Saturday, April 19, 2008

Fun, frugal, friend's birthday gift...

Ok, yeah, I've been off doin' stuff, and I feel like I've ignored my blog. But I'm back now. I think. I could go away again without telling you, but y'all are forgiving people.

Anyhoo... my friend, Kristi, is having a little birthday lunch with some gal pals today. I got invited along! I was thinking about how adults do birthdays. The older you get, the less likely you are to celebrate your friend's birthdays. They might get a card. Maybe. Or a birthday phone call. Maybe. But it just isn't the big deal it was when you were a little kid. You're spending most of your time and resources on buying your own kid the Super Soaker 12,000 with 3 Tank Technology and planning his water birthday extravaganza, and your friends and family get what's left of your time and attention. There isn't much left. You had to buy 3,000 water balloons. 'Nuf said.

But... Kristi's birthday gave me an excuse to think about how I SHOULD treat my friends when their birthdays come rolling around. I am going to this lunch, so I thought about what I should get for a present. Now, I'm cheap. (Pause for emphasis) So I started thinking about frugal things that can still be special.

I went down to the local Fresh Market last night, and I got Kristi some roses. Roses are always a loss leader at the Fresh Market at $8 for a dozen. I think that's pretty darn good. If they hadn't been so lovely, I might've gotten some cheaper daises. I love daisies... and they're cheap. =) I try to keep Goodwill or $ store vases around for floweredy gifts. So this morning, I arranged the roses in the vase. Done. They look pretty, and I don't think you have to be a professional to arrange cut flowers in ways that are somewhat pleasing to the eye. Having fresh flowers around is such a nice pick me up, and I don't know many girls who don't like having them on the kitchen counter.

Then I got really creative!!! =) Kristi loves ice cream, and it just so happens that we have the world's best milkshake place around here... Cook Out. It's pretty close to her house, so I decided that I was going to put a homemade gift certificate for a milkshake and delivery by me in her card. So I went over there. I discovered that they have no paper menu with their 30 flavors of milkshakes listed. Sigh. I copied it out by hand on the back of old Mapquest directions. I am so prepared. Then I remembered that our printer is broken. I couldn't type a pretty list for her. My handwriting is atrocious. Sigh again. But...

Necessity is the mother of invention, and I invented this! Voila! Her card now has the website address on there, and she can peruse at her leisure. When she's done, I'll just take it down. If you're on blogger, it's very easy to just create another blog under your account. Putting this one up took me all of 10 minutes. The new blogger with widgets that allow you to change the sidebars and tweak your fonts and titles makes it really easy. I googled a picture of a milkshake, saved it, and then uploaded it.

Just thought I'd share this idea with y'all. I had fun! Have a wonderful weekend!

3 comments:

Sarah Shingler said...

ah hemm...very creative blog card idea :) However did you come up with that idea for giving her flowers???? And all on your own too ??

Ellen said...

Ahh, yes, I completely forgot. Sarah suggested the flowers. Though I have done flowers before, Sarah did put it in my head this time. All hail to Sarah and her powers of suggestion. =)

that girl said...

my favorite tip this week -- I LOVE the idea of a blog card. Amazed and inspired over here.