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Birthday Card Messages: What To Write In A Birthday Card

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Birthday Card Messages:

What To Write In A Birthday Card

Birthday Card Messages: What To Write In A Birthday Card

We've all been there: that blank piece of lovely folded paper, ready to be made unique with your personal thoughts. Birthday card messages are difficult things! First off you need to figure out what the person most likely wants to hear, and then you need to figure out how to say it! Picking the perfect birthday card note for the recipient is tough and everyone can use a little help!

This article is all about what to write in a birthday card. We'll talk about the process of figuring out what the person wants to hear from you, and we'll talk about how to put those thoughts into words. We'll mention the three standard types of birthday card messages you can choose from (by no means an exclusive list!) and give a few suggestions of great messages you are free to use.

Let's get started!

Figuring Out The Tone:

Birthday Card Notes

Birthday Card Notes

Figuring out the tone of your message is really important. If the recipient doesn't 'get' your message, what's the point in sending it in the first place? It's vital to read the person well and think what would be the most effective form of communication.

Think about the person's sense of humor. Would they appreciate a funny note? Think if they are constantly laughing or cracking wise. If so, your birthday card message would probably go over best if it's funny or tongue in cheek. 

If you're not sure about humor, think about sentiment. Do they appreciate being recognized for what they've done, or are they overly sentimental? A big clue might be to look at their movie collection. If you see a lot of sappy, sentimental titles, you know what to write!

Another good way to gauge what they might want to hear from you is to think about any cards you might have received from them in the past. You can often derive a bit of what someone would want in a birthday card message by checking out what they have sent you.

3 Types Of Messages:

Happy Birthday Card Messages

There are (generally speaking of course) three types of birthday card messages you can employ, and all of them work well, for the most part. We'll go over these three birthday card message categories now.

Funny Birthday Card Messages:

Funny birthday notes are a big hit with the right crowd. Everyone likes to laugh, and it's often very diplomatic to lighten the mood a bit, especially when the birthday is for someone getting a little older. A time of celebration and friendship is the perfect opportunity for someone to laugh at themselves, so picking a funny birthday card saying is a good opportunity for this. 

A funny birthday card message should not be considered a roast. Not everyone can handle a heavy amount of tongue-in-cheek criticism, so be careful not to overdo it. However, don't be afraid of  being a bit controversial: if your funny birthday card message makes them blush a little bit, well done! There are a lot of funny cards out there with the saying built right in.

Sentimental Birthday Card Messages:

Sentimental birthday card messages also are a great option. Few people don't want to hear your honest and positive feelings towards them. Sometimes this can be difficult to say in person, so a sentimental birthday card note is a great chance to get the message across. 

If you go with a sentimental card, I highly recommend aiming for message brevity. Keep the birthday card note brief and to the point. If you go on and on with acres of sap, it can get a bit embarrassing for the reader. That said, read the person well:  if they appreciate that sort of thing go for it!

Formal Birthday Card Messages:

Formal birthday card messages are at once the easiest and the most difficult ones to write. Often they are intended for someone you don't know very well, or someone you aren't entirely comfortable with. This kind of relationship can often be found in a boss - employee situation. You want to acknowledge them, but be professional about it. 

Keep these messages brief, and avoid sentiment. Your formal birthday card message doesn't have to be stuffy, just express your happiness for their day and wish them the best. 

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Examples of Birthday Card Messages:

Here are a few examples of good birthday card messages and notes you can check out. Feel free to use them, or do a bit of searching for something more to your taste. If you're a creative type, feel free to come up with something brilliant on your own!

Funny Birthday Card Message Examples:

"Be thankful your birthday only comes once a year. Imagine how old you'd be if it came once a month!"

"Don't worry about the future, it will be brighter. Don't worry about the past, you can't change it. Don't worry about the present, I didn't get you one."

"Birthdays are like boogers: the more you have, the harder it is to breathe."

Sentimental Birthday Card Message Quotes:

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

-George Bernard Shaw

"Today, be aware of how you are spending your 1,440 beautiful moments, and spend them wisely."

-Unknown Author



Dec 3, 2011 4:21pm
Good suggestions. Sometimes it is difficult to think of different messages to write for your loved ones.
Dec 16, 2011 10:11am
I like those funny birthday card messages. After working with the same folks for 5 yeas now, I've started to run out of my own original funny stuff to say. : )
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