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8 Creative And Memorable Ideas To Celebrate Her 50th Birthday

Making a memorable and fun-filled 50th birthday celebration would include playing recorded and live greetings at the birthday party, creating a memory-filled venue for the party, wearing clothes that were in fashion during her youth, being sure to offer old-fashioned treats and snacks, considering her favorite childhood theme for her birthday cake, playing some 1960’s and 1970’s cartoon clips, going with a 50s birthday party theme, and going for gold theme.

For many women, their 50th birthday heralds a new era in their lives. Although it is thrilling to throw a party for a celebrant, the difficult thing about doing it is coming up with an idea that makes it more amusing and worth treasuring. Here are some unique 50th birthday party ideas for her that will surely be exciting and memorable:

Play recorded and live greetings during the party

Playing recorded and live greetings during the celebration is one of the many sentimental 50th Birthday Ideas. You may record the greetings yourself or avail yourself of services online that will gather audio greetings from family and friends for the celebrant and compile them on one CD. To add to the surprise, let someone special to the celebrant yet unable to join the party call her during the celebration. For a more heartwarming celebration, allow the person to talk to the celebrant live during the party.

Decorate the venue with everything special to her life

Every woman enjoys magazines, photos, and scrapbooks. To make the party location more unique, make the venue a walk-in scrapbook of her life. Hang her pictures from childhood to the present, like her school pictures, wedding, family pictures and the like. Consider placing some of her most-loved quotes, poems, and song lyrics on each table, or put in large vintage frames the nicest enlarged pictures of her from her youth. The place will surely be unique and sentimental at the same time.

Wear clothes that were in fashion during her youth

Bring back the fun times by asking the celebrant and the guests to dress like they used to dress in the 70s or early 80s. You must ascertain that her old friends are cordially invited on her 50th birthday. Play some groovy music and enjoy some fun party games they used to have back then. The 50th birthday of the celebrant would surely be as enjoyable as any birthday that she enjoyed in her youth.

Serve old-fashioned goodies

A 50th birthday is a chance to make the birthday celebrant relive her past. Bring back memories by serving the celebrant her favorite pastries, dishes and candies she used to love when she was young. She will definitely have a great time eating these goodies with her friends. You may anticipate an evening filled with good humor and good memories.

Customize with a childhood theme the celebrant’s cake

Surprises play a unique role in birthday celebrations. Make her 50th birthday more surprising and memorable by personalizing her birthday cake with her favorite icons and themes from her childhood or youth, be it a cartoon character, favorite movie, or actor. It is important though to know that the icon you chose was really her childhood favorite.

Play popular cartoons that were running in the 60s and 70s

Play some cartoon clips popular during her childhood to bring out the child-like spirit in her. Present cartoons from the 60s and 70s, such as Saturday Morning Cartoons, Casper, Mighty Mouse, Go Go Gophers, and George of the Jungle. You will be surprised to see the joy in her eyes as she recollects all the fun she had during her childhood.

Go with the 50s theme

A 50s theme party is perfect for the birthday girl turning 50. If it’s possible, you can ask her friends and relatives to give their gifts in 50s. For instance, if she loves music, you can give her a CD containing 50 songs from her childhood. Another idea is to display 50 kind words that would describe the celebrant and display them on a screen in the venue. You can also let 50 of her loved ones to line up and describe her in one adjective each. It can be serious, sentimental, or funny and will add some spice to the party.

Go for anything gold

Gold is a radiant color for a 50th birthday, so decorating the party site in gold would be a lovely touch. Send out gold-themed invitations and encourage guests to wrap their gifts in golden paper and trim. You can also ask the guest to wear gold clothes, accessories or the like. Finally, you can prepare golden songs to be played during the celebration and have a golden table setting prepared for everyone.

To make it more memorable, celebrate the party in an exceptional place. It can take place in the celebrant’s familial home, on a ferry, at their vacation home, or in a luxury hotel. This day will never happen again, so make the best out of it.

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I really like this quote, "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." -Khalil Gibran

Inspirational Birthday Quotes for My Love, Husband, Daughter, Son, Brother, Sister, Best Friend and MySelf


A really perfect Men’s Birthday Gift in Canada

Birthday is a day every person rejoices the anniversary of its birth. These are formally established in abundant cultures, often by having a gift, party, or schedule of channel. The festivity of a birthday typically is recognized as to mark how old one is, conventionally ending when the loss happens plus merely stating that in case still breathing, they could possibly have been (numeral of years) unwanted.

Some modern writers pay no focus on this feature, however, and remain counting the years as being the date of birth about well-known people, such as proclaiming it to be Shakespeare’s “four hundredth birthday” (even even if he succumbed to death at age fifty-two) instead of weighing that it is all the four hundredth anniversary about his birth.

Many creeds celebrate the birth from the creators with special annual vacations (e. g., Buddha’s wedding anniversary, Christmas, many more from this sort.

