Below is a list of 80th Birthday Party Ideas.
Reaching 80 is a momentous occasion, so it deserves to be celebrated. But it's important that an 80th birthday party is handled sensitively and diplomatically. So consult the birthday honoree before making any plans—especially when it comes to things like the guest list. I would suggest making the effort to invite any estranged family members or close friends that they may have drifted apart from or fallen out with. An 80th birthday party might provide a good opportunity for people to put any differences behind them and come together. But always check this with the guest of honour first. Elderly people can be very set in their ways and you don't want to upset them by inviting someone if it's going to be awkward or create tension—no matter how good the intention may be.
In fact, I would go so far as to say don't include any big surprises for an 80th birthday—apart from perhaps gifts or any sentimental tributes like photos, speeches, or toasts. Far better to run most things past the birthday honoree first.
Make sure you consider energy levels and how active the person is before deciding on the format of your party. Sometimes a lunch or afternoon tea party suits 80th birthdays better than an evening party, as the guest of honour may get easily tired. Either way, remember to tailor it to their personality as much as possible by including references to their favourite things. There's nothing worse than a generic birthday party that just focuses on the fact that they're 80.
The birthday honoree will have a lifetime of memories to look back on, so it's always a good idea to celebrate their accomplishments and share happy memories. See my page about 40th Birthday Parties for more information on how to create a photo slideshow. Let them reminisce and re-live fond memories but remember to keep it upbeat and happy. Don't only focus on the past, you want them to feel good about the fact that they have reached 80 and that there is still plenty to look forward too. Older people can easily get emotional so you have to make sure the tone of the party is positive—you don't want them to feel like it's a send-off!
If you don't find any 80th birthday party ideas you like from here, be sure to check out Party Themes A-Z incase something from a different category catches your eye. Most party themes can be adapated to suit different ages with just a little tweaking.
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Matt James is a professional party planner and owner of event agency DNA 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, DNA has won 24 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
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