A 70th birthday calls for more than cake and flowers; it's a chance to reflect and celebrate an active life and look forward to the future. Whether the birthday boy is a friend, relative or neighbour, consider his personality and tastes and plan a commemorative event or gift to remember. Depending on your budget, 70th birthday commemorations can take place in the home or in a special location, or be expressed in the form of a unique gift.
For a lively party to involve family, friends, former coworkers and neighbours, ask everyone to dress up in clothing from a particular era in your loved one's life. For example, if she got married in the 1960s request 1960s styles and hair. Or recreate the 1950s to pay tribute to her growing up. Think about the decoration and match it to the era you're celebrating. For a personalised touch, scan photos of your loved one from the era and display them on the walls or in a scrapbook or DVD you can then pass onto her as a gift. Hire a DJ to play popular music from the era or make your own CDs -- this is a chance to create a more personalised soundtrack and you can even add notes in the scrapbook about the significance of the songs to your loved one.
Your 70-year-old friend or relative may have amassed all the material objects he needs or has little space for new gifts. Surprise him with the gift of an experience, not an object to gather dust on the shelf. Consider an extra-special hot air balloon trip, or a tour in a classic car. Take the birthday boy to a wine tasting or a gourmet meal in an exclusive restaurant. Depending on his hobbies, look at booking a box or special seats at a sporting event or the best seats at the ballet. If the event is further in the future, create a card themed to the event that promises the gift. For football fans, make a card with his team's logo and text that describes the game he'll be attending.
For your mom, aunt or sister, make the 70th birthday one of pampering, relaxation and health. If the budget allows, take your loved one to a day spa for a massage, facial, pedicure and manicure and the chance to relax in the hot tub. Or create your own spa party at home and invite up to 10 close female friends or relatives. Decorate your living room with drapes and soft cushions, light candles and incense and play relaxing, meditative music. Depending on how much you have to spend you could hire a professional masseuse and manicurist, play a yoga video, have a nutritionist come and talk through healthy meal choices or organise mud facials. An intimate spa party is a good chance to bond over shared achievements and look to the future.
If your loved one is interested in art or history, hold a birthday celebration at the local art gallery or the city museum. Many museums and galleries have a restaurant or cafe -- depending on the size of your party ask to reserve the whole room or one table. After a meal with drinks, Champagne, cake and chat, take a private tour of the museum or a favourite part of it. Create cards with favourite art as a commemorative party favour.
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