In many for the legal systems, one turns elected in the form of fully developed on a special anniversary (habitually between eighteen and 21), and acquiring age-specific milestones bestowed aware rights and responsibilities. Located at definite ages, one risk turning into subject to network . recruitment or become eligible for join in the service, to get married lacking parental permission, to vote, to run for targeted office, to lawfully decide to buy (or consume) alcohol and additionally tobacco products, to develop lottery tickets, or to reach a driver’s license.

Everyone loves to come to be wished on the day he was born plus, safeguard the delicate feeling of celebrating the software with great zeal, love too rests in middle. While females are extremely keen on presents, men also look and feel valued when bestowed by means of affection. However, most of the conditions women get confused pondering over the right type of gift to be directed at their opposite gender! Just remember, it’s his single possibility per annul to let slack – hearten him to celebrate, with men birthday trinkets in Canada. Our birthday gift choices for men tell your guy friend, boyfriend, or husband that he’s the best man in your lifespan. Men birthday gifts in Canada offer choice is about options out of which you may easily pick best.

Preferred gifts for him

Just for youngsters: It is for use on your boyfriend then look just for funky things. T-shirts by means of funny quotes, latest units, i pads, brain storming games for those masterminds, glares, trendy window treatments, even customized key chains can get done wonders.

Grownups: Here again make note for the personality, for the ones in which are into creative field, locate innovative ideas. Nature loving men is bestowed with books relating to wildlife, environment alike. Photography too is passion such as so for such choices, go for modernly armed cameras. Professional ones too is picked for it.

Individual men: Mostly this groups sorts the granddads or patterns are released set. Analyze what interests them some of the most moreover; check how they spend a new day. Present to them things good to earn the best out of spare time. Health kits, spiritual novels, others akin to temperament for the person can be found myself in the list.

Gift Zoo provides various gifts for different occasions with one of the most special category as Men Birthday Gifts Canada . Choose the most appropriate gift and make your close ones happy on their special day.

Jane Austen
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"In einer Woche werde ich wieder zu Hause sein und mein Aufenthalt in Godmersham wird mir wie ein Traum vorkommen," schieb Jane Austen im Juli 1808 an ihre Schwestern.
Ich habe ihr eine antike englische Teetasse gegeben, aus der sie Erinnerungen an den Luxus im Haus ihres Bruders wieder und wieder als Aufguss zu sich nehmen kann…

This week my calendar page is dedicated to Jane Austen, whose birthday was Dec, 16. The calendar quotes from a letter she wrote in July 1808 to her sisters and in which she already foresees that the elegance and luxury at her brother’s house will be but a dream a week later, when she returns home. I have given her an antique English tea cup so she can sit back and remember the flavour of her stay in Godmersham.

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Making Up for a Belated Birthday with a Perfect Gift!

We all remember how happy we have made our friends and family feel when we wish them a happy birthday on their special day. However, inadvertently sometimes you can forget a loved one’s birthday due to work pressures, personal problems or a number of other reasons. During such times, you shouldn’t avoid the situation but instead follow some simple steps and make up for your unintentional lapse in memory. Firstly, accept your mistake and apologise sincerely without giving excuses. Tell them you feel really bad about having missed their birthday. Then wish them a ‘belated birthday’. As well as a heartfelt apology, giving them a great gift is the best way to rectify the situation and make them still feel special. Some belated birthday gift ideas for him/her include:

1) Humorous Cards:

Cards, especially, humorous cards, make for one of the best belated gifts. Making fun of yourself and laughing at your own forgetfulness may help the other person forgive you quickly. You can even present them with a hand-made card with a drawing of your own miniature cartoon saying “Forgetting your birthday is just another proof of showing how sharp my memory is!” You can use funny belated birthday quotes and make up for your mistake by giving them the gift of laughter along with their card.

2) Beautiful Bouquet:

A bouquet comprising the person’s favourite flowers will melt his/her anger away in a minute. After all, who wouldn’t love the sight of beautiful flowers waiting for them? Also, enclose an additional note saying how sorry you are for forgetting their birthday and asking them to accept this gift as a way of an apology.

3) Personalised Gifts:

One of the best ways of conveying how much you regret forgetting your loved ones birthday is by giving personalised birthday gifts. Personalised gifts reflect the effort and thought you have put in to getting the perfect gift. This shows the person that he/she is really important to you and you are really sorry for forgetting their birthday. Personalised pens, champagne, cufflinks, cushions and jewellery are some of the most preferable personalised gifts for birthdays.

4) Accompany Your Gift With a Pleasing Ambience:

Take your loved one out for a lunch or a movie and spend time with them. This will give meaning to your apology. By taking time out time for them, you can show them that their birthday really means a lot to you and forgetting their birthday was completely unintentional.

You should also make a promise to them that you won’t repeat it again. Let them know that you won’t disappoint them next time their birthday arrives.

