A card party can be a great solution when you want to celebrate a loved one’s birthday, but because of health or distance are not able to have a party.
Rather than having a party, encourage everyone to send a card to the honoree.
Send a letter to family, friends, neighbors, club members and church family letting them know about the upcoming birthday. A nice touch is to include a pre-addressed mailing label and postage stamp. You want to have as many responses as possible, and this will help!
If they have been known in the community as a teacher or other highly visible position, place a call for cards in your local newspaper.
One option is to have all the cards sent to a central person by a certain date, so that the cards can be presented all at one time, perhaps along with a little adult birthday cake.
The birthday guy or girl can then open the cards and read them as they can, relishing the message in each of them.
This adult birthday “party” idea works for a birthday of any age when an actual party isn’t feasible. It can also be appropriate for other occasions…
…such as cheering up an elderly adult, honoring someone on their retirement, celebrating an anniversary…
...you get the idea!
If you are planning a "card party" for someone who is overseas or in the military, you can host a card making party (in addition to asking for cards from those who can't make the party). Provide supplies, punch and snacks, and you'll have fun making the cards together. A great source for supplies for making birthday cards is your local craft store in their scrapbooking supplies section.
I've participated in "card parties" before, and know that the recipient will often get those cards back and look thru them again and again over the years. A simple piece mail, and the knowledge that someone thought of you on your birthday is a great thing.