Invitation Ideas for a 70th Birthday

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Invitation Ideas for a 70th Birthday
Seventy years is a milestone birthday. (number 70 on blue wood image by laurent dambies from

Seventy years. From the vantage point of seven decades ago, the years collapse and seem like a few mere breaths ago. Birthday invitations for a 70th birthday gathering can be as classic or as humorous as the person who is celebrating such a milestone. With the celebrant in mind, craft invitations that reflect his or her personality and experiences.

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Over the course of 70 years, popular culture has moved along with the people. Find lyrics of songs and images of popular singers from days gone by to make 70th birthday invitations "sing" with celebration. If, for example, the birthday man or woman has a fond nostalgia for late 1940s jazz, decorate party invitations with a picture from Miles Davis' 1949 album, "Birth of the Cool." Or go with a rock 'n' roll theme with an image of Bill Haley and his Comets. Incorporate the lyrics of Bill Haley's 1955 hit, "Rock Around the Clock" in the invitation.

Music lyrics make nostalgic invitation prose.
Music lyrics make nostalgic invitation prose. (Vintage record player image by patrimonio designs from


If the birthday celebrant is a literary type or a writer herself, have the invitations to her 70th birthday party reflect her interests. Copy the image of the Garden of Allah, once the home of Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemmingway and other writers. Add a Parker quote, such as the lines from "Not So Deep as a Well" (1937), "Comment": "Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song, A medley of extemporanea; And love is a thing that can never go wrong; And I am Marie of Romania." Use Parker's wit and sensibility to beckon guests to come with their curiosity in tow.

Use literature to make birthday party invitations sparkle.
Use literature to make birthday party invitations sparkle. (books image by Jeffrey Zalesny from

Pin-Up Girl

Long before supermodels, young men dreamed of pin-up girls.One of the most famous pin-up girl icons of the 1950s was Marilyn Monroe. Place the famous image of Monroe standing over a sidewalk grate, her dress blowing in the breeze, on the front of the invitations. Phrase invitations with the lyrics from Marilyn Monroe's, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President."

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