As the residents are taken into the dining room, those who have a flower, receive a birthday balloon. That balloon gets tied onto their chair in the dining room, so that it decorates the room and people passing the tables know right away who to wish a happy birthday to. Once the residents are all inside, I welcome everyone, our Chaplain says a blessing, and we sing happy birthday.
The people who have a birthday person at their table, sing to them... (happy birthday dear Mary...happy bday to you). The rest of us sing happy birthday, God bless you...happy birthday to you. I then share a quick overview of the highlights that remain on the activities calendar, and introduce the show for the evening.
If residents don't come to the party, I have our Security department deliver their balloon and their flower to their apartment, with a note from the community's staff that says that we are sorry that they did not make it to the party and that we hope that they enjoy the flower/balloon and have a great birthday. I have use small colored bags or Chinese boxes to put the flower and note into for delivery.
This is also a night that the community tends to dress up. I think most people enjoy that also. Oh, and the meal is special also that evening.