Natalie Wynn owns and manages Little Shop Window, an online shop which sells a variety of gifts and keepsakes for Birthdays as well as personalised gifts for anniversaries to families across Worcestershire and the UK. Little Shop Window also offers other unique gift ideas for him, her and kids across Worcestershire and the UK.

Sgt Betty Orpin Caithness-shire Constabulary 1950s
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Elizabeth (‘Betty’) Richard was born at Wick on 16 October 1909, the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs David Richard. She later travelled to Toronto, Canada where she took up nursing. On returning to Scotland she worked for a time at Stratheden Hospital in Cupar, Fife.

In 1935 she passed her final examination of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association and was appointed Matron of the Boys Orphanage at New Broughton, Jamaica. Service at the Metropolitan Nursing Home in Denmark Hill, London,led to her joining the Metropolitan Police as a Woman Police Constable (WPC).

She joined that Force on 25 April 1938 and resigned on 26 November 1939.

In 1940 she married Frank Orpin, a Marine Engineer in the Merchant Navy. Sadly he was lost at sea, presumed killed in action, ten months later. Betty Orpin then returned home to Wick and worked for two years in the office of the Procurator Fiscal (Public Prosecutor). The Fiscal, Mr Sinclair, considered that her work, knowledge and influence were such that he and Betty were ‘joint Fiscals’. He said so in a letter he wrote to Betty on her leaving his employ.

Mrs Orpin’s nursing experience was such that the powers-that-be, who were responsible for organising war work, sought to have her return to nursing. The Chief Constable of Caithness, William Keir Cormack, however made strenuous efforts to have her instead return to Policing.

Mr Cormack was one shrewd cookie. He had served as Chief Constable of the County since 1912, and he knew his way around. He finally succeeded in convincing the Ministries involved, and on 16 May 1943 she was appointed a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps (W.A.P.C.).

Betty Orpin was the third female in the County of Caithness to be so appointed, but her two predecessors had not remained long. The other two girls had been enrolled in the W.A.P.C. in 1942, but one of them departed that self-same year and the other left the service during 1943. Betty would be very different in that respect.

Betty served as a member of the W.A.P.C. until the end of the war. Forces were then being strongly encouraged to appoint regular female officers. The days of the Police Service being a male-only preserve were finally gone.

The Scottish Home Department approved the appointment of one Policewoman for the County of Caithness on 15 December 1945. Fifteen days later Betty Orpin officially transferred from the W.A.P.C. to the Caithness-shire Constabulary.

She was stationed at Wick, where she remained throughout her service, and for most of which period she would be the only female officer in the County.

The manner in which she was regarded by her colleagues, and superiors, comes clearly to light in a report from Chief Constable John W. Georgeson (who had been promoted to Chief Constable in 1952) to the County Clerk in June 1961:


"It has been found that there is a need for a Woman Police Constable at Thurso and as the female civilian employee in Thurso Office would appear to be suitable for such an appointment, I beg to recommend – for consideration by the Police Authority – that application be made to the Scottish Home Department for a change in the Force’s establishment to permit the appointment of a Woman Constable in place of the civilian employee."

"The Woman Constable at Wick, Mrs E. Orpin, has a total of 18 years and 4 months approved service, and in addition she has a period of one year and 114 days service in class "A" of the war-time Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps of this Force which she is unable to count for pension purposes (the Regulations permit only one-half of W.A.P.C. Service to be taken into account)."

"As W.P.C. Orpin’s work in the Force is well-known in the County, I feel that it is my duty to quote for the information of the Police Committee the following excerpt from H.M. Inspector of Constabulary’s Annual Report for the year ended 31st December 1959:
‘although the organisation and deployment of policewomen vary from force to force, there is generally a senior policewoman to supervise the work and welfare of the Staff. There is scope within existing establishments for re-assessing the present-day responsibilities of these officers and, in appropriate cases, for improving their status’

The Chief Constable’s letter was duly considered by the Police Committee at its meeting on 15 June 1961. It was minuted that :
"The Chief Constable, in a letter dated 8/6/61, drew attention to the length of service which had been rendered by Mrs E. Orpin, the Woman Police Constable stationed at Wick. The Committee agreed that it would be appropriate to recognise Mrs Orpin’s service by promotion to the higher rank of Temporary Sergeant. It was noted that such higher rank could be authorised on a personal basis, in recognition of the responsibilities of her post, and the Clerk was instructed to write to the Scottish Home Department accordingly."

The next day Mr Georgeson, the Chief Constable, wrote to the County Clerk again to provide some further information to strengthen the case. After all it had only just been decided to ask for a second WPC, and it was probable that the Scottish Office would consider there was no reason for a Sergeant with only one Constable to supervise.

Chief Constable Georgeson intimated that Betty Orpin was now 51 years of age and would be expected to retire at 55, but that provision existed to postpone such retirement until the age of 60. It would be another 6 years and 8 months before Betty would eligible for a pension, when she reached 25 years’ service. That would see her aged 58 and four months, so she would only be able to continue for another 20 months after that anyway.

