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Party in a Box

My friend Michelle is a really special person. She does nice things for me all the time (even when she is super pregnant.) I think she has made me a birthday cake the last three years in a row. On top of that she is nice to everyone. After I got married and I didn’t know a lot of people, she was the first person to be my friend.

So I made a birthday surprise for her. First I spray painted a box gold. (It looks like a regular ol’ box here but trust me its sparkly and shiny.) I taped her name on it so she would know it was for her. Then I filled it with lots of balloons, snuck into her building, set up a camera on a tripod, and doorbell ditched her. It’s a party in a box.

I like stuff like this that is pretty simple but a fun surprise. (I love a good surprise.)

  1. Ashley

    November 19, 2010

    This is a lovely idea, Jordan. Yay to good friends and good surprises!

  2. Mary

    November 19, 2010

    This is awesome – what a fun surprise!

  3. Noodles and Waffles

    November 19, 2010

    What a wonderful surprise!

  4. Flora

    November 19, 2010

    How sweet!

  5. jodi

    November 19, 2010

    that is super sweet!

  6. Cheryl Wilson - O'Pry

    November 19, 2010

    This is AWESOME!!! Love it.

  7. Courtney at Scattering Lupines

    November 19, 2010

    What a great/simple/inexpensive idea to make someone's day! Love it!

  8. Sally

    November 19, 2010

    This is amazing… I am defiantely stealing this idea!

  9. Victoria at diva in distress

    November 19, 2010

    I love surprises! This nearly brought me to tears.

  10. cara.

    November 19, 2010

    wow. what a great idea!

  11. Jen @ Fresh Dwelling

    November 19, 2010

    Fantastic idea! I'll certainly be "pinching" it for my own friends. Thanks for sharing.

  12. size too small

    November 19, 2010

    super cute- what a good friend!

  13. Becka @ Life as an Artistpreneur

    November 19, 2010

    Cute. 🙂

  14. Caroline

    November 19, 2010

    Lovely idea! I might have to steal it =]

  15. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    November 19, 2010

    this is so lovely! you're so thoughtful!

  16. Happenstance

    November 19, 2010

    So cute and simple with big results. I love that!

  17. Deanna

    November 19, 2010

    This is such an amazing gift — so simple and thoughtful at the same time!

  18. Itzi

    November 19, 2010

    So lovely!!! what a sweet surprise

  19. michelle

    November 19, 2010

    I was definitely surprised and felt very loved. What am I going to do when you move to Paris?! Waaaaaaahh

  20. tiffany

    November 19, 2010

    Your surprises always delight! Bookmarking this one for future use!

  21. Habit

    November 20, 2010

    this is just so ridiculously lovely…! you are an amazing friend.

  22. Where My Heart Is

    November 21, 2010

    What a good friend you are (and so creative)!

  23. Donna

    November 21, 2010

    how sweet and creative! i love seeing bits and pieces of SF in photos 🙂

  24. Lisa

    November 21, 2010

    That is full on awesome! : )

  25. Min

    November 22, 2010

    This is brilliant!

  26. Pancakes For Recess

    November 24, 2010

    What a simple and special little idea. LOVE! I love that you went to the trouble of recording it too. Thank you!

  27. Wahzat Gayle

    November 24, 2010

    I love it I love it I love it!!!
    wow have to try this!!

  28. Renee (

    November 27, 2010

    Ok so I think you need to be my friend so I can have surprises like this! So adorable.

  29. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    November 27, 2010

    I did this once for my boyfriends birthday when I was in high school. I got an old refrigerator box and filled it up with balloons. It seriously never gets old.

  30. Danielle

    November 29, 2010


  31. "My colors are Blush and Bashful" -Steel Magnolias

    December 3, 2010

    This is such a cute and fun idea for a gift/birthday! I am totally going to use this!!

  32. A.Co

    December 16, 2010


    This is so awesome, and what a nice tribute to your friend 🙂

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

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