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My mom's 90th birthday is next month. She is no ordinary 90 year old! For her 80th, she went sky diving! She is in excellent health, so we need ideas for something memorable!
Consider the year she was born and do a timeline of her life with pics and things that she would to reminisce over, all the achievements she surpassed in her life and things that happened that year of her life such as: Mom the day you were born X happened on you birthday, when you were 3 this happened when you were 9 this happened you did this when you were 10 and did you know; somethings that others would never have known would be great.
I am a CNA (certified nurse aid) i have taken care of elderly for years! I am so happy to hear your mother is in such great health! What's her secret! lol
There was a lady I took care of and she was 104 when she passed and her secret was no marriage lol! But she did receive juicy fruit for life as she was in a contest as a child who was the youngest child to enter the contest of gum popping and won a supply for life, that's the sort of thing I was mentioning to say about your mom. She may not have won any life supplies of things but she may love to reminisce about the good old days! Most people her age don't remember their own name let alone go skydiving = )
I wish your mother many years to come- maybe she will be in the hall of ages. Your state should have one and you should see what the oldest person in your state lived to be. Your mother sure does have great kid(s) if they are wise to ask for ideas! Hope the party is kickin!
How about scuba diving?
How about a balloon ride? Or a motorcycle ride?
Someone in my family is turning 90 in June. What should I do for her? She really does have a sweet tooth, and she's Italian so you could only imagine how much she loves food. We're struggling to find something good to do for her because we're on a budget, but she is a very exciting lady!
I would try to make some of the desserts she grew up with and loved. I would also decorate the room with as many pictures of her taken throughout her life as possible.
I love that you're doing this. I will be doing this soon, myself. People of that age LOVE reminiscing about their time growing up, so do some investigating and make her feel like HOME! Have several flavours of cannoli on the ready, too ;)
I had 2 grandmothers who passed away at 96. Neither one of them liked any of those things at all. They were both so different. Both of them were very active and had no issues of getting around or anything. One of the best surprises we did for the both of them was to contact their life long friend who lived in another state and ask them if it was possible to come out.
If she has friends she has seen in years and always talks about them, see if you can get them to come and give her a surprise. Just make a nice dinner and have cake or her favorite dessert.
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 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
I need ideas for my mother's 90th birthday party.
By BonnieBonnie Palmer from IA
Looks like your Mom was born in 1919, my Dad's birth year [he's gone]. So she was 10 in 1929, when the market crashed, and spent her teens in the Great Depression, and was in her prime early 20s during WW2. She saw all the wars and went from Ice box years, radio shows instead of TV, Sputnik (October 17th, 1957 I think) and now the internet. There are a lot of pix out there of all those things, events, I'd do a great big collage on one or two pieces of posterboard, and print pix from the internet.
She probably saw movies with all the old stars: Clark Gable, Greer Garson, Bette Davis, Ronald Coleman,
Lana Turner, Leslie Howard, all the Barrymores, Jean Arthur, Jimmy Stewart, Joan Crawford, Joan Blondell, just look up stars of the 30s and 40s.
What fun. Wish her happy birthday from all of us.
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I need ideas for a 90th birthday party.
You could ask each person in attendance to contribute to a memory jar in which they would each write down a memory of the person being honored and then let him pull out some of the slips of paper and read them or have them read to him. This is something he can keep and pull out a nice or funny memory any time he needs a little lift. The jar could be decorated in any manner that would suite the recipient. (04/20/2008)
A wonderful thing I saw at a party I was to recently was find some favorite pictures of the birthday person and even family members and make a story board of her life with the pictures, also you could make a scrap book if anyone is into that. (04/20/2008)
I am in the middle of planning my grandmother's 90th birthday party and came up with this idea for centerpieces. She loves flowers so I am having her great grandchildren decorate flowerpots and then will plant petunias in them and use them as centerpieces. Then guests can take them home after the event. (04/23/2008)
This is what I did for a 100th birthday, but it should work the same way. I used bright colors, you don't want anything depressing when someone is turning 90 or higher. I found these sprays with the number 100 and stuck them in bud vases. I sprinkled number 100 confetti all around the tables. It was easy and inexpensive. (05/26/2008)
A really easy and inexpensive idea for decorations is old fashioned tea cups and saucers. You can set the center with lace doilies and then arrange a tea cup and saucer then fill that with lace hankies and strings of pearls (they don't have to be real ones) or any type of old-fashioned costume jewelry. This works well for a 50th anniversary too. Most seniors have a few tea cups and saucers that they don't use anymore and are thrilled to have a reason to dust them off. (06/06/2008)
For my father's 90th birthday we had everyone call a toll-free number and record their stories and memories.
We had about 60 people call-in from all over the country. We played the CD with all the recordings at the 90th birthday party.
To get the toll-free number we used a service called LifeOnRecord that can be found at lifeonrecord.com (07/07/2008)
By Deborah Otto
I did this for my parents' 60th anniversary, but it will work well for a 90th birthday. I made a CD of their favorite songs (from the 30s and 40s). Then made CD cases with as many different photos as I could find of them both. I had enough CDs so every guest could take one home. Everyone enjoyed looking at the different photos on the different tables. (02/10/2009)
We did this for my grandmother's 90th. And it could cost as little as nothing to what you feel is right. We made a donation. But we contacted the local high school and asked if their marching band would play and march down the street to her house and come into the backyard and play a couple songs for her. Bands are always up lifting and fun cause everyone loves a parade, right? And the high school band is always looking to practice. It was the most beautiful day in August.
We also contacted the local TV station to film the band and the party and then they interviewed my grandmother afterward. So it was on the news that night. This of course was all being recorded so it will be enjoyed for years to come. She still to this day talks about it. She'll be 92 next month. (07/20/2009)
My mother's 90th birthday is coming up in Feb. She has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home, which can be a depressing place to have a party, but I am going to make it as festive as I can with balloons, streamers, etc. I invited her nieces and nephews and some people from her old neighborhood. I made a poster board with some pictures of her as a young girl and young woman. I think everyone will be shocked when they see what a beautiful woman she once was.
About a year ago, I started doing her family genealogy and have learned a lot of interesting things about her and her family that I never new. I decided to do a "This is Your Life" game, where everyone will get a sheet about my mother on which people will fill in the blanks about my mother and her family. I can guarantee that, other than her birth date, no one knows anything about my mother. I will, then, go over the sheet and fill in the blanks for everyone. I think this is a good way to honor my mother's life and the "game" will make it more interesting than if I just stood up and read facts about her life. (01/20/2008)
My grandmother's 80th birthday is next week. For her party we asked that no one bring gifts, and just attend the party. We sent them each a note card, and had them decorate it with a special note or artwork and we scanned them into the computer, and printed them out on t-shirt transfers. And put them all onto quilt squares and turned it into a giant quilt with pictures of everyone. (04/14/2008)
Any ideas on nice centerpieces for a 90th birthday party that will take place in the summertime.