The other day, I had a birthday lunch with my good friend Danielle. For many years now, we've had a tradition of giving each other the same gift bag on our birthdays. It started (we think circa 1994) as a simple gift bag printed with colorful golf balls and tees. The next year a photo of 2 girls in a convertible was added and it took off from there. The rule is that when you give the bag back to the birthday person, you must embellish it with things that are reminiscent of events that we have shared together. Take a look at it today.
The pink tulle inside the bag has also remained. That was from a memorable performance of Guava Jelly that Danielle and my sisters did for Polo and me at our wedding. If you look closely you can see a couple of images from that performance in the bottom left corner and behind the Gallery 9 Buy Art/Give Art buttons.
We moved inside and underneath the bag and after awhile, we even had to add "annex" gift bags to the sides to allow for additional space. Here is a photo of the other side of the bag.
You will find everything from swizzle sticks to a photo of Danielle with Bill Clinton. There is a story behind every image or object added and you can imagine that it gets a lot of attention when we celebrate our birthdays in a busy restaurant. Don't you think it is a work of art?