John's birthday was in August, but when I prepared these boxes, I hadn't a blog yet. So, now, I get to relive birthday preparations! I'll post all of the birthday ideas I used by the end of this week.
I sent three birthday boxes to John, mainly because I go overboard when I do almost anything. The first box, was a countdown box (see it here). The second box was a celebration box. No presents, just dessert, icing, candles, plates, and utensils. The third box... well, you'll just have to wait to see that one!
Originally, I wanted to send cake in a jar-- which I've been seeing flying around Pinterest quite a lot, and which one of my friends who has already gone through deployment swears by-- but my mom convinced me to bake brownies instead so John could share them with his coworkers. I baked the brownies in an 8x8 foil tin (which just happens to perfectly fit into the bottom of a medium Priority USPS box) and went heavy on the plastic wrap. John reported that the brownies made it intact and that they tasted fresh. Win, all the way around!
When I decorated the inside of the box, I rigged up a happy birthday banner to stretch across the box when John pulled the flaps open. The banner is made from scrapbook paper and ribbon. To create it, I just cut triangles, decorated them, bent the top of the triangle over the top of the ribbon and taped it into place. I glued the ribbon between the scrapbook paper and the cardboard box and used a binder clip to clamp it in place until it dried.
Then, I filled the rest of the box with balloons (nothing in them this time), taped it up with awesome Happy Birthday boxing tape from Michael's, and sent it on it's merry way to John!