Mr Georgeson reported that he did:
"not anticipate that she will serve for longer than the 25 years and therefore she would hold the rank for only 6 years and 8 months."

He had obviously broached the subject (but perhaps not the question of promotion) with the officer before committing himself (and her) on paper.

"My reason for giving this information is that I would like the Department to appreciate the position as regards age, in case it may be thought that W.P.C. Orpin’s age is, say, 40 years and the Department are then of the opinion that she should serve for a longer period before the increase in rank is authorised."

As it transpired the Scottish Home Department in Edinburgh did not have a problem with increasing the female establishment, especially since the extra WPC post was to replace a civilian clerkess post, so the difference in expenditure was minimal. In a letter of 12 September 1961, while approving the change, the Department regretted to report that the Secretary of State:
"would not feel justified in approving a post of Sergeant in a policewoman establishment of only two officers."

The matter did not rest there however and – by exactly what means is not known – it was finally approved that Betty would be promoted. She finally became a Sergeant – and a substantive Sergeant at that! – on 26 August 1962.

On 15 October 1964 Chief Constable Georgeson gave Sergeant Orpin official written notification that he was postponing her compulsory retirement on account of age:
"for five years from 16/10/64 on which date you attain your 55th birthday."

In fact Betty Orpin seems to have decided that serving until she was 60 years of age was just a bit too much. On 13 December 1967 she intimated her intention to retire from the Police with effect from 2 February 1968. As to the significance of that particular date, the arithmetic of pensionable service in her case, given her W.A.P.C. service and previous time in the Metropolitan Police, explains it:-
1 year 7 months (25.04.38 – 26.11.39) in the Met ; then
2 years 7 months (16.05.43 – 30.12.45) in the W.A.P.C.; and
22 years 2 months (30.12.45 – 02.02.68) in the Caithness Force;
26 years 4 months in all.

Of course, as was pointed out earlier, only half of W.A.P.C. service was eligible to be reckoned as pensionable service. This meant, in her case, one year and three months, so the revised pensionable service was:

1 year 7 months in the Met ; then
1 year 3 months in the W.A.P.C.(reckonable); and
22 years 2 months in the Caithness Force;
25 years 0 months in all.

She therefore retired as soon as she reached 25 years reckonable service and was thus entitled to a Police pension. When she retired she was 58 years and 4 months old, which was precisely the age which had been stated by the Chief Constable in seeking to have her promoted to Sergeant.

On 27 December Mr Stevenson, the Clerk to the Caithness Police Committee wrote a personal letter to Sergeant Orpin. He informed her that he had been directed by the Police Committee to:
"convey to you their very deep appreciation at the excellent services which you have rendered during your tenure of service with the Caithness Force and also their very best wishes for a long and happy retirement. The Committee’s appreciation is being duly recorded in their minutes."
"To these I would like to add my own personal thanks for the unfailing help and co-operation which we in the County Offices have received from you at all times."

The fact that such a personal letter was sent to Betty really does indicate the level of esteem in which she was held within – and without – the Force.

In particular the Chief Constable held her in the highest regard.

Chief Constable John Georgeson had been a member of the Caithness Force himself since he joined it as a Constable in 1936. He had been promoted to Sergeant in 1947 and then direct to Chief Constable in 1952. (The only intermediate rank in the force at that time was Inspector, of which the Force had two) He had therefore worked along with Betty for her entire career, apart from his service in the Air Force from June 1944 to August 1945.

His career was also coming to an end – as he would retire in May 1969 when the Force would merge with Orkney and Shetland (although he would continue to draw a Police pension for the almost unheard of period of 30 years, until his death in 1998).

Mr Georgeson also decided that he would provide his tribute on paper, writing to Betty in January 1968:
"In accepting your resignation I told you of my high appreciation of your work over the years. You have given the Force and the public a service which is never likely to be equalled by any other person, as you have devoted your life to your work and have never failed us at any time.”

"We shall all miss you very much – I already realise the loss to the Force and so do the senior officers, but many of the other personnel will only really appreciate how much you have helped them when they find that they are unable to call on you for special work, assistance or extra duties, as they have so often done in the past."

The ‘John O’Groats Journal’ newspaper also committed the community’s appreciation in an article published in the issue of 19 January 1968:
POLICEWOMAN TO RETIRE: The first Policewoman to be appointed by Caithness Constabulary – Mrs Elizabeth Orpin – retires on Monday first. She is a native of Wick, being the eldest daughter of Mrs Richard, 18 Seaforth Avenue, and the late Mr David Richard.
Sergeant Orpin had experience in the Metropolitan Police in the early pre-war days, joining the Force from the Metropolitan Nursing Service. Following the death of her husband in the Merchant Navy during the war, she returned to Wick and for two years was employed in the office of the Procurator Fiscal. She joined the Caithness Constabulary in 1943.
A highly efficient, courteous officer, she will be greatly by her colleagues whose good wishes, along with those of the community are extended to her for the future.

