This much time isn’t absolutely necessary, but it will enable you to pull the party together at a relaxed pace. Plus, planning this far ahead will allow you to purchase party supplies as part of your regular shopping trips, instead of running all over town at the last minute.
The biggest risk of waiting until the last minute is that some of your child’s friends may not be able to attend due to other commitments. Successful party activities are a snap with a little advance planning and preparation. Keep the food for children’s parties simple and rely on kid-friendly favorites. If the party is during meal time, have pizza delivered or make mac & cheese ahead of time.Involve your child with cutting, pasting, coloring, or applying stickers and stamps to the invitations. Send the invitations at least 2 weeks before the party to allow guests to hold the date. Fortunately, a little creativity goes a long way and you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a fun and festive environment. One easy way to decorate is to purchase party ware consisting of matching plates, cups, napkins and tablecloths in a color or theme that suits the party. Add colorful balloons and streamers for high impact at low cost. This means extra work, extra cost, and probably less fun for all those involved in making the party happen.
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Focus on the things that are key to the party fun and most important to your child. When in doubt, put your effort into games and activities, instead of food and decorations. Tweens and teens usually have distinct ideas about what is cool and what is not so be sure to involve them in party planning. Make invitations with a drawing or photo of favorite jungle animal or a safari vehicle. Play barrel of monkeys or pin the tail on the zebra. Make a slumber party extra special by having your child select a fun theme, such as outer space, movie night, or spa makeover. Clear a room for guests to spread out their sleeping bags, or if your child is adventurous and the weather pleasant have the children sleep in tents in your yard. So many 40th birthday party celebrations take the predicatable and obvious default option of just slapping the number 40 on everything; balloons, banners, paper plates etc. It's lazy, unimaginative, and all those store-bought 40th birthday party decorations just look cheap and tacky. If you're going to go to the effort of planning a milestone birthday party for someone, you've really got to make some effort so that it's as personal as possible. Therefore, the ideas below are all about celebrating the person, not just their age. All these things will make for a far more meaningful and memorable celebration. First decide whether you want to throw a 40th birthday party or get a group together for an activity. And not everyone wants a traditional 40th birthday party celebration with a party at home or at a venue. So pause for a minute and consider which category the host falls into—then plan the type of celebration accordingly. If someone's feeling sensitive about turning 40, the last thing you want to do is plan a huge surprise party with lots of family and friends. Instead, they might prefer to get a smaller group of 5-10 friends together for some sort of group activity. Just going out for dinner doesn't feel special enough for a 40th birthday, so make it something out of the ordinary or a bit adventurous. My approach to buying someone a birthday gift is always to choose something that they wouldn't ordinarily buy themselves—so that it feels like more of a treat or a luxury.
I recomend taking the same approach when choosing how to celebrate their birthday. Organize something they'll enjoy, but is not something they do often (or have ever done before!).
I can't stand all those 40th birthday parties where the entire focus is on poking fun at their age.
You really don't need to be that literal. There are plenty of clever ways to incorporate the big 4-0 into the party theming and decorations, without it dominating.
I like the way they've been presented in the pictures below, you can pick up different styles of vintage airmail envelopes here to create something similar. These letters are likely to be kept and treasured for years and so would make a wonderfully thoughtful and sentimental 40th birthday gift. Another way to create great memories of their 40th birthday party is to set up a polaroid photobooth. These banners are a little more straightforward to customize and are part of a collection of matching 40th birthday party decorations and tableware, in case you want everything to look the same.
I think youâ€™re far better off creating one really well themed feature wall—with great food presentation & styling—that everyoneâ€™s eye will be drawn to. Just arrange photos of the birthday boy / girl from different stages of their life into a 40 shape—it's a great alternative to all those store-bought party decorations with 40 emblazoned on them which just look a bit cheap and tacky.
You could display facts about the birthday boy / girl, relating each one to a number from 1 - 40, or you could display facts about the year they were born that relate to each number. Alternatively there's a wide range of 40th birthday banners, such as the ones below, available here. There are a number of age-related slogans too, so they're perfect for a 40th birthday party. They're also far more special than the regular store-bought 40th birthday party supplies emblazoned with 4-0. A really easy way to theme party drinks for a 40th birthday party is to have personalized beer, wine, or spirits labels made.
