birthday countdown

My oldest daughter turned 18 last week!  The celebrating began earlier than usual for this milestone birthday.  I thought it might be fun to have a countdown leading up to the big day, so she was given a gift each day for eighteen days.

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

I added a few “twists” to the eighteen days of gift giving.  Each gift consisted of eighteen of one item, and I attached pictures from previous birthday celebrations as the gift tag which served as a reminder of how many days until she turned 18.

It all started with 18 miniature chocolate bars that were given to her 17 days before her birthday…

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

16 days until her birthday…18 hairclips

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

15 days until her birthday…18 Vineyard Vines stickers (one of her favorite stores, and YES they were free) inside a fun change purse

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

14 days until her birthday…18 pieces of Bit O’ Honey (a favorite candy)

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

13 days until her birthday…18 macarons from a NYC bakery (The overnight shipping cost made up for the free Vineyard Vines stickers!)

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

12 days until her birthday…18 pairs of earrings (fashion jewelry from H&M)

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

11 days until her birthday…18 packs of her favorite gum (should last her entire senior year of high school)

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

10 days until her birthday…18 mechanical pencils (She said these would last THROUGH college!)

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

9 days until her birthday…18 Mr. Freeze (our local ice cream place) dollars inside another change purse from Bloomingdales

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

8 days until her birthday…18 Dylan’s Candy Bar stickers (more freebies) inside a Sloane Ranger accessory bag

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

7 days until her birthday…a gift card to Biggby Coffee for (you guessed it) $18

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

6 days until her birthday…18 pink and white roses

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

5 days until her birthday…a gift card to Chipotle for $18

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

4 days until her birthday…18 fancy paper clips

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

3 days until her birthday…18 lottery tickets (she will be legal to purchase her own in THREE more days) inside a glam makeup bag

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

2 days until her birthday…18 candy cigarettes (Now I am in NO way condoning smoking, but I thought this would be fun since she would be legal to purchase the real thing in two more days.)

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

1 day until the BIG 18th birthday…I delivered 18 balloons to her school (The original plan was to tie them to her car in the school parking lot just before she left at lunchtime.  However, it was 90 degrees that day and I was afraid they would pop or melt.  Instead, I delivered them to her last class of the day for a fun surprise.  Thank you to her yearbook teacher for her help with that one!)

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

Now if you are keeping track, that is ONLY 17 gifts.  On her actual birthday, I surprised her with 18 mini red velvet cupcakes (another favorite) while she was at lunch with some friends.

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

SURPRISE!

birthday countdown | polka dots and picket fences

I hope she enjoyed the countdown as much as I enjoyed putting it all together for her.  I still can’t believe she’s 18 years old…I feel like I was JUST waiting for her to be born!  She said she liked the macarons the best, and she laughed at the paper clips and pencils…they will come in handy, though.  I think her favorite part was the pictures that I included with each gift…it was a stroll down memory lane as we reflected on past birthday celebrations.

Happy 18th birthday to A!

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