95th Birthday Ideas

Written by chance e. gartneer
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95th Birthday Ideas
A 95th birthday can be a countdown to 100; use a No. 5 candle on the cake. (David Freund/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The older a person becomes, the more important and celebratory his birthday celebration should become. A 95th birthday party is both a celebration of a lifetime and a time to celebrate an entire life. Creative and fitting celebrations can draw upon the birthday person's past, present and future. The goal for celebrating a 95th birthday is to make it the best one yet.

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Gay 90s

Celebrate the birthday girl or boy's 95th with a "Gay 90s" party since they are in their own gay 90s. Decorate the room with pictures of notable persons and advancements from the 1890s, such as President Grover Cleveland or a Duryea Brother's automobile, one of the first massed produced autos in the U.S. Place famous books first published in the last decade of the 1800s around the area, like Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." Have guests dress up in 1890s fashions, with ladies wearing long skirts and mutton-sleeved blouses carrying paper parasols, and the gentlemen wearing waistcoats. Play music indicative of the time, such as ragtime music or the works of John Phillip Sousa.

Five-year Countdown

Treat the birthday like a countdown to 100. Decorate with streamers, signs, balloons and other items typical to a 5-year-old's birthday celebration. Play both childhood party games like "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" and classic elderly games like Bingo. For those participants of the party who are agile enough, consider providing a more breakable piñata. If serving cake, decorate it with five candles or a big No. 5 candle. Give the guest of honour entertaining and amusing gifts, like Silly String or a container of blowing bubbles, so that he can act like a child again.

Special Day

If the birthday boy or girl is mobile, plan a day (or half-day) of favourite activities and places to go. Take her on a picnic at the local arboretum or spend the afternoon at a favourite art or science museum. Allow her to decide where she would like to go beforehand, with a surprise or two in the mix. If the guest of honour cannot make it out of the house or retirement home, bring some of her favourite things to her, like a taped performance of her favourite musical or a pint of her favourite ice cream, if she is allowed to have it. Remember that this is her special day, so she gets to call the shots.

Era Party

Chose an era from the birthday celebrant's long and eventful life and centre the party thematically around it. Chose the decade in which he was born and have everyone dress up in that period's style. For example, if he was born in the 1910s, then have everyone dress in the elaborate ballroom style of the beginning of the decade or the practical and sensible casual wear for during the Great War. Also, choosing other periods throughout his life could be made into costumed affairs, like the flapper and speakeasy period of the 1920s or the hippie style of the 60s.

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