60 Years of Memories.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Genius! For her dad’s big 6-0 birthday Holly wanted to do something special. She came up with an idea to create a blast from the past type of gift that would be very memorable and oh she delivered. 

About a month before her dad’s birthday she sent out an email to tons of family members, her dad’s friends, colleagues and anyone she could find, asking to write a little memory of her dad on a piece of paper and send it back to her. The response was totally overwhelming and as Holly said herself she was totally flabbergasted how many people wanted to share the love. There were old high school buddies, an ex-girlfriend, tons of friends from 60s and 70s, his sister, family members and even his first boss who found out about the project by accident. On the day of his birthday after cutting the cake and all the wishes she handed him 60 envelopes full of priceless memories. And as expected, they spent the rest of the afternoon going through all the 60 letters, laughing, sharing a few tears and feeling totally and utterly loved.

What a sweet idea and what a fantastic way to spend a birthday, don't you think? Since I got teary just looking at the photos, can you imagine how he must have felt reading those letters? Special! xo

P.S: Six decades of love:)
P.P.S: A sassy GIVEAWAY Wednesday is coming up!

(Photos by Holly Burns)

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I need to remember this idea for next spring when my mom is turning 60. It's the sweetest gift.

Jessica said...

Oh goodness, even I'm starting to get teary-eyed! This is such a sweet idea!

Tiffany Kadani said...

So sweet!!! What a thoughtful and loving daughter.

Carmen said...

My parents turn 70 and 65, respectively, next year so this can be the greatest surprise. Thanks a lot for the idea!

Claudz said...

what a stunning idea!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

i am going to keep this in mind. it is such a beautiful, touching idea!

Diana Mieczan said...

Anonymous, good idea:) My mom and my dad turned 60 past May:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..Jessica:) I did too:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Totally true, Tiffany:)

Diana Mieczan said...

My pleasure, Carmen:) They will LOVE it for sure.

Inga Heiða said...

What a wonderful idea!
When I went on a 19 weeks journey around the world my friend gave me 19 envelopes. On each envelope was the date I was allowed to open it. While travelling for such a long time you tend to lose track of time but I always remembered Tuesdays because is was „the envelope day“! Every Tuesday I had my special moment opening a envelope from home, so excited to read the messages that were from friends, my family, collegues and even drawings from my friend´s children. It was so precious and what a thoughtful gift to give to a traveller.

Krystal said...

AWW that gave me goosebumps, i love that idea! i'm going to file it away for mark :)

Leith said...

Oh my gosh, this is such a brilliant idea!! I would love to do this with love letters one day. I knew there was a reason I saved them all! :)

Fashion Lights said...

What a beautiful idea! :)

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Eliza Jane said...

Oh my god, I got teary eyed reading that myself! That is such a brilliant idea, and can you imagine how special that is to him? I think it'd be the most touching give ever. And think of his grandchildren going through them one day, too! Or his great-grandchildren!

Diana Mieczan said...

Inga, that is the sweetes idea:) And you have an amazing friend! Totally need to remember this. Thank you so much for sharing. Btw: your 19 weeks journey had to be incredble! Where did you go? Which country/city you loved most?

Diana Mieczan said...

Krystal, I did the same for Balazs:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Leith, that is a great idea:) I love love letters:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Totally Eliza:) The best gift idea ever!

Inga Heiða said...

My 19 weeks journey was amazing even though I broke my foot in week no 3 .. Motorbiking in Thailand can be a challenge! Left Iceland in a crazy snow storm for sunny Thailand. Then off to Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Los Angeles, Mexico, Belize, Miami, London - Iceland. Australia is amazing and I really fell in love with New Zealand. I loved Asia so much that I went back there a year later and explored Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos .. and stayed away from the motorbikes :) And now I have the travel bug ....

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh my goodness, that all sounds incredibly amazing, Inga!!! I love how many counties you visited and I am so sorry about your foot. Btw: Yes, I totally agree about Australia - it's really amazing and I am totally smitten with Iceland right now. Really want to go there soon:) Thank you for telling me about your amazing adventure. It made my day and now I will be daydreaming about all those amazing places. xoxo

Inga Heiða said...

You are welcome to Iceland :) You can send me an e-mail if you have any questions, ingaheida@hotmail.com
Here is a little video to inspire you :)
http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com/secrets/

Diana Mieczan said...

Thank you, Inga:) That video is so beautiful!!! I can't stop watching it. Also, thanks for your email address. I will save it for when we decide to book the trip. You are the sweetest! xoxo

Anonymous said...

I am copying this idea :) Where did you get the envelopes and the tags?

Diana Mieczan said...

Holly got them from ebay, Anonymous.

My name is Alycia... said...

So, I did this for my Dad's 50th birthday two years ago after I saw this post. His bday is in October. Anyways, it was AMAZING. He re-connected with his half brother that he hadn't talked to since they were younger. Now they talk all the time and his family came out for my sister's wedding in March. WOW is all I can say.

Diana Mieczan said...

Alycia, aww..that is AMAZING! Thank you for this sweet note - it made my day! Truly!

wayne said...

Tony and I worked JFK together in the 70's. One of the best times we had was when we where stuck at the Terminal together for Three Days. Us and about 400 passengers and other employees. We meet a lot of people and Tony meet a family that had lent him a bicycle and he rode it around the terminal. Seems like yesterday we had a lot of good times together happy 70th mine is not until November Your friend from Jersey Wayne

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