Jojo from Australia
The funniest game I ever saw. Get a blindfold, a metal spatula, a big metal mixing bowl and a large bag of cotton or faux cotton balls.
Scatter the cotton balls on the floor. Blindfold the participant. They have two minutes, or whatever, to pick up as many cotton balls with the spatula and put them in the bowl as they can. Try this out before the party. You'll see what I mean.
We once surprised a friend by having the party at his place. I lived next door; had lifted a key. I took him out to dinner while everyone else was getting his place ready for the party. Every time I started to go home he kept looking around, because he was expecting a surprise. He looked all over the restaurant, even checked out the men's room. Finally, we went home. Boy was he surprised! He even got his place cleaned. Not a bad deal. (09/08/2005)
By the Oracle
I just had my 40th birthday and my sister and daughter got together and told everyone they knew to send me 40 "items" in the mail. This started like 2 weeks before my birthday. I got everything from cotton balls, to pennies and stamps. It was a lot of fun. Took me a couple packages in the mail before I figured it out though. (09/09/2005)
I just came from a 50th party where the birthday boy's wife had this very creative poem hand lettered on a big poster board using candy bars taped to the board in the appropriate places. The sweet treats are in ALL CAPS in the "poem."
Do you hear SNICKERS from those around you?
Do you feel your bones CRUNCH?
Are you getting ZERO sleep?
Is your memory gone because your head's full of ROCKS?
People seem to want to do party themes on the era someone was born, but it would be so much fun to do something on the era someone was a teenager, whether 70's or 80's. A 70's disco or 80's Dynasty style party would be fun. Everyone could dress the part and have food and music from that era. Since our teenage years are usually pretty memorable, it would be fun to have a party that would be memorable, too. After all, the over the hill parties are done way too often. (01/10/2006)
A fun 40th birthday party is a 70's theme. Your party will certainly be remembered when everyone has to come in their bell-bottoms! The 70's are definitely "in" now with lots of interest in the dress and fads.
You can decorate with an informal gathering of bean bag chairs and disco bead curtains at the door entryways. Play clips from 70's TV shows or movies and competing teams guess first what movie/show the song was from. 70's theme parties are really popular and go over well with guests of all ages.
Dee http://www.fun-theme-party-ideas.com/70s-theme-party.html (01/20/2006)
A Casino style party is fun. I went to one for my friend's 30th birthday. The hostess rented the tables with the dealers. We played with chips and the person with the most chips at the end of the night won a prize.
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