candy and money into Easter eggs; now it’s time to look toward graduations and summer birthdays. If you’re looking for a creative way to give some dough consider stuffing rolled up bills into balloons, then inflating the balloons. And if you need to send a long-distance care package — no sweat! Just partially inflate the balloons and stuff into a box and mail. You’ll really pull a fast one on the lucky recipient because the box will feel like it’s empty!



Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Wrapping Money

If you like searching for the perfect gift then giving money is probably not your favorite thing to do. But as kids get older, this seems to be a popular request. Just because you’re skipping the hunting and gathering doesn’t mean you still can’t have a little fun with giving money.

Oh Happy Day has a variation on the Pass the Parcel game in which the lucky recipient unwraps multiple layers of wrapping paper, revealing a little more money in each layer. Make them earn that cash while stretching out the experience!

One great tip: use twine instead of tape to close the layers, so nobody will accidentally tear the money bills.

Looking for other creative ways to give gifts? Check out these posts:

Follow the Spool

Surprise Balls

There’s what you give, and there’s how you give it.

The Gift of Experience

Big Ideas in Small Packages

Merry Making Via the Mail


(image courtesy Oh Happy Day)

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Word Streamers

These word streamers would certainly require some planning and patience in making but I love the end result! Great for a back-to-school party or any event that inspires a special message. Happy weekend!


(found via Pinterest)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Kid Cake Toppers

If you’re looking for a fresh alternative to the traditional birthday candles, check out this approach by Martha Stewart. Instead of surprising your child with her cake, consider involving her in the decorating process by encouraging her to create the cake topper. Not only will her cake be a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, it can also become an annual tradition that captures her ever changing interests and talents.


(image courtesy Martha Stewart)

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Giant Birthday Candles

You won’t find any icing on the ends of these giant birthday candles but they’re striking nonetheless! You’ll find DIY instructions here for making magic out of mailing tubes!



(images courtesy Sugar & Cloth)

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Half Birthday

Want to really surprise someone on their birthday? Then celebrate a half birthday with them! This is also a fun idea for a kid that has a summer birthday and doesn’t get to celebrate with classmates, or for the kid that has a winter birthday and never gets to have the outdoor summer party. And here’s the perfect card to go with a half cake:

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(card by Egg2Cake, cake image courtesy Hither & Thither)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Music Themed Birthday Party

I’ve posted about my friend Jackie’s birthday parties before; well, here is her latest creative masterpiece: her daughter’s second birthday. Jackie starts her party planning months in advance and truly relishes building out a theme and executing all the details with passion and creativity. This party, of course, was no different. In fact, she seemed to take the term, “labor of love” to an entirely new level. What she does with an oven and a sewing machine I can only dream of (or hire out for!) The pictures and Jackie’s blog post highlight her process and every telling and beautiful detail. Kudos once again, Jackie!

p.s. Don’t miss the popcorn bar bowls created by melting old records in the oven!





(images courtesy Jackie Barnes)

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Number Shaped Envelope Surprise

Oh Happy Day has no shortage of fabulous ideas for celebrating all of life’s joyous events. I’ve posted before about Jordan’s countdown envelope surprise but this takes things a step further. After asking everyone to email a note or memory and photos, you put them in envelopes and surprise the person. It works great for a birthday or anniversary since you can put the envelopes in the shape of the birthday or anniversary year. No matter which one you’re celebrating, here’s to many more years!



(images courtesy Oh Happy Day)

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Birthday Traditions

We have a birthday in our house this week so it’s a good time to share this idea from Design Mom:

“To celebrate Ben’s 40th Birthday, we used a roll of paper to make a scroll listing 40 of the fantastic things Ben has done in his life — memorable things like walking the Brooklyn Bridge, and life-changing things like raising six kids  — and then hung the scroll from the ceiling over our bed so he would see it as soon as he woke. The list was so long that it tumbled down, rolled off the bed and pooled on the floor! When he woke up, we brought him breakfast in bed and took turns reading from the list — and even adding more items at the bottom.”

What a fantastic way to start the day!

Here are some other fun ways to make a memorable day:

- Make a giant number out of balloons or flowers.



- Create a poster of past year milestones.


- Create a pathway of petals out the door to ensure a beautiful start to the day.


- Fill a room with balloons.

- Create a number photo collage.


- Place a flower bouquet by the bed.

- Create door decor: use banners, streamers, beads or toilet paper.


- Secretly stuff balloons in a door frame; when the birthday boy or girl opens the door to a new day, they’ll run into a big surprise!


- Set the table in a special way. Use a birthday plate or tie flowers or a bow onto the birthday chair.


- Decorate a t-shirt.

- Serve a pancake breakfast.

- Plan a special meal out, adventurous activity or a picnic if weather permits.

- Have a scavenger hunt for gifts, inside or out.


- Hide notes heart cutouts all over the house.

- Host an annual interview with a journal entry in the birthday book and video.


- Take a photo in front of a large birthday graphic.


- Collect photos from the past year and load onto an ipad or into a photo album.

- Create a framed top ten list.


- Reveal a special event planned for the future.

- Ready to celebrate all month? Create a calendar countdown leading up the the birthday or big event.



Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Surprise Balls

If you enjoy the packaging of a gift as much as the gift itself, then surprise balls are for you! First, you start with a small trinket or piece of candy. Then you wrap it in crepe paper. Then you add another object and wrap. And repeat several times, depending on the desired size of your surprise ball.

This would no doubt be fun for kids but don’t rule out springing this on some adults as well! Older kids might like a money ball filled with coins, bills or gift cards. An adult version might contain very small, non-fragile ornaments, packets of tea and coffee, or notes about bigger gifts or surprises. Imagine sitting around the dinner table or by the fire, unraveling a surprise and passing it on to the person next to you! Of course, this is a fun idea for holidays and special events throughout the year.

For another creative gift giving approach, check out this post on following the spool!

(images courtesy Honestly WTF, via Design Mom)