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How to Add More to “Happy Birthday!”

Sharing you tips on how to spice up and add sparks of creativity into writing birthday messages and greetings other just the two prominent words: "Happy birthday!"

Your friend’s birthday’s coming up? You can send birthday gifts alright. But with modern times and the technology era, people are now becoming more practical and personal-sending birthday messages through text or e-mail, or posting their greetings in social networking sites like Facebook, Multiply, MySpace, and the like. It’s faster and easier! All you have to do is think of the best and influential personalized message.

But oftentimes, this is where the problem comes into play. If you’re not really the expressive type, admit it or not, I’m sure you’ve experienced at least one of the following:

A.  Ran out of words-and in the end wrote plain “Happy birthday, [insert name here]” and/or add “Have a nice one!” or some empty words to make the greeting a little longer (as not to be too obvious that you didn’t know what else to write)

B.  Spent hell lot of time searching the net for a more special greeting, found the same clichés from relevant sites, but decided to use them anyway. Truly forgettable.

Here are some tips I’d share you with for a more engaging and “poignant” birthday message:

1.  A Dose of Quotes

If you have been asked to make a toast, write a speech or an invitation, just by adding one or more quotes can make it more memorable. Same goes with writing birthday messages. You can use ones celebrating friendship or keeping up with hope, faith and love to make them feel special-then add “Happy birthday!” in the end. For starters, feel free to copy the following:

  • Most people watch the Olympics because it only happens every four years, but I’d rather be with you because the chances of meeting someone like you only happen once in a lifetime.
  • We may never talk; we may not see each other. We may never do things together, but our friendship doesn’t limit to that. What’s important is when there’s no one to turn to, I’d be there next to you.
  • You never know who really cares for you until your whole world gets dark. If you fall into pieces, look at your side. Someone is there reaching out for your hand. Just take it; it’s mine.

Or, quote lyrics from a song, a line from a film, or a verse from a poem that reminds of your friendship and days spent together. Quote it and mean it.

2.  Picture Perfect

Include a favorite photo of you and your friend, and write a caption describing how you felt at the time. Focus on specific details, and use descriptive words to bring your memory to life.

3.  Target: Laughter and Tears

Reflect on things that only you and your friend share-inside jokes or stories of past adventures. You can create a brief story in the style of a fairy tale. Begin with “Once upon a time…” and then write about yourselves in the third person. To be more sentimental, thank your friend for the times he or she has helped you through a difficult time and be as specific as possible.

4.  Nostalgic Chills to the Bones!

If you’re writing to your parents, grandparents or the elderly, write about what you’ve learned from them. You can also boast on the good qualities you feel you’ve inherited from them to make them feel proud. If you’re writing to younger relatives, remind them of something that makes them special, or describe an experience from their childhood that they might not remember.

5.  Be a songwriter. Lalala… ♫ ♪

If you’re writing to a kid, try turning a nursery rhyme into a whimsical, personalized song following its general rhythm, but change the words to include the child’s name and other details. Use kid-friendly words they can read for themselves.

The bottom line? Write what you know, aside from “Happy birthday!”, of course. No matter whom you’re writing, remember that it’s the sincerity that counts. You don’t have to be a wonderful wordsmith or a poetic prodigy to write that greeting your friend will cherish and remember. Take the time to think carefully about exactly how you feel, and the right words will come to you. Happy writing!

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5 Responses to “How to Add More to “Happy Birthday!””
  • Elizabeth
    February 19th, 2010 at 6:47 am

    nice suggestions!! :)

  • King
    February 19th, 2010 at 7:02 am

    For me, it’s always good to make it as personal as possible. Whenever I make a letter/ greeting card to a friend, I make sure to make it very very personal. No inside jokes, no secrets (so no evidence) lol. But I make it a point, I share myself with them even in the kind I give to my friends as i think gifts are meant to be a remembrance of the giver. hehehe.

  • Inna L.
    February 19th, 2010 at 7:08 am

    don’t forget my birthday message on my birthday next week :P

  • rochkirstin
    February 19th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Inna,

    Sure, of course. :)

  • Johnny be goodah
    March 18th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I really like all the things you said. Makes me feel happy and happier and happiest. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Happy birthday happy birthday, happy birthday to you.

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