There is plenty of reason to celebrate when someone turns 80 years of age. Of course, if you have never planned or even attended an 80th birthday, there are some things you need to know. Some helpful tips and ideas regarding 80th birthday party ideas can go a long way.
1. Feature the Year of Birth
Feature center pieces made of cardstock that display a top 5 list from the day or year the guest of honor was born. For instance, the centerpiece could list the price of a gallon of milk at the time the birthday gal or guy was born.
2. Tell a Story Through Pictures
Ask guests to bring pictures that feature them with the guest of honor. Take the pictures and place them on a poster board. Everyone can have fun sharing their favorite stories behind each pictures. Also, the special birthday guest can keep the poster board as a keepsake to hang on the wall.
3. Add Some Pep to Your Step
When it comes to entertaining 80th birthday party ideas, there is nothing more fun than music and dancing. Get everyone up and grooving to music that was popular during the time the guest of honor was born. For instance, that may entail swing music or even jazz.
4. Host a Roast of a Toast
If the elderly person you plan on throwing a party for has a good sense of humor, consider hosting a roast. Make sure the guests know to keep it clean, lighthearted, and fun. The goal is to make sure everyone gets a good laugh without any feelings getting hurt.
5. Enjoy Photo Ops from the Decades
Starting with the year your elderly loved one was born, select clothing from thrift shops that represent each decade of the person’s life. Encourage guests to dress up for fun photo opportunities using either a hired photographer or a rented photo booth complete with props.
Image via Unsplash
6. Play Fun, Appropriate Games
Among all the fabulous 80th birthday party ideas are the opportunities to play games. Coming up with fun games for the guests and guest of honor to play is a great way to add fun and enjoyment to the party. One example is setting up a game of picture bingo, which is played like regular bingo, except the board features pictures of loved ones rather than numbers.
7. Choose Live Entertainment
Live entertainment can often spice up a party and make it fun. For instance, a DJ can set the tone for any event, including an 80th birthday party. Another option is to hire a live band to play music, particularly some of the birthday guest’s favorite tunes over the years.
8. Create a Birthday Inspired Video
Before the party, gather all the guests together and have them help you create a video montage that you can play on a big screen TV or large projection screen. Inspire guests to retell their favorite moments with the celebratory guest. Make sure everyone leaves their own personal Happy Birthday message on the video.
9. Host a Themed Birthday Bash
Themed parties are great for a loved one no matter their age. However, you should select a theme that best suits an 80th birthday. For example, you can host a Hollywood themed bash featuring photos of actors and actresses from when the guest of honor was young.
10. Get Creative with Foods
If you plan on feeding everyone who attends the 80th birthday party, try getting creative with the foods you choose. One idea is to pick foods that were popular around the time the birthday gal or guy was young. For instance, chocolate covered pretzels would work well for someone born in the 1930s since the pretzels were first introduced in 1933.
11. Take the Party Elsewhere
Hosting a fun and exciting birthday party does not mean you are limited to a specific residence. In fact, it is sometimes better to take the party elsewhere. For instance, if the celebrant has a love of gardening, see about hosting the party in a nearby public garden. You can always invite guests to enjoy the beautiful view while enjoying a luncheon birthday celebration.
12. Prep Before the Party
To ensure that your loved one enjoys their 80th birthday party, make sure you prep beforehand. Perhaps take your loved one out where the two of you can enjoy manicures, pedicures, or even a new hairstyle before the party starts. A barber shop for a spiffy haircut and a shave is always an option for men.
13. Host a Potluck Birthday
Nothing can destroy the fun of a birthday party than having to cook for many guests. Ask the guest of honor to list of some of his or her favorite dishes and have your guests pitch in on cooking them all. By asking each of your guests to bring a small dish of the celebrant’s favorite foods, you will relieve stress of your back and everyone will get to pitch in and have fun tasting different dishes.
14. Add Some Light to the Event
Considering that an 80th birthday is meant to be a time for celebration, consider entertaining the celebrant and the guests in attendance with an incredible fireworks show. Of course, you would need to contact your local city hall to determine if you can light off fireworks. If you happen to get the green light, consider hiring a professional for the job.
15. Hire Professional Dancers
To really throw a birthday party with a bang, hire some professional dancers to come in and show guests some popular dance steps back from when the guest of honor was younger. For instance, a professional could teach you some jazz steps or even how to swing dance. Your loved one will get enjoyment out of seeing some familiar moves and the guests will have fun learning.
All-in-all, the possibilities for a terrific 80th birthday party are endless. As long as you are creative enough, you can think up just about anything from themes to music and everything in between. In the end, all that matters is that you are there to celebrate an important milestone in the life of someone you care about.
Featured Image via Pexels