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.
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!
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What kind of performance should my family do for my grandmother's 80th birthday?
By Esther Teng from Malaysia
Take her a stroll down memory lane with a "lip sync" performance of the hit music from her younger years.
Would be fun to find costumes and "be-bop" to some Fats Domino, Shangrilas, and don't forget to have a Dick Clark look-a-like and a "Band Stand" stage.
I would ask her what her favorite songs are. Then pick 2...a happy/funny one and a loving/sensitive one. Then get the words to each song. On the funny one, you could make props. If the song mentions sunshine, use paper or poster board and draw or cut out a big sun. Use key words in the song and have about 10 props then as the song is playing you and your relatives can "act out" the song by holding up the props all together. We did this for my mom's 70th birthday and it was great fun! We had sunglasses, Monopoly money we threw in the air, a cowboy hat, etc.....Then for the serious song we wrote all the words out on very big poster board(each poster only had a word or two, painted large.) and stood in a row facing her as the song played. We each had a pile of posters we divided and we would each hold up a new poster with the words to follow along as the song was playing. It was very moving and everyone cried. Hope that gives you some help! Have fun! She'll appreciate all your efforts!
-Lee in FL
Try doing a "This is your life". Invite any old friends & have them relate a favorite funny or sentimental story. Ask family to do the same. Go through the stages of life. Present momentos of each stage too.
Any ideas for games to be played at an 80th birthday party?
By Laurie from OH
These are two from our (long ago) teenage youth group Church socials. You may know of them already. One is pass the parcel. You wrap a treasure, a block of chocolate or some other small thing in a piece of paper, then keep on adding more and more layers of paper till the parcel is huge.. or as big as you want. Every one sits in a circle and the parcel is passed from one to the other, with each person taking off a layer of paper, until the tiny parcel with the treasure is revealed, the that lucky person gets the treasure.
The other one is called 'Poor Pussy' in this one person is selected as the cat. Again everyone sits in a circle, and the 'cat' choses a person to kneel down in front of and miaow. That person has to stroke the 'cat'on the head and say 'Poor Pussy' while the cat does every thing in it's power to make the person laugh. As soon as the person laughs, they are out of the game, and the cat chooses another victim.
They are very simple games, but it usually ends up with everyone laughing like crazy,
I agree.You don't want anything that will make your Mom feel age depressed.
Find out what games were played back when the birthday boy/girl was young. Incorporate them into the party.
Flashback, have people dress in clothing from that era, play games from the era, play music from the era, etc.
Need ideas for a toast for mother-in-law's 80th Birthday.
Hi. How well do you know your mother-in-law? By that I mean would you be familiar with her favorite music, the song she had her first dance to, got her first kiss during, wedding song? If so, then simply by put a time-edited compliation of the songs that she would recognize as important milestones in her life, combined with you recalling the memory would be a striking way to pay homage to the remarkable woman that she was, has been and will continue to be. Music is a powerful form of expression and most people couldn't tell you the name of the guy they dated in college, but still remember the song that was playing when the had their first kiss. Good luck to you. And to her, best wishes in luck and love and may happiness carry her throughout the rest of her days as its carried her through these.
Any ideas regarding themes, music, food, and decorations? Not much in decorations. I am not thinking about telegrams or weird stuff at which he could be embarrassed.
By Beth M
Why not make a nice medley of some of his favorite music and get someone to help you make a nice video (or photo collage) of some of your favorite family photo's from your albums to play at his party or for him? I did this for my father for his 90th birthday and he (and we ALL) loved seeing the family photo's while his favorite songs played! Sort of a 'this is your life'. One of the best idea's I had!
I need ideas for a man's 80th birthday party.
By alex from TX
We just had my dad's 80th birthday, and it was so great. We had bbq catered. We had a photo time line area where we framed lots of photos from when he was little to present. I researched the last 8 decades and did a page on what was going on in that decade to put at that area. Also, did a sheet on what was happening on his birthday 80 yrs ago. for his cake, we did 5 different layer cakes (lemon, strawberry, chocolate, white & Italian cream), they were a huge hit. We put the cakes on different hts cake plates on a table that had greenery with twinkle lights on it, the centerpiece was glass kraft blocks (hobby lobby) that I frosted and stacked (each had a lite inside) with an 80 on top. the 80 was thick wood numbers (hobby lobby) that I painted with gold metallic paint. The cake table was gorgeous.
We gave guests an opportunity to roast or toast daddy, and that turned out really well. We had guests jot down memories on pre-cut strips of paper and put them in a decorated bag for him to take home and read later, from the great grandkids we decorated a small jar and put in 80 of the chocolate hugs and kisses, put on the jar, 80 hugs and kisses and the ggkids names. From the grandkids we decorated another jar and put in 80 gold dollars (get them from ur bank) and put on the jar 80 golden dollars for 80 golden years and the gkids names. One of the gkids decorated a scrapbook to put stuff from the party in later.
We had balloons on the card/gift table, a banner that said happy 80th birthday (u can order one online from party supply), on the table we did half with potted gerbera daisies that daddy took home and planted and the other half with vases with water with gerbera daisies floating in them. We had confetti and curly ribbon sprinkled around the centerpieces, and it looked really good. Make sure you take family photos, probably the only time u will have that many people there at one time. Daddy is still smiling when he thinks of the party, he really loved it. If you want to see any photos or have any questions, email me at nanakay01 at hotmail . com. Please put "80 bday idea request in subject line or I will not open. Hope you have a great party.
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