How to sign a 50th birthday card

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How to sign a 50th birthday card
Practice what you are going to write on scrap paper first. (writing on a notecard image by Richard Seeney from

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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Things you need

  • Birthday Card
  • Envelope
  • Pen

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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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