40 Envelopes with 40 Memories for a 40th Birthday

7 May

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Yup. It’s that time again…the Pinterest Challenge. For those not in the know, here are the deets. Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power, Emily from Sparkle Meets Pop, and Renee from Red Bird Blue are the hosts for this 4-way link party. The challenge is to simply pick something creative that you’ve pinned on Pinterest and finally get around to doing it.

Last time around, I opted for two quick updates: a free printable in Lily’s room…

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…and some new gilded frames in Sophia’s room.

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And this time, I created a project for Pablo’s 40th celebration. (Maybe next time, I’ll do something for myself!) When I had seen this birthday envelope surprise on Oh Happy Day I knew it was the perfect way to present Pablo with the sweet notes that I was planning for his birthday.

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The first step was to get the memories. Lucky for me, Pablo is very loved so even though I started this the day before his birthday (!), all I had to do was send one group message on Facebook and one group email for the non-Facebookers and the memories came flooding in. There were a few people I couldn’t find but I managed to get over 35 messages. (I simply asked everyone to send me a memory of a time they spent with Pablo. I filled in the last few from me and the girls.) Once I got them all, I cut and pasted them into a word document, formatted them, and printed them on bright colored paper. Some were long and some were short but that worked perfectly for my purposes.

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Next I found some random envelopes in my stationary stash and laid them out to spell 40. First on the floor (to get a layout I liked) and then up on the wall of the dining room.

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The girls helped me stuff the envelopes…
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…until each envelope – all 40 of them! – had a personal note from a friend or relative.

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When he came home and we surprised him with it, he was a little perplexed at first. (I think he may have been wondering if this was a permanent installation!)

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I think it was a perfect gift for him (because he loves reminiscing) and for this year (because with me working part time now, there are no extra funds for a grand gift so I needed to make a grand gesture instead.)

We did get him a few little goodies, though, because everyone needs to open some gifts on their birthday.

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As you can see, he had a great time. Thanks to everyone who contributed memories to this project. I couldn’t have done it without you.

On Wednesday, don’t forget to check back in with Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power, Emily from Sparkle Meets Pop, and Renee from Red Bird Blue to see all the amazing projects that everyone made – plus all the linked ones!

XO

Sue at Home

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8 Responses to “40 Envelopes with 40 Memories for a 40th Birthday”

  1. mummyshymz May 7, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    This is such a great project… Full of heart :)

    • sueathome May 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Thanks so much! His friends and family really love him so it was easy to do!

  2. Jenn Owen May 7, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Love everything about this.

  3. Kathy May 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Sue, I love it!!! Wow what a great idea and the best part is him sharing it with the girls….reading one by one. What a wonderful family moment and a true birthday surprise!!! I am sharing this idea!!!

    • sueathome May 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      Thanks Katherine! He really loved it!

  4. Stacey @ Likes to Smile May 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    I found you from the YHL link up and I’m so glad I did. This is the nicest and smartest gift. Really thoughtful and really incredible!!

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