Celebrating 3 different landmark birthday parties
December 17, 2009
Birthday parties are always plenty of fun. Though they are, on the surface, about the birthday of a loved one, they're also life-affirming celebrations that allow friends and family the opportunity to express how much they care.
If you have a landmark birthday coming up, don't deprive the people in your life of the opportunity to celebrate your big day with a birthday bash!
30th birthday parties
It's not always easy to say good-bye to your twenties, but heralding in the next decade of your life should be a happy occasion. If someone you know is approaching this particular mile marker in life, celebrate by throwing them a 30th birthday party!
Keep the event fun and youthful if possible, make it a surprise party! Purchase plenty of party balloons and allow them to float up to the ceiling. Hand out noisemakers as party favors to partygoers and wait for the guest of honor to make their big entrance.
At 30th birthday parties, it's appropriate to be a little silly, so pick a kitschy theme that the birthday boy or girl will appreciate. For example, if your friend loves Sex and the City, base the napkins and tablecloths on the long-running TV show and serve up plenty of cosmopolitan cocktails and manhattans. Regardless of your location, ask guests to come dressed up for a night in the Big Apple.
40th birthday parties
The great thing about having a friend turn 40 is that, odds are, by the time they've entered their fourth decade of life they've probably done some fairly embarrassing things - which is why a 40th birthday party presents the perfect opportunity to host a roast.
Make sure to prepare the victim for the roast ahead of time. It's also helpful to let guests know what you're planning in the birthday party invitations so they can come up with a few anecdotes or stories to share with the crowd.
In keeping with the theme, blow up a few unpropitious pictures of the person of the hour and let partygoers write their birthday messages on the photos.
Just remember to keep the ribbing light hearted. It can be a lot of fun to roast a good friend, but the point of the party is to let them know that they're loved not hated! After the jokes are over, have guests make a celebratory toast and then cut into some birthday cake.
Because many people might consider this to be their first truly "adult" birthday party, mark the day with a decadent birthday cake.
50th birthday parties
Turning 50 is a special occasion it's a point in your life where there is plenty to look back on and even more to look forward to.
If a loved one is approaching their 50th birthday, they deserve a blowout bash and 50th birthday parties can go a lot of different ways. Would the guest of honor prefer an elegant fete or a casual shindig?
For formal soirees, book a posh restaurant and plan a delectable meal. Be sure to provide the restaurant with birthday party decorations like balloons, table cloths and streamers ahead of time. Make sure that the guest of honor has something special to indicate their seat at the head of the table.
It's also a good idea to bring the birthday cake to the restaurant yourself and give the waitstaff instructions as to when you'd like it brought out.
If the demi-centenarian would prefer a less formal affair, give the party a playful theme like "real antiques." Decorate the party with pictures of the honored guest over the years, as well as pictures of antiques like old-fashioned sewing machines and horse-drawn carriages. Better yet do some research to find out if a small, local museum near you would agree to host a party after hours.
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