April birthday fun facts

April Birthday Fun FactsIt’s time to celebrate all April birthdays! With the daisy as this month’s flower, we are always reminded of the beauty of springtime and the blooming of flowers across the country. The daisy is also a symbol of innocence.

Here are some more fun facts about this month!

  • The zodiac signs of this month are Aries (March 21-April 19), which is characterized as being adventurous and lively, and Taurus (April 20-May 20), which is characterized by generosity and dependability
  • It is thought that the name April comes from the Latin word “to open”, and is believed to have been used to describe the opening of the trees that happens during springtime
  • The professional baseball season begins in the United States
  • National monthly observances this month include National Humor Month, Mathematics Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, and National Jazz Appreciation Month
  • Famous birthdays this month: Pharrell Williams (4/5), David Letterman (4/12), Emma Watson (4/15), James Franco (4/19), Kelly Clarkson (4/24), Channing Tatum (4/26), Jet Li (4/26), Jerry Seinfeld (4/29), and Penelope Cruz (4/28)!

We hope you have a wonderful birthday and a beautiful spring!

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March Birthday Fun Facts

March Birthday Fun FactsHappy birthday to all the March babies! Whether a boisterous and vibrant Aries (March 21-April 19) or an easygoing and friendly Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20), you’re sure to have a wonderful month welcoming in a new spring.

Here are some other great facts for anyone born this month!

  • March’s flower is the daffodil, which represents hope
  • The birthstone of March is the aquamarine, which symbolizes courage and bravery
  • March comes from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars
  • Spring officially begins in March! It starts anywhere from March 19 to March 21 every year
  • Celebrity Birthdays this month include Jon Bon Jovi (3/2), Jessica Biel (3/3), Chuck Norris (3/10), Albert Einstein (3/14), Adam Levine (3/18), William Shatner (3/22), Reese Witherspoon (3/22), Lady Gaga (3/28), and Celine Dion (3/30).
  • Monthly observances include American Red Cross Month, Fire Prevention Month, Women’s History Month, and National Reading Month

Here’s to hoping that this month also brings you a little luck o’ the Irish as we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, along with your very special March birthday!

Best wishes for the upcoming year as well, we hope it is great!

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February Birthday Fun Facts

February Birthday Fun Facts

Happy birthday, all you February babies! You’re so lucky to be sharing the shortest month of the year with one of the sweetest holidays of all—Valentine’s Day! As either a witty, intelligent, and strong-willed Aquarius (Feb 1-18) or a compassionate, insightful, and creative Pisces (Feb 19-29), you’ve got some of the best qualities around.

Here are some February birthday fun facts you might find especially interesting:

  • Some would say your birth flower is the iris, which represents faith, hope, and wisdom. Others say it’s the violet, which represents faithfulness, modesty, and virtue. Which one’s your favorite?
  • According to tradition, the Roman emperor Augustus took one day off February and added it to August, the month named after him.
  • There are a few dozen national monthly observances during February, including Black History Month, Bird Feeding Month, Embroidery Month, Grapefruit Month, Haiku Writing Month, and Umbrella Month. There are just as many national weekly observances during February, including Friendship Week (week 1), Flirting Week (week 2), Secondhand Wardrobe Week (week 3), and Pancake Week (week 4).
  • A person born on February 29 during a leap year (which occurs only every four years) is called a “leapling” and will usually celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1 in all non-leap years. The odds of being born on February 29 are 1 in 1,461 (or 0.068%) according to the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
  • An impressive roster of famous people were born in February! These iconic household names include: Jennifer Aniston (2/11), Drew Barrymore (2/22), Sheryl Crow (2/11), James Dean (2/8), Charles Dickens (2/7), Michael Bolton (2/26), Thomas Edison (2/11), Michael Jordan (2/17), Norman Rockwell (2/3), Babe Ruth (2/6), John Steinbeck (2/27), and John Travolta (2/18).
  • If you’re a history buff, you probably also know that the following four presidents shared February birthdays: William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and George Washington.

We hope you have an extra wonderful birthday and enjoy all the joy it has to offer!

How will you be celebrating your birthday this month? Tell us in the comments!

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Awesome embellishments for brown wrapping paper

Awesome Embellishments for brown wrapping paper

Looking for a fun way to wrap a gift? Look no further than the craft paper trend that’s been sweeping Pinterest! It’s equal parts stylish and nostalgic, conjuring memories of carefully covering text books in school and then embellishing them with stickers and other personalized touches.