The ‘Press & Journal’ newspaper that same week also published an article, detailing her career, included a quote from Chief Constable Georgeson that:
"she is the equivalent in many situations of two good Police officers."

While that may at first sight appear both sexist and patronising, it must be remembered that this relates to another, now distant, time when very different attitudes prevailed. It is in fact a tremendous tribute to her in an era when many male officers considered females were useful only for typing and making the tea.

The ‘P & J’ also noted that Betty was Past Chairman of the Scottish Police Women’s Conference, and had been awarded the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. It is recorded, and this information undoubtedly came from the Force itself, that her service had included:
"guiding young girls; liaison with parents; emergency care of women and children; and for a time she had also been responsible for road safety. She was a specialist in work with aliens; was an expert driver and was the office administration officer."

Judging by that list of talents and skills, it was certainly no wonder that the Force would miss her, and would definitely be unable to replace her. Indeed Betty was a legend!

After her retiral from the Police, Betty Orpin continued to occupy the family home at 18 Seaforth Avenue in Wick, until she passed away at Caithness General Hospital, Wick, on Saturday 15 August 1987. She was then aged 77 years, and had been retired from the Police for no less than 19 years. She was laid to rest in Wick Cemetery three days later.

Goodbye Sergeant Betty – you were one of a kind!


The Best Birthday Presents You Can Present Your Grandparents

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Over one-third of the United States populations are grandparents as the new set of grandparents are joining the ranks every year. One of the ways to create new memories and to honor them is to get them birthday presents during their birthday. Grandparents highly treasured birthday celebrations and to find a gift which is very perfect for them at this point in time is indeed a fun and highly meaningful. When it comes to birthday presents for the grandparents, it is indeed something to think about very well because any of the birthday presents which is thoughtful will definitely please every special grandparent in their lifetime. Some of the categories of birthday presents where you can find a gift so special include:

– Homemade Gifts: When grandparents are very young you can make birthday presents at home in a meaningful way in order to honor your grandparents on their birthday. Both handprints and foot prints can be captured by finger paint on everything including flower pots and aprons. Then special quotes or poems could also be added to the crafts to customize. This enables you to capture perfect sentiment and thereby get rid of all your worries on how to find a gift for your special grandparents.

– Photo Gifts: Have you ever tried photo gift as one of the best birthday presents which you could ever give to your special grandparents. Despite the fact that there are varieties of birthday presents which incorporate pictures, yet you cannot find it easy to get pictures that are printed on rugs, plates or mugs. This is the time to customize your grandparent’s birthday gift by picking one of their special photos and create collages or calendars. No matter how low or high your budget, photo gifts are very perfect if you want to customize their birthday presents.

– Experience Gifts: As an experienced gift selector, to find a gift should not be a problem because for grandparent to share gift with their grandchildren could be a fun twist on birthday presents. The feverish nature of our daily lives, wasting time to carry out new activity or searching for a new place could also be fantastic birthday presents that give families an opportunity to spend their precious time together to make new and remarkable memories. Base on the grandchild age and experiences, some good birthday presents ideas include cooking classes, visiting nail salon, and museum trip and so on.

– Classic Gifts: In the next birthday, find a gift which people considered to be classic for your lovely grandparents. Are you thinking of how to find a gift that suit them most? Then, you need to consider the following; scarves, perfumes and many valuable things. This is based on their interests.

As there are numerous gift to present your grandparents, you do not have to worry about how to find a gift on their birthday as far as this content is concerned. To find a gift could be strenuous and worrisome. If you are interested in flowers and you did not know how to go about it, then visit a florist to find a gift flower suitable for them. Besides, every grandparent will always love suitable and meaningful gift from their loved ones. Therefore, you need to find a gift highly precious for them.

To find a gift or to get gift ideas for women try go to stardust shop. They have a large selection of silver jewellery which will make great birthday presents when searching for gifts for her.

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Gotten in honor of my 40th birthday.

The quote is from Emerson. The font is Garamond. The inker was Jean Chen at Lighthouse Tattoo in San Francisco.


Why Wedding Invitations Are Vastly Different From Regular Birthday Invitations

Not all stationery is created equal. In fact, depending on the nature of the invitations, each style of special occasion stationery is vastly different. For example, you certainly would not want to send an average birthday invitation for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding event. Although beautiful options exist for every celebratory event in your life, your special day deserves wedding invitations and stationery in a class all its own.

Don’t know how to tell the difference between a birthday invitation and a wedding invitation? Use this handy guide to help you select the right kind of wedding invitations for you and the unique event that you are planning.

