Birthday Box

Send a birthday box to your favorite college student or friend or family member who is away from home.

Birthday in a box

Today is this beautiful girl’s birthday.

Twenty two years ago she arrived in our family.  After two boys we were so excited to have our girl.  She was arriving a little early so the delivery room was full of people.  We didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl.  I haven’t known what any of my babies were before they were born.  I’m one of those that likes to be surprised.  Everyone in the room knew we had two boys so they were all hoping for a girl too!  There was lots of cheering in the room when the doctor announced “It’s a Girl!”    It was like one big party.  It has kind of been like that with Cali ever since – one big party!

She was a little girl too – 5 lbs. 4 oz. when we brought her home but she has always been big in spirit and energy.  She has filled our life with love, joy, laughs and lots of fun.  She has overcome health issues and learning disabilities.  There was a time, when as her mother, I worried that she would be able to survive college.  She is now a college senior who is  not only surviving but thriving in college.  She has discovered her passion in life and is pursuing it.  We love you Cali!

Since I won’t be with her on her birthday I sent her a birthday box.


The box contains everything she needs to celebrate – a cake mix (gluten free of course!), frosting, sprinkles, cute cupcake wrappers, birthday streamers and candles.  I’m hoping her roommates or sister will bake the cupcakes for her.

I also included some birthday decor.  A birthday banner made out of scrapbook paper and rick rack.  I just hot glued the rick rack on.

From the scraps of paper I made some little paper flags to put in the cupcakes.

I packaged them up in a little white bag and used one of the flags to close it up.

It all went in the box and was shipped off to my college girl!

Happy Birthday Cali.  There are a few other surprises in the mail too!


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Great idea! I may have to steal this idea for my daughter this spring for her 21st. I love the banner and all the cupcake picks. Perfect touch!

  2. says

    What a lovely idea! I am sure she will be smiling big when that sweet package is opened. Most of my family live in Texas and I am in Atlanta. This is a wonderful idea and what a great surprise it would be to receive this in the mail. Thank you for sharing such an awesome idea!

  3. says

    That is so fun that you sent her a birthday box! My twin girls are only 4, but I can’t wait till I send them packages! Oh, and my oldest son Clark (8) has already been promised lots of packages for when he is on his mission someday! Love your ideas!

  4. Phaedra says

    I have always done this since my children went away to college. Two of my kids love lemon pound cake and the other likes German Chocolate. I will bake before I send them and I add the dollar store plates and napkins so hopefully they will share it with the freinds. Many times I add the restuarant gift cards so they can take the cake out with them.

  5. Eliza says

    As a previous recipient of The Birthday Box it really brightens up being separated from one’s family. My Aunt sent me Birthday Boxes through out my 4 years at college and it definitely kept me going. I sure bet your daughter knows what a great mom she has.

  6. Tamara says

    Happy Birthday to sweet Cali. She has always been a bright ray of sunshine bringing cheer and happiness to everyone in her path. THANKS for sharng with us!

  7. Karen says

    Your daughter is beautiful! I love the idea of a birthday box, and she will feel the love you put into it too. I also have a daughter who just had a birthday away at college. I wish I had been as imaginative as you. I am new to your blog and am looking forward to following it and visiting with you in that way.

    Happy Birthday Cali!

  8. says

    I just found you via Pinterest and wanted to tell you how PRECIOUS I think this idea is. What I wouldn’t have given to have a mama like you to send me such a sweet birthday surprise while in college! I also think this idea can be tweaked to send a box of love to someone far away for lots of other reasons too…so thoughtful, creative and beautiful. How blessed your family must be to have you! :)

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