It can be difficult to find the right words to say when honouring a milestone birthday such as the 50th. What you write will vary according to your relationship with the person and personality. If the card is for a husband or wife you may prefer to write a heartfelt message. Alternatively, if the card is for a parent or friend you may wish to write something humorous. There are lots of both sentimental and humorous poems available online that can be written in a card. If you are unsure whether your message is appropriate, ask a close family friend for a second opinion.
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- Birthday Card
Purchase or make a birthday card that you wish to give to your recipient. Choose a calligraphy pen, gold pen or one that makes your handwriting look neat or special.
Decide if you would like to write a sentimental, brief or funny message. If you are not a close family member or friend then you may wish to keep you message brief. If you know the recipient well and understand their sense of humour then include a funny story or memory in your card. A birthday card also offers the opportunity to thank a person for their friendship or support over the years, so include this if you feel it appropriate.
Look at old birthday cards or on the Internet for inspiration. If there has been a poem that you like in an old greetings card then write this in yours. Alternatively, make up your own poem wishing the recipient a happy birthday.
Decide how you would like to end your message such as "with love" or "best wishes." If you are a neighbour or colleague you may wish to end the card with a less sentimental greeting than a sibling would.
Write ideas on a scrap piece of paper before writing directly on the card. If you make a mistake or decide you do not like what you have written then it will not matter. Keep writing until you are happy with the final result.
Check the spelling or ask a family member or friend to check it for you. It is better to get the mistakes out of the way before writing on the card you intend to give.
Copy your message onto your card.
Tips and warnings
- If the recipient is a work colleague or parent, fill a birthday card with lots of little messages from people who work in the office or siblings rather than sending individual cards.
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