Want to recreate this brown wrapping paper look at home? It’s easy with just a few simple embellishments! Here are some of our favorites ideas from some great blogs:

1. Cookie Cutter Wrapping Paper by Sheila at Craft by Photo

Brown Wrapping Paper with Cookie Cutter StampsTake letter-shaped cookie cutters and paint and you can create a personalized message for any occasion!

2. Festive Party Flags by Shari’s Berries

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3. Simple Wrapping Paper with Herbs and Paper Doilies by Blue, Purple and Scarlett

Brown wrapping paper with herbs and paper doilies by Blue Purple and Scarlett

A scented sachet filled with herbs adds a rustic, country feel.

4.Polka Dot Wrapping Paper by The House that Lars Built

Polka Dot Wrapping Paper by The House that Lars BuiltUsing a pencil and white paint, add polka dots to any brown wrapping paper!

5. Birthday Candles by Nooha (Netherlands)

Birthday Candles on brown gift wrapping paper by NoohaThis blog may be written in Dutch, but attaching actual birthday candles to a gift has universal appeal!

6. DIY Mini Tissue Paper Pom Poms by Lia Griffith

DIY Mini Tissue Paper Pom Poms by Lia Griffith

This is such a neat twist on the hanging tissue paper pom pom trend–a mini version, perfect for topping a petite gift!

7. Confetti Gift Wrap Stripes by 3@12

Confetti gift wrap stripes on brown wrapping paper by 3@12

This look combines three popular trends–brown wrapping paper, confetti and stripes! The look is made relatively mess-free by using double-sided tape to attach the confetti instead of glue!

8. Rubber Band Gift Wrap – Babble

Rubber Band Gift Wrap

Need to dress up an office birthday gift in a hurry? Look no further than your desk drawer by wrapping it in colorful rubber bands!

What’s your best tip for gift wrap? We’d love to hear it in the comments!

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January Birthday Fun Facts

January Birthday Fun Facts

Kick off the New Year with all the January babies! It is appropriate the year is first celebrated with the professional and independent Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19) and the intellectual and intuitive Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18).

Here are some awesome facts about your January birthday!

  • January is home of several awesome national monthly observances, including National Hobby Month, National Blood Donor Month, National Book Month, and National Thank You Month.
  • January is a month of extremes! It is the coldest month in the northern hemisphere and the hottest month in the southern hemisphere.
  • Your birthstone is the garnet, which represents purity, truth and friendship.
  • The flowers of January are the snowdrop and the carnation

Additionally, you share January with some pretty sweet celebrity birthdays! There’s Elvis Presley (1/8), Eli Manning (1/3), Bradley Cooper (1/5), Oprah Winfrey (1/29), Martin Luther King Jr. (1/15), Betty White (1/17), Justin Timberlake (1/31), and Phil Collins (1/30) –just to name a few!!

We hope you have a great birthday, a wonderful January, and a Happy New Year!

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December Birthday Fun Facts

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Tis the season! Happy birthday to all December babies! During this wonderful (although cold) month, winter officially begins in the northern hemisphere. But are all of you snow babies really in the know about your birth month?

Here are some other December birthday fun facts that are fun to share:

  • As you well know, you share your birth month with a ton of festive religious holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. It’s like the whole month is lit up in your honor!
  • The birthstone of December is the turquoise, which represents prosperity, success, and good fortune.
  • December’s flower is the narcissus, which symbolizes rebirth and respect.
  • The zodiac signs associated with December are Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec.21), which is characterized as extroverted and optimistic, and Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19), which can be described as professional and organized. Which one are you?
  • Monthly observances during December include Universal Human Rights Month and Read a New Book Month. Time to snuggle up with your Kindle and learn about the world around you!
  • Celebrity birthdays in December include : Woody Allen (12/1), Lucy Liu (12/2), Walt Disney (12/5), Larry Bird (12/7,) Frank Sinatra (12/12), Bob Barker (12/12), Taylor Swift (12/13), Jamie Foxx (12/13), Vanessa Hudgens (12/25), Ludwig van Beethoven (12/16), Samuel L. Jackson (12/21), Sir Isaac Newton (12/25) and comic book icon, Stan Lee (12/28).

Although it may be cold outside, may you stay warm and happy on your birthday and throughout the holidays!

