Turning 80 years old is an excellent reason to have a celebration of life. There is no better way to celebrate the life of an elderly person than by throwing a birthday party. Celebrating the birthday of an individual so advanced in age requires more than your average birthday party planning. Throwing a party for an 80 year old requires a great deal of planning to make sure that the day's details are properly executed and that the guest of honour has another special occasion to add to her memories.
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Set a party budget. Many of the plans you make will be determined by how much they cost to carry out. It would be wise to set two budgets. Set an ideal budget and a maximum budget. Staying under your maximum budget will ensure that you don't get carried away with your party planning.
Research whether or not the guest of honour has any plans for the day you are planning to hold the birthday celebration. Figuring out if the guest of honour has prior obligations may require you to talk to friends and family members or to do some snooping.
Consider the guest of honor's favourite things and build a theme around them. Older individuals are more likely to have a colourful past packed with vivid memories. Pictures and mementos will help everyone at the party to share in that person's joy.
Pick a venue. An 80-year-old person has had a lot of time to establish many friendships. You will need to choose a venue that will accommodate the guest of honor's friends and well-wishers.
Send invitations to family, friends, former coworkers and anyone else who is beloved to the guest of honour. If the party is a surprise, make sure to tell the invitees not to mention the party to the guest of honour.
Hire a caterer if the venue doesn't provide food. Sample food and drinks before the party. Keep in mind that many of your guests may be older. Choose foods that are digestive friendly for older people.
Schedule appropriate entertainment based upon the guest of honor's lifestyle. If the guest of honour is rather conservative, the only entertainment you may need is music and fun photographs.
Tips and warnings
- Have your guests sign a book or say words of tribute to show the guest of honour how much they care. The guest of honour will cherish a personalised gift from the party; it will be a constant reminder of how much love he was shown on his birthday.
- Check that your party plans are convenient to older people. Excessive amounts of stairs or unaccommodating bathrooms may be an inconvenience.
- Find out if the guest of honour or any of the elderly guests have medical conditions.
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