Yup. It’s that time again…the Pinterest Challenge. And this time, I created a project for Pablo’s 40th celebration. (Maybe next time, I’ll do something for myself!) When I saw 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.
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.
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.
The girls helped me stuff the envelopes…
…until each envelope – all 40 of them! – had a personal note from a friend or relative.
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!)
But once he started reading through all the memories with the girls (with a little bit of editing to take out any mature subjects!), he loved it.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading!
Sue at Home
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10 thoughts on “40 Envelopes with 40 Memories for a 40th Birthday”
This is such a great project… Full of heart :)
Thanks so much! His friends and family really love him so it was easy to do!
Love everything about this.
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!!!
Thanks Katherine! He really loved it!
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!!
Love this idea! I’m finishing up one for my husbands 40th birthday. I included pictures in some of them. Not sure how well they are going to hang on the wall but we will find out on Sunday!!
I love this! I think I am going to share this for my husband’s 40th birthday next month. He would love to go camping but I have no idea where to even begin to plan it as I got 2 little boys and we’ve never been out camping…. But this I am excited for :) Thank you so much for sharing it.