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There are also lots of other ready-made 40th birthday themed napkins that you can buy 'off the shelf' which work out cheaper than the personalized ones. Check out my other page of 40th birthday gifts for ideas for lovers of literature, such as the ones below. If you've enjoyed these 40thÂ birthday party ideas , please help me to promote my website by sharing this page. That gives you two invitations per card, then when they arrive just cut them apart. Not only was it adorable, it was delicious!
All of the little mermaids were enchanted with their tails, but none more than the birthday girl. And… you should do parties, professionally!
I am going to share your tips with as her daughter is a huge fan!
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Can’t wait to read more about the tutorials. Did you ever post a tutorial for how to make those?
I am working on the mermaid tail tutorial this week.
You nailed the theme and the tail – perfection.
I will use some ideas for my little mermaid’s birthday party!
You have literally made me so happy and taken such a huge load off my plate. Tip set your jello first, then on the morning of the party use a knife to slice into the jello and insert the swedish fish. If you try to put the fish in when the jello is setting the color will run. It will be personalized for you, then all you have to do is print it or take it to have it printed. Wasn’t sure if it was something other than frosting…. What did you put inside the mermaid jello cups?Otherwise they look more like a dark blob than a fish. It is a slow process, but the effect is awesome.
I use that same insulation panel as the backdrop for all of my parties, just covering it in different tablecloths or cloth and other pinned on decorations. Quite often, they don't really want a huge fuss made. But that isn't an excuse not to make an effort.
You still want to put plenty of thought into everything, so that you make the birthday boy / girl feel special.
You don't have to 'go big' to make their 70th birthday memorable. Whatever you do, don't be too literal with a 'turning 70' theme. The last thing the guest of honour will probably want to see are lots of tacky party-store balloons, decorations, and tableware with 70 printed all over them. There's really no need to focus so much on their age. Think about whether a group activity might be more appropriate than a traditional 70th birthday party. Read my advice on combining these 70th birthday party ideas with a theme. Some people might prefer getting a group of friends and/or family together to go out and do something. Of course, just going out for lunch or dinner often doesn't feel special enough, especially for a 70th birthday celebration.
I recommend taking the same approach when choosing a group activity to celebrate their birthday. Organize something you think they'll enjoy, but is not something they do often (or have ever done before!). Therefore, if you don't find something of interest straight away, please do have a quick browse of the other gender page!
Instead, concentrate on making everything as personal as possible by including choice memories, a few sentimental moments, and plenty of nostalgia. Make it all about celebrating the person and their life.As you'll see below, there are still lots of ways to include the big 70 into the party theming and decorations without it dominating. But instead of making the number the focus, relate everything back to the person so that it becomes a celebration of their life and accomplishments shared with friends and family. It takes a bit of planning, but it's worth it. This idea is particularly useful for including friends and family far away, who might not be able to attend the party, or for those that they're only in occasional contact with, such as old school friends. The birthday boy or girl will be really touched to hear from so many people in such as personal way. Be sure to ask people to make the message as personal as possible, whether lighthearted or heartfelt. The second option, below center left, incorporates a photo of your choice on the front of the postcard.
I think this is a nice option below you can use a vintage photo of the birthday boy or girl when they were a kid. As the birthday boy or girl is likely to keep the returned postcards for years to come, a really nice way to enhance them is to use these personalized photo stamps (below left). What an amazing way to bring these birthday greetings and memories to life!
How cute would it be to pack the birthday boy or girl off to work with a bag full of small gifts to open throughout the day?
Remember, try to make everything personal!
If you've made the effort to create something special like this, think about turning it into a canvas print (which you could then frame as a birthday gift)—you can check out all the options here. See here for more photo product ideas (check top of landing page for their current discount codes).
You don't even have to get friends and family members together to produce this. Then, collect all the images in a personalized photo book using one image per page to create an entire book of reasons they're loved by friends and family. Check out the range of photo books here. Of course the images don't have to all use a consistent style—different photos are just as fun. This is about celebrating the person's life through memories and anecdotes, and by having friends and family articulate what their friendship/relationship means to that person.
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Tell people it's fine to get a little gushy and sentimental—but humor works too!
That's what will make this really touching. These letters are likely to be kept and treasured for years and so would make a wonderfully thoughtful and sentimental 70th birthday gift. One way to turn these into a more substantial gift would be to present them in one of these personalized keepsake boxes featuring photos of the birthday boy or girl at various stages of their life. If you think it's going to be too difficult to co-ordinate this in advance or friends are going to be too flakey to actually sit down and right their letter in time, you can also set this up as an activity at the birthday party.
