There is one day each year that is uniquely special to every living individual: birthdays! We may all have different ways of celebrating, but they all start with a birthday invitation.
Of the most special birthdays are 1st birthdays and Modern Greetings hosts a huge selection of boy birthday invitations and girl birthday invitations. Seek inspiration from our theme party invitations and give your invitees a sneak peek into your celebration.
Give your teen the sweet 16 birthday party they have dreamed of by exciting their guests with a design from our sweet 16 birthday party invitations. Modern Greetings also remembers those you may have missed with our line of belated birthday invitations. Let’s face it…we all forget every now and then…
Since the party should never end, capture the special day with a birthday photo book! Every memorable birthday celebration will be sharable for years to come.
Birthday Occasions For All Party EventsThe most memorable birthday occasions probably vary with people, but I think most would agree that a baby’s first is always memorable, and when someone turns 16 it seems to be a big deal also (because they get their driver’s license).
I attended a ladies birthday party a few years ago that was very touching. She turned 100. That’s amazing in itself, but the even more amazing thing is that her mind was as sharp as anyone’s at the party. We were all enthralled by her comments and responses throughout the afternoon, as she recalled her wedding day that had taken place 83 years earlier (she married at age 17), and how fascinated her family was when they got their first television. It was quite an afternoon to remember.
A couple of years ago I attended a surprise 60th birthday party, and it came off perfect. It was mine, so that’s one reason it stands out. When I first walked into the room it took me a minute to realize what was going on. That’s how little I suspected it (like not at all). About the time I got over the surprise factor I saw my brothers who lived a few hours away (which was a great surprise), then about the time I got over that surprise I noticed my college roommate, who drove from over 120 miles away (another great and unexpected surprise). And about the time it had fully set in, and I started to relax a little, up walks my best friend who has been like a brother to me since the eighth grade. He flew in from over 800 miles away. It was quite an evening. There is nothing like spending an evening with all the people in the world that you love most, especially when you’re the center of attention.
It’s actually quite humbling to see that they care that much.
Another birthday that really stands out in my mind was also a surprise 60th, and it was for my wife. Everyone knew from the shocked look on her face that we really got her good. She did not suspect a thing. And somewhat like mine, people drove from several hours away to make it. She had been a little sad about the thought of turning 60 years old, but all the sad thoughts disappeared that evening. Even her son made it, and it’s hard to get him to travel anywhere. Most all of her closest friends were there, and it was a memorable time for all, as they told old stories about past experiences. Some of them I’m sure she wishes they had kept to themselves, but we all have a few of those. Compared to some of my old stories, hers were actually pretty tame.
Birthday occasions are like any other type of party or event, much of what you get out of it has to do with planning. If it’s important enough to have the party in the first place, make sure you take the time to carefully think through it all, so that everyone comes and enjoys themselves thoroughly.
- go online and create a personalized and exciting invitation (get them out early)
- make sure you have enough food (something that the birthday boy or girl likes)
- for a 60th, a few planned roasts really works (always someone who does that well)
- plan to get lots of pictures (don’t just expect that to happen, plan it)
- good music adds a lot (especially some appropriate for the age group)
- have a surprise guest or two (either from far away, or not seen in years, or both)
- let everyone know what to wear (otherwise some will feel out of place)
- if planning outside have a back-up plan in case of weather
- party favors (when appropriate and affordable)
- specify gifts or no gifts (otherwise can be embarrassing for some)
- send out an email reminder a few weeks in advance (ask for confirmations)
While none of these tasks will make or break a party (in and of themselves), the combined effect of following through with all of them, and in a timely manner, will go a long ways towards making it a birthday occasion that will be cherished and remembered by all attendees for years to come.
All of us have been invited to birthdays that we just could not figure out a way to attend. No matter how much you would like to make it, it just wasn’t possible. One of those is coming up now, my aunt’s 90th birthday. She is the last remaining member of my mother’s family (six daughters, including my mother). While she’s certainly getting on up in years, if you’re planning on going to the mall shopping with her, you better put on your walking shoes, and you better be in shape. Otherwise, you’ll get left behind.