How to Plan an 85th-Birthday Party

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How to Plan an 85th-Birthday Party
The decorations, food, and guest list can make an 85th-birthday party unforgettable. (birthday party image by Alexey Klementiev from

Milestones birthdays are especially enjoyable when they are shared with family and friends; featuring some of the guest of honor's favourite things in the celebration also makes for wonderful pictures and pleasant memories. If a loved one of yours will be turning 85 this year, there are some affordable and creative things you can do to make this a birthday your family member will never forget.

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Things you need

  • Invitations
  • Computer
  • Party decorations
  • Party food
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Ice sculpture
  • Jazz band
  • Centrepieces

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  1. 1

    Write down a guest list for the party. Since a number of people will likely want to celebrate this occasion, create a list of 85 people that the guest of honour would love to see at the party. Include family members, long-time friends and former coworkers.

  2. 2

    Send invitations to all the guests a few weeks before the party. Decorate the invitations by printing the number 85 on each invite, make the invitations online and send them via e-mail, or create invitations in the shape of the number to make attractive keepsakes. Provide an RSVP on the invitations so that guests can confirm their attendance as early as possible.

  3. 3

    Call a caterer and arrange to have the guest of honor's favourite foods featured at the 85th birthday party. Foods from the 1920s are appropriate to commemorate the decade the birthday celebrant was born -- for instance, if your grandmother loves desserts, a raspberry mousse will make an attractive sweet treat for the party. If the celebration will include a full dinner, foods like roast duck or lamb are fitting if the 85-year-old particularly enjoys these main courses.

  4. 4

    Request that the catering company provide large centrepieces for the serving table in the guest of honor's favourite colour or birthstone shade, or an ice sculpture that reads "Happy 85th birthday." For instance, if the 85-year-old was born in June, pearl-coloured flowers should grace the main table.

  5. 5

    Order the birthday cake in the guest of honor's favourite flavour. Request that the cake be shaped like the number 85 or feature a large candle in the shape of the numbers for the centre of the cake.

  6. 6

    Select the decorations for the party. 1920s party decor can include centrepieces like vases decorated with feathers and long strands of synthetic pearls, or you can decorate the party site to look like a jazz club with small, round tables that have silk tablecloths and mini decorative lamps.

  7. 7

    Hire a live jazz band for the birthday party to complete the theme and play some of the guest of honor's favourite tunes.

  8. 8

    Make sure that everyone has confirmed his attendance. Ask each guest to come prepared to share a fond memory of the guest of honour or to pitch in to purchase a large bouquet of 85 roses to present at the party.

  9. 9

    Decorate the party space and make space for the caterers to set up on the day of the party.

  10. 10

    Welcome guests, including the most important guest, to the celebration, and enjoy the festivities.

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