These are some great ideas. My Father will be 80 next month and we are also trying to find some different ideas. So thanks to all.
I sent for birthday cards from President Bush, Bill Clinton & Jimmy Carter (has to be 6 weeks before the birth date). I am also going to have a flag fly over the Capital in his honor on his birthday. They send a certification & he will get the flag about 6 weeks later. This is the website: http://www.usflag.org/capitalflag.html
I have also started on getting him 80 birthday cards!!
By Shirley from FL
I am planning a 80th Birthday Party for my dad. He loves baseball, and his birthday is in August, so I am using that as a theme. A local bakery is making individual baseball cupcakes for each place setting. I am making invitations that look like baseball mitts. My son is a DJ so we will be playing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" when he arrives. Lots of friends and family are excited to do this for him. He is a great guy. We are also doing a DVD. I did not know about the White House. Great Idea! Thanks for sharing ideas. (01/13/2007)
By Deborah Kilcher
I'm planning my Mom's 80th Birthday Party. She is a quilter so we are sending family and friends a 4x4 quilt square so they can write a memory about my mother. My daughter is collecting these and putting them in a quilt for her. (04/12/2007)
Since seniors may suffer a bit of memory loss, create a DVD/CD or computer screen saver slide show of all the old and new family pics. That's what I am doing for my mom, who is suffering from beginning onset of Alzheimer's. Any other suggestions, let me know. Thanks. (08/13/2007)
for djpriness. I have an idea for your Mom's party you said that she loves Cooking and Baking. Why don't you have a Picnic Theme where the family/guest brings a dish or desert accompany with the recipe. You can create a Recipe Book. Some Caterer's offer Cooking Parties. They teach the guest to cook and you eat the meal prepared. (08/17/2007)
When my mother turned 80, I had a surprise party for her in June, rented the local park pavilion, had it catered and invited family and friends. Had guests from 3 months old to 85 years young. I hired a caricature artists for the adults and a face painter for the children. Mom is developing Alzheimer's so we cut posterboard into pieces, had guests write a small note to Mom and took their picture. Put together a memory album for her and presented this to her after it was all put together. A great time was had by all. It's been 3 months since party, she still brings out the memory book and reminisces. (10/03/2007)
I am planning an 80th "birthday card celebration" across the miles. I have sent through the USPS a letter with a pre-addressed label and a stamp attached requesting friends/family to help us send 80 birthday cards to celebrate my mother's special day. I am also sending restaurant gift cards to some special people who live near her to take her out for special lunches/dinners to celebrate this milestone. (11/04/2007)
By Wendy Carpenter
For Marinela for your Mom in Spain. What about making a pinata for her to break open. Instead of candy, fill it with family pictures from the past.
The 80th Anniversary of the academy awards is in '08, do a theme based party on that. (12/30/2007)
I have two friends turning 80 this year, both long distances from me; one is having a party and the other refuses to have one. I just thought I'd print out 80 little "cards", one per year with some significant event for that year, starting with of course their birth in 1928 and ending with their 80th in 2008. I plan to mail - that'll keep them busy! (02/07/2008)
We are getting my mom 80 presents. We divided up theme ideas so she would not get the same things. Everyone took a theme. (03/08/2008)
For my mom's 80th, I am doing a family tree quilt with the names of children, grandchildren, etc. No in-laws or out-laws. I am also planning on a scrapbook afternoon event after all the main celebrations are over with. Each family member will be given a page to do and it is a super way to involve all the young people! A slide-show of old family photos is being organized by my niece. The best feedback you will get, is when you involve the family. Good luck! (03/29/2008)
By Debbie strickland
My brother and I are actually planning an 80th birthday party for my grandfather and we are in the process of making a video for him of his life. We are going to family members, such as his kids, grandkids and other relatives. On the video we are having everyone tell a memorable story about him and the younger kids that don't speak that well yet, just say Happy Birthday to him. (04/05/2008)
Both my father and uncle still love to flirt. Here are a couple of party ideas that I floated by "the party committee"
1. Hire some fiddlers to play Celtic music for an hour
2. Hire a Burlesque troupe to present for the main entertainment.
3. Buy suspenders and cardboard and have the guests fashion their own elaborate Breast Plates and have them fashion their own news paper hats to wear.
4. Have every table draw up a card with pencil or crayons or have a long sheet of paper covering a table for everyone to draw and add their blessings.
5.cover a table with old family photo's and cover them with a clear plastic sheet to prevent loss and damage from food, drinks.
6. Hand out music sheets of old ethnic folk songs and have the crowd sing along to the songs they love so much
7. put a couple of bottles of Vodka on ice for toasting shots and have plenty of pirogies on hand. (again an ethnic thing) (04/10/2008)
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