Did you already know these December birthday fun facts? Who do you share your birthday with? Tell us in the comments!

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November Birthday Fun Facts

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We’re sending out our biggest, happiest wishes to all of you celebrating your birthday this month! If you’re lucky enough to be born in November, it means you’re dynamic, brave, and generous—and we’re not surprised one bit!

Here are some other November birthday fun facts that are worth celebrating:

• The magnetic Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22), and one of the luckiest signs, Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 22) are the dynamo duo that rule this month.
• The two gems for November are the Topaz and Citrine.
• Your flower is the Chrysanthemum which, according to Feng Shui, brings laughter and happiness to the home.
• Love fall football? On November 6, 1869, the first intercollegiate football game was played in the U.S. between Rutgers and Princeton.
• Not only is Thanksgiving celebrated this month, but it’s also Peanut Butter Lovers Month and National Pepper Month!
• What stars are celebrating with you this month?—Jenny McCarthy (11/1), David Schwimmer (11/2), Matthew McConaughey (11/4), Ethan Hawke (11/6), Leonardo DiCaprio (11/11), Anne Hathaway (11/12), Martin Scorsese (11/17), Jodi Foster (11/19), Tina Turner (11/26), Jon Stewart (11/28), and Billy Idol (11/30).

We hope you have a glorious birthday and that it’s just the start to an amazing, happiness-filled year!

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Do you have a great November birthday fun fact share? We’d love to hear what you enjoy about being a November baby in the comments!

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October Birthday Fun Facts

October Birthday Fun Facts from the American Greetings Blog

You lucky autumn babies celebrate your birthdays in one of the most gorgeous months of the year! It’s no wonder, with love-filled and charming Libra (Sept 24-Oct 23) and loyal and passionate Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22) ruling this month.

Here are some October Birthday fun facts for you to enjoy:

• You have two birthstones–opals and tourmaline. It is said an opal will crack if worn by someone not born in October!

• Your birth flower is the Calendula, which is in the marigold family, and is valued for its medicinal and healing properties.

• You are classified as the “Peacemaker” in astrology and are strongly motivated by a desire for justice and strive to maintain harmony in all areas of your life.

• October was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar. It comes from the Latin word “octo” meaning eight. Later, it became the 10th month when January and February were added to the calendar.

• October folklore says that if the deer have a gray coat in October, expect a hard winter.

• More American Presidents were born in the month of October than any other month. They were John Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter.

• Some famous October birthdays include Zach Galifinakis, Julie Andrews (10/1); Kate Winslet (10/5); Matt Damon (10/8); Mario Lopez (10/10); Hugh Jackman (10/12); Angela Lansbury (10/16); John Krasinski (10/20); Katy Perry (10/25); Hillary Clinton (10/26); Bill Gates and Julia Roberts (10/28).

There’s extra good news for autumn babies–some research suggests that those born between September and November are more likely to live to 100 years old than people born during the other months of the year. So here’s to you… may you have many beautiful birthdays to come!

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September Birthday Fun Facts

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Happy Birthday, You September Stars!

A big, happy birthday wish goes out to all you September babies celebrating this month! With one of your birth flowers being the aster (meaning “star”) it’s no wonder you fill the world with light!

Here are some September birthday fun facts for all of you celebrating another trip around the sun:

  • The name September comes from the Latin septem for seven, since this was the seventh month of the Roman calendar.
  • September has several birth flowers–the forget-me-not, the morning glory, and the aster.
  • Your birth stone is the sapphire and gives the wearer luck. Sapphire is usually envisioned as a blue stone but also comes in green, pink, purple and clear.
  • You’re in good company with some very famous birthdays this month–Dr. Phil (9/1), Beyonce Knowles (9/4), Pippa Middleton (9/6), Adam Sandler (9/9), Michael Buble (9/9), Harry Connick (9/11), Niall Horan (9/13), Jimmy Fallon (9/19), Bruce Springsteen (9/23) and Will Smith (9/25)

Both astrological signs Virgo and Libra fall within September, are harmonious signs making you a balanced personable individual to be around, so shine on like the star you are!

Send one of our birthday ecards today!

Do you have a favorite September birthday fun fact or do you share your birthday with someone famous? Share it in the comments below!