Quality Sets Wedding Invitations and Birthday Invitations Apart

Modern wedding invitations are as rich in color and bold in pattern as everyday stationery, but there is one major difference between the two: quality. Printed on heavier cardstock, wedding invitations feel more luxurious to the touch. Wedding invitations that exude class and sophistication are hard to resist and complement a variety of wedding themes.

Because of the higher quality, elaborate design, and heavier cardstock, wedding invitations are typically more expensive than birthday invitations. However, considering that your wedding only happens once in your life, the pricier options are certainly worth their weight in gold.

Add heavy embellishment or a fancy envelope, and the overall price for the wedding invitations will increase. Often designed to match the invitation, the envelope may mimic the graphics printed on the stationery or may offer a monogram or flowers instead.

Event Details and Differences in Wedding Invitations

Limited space for text also separates some styles of birthday stationery from wedding invitations. Postcard and fold and seal birthday invitations are small in size and therefore cannot contain a lot of information. In contrast, regular wedding invitations can be printed in a variety of ways and make use of space by utilizing different sized fonts and graphics.

Some sample information printed on the wedding invitations includes:

The name of the bride and groom, the name of each person’s mother and father, the date and time of the ceremony, the location where it is being held, a way to RSVP, and driving directions if space permits.

Inserted with the wedding invitation may be a sample menu for the reception. Guests get to choose what kind of meal they would like served to them in advance, which makes it easier for couples to plan for rehearsal and reception dinners.

In contrast, regular stationery and birthday party invitations are straight to the point. They often contain information about the party and nothing else. On the other hand, wedding invitations often use quotes and poetry to set the tone. Because of their nature, the content will most likely reflect a romantic saying versus a regular greeting.

Set Your Special Day Apart with Unique Wedding Invitations

Sent out once a year, birthday invitations lack the appeal that wedding invitations have. Due to the special nature of the event, wedding announcements are bold and lavish. Because of the details involved, wedding invitations can take weeks longer to prepare than birthday invitations.

When choosing invitations for your wedding, there are many things to consider, the most important being that this event is once-in-a-lifetime! You can be as unique and as luxurious as your budget will allow you to be. The key to success is finding the type of wedding invitations that will set you apart and excite your guests about your big event.

Whether you are looking for birthday invitations or wedding invitations, find inspiration at MyExpression.com, where you can browse our extensive collection by wedding invitation themes.

for mary oliver*
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dear friends!! this past friday, september 10th, was the birthday of the wonderful ohio-born poet, mary oliver… today, let us meet at the teahouse near the river, where we may celebrate the poet and her words.

the kettle is on. our cups are waiting…


Every day
I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for –
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world –
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant –
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these –
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

~mary oliver, quoted on the poetry chaikhana

may all travelers find joy!!
and poetry along the way…

altered digital photos, september 11, 2010
(two photos taken with my cameraphone while walking near the beloved river)


Improve Your Party Decoration With Happy Birthday Mylar Balloons

A birthday calls for a party and a birthday party calls for a lot of arrangement. Ranging from invitation cards to catering services to venue, every single aspect of a birthday party requires a lot of attention and hard work. Among all these things, decoration is one of the most important aspects of any birthday party. People are hiring party planners or event planners just to organize a party in a unique manner as planners can provide myriad of ideas based on various party themes.

Every birthday party is incomplete without balloons. Balloons are one of the most fun and fantastic elements in birthday party decoration. They add fun, color, and excitement to a birthday party. Birthday balloons in any size, shape, or color make a big impression on guests. You may want several dozen helium-filled balloons for a surprise party or simply one or two balloons to complement a flower arrangement. In either case, birthday balloons represent a special occasion and will always delight guests.

The days are long gone when there were only latex balloons with some specific quotes available in the market. Now, you can easily find happy birthday mylar balloons present in stores. Mylar balloons are also known as foil balloons, and are made from nylon with a metallic coating. These balloons look like shiny silver metal when deflated, and they are often printed as well. Unlike traditional balloons, mylar balloons are not porous, so air does not leak out of them as long as they are properly sealed.

Mylar birthday balloons are expressive and add color, more so than latex balloons. These silver colored foil balloons can hold many shapes and sizes. No matter what your birthday theme is, you will be able to purchase mylar balloons according to the theme you have planned. For example, if the theme is beach, there are balloons available in shapes or prints of palm tree, coconut tree, pineapple tree, sea shell, etc.

Moving ahead from birthday decoration, gifts are another important part of a party. A gift is probably the most anticipated part of special occasions like a birthday. One great way of making gifts more special is through the use of gift bags. There are innumerable physical stores as well as online stores that offer wholesale gift bags at competitive prices.
So, whether you are organizing a birthday party or going to attend one, make it special, unique and unforgettable with best decoration and gifts.

In this article, author has highlighted the properties of happy birthday mylar balloons.

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August 22 is the birthday of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the man whose art inspired millions.

Today, when the world is expressing gratitude for his ingenious work, I invite you to join me in celebrating Henri Cartier-Bresson’s life, and reflect on a quote that, to me, like no other sheds light on his art.

