“We made a card for our parents that said: ‘Cost of the paper for this card…25 cents. Cost to print this card...10 cents. The price of gas to come see you…$25.00.’ Inside of the card had picture of two [pregnancy] tests we took and read: ‘Being able to see your face when you find out we're pregnant...PRICELESS.’
Birthday party decoration idea: create flip up cards with facts from the birth year (musicians, president, cost of gas, etc.). Did this for my mom's 60th. Also, went to library and printed off newspaper front page from her 1953 birthday, along with multiple copies of the crossword puzzle to hand out as a party favor.