You can have these printable memory cards customized with a photo collage on the reserve, then print off a stack and set up a table at the party for people to fill them in over the course of the evening.
I guarantee that this sort of gift will be extremely appreciated and provides a great focal point at the party for everyone to share in. Rather than just creating one using your own photos, contact friends and family and ask everyone to send you a photo of the birthday boy or girl from their own photo collection—along with a short memory about the photo summed up in a few sentences. This way you'll get to include lots of photos that the birthday boy / girl might not remember (or have even seen before!).
You could set this up as a guestbook as people arrive at the party and have them handwrite their reasons.
You could also display it somewhere prominent at the party so that people can read what others have written, or read some of them out if you're planning to make a few speeches. The first, below left, is to set up a large dictionary and ask each guest to leave a message highlighting a word that describes the birthday boy / girl. Alternatively, if the birthday boy / girl has a particular hobby or interest, base your guest book around this. This is available as a print—with or without the frame—or a canvas. Another way to create great memories of their 70th birthday party is to set up a polaroid photobooth. Or you can pick up these chalkboard speech bubbles here. This will create some lovely memories to play back in future.
You can do this quite easily by just leaving a tablet set up with a tripod so guests can pop in and do it themselves. Be sure to leave instructions, like in the photos below, telling guests which button to press to start and stop the recordings and also give them an idea of what you want them to say. Just remember to set this up in a quiet area away from all the party noise; on the way in is usually a safe bet. Although sometimes the messages are more fun after everyone's had a few drinks!
I would suggest you get them made using a few different photos of the person, from different stages of their life, to make it more fun. Then, instruct them to keep the box of suggestions as a time capsule until their 50th birthday party, when they can open it and see how many they actually did. Though not quite the same as the bucket list suggestions, this ready-made wish jar is a similar idea and comes with a roll of 'wish notes' for guests to write on and pop in the jar. Although the example photos below were for a graduation party, you could easily use these to celebrate the birthday boy or girl 'through the years'. There are lots of different vertical photo collage templates that you can customize with your own text and color scheme, depending on how many photos you want to include.However, another way you can go about it is to customize these milestone birthday banners one at a time with a different photo of the birthday boy or girl. These banners are a little more straightforward to customize and are part of a collection of matching 70th birthday party decorations and tableware, in case you want everything to look the same. It's another great way to use old photos of the birthday boy or girl through the year, perhaps with children or other family members. People tend to only think of aisle runners for weddings, but they're actually a really quick and easy way to spruce up any party entrance. Check out the standees here , and the voice recorder here. This will create a focal point in the room. Decorations often have to compete with existing room decor so they can get a bit lost if spread too thinly.
I think you’re far better off creating one really well themed feature wall—with great food presentation & styling—that everyone’s eye will be drawn to.
You can then use a few general decorations around the rest of the room to tie everything together. They come in 5 different sizes, but for a backdrop you probably want the large or extra large (shown below). Alternatively, add some foliage or balloons as in the examples below.
I would keep all the photos and just hang it higher).
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Just arrange photos of the birthday boy / girl from different stages of their life into a 70 shape—it's a great alternative to all those store-bought party decorations with 70 emblazoned on them which just look a bit cheap and tacky. This approach is much more personal and fits in nicely with the idea of celebrating the person, rather than just their age.
I particularly like the way the photos are mounted onto a chalkboard, which allows you to add more personalized scribbles surrounding the photos.
You can achieve this look by using chalkboard contact paper available here , or even chalkboard paint.
You could stick photos to them, paint them with chalkboard paint for guest to write messages on, or decorate them however you want. These come in various sizes, from large freestanding ones to smaller 12" ones which look great as a backdrop to a dessert / buffer table. Check out the full range here , or you can pick up smaller ones here quite cheaply. Alternatively, you can do a lot with these giant foam letters, such as dressing them with foliage and flowers or using them to support a table top, or you can use smaller ones to spell out longer phrases. The artist will crop, edit, and arrange your photos—along with any text you provide—resulting in a high resolution 12" x 36" image you can then print yourself.
You could display this as part of your party decorations or give it framed as a birthday gift. This a great way to add a personal touch to the party decorations.
I like the way they used them as decorations and it gives party guests something to do early on while waiting for everyone else to arrive.
