Hospitality

Celebrate Grandma’s Milestone Birthday

Every birthday ending in a zero means entering a new decade – and that makes it a milestone birthday. And when those birthdays also begin with a 7, 8, 9, or 10 they’re extra special simply for the achievement. So when Grandma has a milestone birthday approaching, make plans to celebrate it in an extra special way. Throw a party!

Milestone Birthday With A Theme

Plan a party themed around the decade the birthday girl was born in. Here are some ways to incorporate the theme.

  • Create invitations that use popular fonts from the era.
  • Request attendees dress in period clothing.
  • If a live Big Band isn’t in your budget (and whose is?) create a playlist of music from the decade through 20 years later. This will be the music of Grandma’s youth.
  • Even the menu can be themed to the decade. For example, born in the 30’s? So were Twinkies. Make a Twinkie Cake.

But for the love of class and kindness, do not even consider an “Over The Hill” theme. It’s only funny to other people – never to the birthday girl. Trust me.For the love of class and kindness, do not even consider an “Over The Hill” theme. It’s only funny to other people - never to the birthday girl. Trust me. Click To Tweet

Thoughtful Touches For A Milestone Birthday

Make the event special to the birthday girl by always considering what she would find meaningful. One thing that’s universally appreciated is to hear words of appreciation from others. So ask your guests to be prepared to share a memory or anecdote from their experience with Grandma. She’ll love hearing their thoughtful remembrances. These can be compiled into a beautifully framed graphic like this one: Eighty Things We Love About You.

A flashback poster listing facts about the world in the year Grandma was born is a great way to educate younger generations about how the world has changed in Grandma’s lifetime.

You can collect pictures of Grandma from birth to present day and arrange them in a video presentation with a soundtrack. It’s the documentary of her lifetime.

Finally, if you go to all the trouble to plan and pull off a big milestone birthday celebration, make sure you have a photographer to capture the event. These pictures will be a cherished keepsake not only for Grandma but for the entire family who loves her. Here’s a picture of the 1930’s-themed party our little family had for Grandma Lois’ 80th birthday.

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Read about ideas for an adult child’s birthday in this post!

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