90th birthday celebration ideas

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90th birthday celebration ideas
When a loved one reaches his 90th birthday, a big celebration is usually in order. (getting the camera out image by leemarusa from Fotolia.com)

When a loved one turns 90, there are many ways to celebrate his birthday and pay tribute to his life. Not many people reach this milestone, and the birthday observance can be a reflection of historical events and personal achievements in the guest of honor's life. Whether the celebration takes place in a formal or casual setting, the overall theme should typically capture special memories that reflect his life.

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Time Period Theme

Many birthday party planners choose an important time or decade from the person's life as the event theme. For example, if the guest of honour came of age in the 1940s, the party may have a World War II theme or have big band music and dancing. If the guest of honour thinks of the 1950s or 1960s as his favourite time of life, the party can take on that theme. The key to planning a successful party using a time period and dress-up theme is to provide as many authentic details as possible, including music, drinks, food and decorations.

Milestone Theme

Some people prefer to focus on the birthday celebrant's important milestones, such as high school or college graduation, military service, children's births, career, grandchildren's births and more. Document these memories in home videos and photos. Many party planners create slide shows and films showing show the person's achievements in chronological order, along with his favourite songs, such as his wedding dance song, playing in the background. The birthday cake at this type of theme party often has photos of the person in the icing.

Tribute Theme

Many 90th birthday celebrations include tributes with planned and impromptu speeches given by the guests. There can be comical tributes, such as the person's funniest memories with the birthday honoree, or they can be sentimental. The key to a successful speech is to share a moment of the guest of honor's life that touched or changed another, giving the honoree a moment of reflection about how his life affected others.

Games Theme

Trivia games, including questions about history, specific events and facts about the birthday guest of honour, are very popular at 90th birthday parties. Ask questions about the celebrant, and the person who answers the most correctly is the winner. Other games can include the guests guessing the age of the guest of honour in photos from over the years. Additionally, have the guests create lists utilising "90," such as 90 inventions the guest of honour has seen in his lifetime.

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