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Verbiage: Birthday in a Box, and musical birthday cards.

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

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Yesterday, i gave a friend a birthday present. It was an idea i've used once before. Take a carboard box and put a cake and a present inside, add a couple helium balloons, and get a musical birthday card (or the thingy therein) attached to the flap of the box. When the birthdayee opens the box, out come the baloons to the sound of music, and a cake and present. "Birthday in a Box" :)

Yesterday, i gave a friend a birthday present. It was an idea i've used once before. Take a carboard box and put a cake and a present inside, add a couple helium balloons, and get a musical birthday card (or the thingy therein) attached to the flap of the box. When the birthdayee opens the box, out come the baloons to the sound of music, and a cake and present. "Birthday in a Box" :)

The only problem this time was, finding a musical birthday card. The local Hallmark stores didn't have them, and neither did a few other stores i checked. I ended up settling for a card that played a few seconds of "Don't Worry Be Happy" which seemed the most innocuous of the bunch. It wasn't the same as that cheesy happy birthday tune.

I'm going to need to search now for where to buy the cards, to be prepared for future tries. It just seemed so obvious to me that *everyone* would carry a musical card section. Oh well.

I wonder. Is there any way to add to the Birthday in a Box idea? Such as streamers or the like? I don't think it'd be "too much" as i think the best part is that on the outside it's a plain, inconspicuous, cardboard box. On the inside though, it's a party.

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i can think of a few. (1)

SolemnDragon (593956) | more than 10 years ago | (#8189614)

tie the helium balloons together and place a lot of streamers on top- you'll have to try a few times and might want to use curling ribbon as streamers, because you want it light enough to float but unstable enough to fall off the balloons when they rise.

Another option is to put a fan in the box, with a battery, and face it upwards, make it so the opening lid flips the switch, blowing the confetti and streamers upwards, but that sounds like more work than i'd put in.

Add paper hats. Every party needs paper hats.

If you put confetti in the paper hat, they'll have to dump it out before they wear it...

Add a can of snakes-in-a-can pretend peanut brittle, you know, where you pull the lid and the snakes come out? tuck some paper ribbons in with the snakes. Label the can, 'open me.' It requires the recipient to do something, but it still provides fun, excitement, streamers, and the possibility of getting hit in the eye with a spring.

i like this idea. I'm stealing it. Maybe i'll make a new holiday, Hell-in-a-box day, or create a date-in-a-box kit for a friend. (dinner, pretty music on a recordable card, flowers, a box of chocolates, and a movie i know they'll like. Hey, i'm not the ONLY unhappily single creature in the world.)

And then there's always the Bastille-Day-celebration-in-a-box, we won't even go into that!

sol

Re:i can think of a few. (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8189762)

tie the helium balloons together and place a lot of streamers on top- you'll have to try a few times and might want to use curling ribbon as streamers, because you want it light enough to float but unstable enough to fall off the balloons when they rise.

Nice idea. Perhaps.....

Another option is to put a fan in the box, with a battery, and face it upwards, make it so the opening lid flips the switch, blowing the confetti and streamers upwards, but that sounds like more work than i'd put in.

That actually sound easier than semi-self-balancing ribbons. :) Though the cost of an effective fan may be too much. Unless i recover the whole deal each time. But, it feels cheap doing that. Would it be received well? Or, better put, do people assume they can keep it? A friend of mine, the first receiver of this, does keep it, and has apparently re-used it a few times (After asking me if it was OK. :)

Add paper hats. Every party needs paper hats.

How could i forget that?

If you put confetti in the paper hat, they'll have to dump it out before they wear it...

But that requires more than just openning the box. Not sure the affect would be right.

Add a can of snakes-in-a-can pretend peanut brittle, you know, where you pull the lid and the snakes come out? tuck some paper ribbons in with the snakes. Label the can, 'open me.' It requires the recipient to do something, but it still provides fun, excitement, streamers, and the possibility of getting hit in the eye with a spring.

And, being the sane is expected, they'll point it away and get the confetti instead. Cute.

i like this idea. I'm stealing it.

Enjoy. It's an open-source project. :)

fan (1)

SolemnDragon (593956) | more than 10 years ago | (#8189901)

it wouldn't take much- maybe you could modify one of the chep plastic deals they sell during the summer for a couple of buck- you know, the handheld battery powerd kind? cover it with wire mesh. Another option would be to rig some sort of plunger-device so that opening the lid forces air into a tube to shoot the streamers up.

Another option, of course, would be simply to fill the top of the box with crepe streamers so that the ballons flost up through it as through a net. Try it a few times and see how much they can lift. you only need to get them airborne- then you'll have streamers actually hanging from something, and while they'll have to move an armload or two from the box, some will be hanging in the air or falling on their head in festive manner, and any confetti sprinkeld on the crepe will be dumped off into the air as they rise. Simplest is sometimes best.

Re:fan (1)

SolemnDragon (593956) | more than 10 years ago | (#8189971)

Oh, and it might be nice to include some kind of birthday candles and a lighter, too.

Re:fan (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8190529)

All interesting ideas. I think i will have to come back to this JE should i try to do it again.

The birthday candles and lighter is cute. Though, i'd love to see a way of automatically (and safely!) lighting them on the openning.
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