It’s birthday season around my house. In between the poopie diapers, bills, and laundry, I’ve got birthdays on what’s left of my mind: What to do for the party? Should I make a fancy or lazy cake? What gifts should I buy? Can I handle this?? Needless to say, I’m checking them off, one by one, and we’ve had a great time.
But, with all of these thoughts about birthdays, I’ve stumbled upon a super fun way to celebrate milestone birthdays. I think every culture, religion, and family has different birthdays that they consider milestones. Whether it be the age where you start driving, the age you get to wear makeup, or the big 40…50…60…, you get the idea. So, because milestones are such a big deal, how fun would it be to do a little birthday countdown, leading up to the grand day?
We all know the song that goes, “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….“? Well, it’s like that, birthday style. ..and, counting down, rather than up.
What you do is find as many people that know/love the birthday person, and have them give a gift on their designated day. For example, let’s say Sissy just turned the big, important 16. The age where they know everything AND get to drive. Whoo! So, we find 16 amazing Sissy-friends/family and assign them a day, one of the sixteen leading up to her birthday. They get multiple gifts (of the same thing), the same amount as their assigned day, and deliver them to the birthday girl on their given day.
16 Days Before Sissy’s Birthday – 16 delivered balloons (courtesy of assigned friend or family member)
15 Days Before Sissy’s Birthday – 15 dollar gift card for iTunes (from a different friend or family member…and, so on.)
14 Days – 14 bottles of nail polish
13 Days – 13 favorite songs on a CD (to play in her car…the minivan, when its available.)
12 Days – 12 roses
11 Days – an outing to the 11:00 movie
10 Days – 10 packages of gum
9 Days – A new journal, with an entry of 9 things you love about the birthday gal.
8 Days – 8 earrings (4 pairs)
7 Days – 7 minutes in heaven…just kidding. Remember that game?? A small cooler with ice cream and 7 toppings.
6 Days – 6 coupons to Redbox
5 Days – 5 hair accessories
4 Days – 4 wonderful books to read
3 Days – 3 framed pictures of her with friends and family
2 Days – 2 gift certificates for a pedicure
1 Day – 1 personalized key chain
Birthday – Something really special and a big party!
I think it would be best to let the gift-givers decide on the gift, so they can put their own thoughts into it and keep it in their budget.
And, there you have it…a milestone birthday they will never forget! They will love having lots of people involved and know that they are important and loved. Ahhh, sweet.