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80th Birthday Ideas for Men

By an Award-Winning Professional Event Planner

Creative and unusual ways to celebrate men's 80th birthdays

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If you're tired of the same old clichéd party ideas, and are looking for something more inspiring or just a little bit different, this site is packed with original and creative party ideas. I'm Matt James, an award-winning professional event planner who has produced events for many celebrities including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stella McCartney, among others. On this site I'll share professional tips, advice, and trade secrets—that anyone can do—in order to add some creative touches to your party or celebration; whatever your budget.


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80th birthday Ideas for men

Not everyone wants to celebrate a milestone birtday with a traditional party, particularly as they get older. Some people might prefer getting a group of friends and/or family together to do something. Of course, just going out for lunch or dinner often doesn't feel special enough, especially for a 80th birthday celebration. Instead, I'd suggest organising something a little out of the ordinary or a bit adventurous.

I recommend planning something you think they'll enjoy, but perhaps is not something they do often (or have ever done before!). This will create unique memories associated with their milestone birthday.

Of course, not all the ideas below will be suitable for everyone turning 80. Some 80 year olds are extremely fit and active, while others might be more frail. However, I've included a range of ideas to give you a flavor of what's available, then you can decide what's appropriate for the birthday boy.

 



Still Want to Throw him a 80th Birthday Party?

While this page deals with creative and unusual 80th birthday ideas for men, based around group activities and experiences, you can also check out my main page of 80th birthday party ideas (for men and women!) which contains lots of creative ideas for throwing a party at home—including party themes, countdown ideas, invitations, food & drink, decorations, gifts, and ways to include memories, surprises, and thoughtful ideas to make them feel special on the day.

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Food & Drink

So many 80th birthday celebrations just fall back on the same old boring idea of booking a table a fancy restaurant for a group dinner. Snore! Instead, if the birthday boy is a foodie, get a group of friends together to try something a little more creative—something you wouldn't just do any night of the week. Believe me, you're guests will thank you. No one gets that excited by yet another big birthday dinner (at that restaurant you just went to last week). Plus, a lot of these experiences allow for more socializing, so your guests are not just stuck at a dinner table chatting to the same two people all evening!

brewery tours
Brewery Tours
cooking party at home
Cooking Party in Your Home
craft beer & artisinal cheese tasting
Craft Beer & Artisinal Cheese Tasting
chef's table tour
Chef's Table Tour


Some of the 80th birthday ideas for men in the food & drink category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • Craft Beer and Artisanal Cheese Tasting
  • chef's table tour: dine & meet the chef's at 5 restaurants
  • sushi making party for 10 at home
  • cocktail mixing class
  • wine tasting party in your home (up to 20 people)
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  • the personal chef experience: host the ultimate dinner party
  • spend a day with a master sommelier
  • champagne tasting & sabering
  • a Private wine education tour
  • indian cooking class
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Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on one of the links above. Between these two sites, you should be able to find the activity you're after—or discover new ones.



water

Fortunately, water activities range from the extreme and immersive (cage diving with great white sharks) to the more leisurely and relaxed (lobster and beer sail), so there's something for pretty much everyone.

Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting
Tall Ship Sail & Beer Tasting Tour
Tall Ship Sail & Beer Tasting Tour
Paddle & Brewery Tour
Paddle & Brewery Tour


Some of the 80th birthday ideas for men in the water category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • sunset cocktail / dinner cruise
  • tall ship sail & beer tasting tour
  • dolphin tours
  • schooner wine tasting tour
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  • sunday brunch sail
  • lobster & beer sail
  • wine & cheese tasting cruise
  • beer & bbq riverboat cruise
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Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on one of the links above. Between these two sites, you should be able to find the activity you're after—or discover new ones.



outdoor

These outdoor and adrenaline activities are a great way to induldge in something completely different. No one is going to roll their eyes and think 'urgh, not again' with one of these group activities.

moonlit ziplining
Moonlit Ziplining & Canopy Tours
dude ranch adventure days
Dude Ranch Adventure Days
Accelerated Free Fall Sky Diving
Accelerated Free Fall Sky Diving
snowmobile tours
Snowmobile Tours


Some of the 80th birthday ideas for men in the outdoor & adrenaline category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • wilderness & survival clinics
  • Falconry hunting experiences
  • hike with adoptable hounds
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  • snowmobile tours
  • Guided fly fishing adventure
  • horse drawn sleigh & dine ride
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Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on one of the links above. Between these two sites, you should be able to find the activity you're after—or discover new ones.



tours

Tours are a great way to keep a group entertained; as you move from stop to stop, everyone is constantly stimulated by new things to see, taste, or learn about. Often, these tours operate in your own town, but they're the type of activities that local residents just never get around to trying—so a birthday celebration is a great excuse.

zombie tours
Zombie Tours
mad men cocktail tour
Mad Men Cocktail Tour
segway tours
Segway Tours
hike and howl at a wolf preserve
Hike and Howl at a Wolf Preserve


Some of the 80th birthday ideas for men in the tours category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • architectural tours
  • brewery / winery / whiskey tours
  • Cave tours
  • hike & howl at a wild wolf preserve
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  • mad men cocktail tours
  • latin flavors food & culture tour
  • 3 day wine tasting / boat & brew tour
  • ethnic eats food tour
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Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on one of the links above. Between these two sites, you should be able to find the activity you're after—or discover new ones.



fly

For non boy-racers, the fly category offers a more gentle experience for groups to see and explore, plus they're often combined with other things such as wine tastings, jeep tours, and dining. If you are holding a more traditional group dinner at a restaurant, why not start off by taking everyone for champagne in a hot air ballon or helicopter beforehand—it's any easy way to make the occasion more special and memorable.

Hot Air Balloon Ride & Wine Tour
Hot Air Balloon Ride & Wine Tour
Helicopter Tours
Helicopter Tours
Zero Gravity Flight Experience
Zero Gravity Flight Experience
Cessna & Jeep Tour & Dine
Cessna & Jeep Tour & Dine


Some of the 80th birthday ideas for men in the fly category, that are suitable for groups, include:

  • champagne hot air balloon flight
  • CHAMPAGNE SEAPLANE TOURS
  • night time / celebrity homes helicopter tours
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  • cessna & jeep tour and dine
  • scenic / sunset / coastal helicopter tours
  • hot air balloon ride & wine tour
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Unfortunately, not all activities are available in every city, but to check availability in your area and to book places, click on one of the links above. Between these two sites, you should be able to find the activity you're after—or discover new ones.



More 80th Birthday Ideas for Men

Check out my other page of 80th Birthday Ideas (for men and women) for more tips and suggestions including party themes, countdown ideas, invitations, food & drink, decorations, gifts, and ways to include memories, surprises, and thoughtful ideas to make them feel special on the day.

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Matt



80th birthday ideas for men


About Matt James

is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.


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    by an award-winning professional party planner