Writing ideas for an 80th birthday invitation

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Writing ideas for an 80th birthday invitation
Create a special invitation for an 80th birthday party celebration. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you are planning an 80th birthday party for a family member or friend, you will probably send out invitations. Before dashing off a standard birthday party invitation, spend a little time considering the needs and wants of the birthday party recipient. You may want to make guests aware of certain things before they come to the party, and you may also want to include a personal note about the birthday honoree.

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Invitation Front

Add a relevant quote to the front of the invitation. For example, the front of the invitation might include the words of William Shakespeare: "With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come. You are invited to celebrate 80 years of the life of our friend Sam." Or use a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln: "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. Join our family as we celebrate these 80 years of our cherished dad, Bill."

Standard Information

Every invitation must include the standard party information, including the day and the date of the party, the time it begins and ends, and where the party will be held. If you are planning for the party to go late into the night, include the start time and then a question mark for the end time. Include a map with directions to the location. Add a telephone number and an e-mail address as well as a date for the recipient to RSVP. Include a line about whether the dress will be casual, semi-formal or formal.

Personal Note

Include a personal note about the guest of honour. For example, besides the standard information, the inside of the invitation can include a brief statement of the guest's life. Prepare a poem or short verse to include inside the invitation. You might say: Our mother, Lucy, turns 80 next month. As a busy wife, mother and grandmother, she rarely spends time on herself. As a volunteer and avid gardener, she spends her rare spare time making the world beautiful. Please join us as we raise our glasses to celebrate her wonderful life." Or "Commemorate the happy times, raise your glass of cheer. Join us as we celebrate, Larry's eightieth year."


The guest of honour may have requested that the invitees do not bring gifts. If so, add a statement such as "Let your presence and your good wishes be the only gift for Mary" or simply add "please, no gifts" to the bottom of the invitation. If you think your guests will want to bring a gift anyway, you could ask that, in lieu of presents, a small donation be made to the guest of honor's favourite charity or non-profit organisation.

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