80th Birthday Party Ideas
By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner
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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 (read more). 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. Note that this site does contains affiliate links to products. We may recieve a small commission on any sales (at no extra cost to you).
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.
Also, 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.
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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, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, amoung others. Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year. Matt is also a guest lecturer at various university Event Management degree courses and is the author of Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals; the ultimate career guide for anyone who wants to get into event planning. Read full bio here.
80th Birthday Party Ideas
by an award-winning professional party planner