I need ideas for my mother's 90th birthday party. She has always been a strong woman, and a custom tailor for the stars of yesteryear.
That is so awesome that she is turning 90! And since she's the Star of the Show and had mingled with the stars of yesterday, I say throwing a Hollywood glam party is in order! Start out by rolling out the red carpet. Have dangling stars in the party area. Have guests each write their name on a star to pin up (can find craft spray glitter). Have balloons with craft spray glitter for the centerpieces on tables. Use 3 at varying heights, weight them down in small party bag with tissue paper. You can add feather plumes to the bags for more embellishment.
Have "Swag Bags" for the guests' gifts with a memento in there for them. (Or if not doing that: have 1 nice Swag Bag for your Mom filled with special things).
Have posters up of former Hollywood stars or get print outs and frame in card stock to hang up. Have props like a Director's chair, clapboards (you can make yourself using card stock ) for name cards on table, have a megaphone.
On the food table: label the foods Hollywood style: Have mirrors to reflect light with candles on them, dress the table in elegant style. You can even have platters sit atop boxes/large cans placed underneath the tablecloth if it's buffet, bunch the material around the container (it's hidden), string little lights around the platters, add decorations like confetti.
Name the foods to keep it exciting:
"Best App (short for appetizer) in a Leading Role"
"Best Design for a Mocktail"; serve sparkling drinks in fancy glasses with garnishes, or serve an actual cocktail, whichever way you're going!
"Best App for All Audiences"
"Best Dressed", I'll give you link to make tuxedo-style chocolate strawberries: can also make dresses, just use a toothpick to add a dotted necklace for the ladies' version.
"Best Ensemble Cast", I'll give you link for a nice recipe, Honey Drizzled Cheddar Cheese
"Best Visual Effects Dessert", these are Vanilla Cheesecake Shots:
What You Need
3/4 cup half-and-half
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tub (8 oz.) Cream Cheese Spread
1/2 cup sugar
12 NILLA Wafers, crushed (about 1/3 cup)
Blend all ingredients except cookie crumbs in blender until smooth.
Pour into 1-oz. plastic cups; top with wafer crumbs. Serve immediately.
Who Am I: Guess the Movie Star Game
This is a great game to start the party out! Before the party, write down a bunch of actor and actresses names on a piece of paper. Cut each out. Once all the guests are settled, tape a name to each persons back. The guests need to ask only yes/no questions to try to find out who is taped to their back. For a younger group of guests, pick out names of characters from children's movies that they would most likely know. For instance, Woody or Buzz from Toy Story, Flick from Bugs Life, Beethoven (the dog), etc.Or do a "grown up version", with more familiar movie star names!
There are plenty of Movie Trivia games on the market that you can buy and use the questions to host a game show for your stars. Break your party into teams, and ask a trivia question to the team. Each team that gets the question correct, gets a point. The first team to get 10 points, say, wins. Here are some helpful links:
Have Paparazzi start taking pics as each guest arrives and shout excitedly! Send pics to guests after the party. You can have photo frames for guests to decorate themselves with supplies or hand them out as gifts in their "Swag Bag" (treat bag).
Have movies playing in the background and even old Show tunes.
Awards can be : Most Dramatic Entrance (to the party)
Best Supporting Role in a Friendship (male and female)
Best Action Actor in a Fearless Role (probably for a male who does sports or who is kind of a daredevil)
Best Comedic Actor or Actress (your funny friends who are always cracking jokes, etc.) just think of more if you need them and tailor them to your specific crowd.
I wouldn't have the space overly cluttered, but instead very eye appealing where it captures your attention, if you have a chandelier, that's good, otherwise don't use overhead lights, can set spotlights up behind furniture or plants.
How about hiring someone to sing to her the songs from her era? I think that would be great fun and perhaps bring back some wonderful memories for her. Or you could do a "This is your life, by having people from her past hide in another room within ear shot and have them tell of something they know about her and then come out of the room to surprise her. This would be from people she hasn't seen in a long, long time. Hope this helps
How about a surprise party? You could invite all your family and your mothers friends. You could invite your mother over to your house for a backyard cookout, and yell "Surprise!" when your mother comes into the backyard. Since your mother is a tailor, you could make that the theme of the party. Hope this helps!
You can google "Fake Newspapers" and find a bunch. They can have the events of her life, photos, and more. If you do order one, however, make it a double order if you can. That way, someone can display or frame stories from both sides.
If the cost is too much for your budget, get others to pitch in. It's unique and will one day pass onto others who loved her.
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