Forgetting the birthday of someone special can cause embarrassment or panic. Take a deep breath instead, and figure out the best way to wish her a happy belated birthday. Whether you simply forgot or had more pressing matters that kept you from sending your birthday greetings on time, make up for it with a belated birthday wish.
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Determine how you'd like to deliver your belated birthday wishes. Common methods include making a phone call, visiting in person or sending a greeting card or letter.
Explain what caused the belated birthday wishes if you feel obligated. For example, you might tell your brother, "I'm so sorry I didn't call yesterday, but I was in meetings all day. Happy belated birthday."
Pick out a greeting card specifically made for belated birthday wishes, and send it to the birthday celebrant.
Write a note or poem on nice stationery or inside a birthday card you purchased but didn't send on time. For example:
"I had this nagging feeling that I was forgetting something the other day,
But you know me, and how my mind often strays.
I finally remembered, it was your birthday!
Wishing you a happy belated birthday."
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