“I’m an anarchist, yes, because I live my life. Life is a provocation… I’m against people in power and what that imposes upon them. A cat knows what anarchy is. Ask a cat. A cat understands. They’re against discipline and authority. A dog is trained to obey. Cats can’t be. Cats bring on chaos. Libertarianism — c’est la vie.”


Have a Spectacular Birthday Celebration for your Child with Monster Jam Birthday Invitations

Most kids wish to have monster jam birthday celebrations, and you can certainly delight your son by giving him his wish. Monster trucks are very popular among children, and a themed party will thrill them to bits. Spectacular Monster Jam birthday invitations can make the perfect impression for such an occasion! They are also available in monster jam party packs along with plates, cups and napkins.

Monster Jam birthday invitations come in an exciting array of colors. Army green and military prints are the most popular. For kid’s birthday invitations, you can go for bright and attractive shades which will capture the attention of the children. The templates offered online provide you with a broad choice and you are sure to come up with something that your child will love.

The wordings on the templates come with pre written birthday rhymes and quotes. You could include a hand-written note for a truly personal touch. Pick the font styles and colors that you like for the invites. Embossed and gilded edges are lately becoming popular. There are blanks provided among the wordings where you can include the venue of the celebration, date and other information.

To make the Monster Jam birthday invitations even more exciting, include a photograph of your child wearing racing gear. Imagine the joy on your guests’ faces when they receive beautiful photo invitations. You can experiment with the placement of the photograph on the invitation. Uploading the picture onto the template of the invitations takes only a few seconds when you do it online.

Images of monster trucks with their big wheels have an unmatched appeal on boys birthday invitations. You can arrange for each child to bring along his own monster truck so that the kids can engage in a fun game during the party. With the right planning and fabulous invitations, your son’s birthday can be as much fun as an actual monster jam racing event!

Some people like to have the birthday invitations in the shape of a monster truck. These kinds of invitations create immense visual appeal when compared to regular postcard shaped invites. For those who prefer simplicity, there are open-out and post card formats available. Borders and scalloped edges can add variety to the appearance of the invitations.

Corresponding envelopes come with Monster jam invitations. There is no need to look for separate envelopes for the invitations. Superior print quality of the birthday invitations mirrors your choice of quality. Several people are beginning to opt for environment friendly paper for their children’s birthday invites.

There are no hassles of having to browse through stores if you choose to order the Monster Jam birthday invitations online. There are numerous templates that you can choose from. Buying invitations online is a less expensive than buying at stores. Once you choose the template you like, just enter the details of the celebration and confirm your order. The invites will be mailed to your home in a few days.

Start the party right, with Monster Jam party invitations. Every boy will love to help write out his special party invitations for kids, which are available from birthdayparty-invitations.com.

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Recognize the gifts of each day and give thanks, give praise.

Sing a happy song.


“To recognize and celebrate beauty is to recognize the ultimate sacredness of experience, to glimpse the subtle embrace of belonging where we are wed to the divine, the beauty of every moment of everything.”—John O’Donohue


Tips While Choosing First Birthday Photo Invitations

Organizing for a first birthday party is not simple. This is a special day in your child’s life signifying their one year completion in the world. If you really want to make this party a success, then you might want to consider sending out first birthday photo invitations. These are fun to create or can be purchased from many online websites.

Many parents would seek the help of professional photographers for clicking photos of their child for the birthday invitations. If your child is fussy or not in a mood for photo sessions, then it might take some time for the photographer to calm the child and click the right photo. You can either go in for such services or have photos clicked of your child in his nursery.

If you have a digital camera, you can click a number of snapshots of your child and have them pasted on the baby birthday invitations. This method is gaining a lot of popularity amongst parents since it captures various emotions of their children in their natural environment. If you prefer simpler options, then you can even go in for portraits of your baby.

If you are not satisfied with the snapshots taken by you and do not want to take the help of professional photographers, you can browse for online photo processors that provide services to upload photos online and make the necessary adjustments in regard to quality, brightness and many more.

Next thing you might want to consider is the wordings that will match with your first birthday photo invitations. Depending on your creative skills, you can either go in for poems or quotes or take the assistance of online resources for tips and advice. Another option available for you is simple wordings inviting the guests for the birthday of your child. Ensure that you mention the day, date, time and venue of the party in order to avoid confusions.

If you are going in for a themed birthday party, then you can choose from a lot of options that are suitable for one year olds. If you spend a little time on the internet, you will be flooded with a lot of fun filled themes for the party. Elmo, the cute character from Sesame Street is considered a perfect choice for little ones. You can either have these cards ordered from such websites, or you could use cut outs and paste them on the 1st birthday photo invitations.

In the case of simple baby birthday invitations, you can either create them by using colored or glitter paper and decorating them with ribbons or pictures of teddy bears, balloons etc. A lovely photo of your child can be pasted on the center and wordings can be written on the inside of the cards. You can even go in for party stickers that come with alphabets and numbers that will emphasize the age of your child.

