"Reliving the good ol'
days" is a great theme for any adult birthday party celebration. And
it can be a nice journey to the childhood and back to adulthood through
pieces of memory. Remember one thing while the spirit is of reliving the
old days, don't let any of the theme turn aging.
No you need not regain the surge of the bubbly childhood to celebrate
those overzealous days. Just create the ambience of yore that will relive
the past, and let you unwind yourself. And have a happy journey down the
For instance, surprise parties are always an option, as they may not be
expected at this age and bring the most fun to everyone.
Melting pot of memories:
For getting started, as you invite your co-workers past and the
ex-ones, contact old friends from the high school and if possible junior
school too, college roommates, find out one of your favorite teachers of
your college or if possible from your junior school. Old teachers can
always add a magical touch to these parties. Especially when they churn
out those funny stories of your mischief and misdeeds. They can be great
fun in the presence of your old time and recent friends. The good
old loving aunts or uncles of your neighborhood where you'd grown up
are also great in these parties. Make the person sit on a higher platform
while the rest should squat on the floor. Ask them to tell tales of those
old days. Serve them old time favorite foods. Deck the party with plenty
of colorful candles.
Whatever you decide upon, it's bound to turn an age-old event into a
celebration of a lifetime.
Confluence of time:
This one is also a great idea in line with the former one. The implication
of this is make the party appear like a confluence of times which flow
like rivers. Make sure to include representatives of the past, present and
future days. It suits even the 75 and older people.
It's nice to make it a no-age-bar party. Invite families & friends who
had once been or are of significance to you.
Barbeques of buffets move more in sync with these parties than formal
sit-in dinners. Make special arrangements for any one of ripe old age.
Make him or her relax on a wheel chair at the hub of the party while the
tots are engaged in playing around. Arrange some activity that introduces
each one with each other. Like arrange for a song where each of the
participants will have a voice. Ask the oldest of all to lead the song
followed by the youngest(s) of the lot. Meanwhile the rest will join the
chorus. What a confluence!
It surely turns out to be a lovely memorable day for all the children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Old time Costume Party:
Yet another nice idea for celebrating a milestone birthday. Say, a
Renaissance/Medieval costume party. It sort of adds to the ambience of the
Bring in the feel right through the invitation card. Old chateu, castle,
frozen frames out of old movie hits - anything will do.
Leave the decision entirely on the guests, while the birthdayer may pick
up the costume of a queen or king. Have the guests come up with costumes
for characters that used to deck a king's courtyard.
Let the guest of honor dress as the knight in shining armor for the
Decorate the area with paper swords, shields, castle backgrounds, gold,
and black tableware, decoration, and balloons.
Serve finger foods only at this kind of party, flatware were not as common
during this era.
Set the table with plastic goblets for serving drinks and serve or
cranberry juice for the toast. Lace doilies, elaborate settings, and
plenty of candles will give the room the deserving dramatic effect .
Surprise with secrets: Nice for the elderly people. Keep the plan of the
birthday a secret to the person whose b'day is going to be
Hide the entire family and special gifts away from the celebrant.
Customize the cake and the gifts by writing the name of the person on
them. Get everybody and everything ready beforehand.
When the time comes for the party to start take the birthdayer by
surprise. Stash all the members in the party room. And close its door.
Then lead the birthdayer to the closed door and give a rap on it. As
everyone inside bursts out "Happy birthday to you" . Push the
door open to let her or him in for the real surprise.
Or you may keep all the presents stashed up in a closed room and lead the
person inside for a surprise. Gather all the members outside. When
she or he comes out of the room let everybody greet her or him with
a wish. What a surprise!
Ask her or his old favorite dish and do it for her or him. Let everybody
share it from his or hand. And deck the party room or lounge with symbol(s)
that represents her/him the best. Like the pair of knitting sticks that
she loved to use, or an old typewriter that she or he used to work with,
or a golf stick he used to play with, and so forth.
You can also decor the room with old vinyl discs records featuring hits of
oldies. And play the old numbers favorite of her/his time. Everybody will
love to see how it sets the person's feet tapping.
Even if you've never thrown a surprise or adult birthday party for someone
before, ask around for suggestions and ideas. Better yet, think back to parties you've attended before remembering what
you liked (or didn't like).
Well, ideas never end. So, as they hit upon you, please keep them pouring
and let everyone benefit from them.