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How to Remember Birthdays

 

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There’s one in every crowd–a friend who always seems to know exactly whose birthday is when and a card magically appears in the mail. She also remembers other important occasions such as anniversaries or holidays—she’s a celebration maven! And in this holiday-loving, Pinterest-obsessed era, so many of us wish to be that organized, but sometimes our intentions don’t exactly match our current skill set. So, how can you become that friend that’s always at the ready?

Check out these simple steps from our very own celebration mavens at American Greetings and you’ll be well on your way to being the one everyone is excitedly talking about and saying, “Wow! How did she remember?”

  • The big first step…updating! We promise it’s not as painful as you think. Updating your address book and birthday/anniversary list, though a tad bit time-consuming, is easier now thanks to text messaging, Facebook Messenger and email. Woo-hoo!
  • Cross-reference. Aside from major holidays, consult a calendar that also includes religious and commemorative holidays, such as Rosh Hashanah, Veteran’s Day, etc. and mark whom you’d like to reach out to on those occasions.
  • “Celebration Central.” Whether you prefer a paper calendar, a computer spreadsheet, or an online reminder service, find the way that works best for you and keep everything in this one central location.
  • Keep calm, take notes, and shop on. Take notes throughout the year when people mention something they like or want so you can be ready with just the right gift when the time comes. Peruse their Pinterest boards and pin their most beloved items to a “secret” board so that they won’t uncover that you took note of their future gift.
  • Start a greeting card box: As you collect the perfect cards for friends and family, keep them organized by placing them in a greeting card or photo box and make tabs to separate them by month or occasion. (Cool tip: Tag the backs of individual cards with sticky notes to remember who you purchased them for.)
  • If at first you don’t succeed…don’t beat yourself up! They say it takes over 60 days to build a habit, so if you happen to forget a birthday or two don’t give up on your project entirely. Sending a late gift or note is always better than not recognizing it at all, and besides–that’s what belated birthday cards are for!
  • Bonus points: Keep a stack of pretty notecards on-hand for those moments when you think of someone and want to reach out. (PSST… These new digital cards are perfect to help brighten someone’s day, too!)

In the end, remembering someone’s special day is a wonderful way to let them know how important they are in your life, but don’t limit yourself to just the big days. Reach out anytime the mood strikes with a phone call, note, email, or text to show you care. Nine times out of ten, it’s the unexpected kindnesses they’ll remember most.

Send one of our birthday ecards or easily print your favorite happy birthday card today!

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August Birthday Fun Facts

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Happy birthday to all of you Leos and Virgos! Between the dramatic and energetic Leo (July 23 – August 22) and the caring and gentle Virgo (August 23 – September 22), you have a lot of great qualities worth celebrating! But how up to speed are you on August Birthday Fun Facts?

Things you might not know about your August birthday:

  • Monthly observances that take place in August include National Family Fun Month, National Golf Month, National Romance Awareness Month, and National Peach Month.
  • The birthstone for August is the peridot, a beautiful gem that is typically several shades of green and symbolizes a great year to come!
  • August is named after Rome’s first emperor, Augustus Caesar (heir to Julius Caesar, after whom July is named).
  • August’s flower is the gladiolus, also known as the sword lily, which represents integrity.
  • Famous birthdays in August include Barack Obama, Antonio Banderas, Chris Hemsworth, Hulk Hogan, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Madonna, Robert DeNiro and Cameron Diaz.

Here’s hoping that your big day is just the beginning of a wonderful year to come!

Is your birthday this month? Tell us in the comments if you share your birthday with anyone famous!

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July Birthday Fun Facts

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We wanted to say a warm, wonderful happy birthday to all of you July babies out there! With summer in full swing, here’s hoping that your special day is picture-perfect! Here are some July Birthday fun facts!

Did you know:

  • The flower of July is the blue lotus water lily, a beautiful plant that symbolize beauty and enlightenment
  • The zodiac signs related to this month are the sentimental and thoughtful Cancer (June 21-July22), and Leo (July 23-August 22), which is characterized as dramatic, outgoing, and exciting.
  • July is sometimes called Hay Month because the grass often dries due to lack of rain and can be made into hay.
  • July is named after Julius Caesar, one of the most recognized Roman leaders.

You’re also in good company in July with a bunch of really great celebrity birthdays! Here are a few of the famous people born in July: Kevin Hart, Sylvester Stallone, Ringo Starr, Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks, Sofia Vergara, Bill Cosby, Harrison Ford, Will Ferrell, Nelson Mandela, Selena Gomez, Daniel Radcliffe, Sandra Bullock, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and J.K. Rowling.

