Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thoughts on Birthdays and Hero Arts Starburst Lace Thanks Card

While we don't do birthday parties every year, this year for Evelyn's birthday, we did a party at a local park / splash pad (Riverview Park) with some friends and family, given that it starts to get a little toasty in May.

I'm not personally big on receiving birthday gifts. It was not a custom that I was used to, growing up in an Asian household (where both birthday parties and gifts, at least in my house, were not the norm). That's not to say I never received birthday gifts or never had a birthday party, but it wasn't tradition.

As a result of my own experience, I don't plan for birthday parties to be a big thing every year for Evelyn and Parker. Realistically, I think it will fall somewhere between what my experience was growing up and the typical American experience. Evelyn has thus far, however, received something from Greg and I for her birthday each year and we also do some sort of family gathering, which I think is enough, particularly when (a) Greg picks out pretty good gifts and (b) spending time with family should be the important part.

For me, a big reason behind it boils down to our kids being fortunate enough to grow up in a household where they won't ever really want for anything, and so birthday parties with gifts is not my jam. While my kids may - at various times - feel like they want things that they don't get, they are undoubtedly privileged in many respects.

I like the idea of celebrating with those close to you, but that can be done without gifts too, and I feel like the time spent with people is more valuable than the things. Side note - I don't discount that older kids and adults do pick out and give thoughtful gifts, which is different than bringing a gift for the sake or expectation of bringing one.

In any case, this was a long lead-in to . . . Evie did receive some gifts from friends and family at her birthday party, and so, I made some thank you cards to send out! They are fairly simple, with a big focal stamp, layered die cut sentiment in bright colors, and drops of glitter glue accents.

Hero Arts Starburst Lace Thanks Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Hero Arts Starburst Lace Thanks Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog


Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper
Stamps: Hero Arts Starburst Lace Rubber Stamp
Tools: Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Dies
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue

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