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My siginificant other turns 50 in Jan. He lives in a small town away from most friends and family and it is cold out! Any ideas on what I can do?

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August 17, 20200 found this helpful
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When my hubby turned 50, I sent messages to everyone he knew (friends and family) and asked that they mail a letter or a note or a card with a special memory or piece of memorabilia--like a recipe or other item that was able to be included in a book format. The book was organized by decade (where I could)--I used an acid free scrap book and affixed things to it. The final product was amazing--we had family recipes (that he loved as a child), we had photos, we had stories, we had things he drew as a child. We had all kinds of cool stuff. I need to find it as its been a while since I looked through it. If I can locate it easily I will take a snapshot and upload. He said it was the best gift EVER!

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I threw a huge Zoom bday party for my hubby this year, with distance and the pandemic factoring in. I had asked everyone to bring photos/videos of him from past events and share them on the chat- he loved it so much :)

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You might want to throw him a surprise party and because his birthday is in January you might want to go with a festive theme like New Year and have a costume ball at home. Now keep in mind we do not know what is in store for us in January and you might need to change it from a costume mask party to a mask party where each person will make some sort of crazy decoration on their face mask to make everyone laugh and you vote on the best designs.

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Since it is in January, you still have a lot of time to plan something special and it looks everyone has given great suggestions.
If friends/family mail cards/pictures/small gifts/remembrances/funny gifts/present day pictures of self and/or family you can save them for opening on that special day - so the cold outside will not matter.

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People really like to have things they can touch/hold in their hands and be able to return to anything special when the mood strikes them.

Maybe set up a video conference with anyone interested (if he likes that sort of thing).
These are easy to set up now but be sure he is aware unless you know he will be dressed properly and glad to have it going on.
People are different so you'll have to be the judge of what he would like going on.

Is he working or did work at some place he would like to say hello to friends from the present/past?
Maybe this could be a separate video conference other than family..

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August 17, 20200 found this helpful

A really nice Bonfire/campfire party! Because it will be cold weather wearing mask will be in season and convenient if Covid persist. Having a outdoor party will be safer.

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You can plan to have hot drinks, like Cider, hot chocolate, and a list of heated drinks and foods. Add music, story telling and games( maybe a night time scavenger hunt).

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August 17, 20200 found this helpful

Hi!

All the suggestions on here are great! I would get a box and have friends all fill it up, and then send the box to him. When I left my last job, my co-workers filled up a laundry basket and a box full of candy and food, for the kids and my husband and I. It was so thoughtful of them. It was a treasure chest of goodies!

Have a blessed day!
---Robyn

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August 18, 20200 found this helpful

I turned 50 in May, right in the thick of the COVID shutdown in Oregon. I wound up having a small socially distant gathering with my friends in my driveway. People brought chairs and drinks, and made sure to sit 6 feet from everyone else. We played music and laughed. It was extra special as I had not seen most of these people in months.

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I'm sure I'll have a bigger "make-up" party when things go back to normal.

In your situation, I think I would do something online so that friends and family from all over can be involved and you won't have to be out in the cold. Good luck with your planning.

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