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How many of y’all have family that lives far away? Most of our family is back in Utah, so we miss out on a LOT of celebrations, especially birthdays! We’ve found great ways to help Celebrate with Kids Cards, and other ways to stay connected during those big events!
To our family, birthdays are HUGE. Lots of fun, games, and plenty of family. When we lived in Utah, it was easy to join in, but now it’s more challenging! Luckily, there’s plenty we can still do to stay in touch and feel like we’re ‘there’ to share with the special person on their big day!
My sweet niece Adi is turning 6 this Halloween (yes, her birthday is Halloween…awesome, right?!) so we decided to mail her a ‘party in a bag’…or envelope, as it turns out!
In it we made sure to include typical party items (that are safe to be mailed…cake isn’t exactly the best choice here). Plenty of streamers and cute crinkle confetti, birthday card with sweet notes, some balloons (not blown up yet, of course) and even some stickers! Send it in plenty of time for the birthday, and it’s like you’re there partying with them! Especially with kids, they like to know you’re thinking of them even though you aren’t physically nearby.
The real fun part is the cute Hallmark Kids Card we picked up at Walmart! They’re really fun, starting off as a sweet birthday card with saying….but then it opens into a HUGE wall poster they can keep!
There’s such a huge selection of kid favorites, like Avengers, Star Wars, How to Train Your Dragon, Sophia the First, Princess, Tinkerbell, Minnie Mouse and many more! Just find the Hallmark birthday display at Walmart and choose your favorites! I found the PERFECT ones for my niece, plus each of my boys! Yes, I know my youngest isn’t near a birthday like my twins (they’re going to turn 5….CRAZY!) but once I saw the Jake & the Neverland Pirates one I just HAD to get it for their pirate bedroom!
So how does the card turn into the poster? Here’s my little Dusty fan to show you as he discovers his Planes Fire & Rescue birthday card!
He was so excited at how BIG the poster ended up being! He kept laying by it saying ‘Mom, it’s like a blanket!’
For my other twin, I knew Captain America was the perfect option….just check out how he matches!
So how can YOU help celebrate someone special even though you’re not close by? Here’s some tips and ideas:
- Send a surprise package with party supplies (like we did for my niece)
- Skype in so you can ‘see’ each other
- Phone calls are always good
- Get someone there to help you do a Scavenger Hunt to a big surprise, like a fabulous Poster Card
- Send them a special photo of you they can set up during their celebration
- Agree to eat the same party food at the same time
What are YOUR best ways to keep in touch during birthdays and celebrations with long-distance loved ones?
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