Thursday, 1 May 2014

How to get your child's birthday card on TV!

So I thought I would impart a little story about something very important and relevant to parents up and down the country. And also offer some advice. Ease a little bit of stress. Prepare you for the day. The day that comes but once a year. The day, you have to get your child's birthday card on television or you will look like an uncaring mother and your child will weep. That day. And I say from experience, it is one of the most stressful days imaginable.

The preparation for this started two months in advance. Seriously. Two months! We looked at getting my girls card on Milkshake, CBeebies, Nick Junior and Disney Junior. Straight off. We were already too late for Disney Junior! Shit. So we had to do a three pronged attack with the others. Nick Junior was simple as you literally only have to send a photo. Boom emailed off. Done.

Next? The big dogs. Milkshake and CBeebies. We went onto their sites to look at what we had to do. We opted to make a Peppa and a Mr Tumble card. And being literally two of the least creative people on the planet. We struggled. We rowed for a good hour over whether to do Miss Rabbits bus or balloon. Like an actual row. By the time the Mr Tumble came to being done I just went alone to save fighting over Lord Tumble.

So the cards were sent off in huge jiffy bags (£5 postage!) and then we waited. The night before my girls third birthday I felt sick. Not sick with the excitement of seeing her opening gifts. Sick with the stress of if the card will be on. I had already set the sky plus to record both channels the whole morning. But that didn't stop me and the hub watching in between each programme like maniacs. Every time we would sit there doing that thing you do when you are a parent and you don't want your kids to know you are stressed but your voice goes all high. And you sound more manic. I was even sweating. Profusely.

Boom! Hell yeah Miss Rabbit's Bus!

And then. At the very end. 9.45am. It happened. It really happened. On Milkshake. My crap Miss Rabbits bus card. Was on. IT WAS ON! I started hysterically screaming. Which in turn made the baby cry and the dog howl like a wolf. And I'll be honest the girl? Wasn't really arsed. BUT IT WAS ON! I am the best mom in the world ever! High five me. A did a little trot around the room. CBeebies rejected my Tumble card. Nick Junior rejected the picture but Milkshake? Bloody loved it. Boom!

So let me impart my getting a card on TV wisdom:

  • Use A3 card
  • Decorate it brightly with characters relevant from that channel (no Peppa on CBeebies no IgglePiggle on Milkshake)
  • Picture of your child with a good close up of their face.
  • No logos on their clothes! Or they won't show it.
  • Write the message clearly and visible on the back and the date you want it shown.
  • Cards need to be sent at the latest a month before hand. Christmas time even more, as they are busy.
  • Nick Junior send a lovely birthday email with the for free with your child's face in regardless of it it is on tele or not (aces).
  • Not all cards are shown so prepare yourself for disappointment!
  • CBeebies put on their fb page the times the cards are going on the day before.

Here are the links to the special card pages:
And finally do me a favour. If your child has a birthday first week of December or first week of January. Please make them really really crap so I stand a chance again!

26 comments:

  1. ooh well done you that is really good.

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    1. The card is not good. Up close it was shoddy at best. But it served a purpose. Good old Peppa Pig xxx

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  2. Oh no, I couldn't cope with the hassle!! Honestly I couldn't. I remember when I used to text the radio a request or somethin, I'd be the same, waitin eagerly with my cassette to press record in time for my name and message to be read out. I couldn't do it on a birthday, I'd be too anxious about it to bother with my son, haha! And then if I put all the effort in to make it and they didn't show it I'd be livid! So there, if its helps you're a much better mum than me! Its my LOs 1st bday this month and he has a bought card for 89p. Unloved! X

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    1. Ha ha ha ha! I used to do that with the tape as well! It was so exciting. Once Gary Barlow answered my question on a local station. I nearly vomited and missed the start of it all! The fear of not being shown did nearly ruin the morning. Never again! xxx

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  3. Yay! well done you... I always worry I'll go to all the effort and then miss it anyway when it gets shown! lol x THis is fab though xx

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    1. With the joy of sky plus? These things cannot be missed these days. However I was still on edge throughout xxx

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  4. I feel your pain although smugly I achieved CBeebies-albeit a couple of years ago now but still I bang on about it!

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    1. Of course you will! I will remind my girl of this until she is a very old lady! xxx

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  5. Haha I did this for my son's second birthday before the days of SkyPlus and watched Cbeebies on loop all day and the bastards never used it - I'm still bitter and sore to be honest *kicks the door muttering under breath* x

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    1. You were robbed. I believe that they were jel of your amazing skills and artwork and didn't want to upset the other parents. Fact xxx

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  6. AMAZING!!!
    Honestly i could never do this, my anxiety levels were raising just reading this post.
    Epic mum you is x

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    1. It was horrific. It made me manic and crazy mad. The girl just watched me suspiciously the whole morning. Poor sod xxx

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  7. I'm 29 years old.... and still remember how much I wanted my own card to be on tv, hoping my mum had 'bothered'. LOL!
    Go you!

    #brillblogposts carsonsmummy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ha ha ha! At least I have photographic evidence which I shall whip out every year as I am not going through this bloody pain again! xxx

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  8. Thank you for confirming my suspicions! Every time I see the cards I think that looks like way too much work. Well done you!

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    1. It is far far far too hard. Never do it. Unless booze is involved xxx

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  9. Yay! Well done you! I tried this once years ago... never again. Craft is not my strong point, to be fair.... :) found you through the lovely Emmaand3 and Fresh Five! x

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    1. Glad you found me! I doubt it very much I will try it ever again. Maybe once for my boy. To make it fair! xxx

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  10. Yey!! I felt your excitement!! X

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    1. YAY! I am glad you sensed me trotting around the room! xxx

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  11. Ha yep I remember doing this for our little bear's first birthday. I loved the card. Hubby loved the card. 'Beebies' however, didn't... you win some you lose some!

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    1. CBeebies rejected my Tumble card. FOOLS! There was some right rubbish cards on that day too. Idiots. I blame Mr Maker xxx

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  12. Yay well done you! Never thought of Milshake but did send in Oliver's cards for 2nd and then 4th birthday to Cbeebies and both made it on-I too screamed so loudly he nearly cried! It's so exciting isn't it! I really rushed the cards both times, you'd never know I've exhibited oils in real life! Ha! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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    1. Oh next time do a full oil painting of Mr Tumble! Could you imagine their faces?? Ha ha ha xxx

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  13. Well done Brummy Mummy! I've just sent one in for Milkshake, completely winging it by sending it ONLY three weeks before. Hoping my gorgeous boys smile will make them show it! Do you know how often Milkshake shows the cards? I've tried to find an answer but nothing....

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  14. they shouls gibe time slots as people are busy of a morning just waiting to see if ours is going to be read if not a lot of time wasted huh!

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