August 18, 2011

You ARE Appreciated!



I hope you all fall in love with this idea like I did! Jordan Ferney called it the Envelope Surprise, and it is such a sweet and thoughtful way to tell someone how amazing they are… AND not only will you share this with them, but all their closest family and friends too!!! Here is a peek at the finished product… then I am going to tell you how to get yours started today!!

So cute huh?? And with the help from our AMAZING Aileen from Lil Buckaroo Designs, it turned out fabulous!!

Here’s how it works… inside each of these cute envelopes is a letter, a poem, a coupon, or even a gift for your honey… every day!  Some are from you…and others are from your FRIENDS & FAMILY!  :)  That’s right, I had enough letters and things to share the love with my hubby for 2 weeks.  It just so happened that I was out of town with the kids for one of the weeks that he was opening these letters… and it.made.his.week!

I worked with Aileen to create {special for our readers} all the easy-peasy printouts!!  You will need to start with making a list of who you want to contact {…from who would your spouse LOVE to receive a letter??}, and make sure to give yourself some time – some people need a few weeks to write something special about someone.  I sent mine out 2 weeks in advance.  I gave it to family members and my hubby’s best friends. The turnout was great!!  Once you know who you are going to send the request to… you will need to print the letter, fill it out and mail, deliver or email it.  We even created the actual LETTERS you can send out to your friends & family explaining what you would like them to do!

GIRLS: You will use THIS one when requesting letters for a man… {man colors} OR use THIS one {if your man is not a dad yet}

GUYS: You will use THIS one… YES it is pink, but you are doing this for your sweety!! {wink wink} OR use THIS one {if your lady is not a momma yet}

And that part is pretty self-explanatory.  Next… you need to print your numbers for your envelopes… THIS one is for up to 24, if you are doing this for a whole month, you will want to print THIS one as well!!

And did you want coupons to match??? We did that too!! Did any of your friends or family members want to treat that special someone to a night on the town… lunch… lemonade… ice cream?!?! Eh?? You will need THESE and THESE as well!!! :)

You will also need some envelopes… which you can find absolutely anywhere… here are some super colorful ones for a good deal!

The only other thing you might need is a banner if this is for a special holiday. Tara surprised her hubby for his birthday and I did it for Father’s Day… they both turned out looking awesome!!!

Success is the greatest!!

And my hubby’s actual words were… “Wen, this has been THE best gift I have EVER received in my life…” Ahhh!!!

 So, what are you waiting for?? You have plenty of time to start prepping for the next birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s, or the BEST reason of all… Just Because!!

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53 Responses to “You ARE Appreciated!”

  1. Doug says:

    I used this idea for my wife for her birthday. It was awesome to hear from all of the friends that have been touched by the good person that she is. Thank you so much for the idea!

  2. Kelci Graber says:

    I feel like there is also a way a to turn this into a cute game as well! maybe he picks a number out of a jar or picks out a few random one for a week. maybe he/she gets the letter/gift/date/coupon?

    just an idea!

  3. Kimberly says:

    I did this for the hubby’s birthday, and his love language is words of affirmation. He hasn’t stopped talking about it since and this was almost 2 years ago! It was amazing to read what people said about my husband and made me appreciate all of those things about him so much more!

    I made the envelopes so they would all be matching, and he loved opening up a new one every day.

    Thanks for the great idea – he is graduating from grad school soon, I’m thinking of doing another countdown with something different inside for graduation day. Working up some ideas now to bless him as he nears the end!

  4. Jayati says:

    Hey! I follow your website since a few months now and i am addicted to it. I ve used a lot of your ideas on various occassions. And needless to say my boyfriend loved every bit of it. I am a month away from my boyfriend’s birthday and he is turning 26. I want to do a countdown to his birthday, where i make him feel special everyday. Please can you give me some ideas. Thank you. Love the work you people do!

  5. Kim says:

    I used this idea for Father’s Day for my husband. . . it was wonderful and yet so emotional. Thank you so much!

  6. Trista says:

    My husband is coming home from Deployment in November, and I am going to use this idea for a “welcome home” gift! I have been looking for different things to start putting together for his arrival and this is perfect! thanks so much =)

  7. Ann says:

    I can’t get the links for the letters and such to work. :( Any helpful hints?

    • Wendy wendy says:

      Ann, they are working for me. Maybe try a different web browser? Llike Firefox or Google Chrome or Internet Explorer. Whichever one you are not on. :)

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