How to organize an 80th birthday party

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How to organize an 80th birthday party
Arrange for all the elements of an 80th birthday celebration. (McMillan Digital Art/Photodisc/Getty Images)

An 80th birthday party represents a celebrant's lifetime achievement as much as another year in the world. Organise an 80th birthday party with a complete focus on the birthday person. Gather the guest of honor's closest friends and family members. Create a birthday theme that emphasises the celebrant's values. Use your 80th birthday theme for invitations, gifts and activities.

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Things you need

  • Invitations
  • Birthday cake
  • Antipasto foods
  • Coffee
  • Bottled spring water
  • Sparkling fruit punch
  • Punch bowl
  • Blank CDs

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  1. 1

    Create an appropriate 80th birthday party theme. Select, for example, "A Stroll down Memory Lane" or "This is Your Life." Use your theme slogan on invitations.

    How to organize an 80th birthday party
    Make a memory book for an 80-year-old to enjoy after the party. (generations of memories image by LadyInBlack from
  2. 2

    Make or purchase 80th birthday party invitations. Select invitations with elegant style. Extend your invitation by writing:

    Earl Madison

    Requests the pleasure of your company

    At his 80th birthday celebration

    On Saturday, December 23

    At 4:00 PM

    Bring your fond memories

    For an afternoon strolling down memory lane


    Send the invitations two or three weeks in advance of the party.

    How to organize an 80th birthday party
    Send birthday party invitations in a timely way. (party invitation image by robert mobley from
  3. 3

    Arrange for a birthday gift with meaning and value for an 80-year-old celebrant. Create an online memory book or make a hardcover scrapbook filled with photos, news clippings from the past and handwritten guest memories. Contact family and friends a month in advance, asking for items to include in the book of memories.

  4. 4

    Arrange a menu. Keep refreshments simple and healthy. Make or order, for example, an antipasto and a fresh fruit platter. Serve fresh-brewed coffee, bottled spring water and sparkling fruit punch. Order the birthday person's favourite cake, adjusting for dietary requirements, such as diabetes, or a need for heart-healthy foods.

    How to organize an 80th birthday party
    Serve a fresh fruit platter at an 80th birthday party. (fruit platter image by robert lerich from
  5. 5

    Make a playlist of the celebrant's favourite music. Use an online music service to search for songs. Use a computer media player to burn an 80th birthday CD to play during the party. Give the CD to the guest of honour for future enjoyment. Encourage guests and the celebrant to dance, if possible.

    How to organize an 80th birthday party
    Create a playlist of the celebrant's favourite music. (cd on cd image by Stephen Kirkby from

Tips and warnings

  • Sign up with a free online party planner to help keep you organised.
  • Place a time limit on the festivities. Include the information in your invitations.
  • Let the birthday person know what to expect on the day of the party.
  • Suggest gifts fitting the theme, such as a memory book or a custom family and friends scrapbook or photo album.

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