Personal Shopper: Thank You Gifts for Kelley's Cohorts

Says Kelley: "I'm turning 50 on Friday (and handling it reasonably well, if I do say so myself!). At a luncheon my sisters are throwing me next week, I'd love to give a little something to the women attending, without whom I would never have made it this far with whatever grace, sense of humor or sense of style I've been able to muster. Any thoughts?"

Happy Birthday, Kelley! It's wonderful of you to think of others on your birthday, and we're happy to help. But since the big event is tomorrow, we can't very well send you out into the wilds of the internet to hunt down some rare artisanal goodie, now can we?

So we'll start with the very opposite of one. July 16th would also happen to be Orville Redenbacher's birthday, so treating everyone to some 1) popcorn couldn't go awry. And to continue the theme, the number one song in the states on July 16th, 1960, was 2) Alley Oop, by the Hollywood Argyles, which you can download from Amazon for only ninety-nine cents. You could probably get a great dance number going to that.

If there's such a thing as a teacher's supply store near you, you may also be able to find a big old roll of white butcher paper and a 3) Crayola Classpack of crayons, which has a symbolic fifty crayons in each of eight colors. Just spread some of the paper out on a convenient table and let your guests at it with the crayons while they chat - you'll end up with a roll-up-able variation on a yearbook that you won't ever want to part with. Of course, we don't know how many guests there will be, so there might not be any need for a box of crayons quite this big.

Our last thought is that you could hit up a local florist for a corsage for each guest. The stylized flower in the image here is a 4) larkspur, or delphinium, which is associated with the month of July, but there's no saying you'd have to find those. Just go with something that you like.

We hope that you've found something to like here, Kelley! Once again, happy birthday - and let us know how we did.

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