We hope that you have a wonderful birthday, and a great rest of the year!

Is your birthday this month? Tell us in the comments if you think your zodiac sign describes you!

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Creative Decorating for Kids Birthday Parties

Themes for kids birthday parties have become more original than ever — just check out what’s new online and on Pinterest In the quest to be different, here are some simple ways to add the finishing touches to an original theme using materials you have right at home or can purchase affordably:

Welcome to the party:  Balloons and streamers are always festive, but you can also use some offbeat ideas to let your guests know they they have the right house.  Create a fun path to the front door by cutting paper plates into the shape of pinwheels and have them spinning, or use party cups as faux luminaries by filling them with sand and lining them up to the door.

Fun banners: Purchase a simple design gift wrap or even use plates with a favorite character on them. Cut your wrap into fun shapes, or cut out the characters, and link the pieces together with string to create a one-of-a-kind pennant banner.

 A fresh take on centerpieces:  Get the “pop” without the cost by creating whimsical flower bouquets out of tissue paper.  Just shape the paper into blooms and put attractive color combinations together in any vase.

Placing it just right: Give your table a coordinated look by cutting wrap into squares and putting them under each place setting along with matching silverware holders. Or, even easier, use a roll of gift wrap as your tablecloth.

Consistency is key:  No matter what your party is focused on, you can keep the theme alive everywhere through simple elements such as creating a border around mirrors in puffy stickers (which are easier to remove), or even just using balloons or streamers to line every entrance.

Remember, thinking outside the box can make decorating for your next birthday party easy and affordable!

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Birthday Party Themes

 

Birthday Party Themes

You’re never too old for a big celebration! Not sure where to begin? Here are some great ideas to make party planning easy.

A retro-themed party is the perfect way to create a blast from the past. Send out personalized invitations so guests know how to dress to match the era. Check out iTunes for music that will get everyone dancing—whether it’s the Jitterbug or the Hustle!  Decorate with old photos of the birthday honoree—guests can contribute these, too—or use the fave pix to make a crazy scrapbook of memories right at the party. You can even create your own photo booth with a digital camera. Use imaginative era-specific accessories to go with your theme, then send guests a photo card as a party favor. Don’t forget those thank-you cards, either!

An elegant-themed party is another way to go, so do it up right with a coordinated look.  Choose a color scheme, then accent your napkins and plates with decorative stickers and appliques from a craft store. Use stencils to add a custom border to a paper tablecloth. Flowers make the perfect centerpiece, so select some blossoms in your color choice and decorate the vase using the stencils as well as matching ribbons.  When it comes to the dessert, use your imagination—you may want to try cupcakes or cake pops vs. a more traditional cake. Finish off the celebration with a toast that lists as many qualities of the guest of honor as there are birthday years. All your partygoers will have fun helping with this one, and it will create a wonderful birthday memory to treasure.

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Pick the Perfect Birthday Gift

Pick the Perfect Birthday Gift

If you’re like most people, giving someone a birthday present feels great, doesn’t it? Even though it’s said that it’s the thought that counts, we’d like to offer some tips to make sure the thought—and the gift—are really special.

Kids: Kids’ tastes and interests can change quickly, so if you’re buying for a child, don’t hesitate to ask the parent what the child likes, and then get creative! Are they into books, science, trains, dolls? Check out some unique learning sites as well as independent toy stores to find engaging surprises.

Teens: For those hard-to-shop-for teens, create a “this-and-that” basket filled with a variety of smaller fun items they’ll enjoy. Consider nail polishes, ear buds, mints, cool pens, and gift cards. These are things they always need–and always run out of—so they’re sure to appreciate this.

Adults: There are lots of gift-giving options for adults—even the ones who seem to have everything!  Show your thoughtfulness by selecting handmade and one-of-a-kind items from a site like Etsy, or browse a local antique store for some really unique finds.  Food is always a welcome treat, too. Make your own chocolate covered strawberries for a delectable surprise, or try your hand at gourmet oils and vinegars, packaged in unique bottles.

Once you have the perfect gift be sure to wrap it up right—don’t skimp on this step! And, of course, don’t forget about a birthday card. Choose from personalized paper cards, ecards, and printable cards. After all, the right card is the best way to add your special wishes to a wonderful birthday gift!

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