Celebrating a Century of Life: Tips for Having a 100th Birthday Party
April 04, 2012
Imagine experiencing a century of life? When a friend or relative has reached their 100th birthday, you’ll want to celebrate with a 100th birthday party that gives them and all their loved ones a chance to reflect on their life and the moments and people that have shaped it.
Planning a 100th birthday party can be almost as much fun for the party planner as the party will be for the guest of honor! Our wonderful 100th birthday party supplies and a few helpful tips will make the whole party planning process even easier. Although reaching 100 years is a momentous occasion, you do not have to throw an over-the-top party to let your loved one know just how special they are. Although they may be spry and full of vim and vigor, chance are they are more likely to appreciate a toned down affair at your home where they can be comfortable and not feel overwhelmed. An afternoon luncheon or potluck is a good choice for your 100th birthday celebration. And by having the other guests bring additional dishes, your planning will be even easier!
When you’re creating the guest list, be sure to include the people who interact with your loved one on a day-to-day basis and will enjoy celebrating their life, as well as those who have been a part of their past. It may take some digging to find old neighbors, friends, past classmates, and former co-workers, but the effort will be well worth it in the end. Imagine the guest of honor’s surprise when these people, whom they might not have seen for years, reappear for their special day!
The most important part of a 100th birthday celebration is helping the guest of honor reflect, not on how old they are, but on the wonderful memories they have made. To help them accomplish this, when you send out the 100th birthday invitations, include a blank scrapbook page. Ask guests to use the page to share their favorite memory of the guest of honor, through photographs, journaling, illustrations, or any other artistic form they would like. At the party, collect all the pages and place them in a scrapbook, which will make a wonderful gift. The guest of honor will love looking back over the last one hundred years.
Decorations for your party are easy and can be kept low-key. For a fun twist on the 100 theme, blow up 100 Happy Birthday balloons tied off with colorful ribbons and let them float to the ceiling. Drape the tables with our 100th birthday table covers and top them with a 100th Birthday cascade centerpiece for a simple yet festive look. For wall decorations, search the Internet for reproductions of newspapers from the year the guest of honor was born. Have them framed and hang them on the wall.
Order a Celebrate 100 custom banner with a special message for the guest of honor. Have all the guests sign it with their birthday wishes. At the end of the party, it will be a great keepsake of the day!
Stock the snack table with the guest of honor’s favorite foods and snacks. For a luncheon party, fried chicken, sub sandwiches, and burgers are good choices for the menu and picnic-style sides are easy to prepare ahead of time. Have plenty of 100th Birthday plates, cups, and napkins on hand to handle the hungry crowds! And of course you’ll be ordering an extra-special birthday cake from the local bakery!
While everyone is enjoying the delicious food you’ve provided, play a slideshow that showcases the guest of honor’s life. Collect as many photographs as you can of their last one hundred years. It may be hard to find photos of their infancy and childhood, which makes the ones you can find even more special. Online genealogy sites may be helpful in your research. Go to relatives for help in your project. Use music that was popular during the different eras of their life as a background soundtrack for the presentation. Expect both laughter and tears on this trip down memory lane and be sure to have extra copies of the slideshow on hand as many of the guests may want a copy.
The most important part of a 100th birthday party is not the decorations, food, or entertainment. It’s bringing together as many people as possible to celebrate the life of your loved one and let them know how much they are appreciated and respected. Sharing their special day with people who have been with them through life’s ups and downs will make the day even more memorable and give them wonderful memories to get through the next era of life!