Happy Friday Friends. Today, we have a fantastic guest post from Cathy McGuire about putting together a Happy Mail Card Shower.
It may be too late to do this for Mother’s Day (and if you’re still in need of a card, we’ve got you covered with our Mother’s Day card roundup), but consider this for Father’s Day or for any week of the year like Cathy did. This card shower doesn’t require any special occasion – it’s all about sending cards and spreading love.
Cathy and I first met during the 2016 #sendcardsspreadlove challenge. And I am proud to say that I’ve been the lucky recipient of one of her handmade cards AND it was incredible.
After reading her comment on the Day 17 post during this year’s challenge, I immediately emailed asking if she’d write a guest post for us on the Happy Mail Snail Mail Card Shower for her Dad. I thought it could be the perfect post for a Father’s Day idea for everyone, or as I mentioned above, an idea to steal for anyone anytime. Let us know in the comments below who you’re going to throw your Snail Mail Shower for.
How To Throw A Snail Mail Card Shower
This past January I wanted to do something special for my dad to bring some happiness to him in the midst of the doldrums of winter. I decided to make use of my hobby of card making, along with the joy of receiving a card through the mail.
Since I was young I have enjoyed getting cards in the mail. I was always excited to receive cards, postcards, letters, pictures, notes, etc. There is something special about receiving an envelope that is hand-addressed to you. To this day, I want to be the one that gets the mail. My husband and I call “dibs” on getting the daily mail, but I always win no matter who called “dibs” first. My love of card making started years ago when I started making my own cards so I could write the sentiment inside. What I most enjoyed was designing and creating the cards themselves.
I wanted to do something special for my dad and also involve our family. I come from a large family but most of my siblings, including myself, live in different states than my dad. Sending cards to my dad would be a great way to get everyone involved, without having them be there in person. This is where the Happy Mail Snail Mail Card Shower idea was created.
I made a list of people to be included in this Card Shower … brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. I sent them an email explaining the Card Shower and asked them to send happy cards, humorous cards, letters, or pictures during a designated week. They were told that my dad was not sick or celebrating a special occasion, so to please not send “Get Well” or “Thinking of You” cards. This was just a happiness endeavor.
I requested they send their snail mail in the designated week. And I sent them the email two weeks ahead of the designated week, so they would have plenty of time to put together and send whatever they wanted to send.
The results were amazing. Every day of the designated week my dad received a lot of happy mail. Some folks mailed him a card every day for a week, some wrote him a letter, and some sent pictures. My dad was thrilled! For that week, his favorite part of the day was collecting the mail and reading it. One of my sisters lives in the same town as my dad. She visited him and took a photo of him surrounded by all the cards and letters he received.
I am a big fan of email, blogs, and Instagram. But nothing compares to a trip to the mailbox and finding a handwritten envelope with your name on it; especially when it was sent for no other reason than to make your day happy.
PS. Here’s a Birthday Tradition you’ll want to steal.
Cathy McGuire is passionate about card making. Actually, crazy about any craft, but her love is card making. She will go anywhere to spend time with crafty friends; creating, talking, laughing, and eating. Cathy belongs to three card making clubs. Two of the clubs meet in person but the third is unique and is called the Happy Mail Card Club. Four of the five members see each other often (the fifth lives out of town), but mail each other cards every month. Cathy also enjoys taking classes, cooking, water coloring, canvas painting and later this month she’s going to try crocheting. She’s married to Ryan, her high school sweetheart – they love to travel and are both foodies.