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I am planning "A Walk Down Memory Lane" party for my 75 year old father this August. It is not a birthday so it will come as a complete surprise. We've gathered old photos, had friends and family write memories for a scrap book and had everyone sign a quilt piece when they come in so we can make a memory quilt.

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I need more ideas especially, for taking some formal pictures at the party. I can get an arch and decorate it but need an idea for the background while trying to keep with the Memory Lane theme. I have some old ads from the 30's-50's along with pictures of stars of that period and lists of fads and popular music back then. Any more suggestions for decorationg appreciated.

Sherry from Indiana

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 15, 20050 found this helpful

dont forget some great oldies music. you can buy some cds or dowload them from winmx or whatever you have. it will definatley add to the atmosphere and you could give the cds as party favors. an idea for the background would be a mural of old cars and trcuks. or if you know some one with a classic car, have them bring it to the party for a photo oppertunity. you could have three tables(one for each decade) and put the appropriate things on each like candy from that time, little model cars, and pictures. you could ask your guests to come dressed in 30's-50's attire. hope this helps.

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May 15, 20050 found this helpful

How about having different guests dress in the different era's garb? As I don't know how many people you have coming, but you could have some come in roaring 20's, hip 50's, way cool 70's, etc. Two minutes of internet surfing would also give you 'lingo' from each time frame that they could use. --- Don't forget how important music is . . . start early with some really old stuff and move through the years. --- You could also research what years major inventions came out and put them on a piece of cardboard w/ the year in large #'s and hang them from the ceiling, so you (and your dad) can see all the things he's seen. . . or major steps in history . . or both. . He's seen everything from the TV to the landing on the moon - Under each one you could put the phrase "Where were you when...?". I hope these are helpful.

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May 14, 20070 found this helpful

play some old-time jazz music from the Red-Hot Jazz website. Some of the stuff dates back form the 30s, Paul Whitemen's music ranges from the 20s to the 50s.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 12, 20080 found this helpful

What about setting an old radio on the table. you can always buy them on e-bay. That would make a nice pre-birthday gift. Add to the decor a chair with a dollie on the back of it and have each guest pose with him using black and white film , of course. Every one loves those old radios. If you don't have one, you might find someone to borrow one from.(or even an old crank record player.) What a sweet daughter you are.The world could use more like you.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 12, 20080 found this helpful

That sounds so sweet! Maybe you have seen how the do videos for funerals, well, not to sound morbid, but some of the old pics of him and his friends and family throught the years would be nice to show during the party.

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