When I began thinking of my husband's birthday a few months ago, I pinned this photo on Pinterest. I liked it, but I had compiled a bunch of photos into a slideshow for his 30th birthday. I wanted to do something a little more different.
Then, I thought of the friends who couldn't make it to Mike's party, and I wondered: wouldn't it be fabulous to incorporate those friends into the photo idea?
So, about two months ago, I emailed our friends and family and asked them to take a picture of themselves with a "Happy birthday, Mike!" sign. They could get creative or they could just jot a quick note on a piece of printer paper. I wanted it to be thoughtful but easy, in the hopes a lot of people would participate.
We had about 20 photos total--which I was thrilled about!--from friends we haven't seen in years, from friends who were at the party, and many in between.
A couple examples:
Then, I printed all the photos out and (with the help of a lovely friend) hung them on the wall in a 3-5.
When I revealed it to Mike, he was so touched. Really, this guy who rarely gets emotional got a little emotional. And the entire thing cost $2 total, to print the photos at Walgreens (I can always find a coupon code for a percentage off their 4x6 prints).
Maybe do something similar for your next favorite person's birthday?