Some Birthday Ideas



Birthday Basket - Let the birthday girl pick something out of the basket.  Put items from Wal-mart or Target in it that are little but nice.  Some items that could go in the birthday basket are: hair ties, stickers, small earrings, nail polish, cute socks, pad of stationary, etc. 
Birthday Committee -
I am the first counselor in the Young Women's program in the Cobble Creek 6th ward. We have come up with a birthday idea to involve several girls at once. We have started a birthday committee (as well as a missionary and personal progress committee). This group of girls (under the direction on the first counselor) is in charge of keeping track of birthdays and making a large door sign for each girl on her birthday and secretly decorating their front door without being seen. The girls on the committee love being in charge of something that everyone can see and they keep coming up with different ideas to match the birthday girls likes and interests. It has been a great chance for the girls to get to know each other better and for the girl celebrating her birthday to know that she is loved and part of a caring group.  (Idea by Amy Sill / ga07062006)
Birthday Hat - Our Young Women President has a really cute birthday hat that the girl wears the Sunday before her birthday and then they give each girl a little cellophane wrapped gift with a few dollar store items in it. The girls love both the hat and the gift and they get to feel important. (Idea by Kelly in Arizona)
Birthday Ideas from Jill's Young Women Page
Brownies in a Bottle
Celebrating Birthdays - Birthday Boxes by Rebecca Goodro (Fun Idea!!!)
Edible Flower Bouquet
Happy Birthday Candy Bar Wrapper
How do you celebrate their birthdays?
Hugging Line - When I was the Young Women President we were discussing what we might do for the YW to give them the recognition they enjoyed on their birthday without having to buy something that wasn't particularly meaningful.  One of my counselors suggested a "Hugging Line".  Like the old-fashioned "Spanking Line" we would have the YW and leaders of the Birthday Girl's class form a line at the front of the room and the YW then goes down the line and receives an individual hug and birthday wishes from each one in the line.  It doesn't cost a dime, gives the YW birthday recognition and doesn't require any of all the young women loved it! (Credit Unknown)
Jenny Phillips CD - She offers her music for $3 each.  It would make a good birthday gift, Christmas, New Beginnings or whatever.  Click here for more information.
Lip Notes -
For our young women's birthdays we got them chapsticks with the values on them, they are so cute and come in pink and purple and best of all the chapstick is good! My young women have commented on how much they love them- I think it evened out to $1 a piece.

Make them a tote bag that is personalized for all their YW "stuff" on Sunday. (Jenny Carr)
Marble Refrigerator Magnets - Why not use a picture of the Beehive, Miamaid and Laurel Logo?  Or you could use a small snapshot of each girl...or you could do just cute random pictures.  Check it out...easy to make and really cute!
MormonAd Poster -
We are giving the girls each a large MormanAd poster for their birthday this year. At the distribution they are only $1. We are going to tie it with a pretty ribbon and a card. (Idea by Jody Merritt)
Oreo Pops - You could use value colored chocolates.

Our ward bought large candy bars about $1 each and wrapped them in paper stamped with the values or you could use birthday stamps and tied them with ribbon. They ended up costing about 1.50 each (good when you have lots of girls). The Sunday before the girls birthday we send around a card and everyone signs it and we give the the candy and sing to her. They like the special attention.
(Idea by Katy)

Our ward is doing these cute bracelets for our girls this year- I love that this certain site we came across sells them in bulk and gives discounts for buying more (we have a large young women's so it works out great!)  The site I found them at was Bloomin Bracelets - we've looked and this was the least expensive we could find. (Idea by Wendy Trotter) 
Our Card - Our Young Women's president has come up with a cute idea for a candy card. We get a 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of card stock and print this poem: "Let the band roll out; Let the trumpets play; Let the "Symphony" shout~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" Then glue a large Symphony bar at the bottom and have the girls sign and write a message anywhere on the page. (Idea by Amy Sill / ga07062006)
Paper sleeves for Cookies - FUN idea! Instead of decorating them for Valentines, stamp and decorate the sleeve with birthday stuff.  Whala.  Totally cute!
Popcorn - Attach this handout along with some microwave popcorn.  (Idea shared by
Aki Malaeulu / ga11102007)
Poster Surprises - I had some of my laurels do a cute, simple inexpensive decorating for a new Laurel and yet personalize it for her birthday. Some birthday posters were painted on butcher paper and hung very late the night before on the outside of her home and balloons. Then several Laurels decorated the inside of her school locker with a cute beanie baby and crepe paper and a sign on the outside and the inside. It really made her day. (Idea by Cindy H. / transferred from  lds-youngwomen)
Soap - This year for our girls' birthdays, we went to Bath & Body Works and got bar soaps in the value colors. They smell great and after the holidays they were on sale for $1 each (I think) We attached the saying, "Hope you have some good clean fun on your birthday!" We'll be putting them in a basket and on the Sunday we celebrate their birthday they can choose which soap they want. (Idea by Daisie Dance)

Sundae Bath Salts - a fun birthday gift idea!
Sweet Nicole Bruderer
Take Note
This year we took small paint cans that you can buy at a hardware or paint store and filled them with goodies. We took cute paper in the value colors and cut them to fit the width and wrapped the cans. We then took a birthday rubber stamp and stamped on a 3x3 piece of cardstock then attached it with double sided tape to the front of the can and attached it with cute wire. Put the lid on and add ribbon. Very inexpensive and cute! Last year we filled 20 oz. pop/water bottles and decorated them. (Beth from Washington)
Toilet Paper Roll - Take a toilet paper roll (you could ask your presidency and others to save them) and stuff the inside with goodies.  Roll up with tissue paper and tie ends with curly ribbon and attach to card.
Value Socks - This year we bought the
Young Women value socks
.  We take a white paper bag and color black spots on it (so it looks like cow's hide).  We give each girl a "milk" chocolate candy bar.  The bag is closed and two holes punched through the top and tied shut with a raffia bow.  We make a card that says, "Happy Birthday to an "uddlerly" wonderful Young Woman."  The girls loves their bags and can't wait to wear their socks.  The socks are kind of a missionary tool too because they get asked about them.  They also help to remind the girls about the values.

We do something fun for our girls turning 16 - We make a poster that says "sweet 16 and now you've been kissed" and we all  write fun "welcome to Laurels" notes and then we sign and kiss it with lip stick and tape it to her front door the night before her birthday and scatter Hershey kisses over her front step.  We have also called the mom and left it in her room as a surprise!  It always turns out cute!!!...and in-expensive. (Miranda Moon / ga10032006)
We have decided to give the girls Temple Hangers this year for their birthdays.  I purchased white, padded hangers from a lingerie store, replaced the ribbon and glued on a couple of tiny flowers, available from a craft store or Wal-Mart, and laminated a poem ("Hang on to your values, Hang on to your testimony, Hang on to you goals, So that someday you can 'hang' your temple dress on me") and attached that with very narrow white ribbon.  The girls are thrilled with them.  There is a similar temple hanger on this site
. (Donna Reddick)

Young Women Birthday Pencil Cards


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November 10, 2007


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