You could display facts about the birthday boy / girl, relating each one to a number from 1 - 70, or you could display facts about the year they were born that relate to each number. Alternatively, you can have various posters containing facts about the year of their birth personalized. Many of these, available here , are printable files so you can print as many off as you want and use them as party decorations. You're probably better off scanning any original photos and printing copies off onto cardstock using your home printer so as not to risk them getting damaded. Alternatively, you could arrange them on a display board and use it as a backdrop to the bar / dessert table as in the example below right.
I would suggest using a selection of photos from different stages of the birthday boy or girl's life. Alternatively there's a wide range of 70th birthday banners, such as theo nes below, available here. There have been so many reviews of poor quality balloons that have holes in, tear easily, arrive in the wrong color, or the seams splits when inflated.She even has a tutorial here for how to paint the the gold and silver balloons to make them into the colored ones below. Alternatively, see below for phrases you can buy as kits. There's a range of phrases you can buy as kits, check them out here , or check out this supplier here for a number of fun phrases, such as these four below.
You just print photos of the birthday boy / girl onto sheets of velum using your home printer and then apply to glass jars with double sided tape. If you don't want to make these yourself, you can buy them ready-made with your choice of photos, like the one pictured below left. If that's all a bit too crafy for you, you can buy something similar; a set of printed cardboard stacking photocubes, below, available there. Alternatively, you could take a slightly different approach and scatter clusters of these smaller plastic photo cubes on bars and table tops.You can easily recreate this look with these custom photo collage lampshades (other styles available), available here. I like the way, in the final image below, that they matched the tablecloth color to the upper body to give the impression that the occasional table is part of the yellow dress. Again, use at least 3 different photos from different stages of their life (but only one photo per hat, just do 3 seperate orders).
You can also use them again for photo ops later on in the party. Full body life size cut outs are also available. There are a number of age-related slogans too, so they're perfect for a 70th birthday party.
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If you have a darker sense of humor like me, there are also some funny rude balloons, such as these ones below (more sayings available).
You can get these as giant circular ballons which look great when filled with helium and arranged in clusters at varing heights, as in the photo below, or regular oval shaped ones. A quick tip, when using the traditional oval shaped confetti balloons they often look best when combined with pearlescent / metallic colored balloons in bunches, like the examples below. Alternatively, use several different photos of the birthday boy/girl, as per the example below center. Again, it's a simple little touch but is guaranteed to make guests smile. Alternatively, pop them into celophane bags and give them out as party favors.
You can buy either a selection box for a particular decade or individual candies. If you're choosing a decades pack, remember to think about what year they would have been around 8-10 years old. For example, if they were born in 1978, you're probably better off getting a 1980's selection box as they'll have more memories of those candies than of ones where they were only 2 years old. Alternatively, you can have these printable candy bar wrappers made here using a photo of the birthday boy / girl and just attach them to regular bars. They're available as 2, 5, and 10lb bags or as smaller favor packs.
I think they'd make a great talking point to include a bowl of these on a buffet / dessert table.
I love these hand-sculpted cartoon figure style toppers (below far right), that are made from a photo of the birthday boy / girl, surrounded by things that represent their lives. Alternatively, you can easily create a beautiful photo cake like the ones below by using these custom edible picture icing sheets which you can then apply to any cake.
As before, use lots of different pictures of the birthday boy /girl throughout their life. They're also far more special than the regular store-bought 70th birthday party supplies emblazoned with 7-0. Instead, order several packs and upload a different photo to each one—then you can just mix them all up when you lay them out. If you're not very crafty, you can stil achieve a similar effect with one of these photo collage table runners. Years' theme by wrapping cutlery in napkins and fixing them in place with these stickers printed using old photos of the birthday boy or girl as a kid—they're only 5¢ each—available here. The easiest way to achieve this is through attention to detail; add a few personalized touches to the most common party elements. A really easy way to theme party drinks for a 70th birthday party is to have personalized beer, wine, or spirits labels made. Identical bottles will look great lined up on a bar or drinks table and it's a really simple touch you can add to make everything feel a little more special. At a crowded party with lots going on, it's often the clever little touches and smaller details that people tend to remember; things they touch, handle, or interact with. Continuing with the theme of 'making it personal', these personalized paper napkins can be a fun way to include fun facts about the birthday boy/girl that guests may not know. There are also lots of other ready-made 70th birthday themed napkins that you can buy 'off the shelf' which work out cheaper than the personalized ones. Just upload a photo of the birthday boy or girl and they'll create a custom pinata in their image.<