When your parent or grandparent reaches the age of 80, you need to plan a celebration. This is a chance to reflect back on your loved one's life journey, and commemorate that experience with a party. Planning an 80th birthday party can be fun for those involved. It is also a chance to get to know your loved one even better as you incorporate what is most important to them into the party.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Loved one's favourite foods
- Celebrity pictures
- Popular music
- Paper plates
- Paper cups
Choose a location based on how many guests you plan on inviting. If you only have 20 guests, then you may be able to use your home. If you have 30-50 guests, you may want to reserve part of a restaurant. If you have more than 50 guests, you should consider renting out a hall.
Choose a time for the party and make your invitations. The time should be one that is convenient for most family members. You can make your invitations by simply stating "Happy 80th Birthday" on the front of the card. Then place a baby picture, or a picture of your loved one at a young age inside of the card. You may even want to do a then and now picture. Make sure the invitation includes the party information.
Plan a menu for the birthday party that includes your loved ones favourite foods. If you don't know what they are, you can ask. Find out a favourite appetizer, main course, and dessert. This party should be all about your loved one, and not what is traditionally served at a birthday party.
Research which actors and musicians were popular in your loved one's teens and 20s. Decorate the location with pictures of the actors, or movies that were big during that time. Get copies of music that was popular in that era and plan to play it at the party.
Purchase paper plates, cups, napkins, table clothes, and balloons that say "Happy 80th Birthday" on them. Use these at the party.
Plan some activities. These should be activities that your loved one will be capable of performing. Maybe you can find an old board game that he used to play. You may also want to create a trivia game with questions spanning from the year of your loved one's birth through to the present time.
Hang some twine up to create a clothesline. Use clothes pins to attach pictures to the clothesline. Arrange the photos in order so that you create a clothesline timeline. This should be set in a place where family and friends can reflect on their loved one's life. Of course, your loved one should get a big kick out of it, too.
Tips and warnings
- You may also want to decorate the walls of the party location with famous quotes from your loved one's childhood.
- Be careful with old photographs. You don't want to get them damaged. You can copy them at an office store such as Staples, or Office Max. Then use the copies for the party and keep the originals safe.
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