What to Do for an 80th Birthday Celebration

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What to Do for an 80th Birthday Celebration
You're never too old to enjoy a big birthday bash. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Eight decades of a life well lived is certainly something to celebrate. Whether you're celebrating for yourself, a friend or family member, choose a celebration style and venue that fits the guest of honor's personality and preferences. An 80th birthday celebration should be a jubilant event that leaves the guest of honour with plenty of new, wonderful memories.

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Take it Outside

If you have enough shade and the weather is nice, an outdoor party can be the perfect way to celebrate an 80th birthday. Hold a big cookout in the park. Supply playing cards, music and plenty of refreshments. Guests can mingle, dance or play. Young party guests will have room to run around. Or, rent a boat and have a more intimate celebration on the water. Invite a dozen guests to enjoy a few hours on board with cocktails, dinner and reminiscing.

Make it Fancy

If the guest of honour prefers a low-key, elegant celebration, have a tea party. Serve scones and finger foods with English tea or fruit punch. Play table games, such as Bingo or even trivia based on the guest of honor's life. Make a birthday "memory" cake with tiny tokens that represent important life events, such as a toy replica of her first car. You could also reserve a hotel ballroom and have a black-tie birthday celebration. If the guest of honour knows a lot of people or is an important community member, this party will demonstrate respect for her achievements and provide enough room for dozens of guests.

Get Away

Rent a mountain cottage or beach condo for immediate family and have a quiet weekend birthday celebration. The guest of honour can enjoy plenty of quality family time while getting a change of pace and scenery. Or, drive the guest of honour and his closest friends to the nearest big city and let them enjoy a couple of days of sightseeing and fun. You could also take the guest of honour, along with friends and family, on a river cruise.

Keep it Simple

A simple 80th birthday celebration doesn't have to mean one that is less meaningful. Have a potluck dinner party at the guest of honor's home. Tell every guest to bring pictures and stories to share. If the birthday girl is good-humoured and laid-back, you could reserve the banquet room at her favourite restaurant and have a birthday roast. If she is disabled or dislikes big crowds, hold an informal drop-in birthday party at her home. Provide refreshments and take photos of the guests with the birthday lady.

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