13 In Care Packages

Happy Birthday Care Package

When A and I started dating, the first “special day” we celebrated was his birthday. I went all out and made a cake, cooked a special dinner and bought a humorous, but heartfelt gift, setting the bar high for future birthdays. I’d like to think that I’ve raised the bar every year since then, but may have outdone even myself this year.

Obviously, he wasn’t here to celebrate with in person, but I didn’t let that stop me from giving him a much needed dose of Rachel birthday fun. That dose was carefully crafted and packaged in the form of quite possibly my favorite care package to date.

I started out by covering the inside of the box with birthday-themed scrapbook paper. At only 49 cents a piece, this is an easy way to make a big impact with your box. Plus it really helps carry out your theme. I opted to use a different piece for the bottom of the box so that it was an added surprise once all of the goodies had been removed.

I took full advantage of the birthday theme and researched random facts about 1983, choosing my favorites to include as part of the decoration.  To know A is the same age as the computer mouse, the Swatch watch and the McNugget, I couldn’t help but giggle.  I also picked up some 3-D birthday stickers at the craft store to dress things up a little more.

My next step was wrapping everything (and I do mean everything) in birthday wrapping paper.  I also made sure to pick up some funny birthday cards from me and B.  I just love how bright and colorful everything is, it’s like an entire birthday party in a box!

But because I’m me, I decided that there just wasn’t enough going on here. So then I added the cherry on top of this epic birthday box.

Y’all. There is a teeny tiny happy birthday banner! I.can’t.even. This was super easy to make (the flags are small post-its I folded over and the letters are tiny stickers) and attach (I taped the ends of the twine to the flags and hid them behind some of the facts), but I think it totally made the box! A definitely loved the banner the most so I know the little bit of extra work was well worth it.

Things I included in this box:

  • Birthday boy button that I requested he wear while opening the contents
  • Two Hostess cupcakes and two candles (so B and I could share birthday cupcakes with him)
  • A Paul McCartney CD (this was his actual birthday present)
  • Trail mix
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Magazines
  • The largest jar of Nutella known to man
  • Gatorade sports drink and protein shakes
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Mio energy drink add-ins
  • Pirouette cookies

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