Make sure to keep a copy of the first birthday photo invitations for your child so that they can see how much hard work went in making their birthday party a success. They will love you for it in the future. You can even ask your friends and relatives to contribute ideas on how to make the invitations more lively and fun for the guests.

Personalize your First Birthday Photo Invites by including your favorite photograph of your child in his or her 1st year. At firstbirthdayphotoinvitations.com you can see the best collection of boys First Birthday Photo Invites.

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Birthday Cards With Out The Hassle

Birthdays are one of the most celebrated occasions for everyone, young or old, in every part of the world. As we know, it is always nice to be greeted on our birthday on time; this is a great way of making someone feel happy and important on their birthday.

While a timely birthday greeting can be a great way to make a celebrant happy on his or her birthday; comes the question, what if the celebrant is far away, how would his or her loved ones and friends greet him or her?

Obviously there are a lot of ways to greet a celebrant far away such as sending paper greeting cards and making a phone call. These are great ways to greet a birthday celebrant, but they are also quite expensive.

Don’t worry though; we are in the age of modern technology today. The internet has made it much easier for people to send information through e-mail. By using e-mail, one can send a message and greet someone as fast as an instant through a birthday ecard.

Good news is that there is a birthday ecard readily available on the internet now. The birthday ecard is a great alternative to the old fashioned and obsolete paper cards you send through snail mail which could take days to arrive. They arrive much faster, with more designs that you can choose from.

A birthday ecard can be sent faster than the usual mail or snail mail. The best thing is that you are assured that the person receiving it will be able to read and receive it on time. Another great thing is that a birthday ecard does not come with only one variety, there are a lot of happy birthday e cards that are available online for you to choose from.

The best thing is that happy birthday e cards are most often offered free by certain websites. They also come with a wide variety of designs and quotes that you can choose from. This is a great convenience if you are looking for a birthday greeting, all you would need is to check the website form your home or office.

Now, if there is anyone who you think will be lonely because they are away from home during their birthdays, then do not hesitate to send them these beautiful happy birthday e cards.

When you are looking for a thoughtful something to give a loved one on a birthday, give a birthday ecard. The best thing about happy birthday ecards is that they cost nothing but a few minutes.

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Flying East over the Rockies

To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.

— Terry Tempest Williams

(The quote was selected by the Sierra Club’s Daily Ray of Hope)


Five Special And Lovely Sixty-Fifth Birthday Gift Ideas For Her

For a woman turning 65, you can involve your kids in making a scrapbook, record greetings for the celebrant, recognize her hobby or introduce a new one, let it be her day of relaxation and fun, and please her with diamonds, gold, and the like to come up with a memorable and heartwarming birthday gift.

Heart-warming and sentimental gifts are the best presents to a 65-year-old woman. Choose the best 65th birthday gift that will make the celebrant feel more appreciated as a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, and a good friend. Below is a list of great gift ideas that may be perfect for her:

Make a scrapbook together with your kids

A scrapbook made by loved ones, is one of the greatest and most poignant 65th birthday gifts for a woman. Consider creating a scrapbook filled with wonderful photos and memories of the celebrant. Include your kids in the creation of the scrapbook by making them draw and write some greetings and quotes for the celebrant.

Get sentimental with recorded greetings

As women grow older, they tend to be more sentimental. Record some personal best wishes from family and friends on a CD and give this to her on her 65th birthday. Include her loved ones and relatives, as well as her long lost friends to make the record more special. Not only will this gift be great during the birthday celebration but as a keepsake that will be treasured forever.

Consider her hobby or give her a new one

It is more helpful to make the celebrant the point of reference when you are looking for a birthday gift. On her 65th birthday, give her something that relates to her hobbies and interests. For example, you can give her a new set of cookware or a book of recipes if she is a cooking enthusiast. You may also inquire what hobbies she would want to pursue and give her a present to start a new one. This may sound very simple, but you may be surprised to find out what your gift means to her.

Let it be her day of relaxation and fun

When a woman turns 65, all she considers doing is to feel at ease and loosen up. Pay for her spa or salon treatment for a day. You can also treat her and her husband to an out-of-town vacation or even on a cruise if you can afford it. You can ask your siblings to share the costs of the gift, if the celebrant is your mother, to make it less burdensome on your part, yet equally thrilling.

Charm her with precious gems

Who does not love jewelry? Jewelry is every woman’s best friend. On her big day, surprise this special woman in your life with a piece of jewelry that marks her 65th birthday. You can give her a locket with her picture during her younger years. You may also consider giving a pendant or bracelet with her name and birth date engraved on it.

Donating a tree in her name, giving her a new pet, throwing a picnic for her at her favorite vacation house, or giving her a dinner voucher for two at her favorite classy restaurant are among the other wonderful 65th birthday gift ideas for her.

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