I always say I don't want anything planned for my Birthday and then a few days before I think... hmm maybe I do want to do something planned. But I'm not the "Big party" kind of girl at least when it is my day. Two days before a birthday doesn't give much time to plan but I thought I should have coffee involved, Panera Bread, and a few willing friends. I told them I'd be at Panera Bread at 10am sipping coffee remembering the years gone by and join me if they would like, I'll be there regardless, AND their present to me would be their presence, so don't bring gifts. Then I thought.. ok most people say that on invites and no one obeys because they think the person is just saying that to be polite but deep down they really want something!! So I closed with this:
p.s please don't feel like you have to bring a gift, you are my
gift :) unless of course you would like to feed my love for cool
re-usable items that might ordinarily go to the "goodwill" but you
think I might think it is too cool to pass up. Small house plants
are my envy so if you are tossing one re-gift it on Jan. 6th! :)LOL.
Or a few cute decorator mags that you might be tossing into the
recycle bin? Otherwise don't spend your money, I don't have any
desires beyond my friendship with you.
Can I just tell you how fun this was to know that my friends were able to find things that were simple, mostly free and perfect gifts for me.. (hey that rhymed).
So next time you are going to a party, or having a party for yourself try this.. it is cheap, a lot of fun, and it makes everyone happy.
ps. notice the "I Love Lucy Card"... she is one of my favorites! I came home turned on my Amy Grant music...my favorite, and later went to dinner with my husband down town Portland on a gift certificate, which further fed my tummy and my joy for free or inexpensive gifts. It's not so bad getting older! ok...yes it is, but it was fun in the process. Here's to another year gone by but I think this year is going to be one of my favorites...i hope.