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When I saw this idea on Pinterest (here's the inspiration), I knew this would be a special way to celebrate dad's 60th birthday. Living in 4 states over the last 30 years, we have made lots of wonderful friends.
Mom sent emails and letters to everyone asking them to write a memory they had of dad. We were amazed at all of the letters that started coming in from old friends, past bosses, relatives…
We put them into 60 envelopes …
..and watched as he opened them all (it took a while!). We heard some funny stories and special messages that brought back great memories.
Then we enjoyed some Texas Roadhouse and cake (complete with 60 candles).
The pictures are great. He looks very happy. Glad you all had a great day celebrating his life. Love and miss you guys.
Loved the idea. The envelopes were really neat and it looks like it went very well. Happiness to all of you,
Would you mind sharing where you got the envelopes? I love this idea. Thanks for your time.
I purchased blank envelopes from envelopes.com and printed the design on them in Word. Thanks for visiting!
Beautiful job!! I was wondering if you bought the envelopes with the button and string an enclosure or did you add those? I tried searching on envelopes.com but didn’t see any envelopes with those on them. Thank you!!
Thank you! I added the button and string. I used a small circle punch to cut out the orange cardstock. I attached it to the circles to the flap and envelope using small brads. Then, just wrap the string around in a figure 8.
Thank you Jennifer! 🙂
Hi Jennifer, I am planning my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday in late November and this is exactly what I was going to have people do, 60 years of memories. Is there anything looking back after the fact that you would have people do or not do differently for their letters?
Hi Danielle, that’s a great question…. you know, everyone interpreted the request a little differently which I think is what made it so special. Lots just sent a hand written note. Some sent photos – even got one DVD with a home video. It may help if you prompt them with some ideas of what to include. Photos, specific memories, funny stories, etc. I can’t remember exactly what we wrote in the letter to friends and family but we did give them some ideas in case they didn’t really understand the concept of what we were trying to pull off.
One thing to keep in mind… it takes a long time to open and read 60 memories! I didn’t really think about the kids getting tired of watching but they lost interest quickly.
Have fun with it – it’s something I’m sure she will treasure forever!
Do you have a graphic foyer 50 memories?
I don’t currently have a 50 Memories graphic setup, but I will look at adding that in the future. Thanks for the comment!
I really wish you sold these exact envelopes lol
Great idea! Curious – where did you get the box/crate that the envelopes are sitting in? Thanks!!!
Thanks! The crate was actually something that came with one of my girls’ Melissa and Doug toys. It just happened to be the perfect size.
I hope you have fun creating your 60 memories gift!
Does your mother remember what she wrote in the letter she sent out to everyone?
Hi Jennifer! I’d like to do this for my mother for her 75th. Such a lovely idea! Can I ask you – what are the candles placed in on your table setting? I love this idea rather than putting them directly on the cake!