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!

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.

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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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February Birthday Fun Facts

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Happy February Birthday!

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 fun facts you might find especially interesting about your special month:

  • 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.
  • Some famous people (past and present) who were born in February include Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Sheryl Crow, James Dean, Charles Dickens, Thomas Edison, Michael Jordan, Yoko Ono, Norman Rockwell, Babe Ruth, John Steinbeck, and John Travolta.
  • 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!

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Happy November Birthday!

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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 fun facts about your glorious month:

• 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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Happy October Birthday Facts, you justice-seeking peacemakers!

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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 fun October Birthday facts about your birth month:

• 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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Creative Decorating for Kids Birthday Parties

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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

 

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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

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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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Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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Make your child or grandchild feel super-special when you throw a birthday party based on their favorite theme. From princesses and gymnastics, to Star Wars and soccer, your child’s interests make party planning easy. Begin by sending out invitations to let their friends know what the excitement is all about. Then start planning!

Games

  • Games are an important part of kids’ parties, and with a little creativity, you can turn a traditional game into something exciting. For example, Musical Chairs can easily become Musical Thrones for a Princess Party, and Who Am I? is great for themes with a lot of characters, such as Star Wars or Thomas the Train.

Decor

  • Create your own decorations to make the party unique. Check out sites like Pinterest for one-of-a-kind ideas, or visit character websites, where many offer printables that can be used for decorations or as an activity.

Sweets

  • There’s no need to go to a bakery when you can make a cool theme cake yourself—you’ll be amazed at what you can create! Or try something different – cake balls and cupcakes are super trendy right now. Give it your best shot and see what fun desserts you can come up with.

Don’t forget a card! Personalized birthday cards for kids are a great idea, and if you’re running a little late and don’t have time to get to the store there’s always great printable birthday cards your kids can create right from home. Most importantly, include your child in the party planning. It will make the day even more special for the birthday guest of honor!

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How to Choose the Perfect Birthday Card

 

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Everyone has birthdays, and whether or not you send a gift or flowers, you should always send a birthday card. There are so many great ones to choose from, and it can be overwhelming! So how do you decide? Here are some tips we think will help:

– First, start out by thinking of who the person is and what he or she is like. Consider things such as whether they are serious or silly, young or old, trendy or traditional.  Next, consider what your relationship is: are they family, friend, co-worker? Are you heart-to-heart close, or just acquaintances?

– Next, you can decide on the tone of the card, such as “Funny,” “Heartfelt,” “Cute,” or “Romantic.” You can select a general card, or one that is specifically for the recipient—“Grandma” for example. If you’re very close, such as a parent, child or spouse, try looking at photos of the special times you’ve shared for inspiration. The memories can help you decide on the type of card and what you’d like it to say.

– Now you’re ready to add just the right message inside. Here are some great choices:

  • May this year be your best ever.
  • I hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true.
  • I hope that for every candle on your cake you get a wonderful surprise.
  • May your birthday be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter, love, and cheer.
  • Hope your birthday blossoms into lots of dreams come true!

The list of card choices is long these days, and while everyone is familiar with paper cards, there are lots of other options, too.

Birthday ecards are a quick and easy way to send your wishes, and Personalized Paper cards add an extra-special touch. You can even shop the card aisle right from your home computer or even find printable birthday cards you can print from home!

The bottom line –  a birthday card not only brings happy wishes, but it’s also a reflection of the relationship you have with the receiver. So, by thinking about that first, it will make it much easier to choose the perfect one.

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What the heck do I write in this birthday card?

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Celebrating a birthday is special, and sending a greeting card is the perfect way to add your wishes to the day. But once you’ve picked out the card, it’s nice to include your own personal message, too. You don’t need to be long—just sincere!  So get your favorite pen ready—why not pick out colored ink for a fun touch?—and get writing!

First, consider how close your relationship is. If it’s a family member or dear friend, and you know what they have planned for their birthday, you can add a special wish such as “I hope your celebration gives you many happy memories to treasure always!”  However, you can also write heartfelt words that will fit any relationship, and including a compliment is always appreciated. For example, “May your birthday be as special as you are!”  or, “Wishing you all the happiness someone as nice as you deserves!”

For an added touch of thoughtfulness, include a quotation. There are many great quotation sites, or you can select one from a favorite book. Here are some that we especially like:

  •  Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others can not keep it from themselves. -Sir James Barrie
  •  And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
  • This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24
  •  A friend is, as it were, a second self. -Cicero
  •  You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis
  •  We turn not older with years, but newer every day. -Emily Dickinson
  •  Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! -Henry David Thoreau
  •  A true friend is someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same. -Elbert Hubbard
  •  Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. -Woodrow Wilson

Keep in mind that a warm closing will bring an extra smile for the birthday person. Consider phrases such as Thinking of You, Love Always, Your Friend, or Best Wishes. And, of course, don’t forget to sign your name!

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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

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Born in 1564, the Bard of Avon, as he was known, was one of the greatest playwrights and poets of all time. Now, before you say, “Yawn…” keep in mind that there’s a lot more to Shakespeare than what you learned in High School Lit class. For example, many of today’s common phrases actually originated with his plays—talk about transcending trendiness!—and some scholars even attribute the origin of the “Knock, Knock” joke to a scene from Macbeth.

Way back then, going to the theatre to see one of his masterpieces was anything but boring. They weren’t the quiet, polite affairs they are now, but were filled with revelry, food, beverage and a whole lot of socializing. Hmmm…to us, that sounds like a great big party! If you know someone who’s celebrating a birthday or other special occasion today, why not do it up Shakespeare-style?  It’s easy to stage a theatre-themed event that will have your guests saying “Bravo!” by showing some favorite movies, playingcharades and serving gourmet popcorn treats. Don’t forget to send the special person an ecard, too—that’s even better than a sonnet! (Sorry, Will.)

And what about Shakespeare’s timeless question, “To be or not to be?” Well, we say, “be happy.” After all, that’s what celebrating special occasions is all about!

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