I need inexpensive ideas for dad's 80th birthday party. I am doing this alone so I need to watch how much money is spent.
By Laurie from Wintersville, OH
To do this alone is a big task. I'm not sure where you need the ideas, decorations, invitations etc, but may be able to help in the ideas for food area. Two years ago a dear friend of mine had her 80th, she and her husband did it at their home. They had their dining table covered with a white cloth, and on it was one large cooked ham, several loaves of crusty bread, butter, cheese, pickles, mustard, and other condiments. Plus a bowl of curried egg and a few salad things. Guests just went up and cut bread and made their own sandwiches.
This was followed by fruit salad and icec ream (simple) and a birthday cake which a friend made for her. It was a beautiful night.
Hope you get some more helpful ideas.
Get a folding foam core screen and cover with decorative paper, wrapping or wall paper. Find about 20-25 photos of the birthday person with family over the years, baby to adult if possible. Enlarge and crop them for 4"x 6" photos and mount with captions. Print out large Title such as "who's celebrating 80 years?" At the bottom put name, parents name and address if you know what it was then. You could use this for an invitation idea too.
http://www.vistaprint.com Vista printing has 10/$3.99 and you can design them anyway you choose. Good luck!
If you spend nothing more, have a friend video tape it. THis is something for him to watch over and over, and the rest of the family, once he is gone.
You can ask friends to help make it a potluck, each bringing a small dish to share, you can make a cake or do small portion cup cakes. At this age, frosting is not the first on the wish I had list! Maybe a jelly roll, or ask your dad what he would like for dessert. Maybe an ice cream cake. Which you can make as well without must ado.
I ahve done parties of all kinds for all ages, simple is always the best.
You have a computer! Fill areas with "80 years ago today" type stuff. Easy to find and print out, above the food serving 80 years ago the top menu items were...
Above the entertainment (tv/music) area; We were entertained by...
Around the patio; our favorite past-time was...
In various other areas add "80 years ago we paid "_" for...
Our main transportation was...
Etc., you get the idea.
And don't forget to add the most important part above the birthday cake: "and most important, 80 years ago "John Doe" was born!
Ask friends and family for ideas and maybe even pics and mementos!
Thank you all so very much. You all have very god ideas. If any of you can think of some games that could be played, that wold be wonderful! I don't really want to do any over the hill. If her were tuning 50 I would say ok, but no over the hill themes at 80, don't want to depress him.
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