Archive for the Birthday Invitations – SURPRISE Category

Celebrating 80: organizing a surprise birthday party

May 30, 2012

Reading the birthday stories of those who have lived through eight decades, one particular pearl of wisdom stuck in my mind: ‘we want memories, not things’.

If you’re thinking about throwing a surprise birthday party for an octogenarian, make sure that you provide plenty of opportunity for the celebrant and guests to reminisce and relive earlier times. One idea that is always popular for the advanced milestone parties is the creation of some type of photographic life display to form a focus for the surprise bash. Dig out as many old photographs as you can find, and ask the wedding guests to do the same. Add in scraps of old letters and newspaper clippings; emails from distant friends; drawings from the grandchildren and anything else of sentimental value and combine them into a wall-mounted display which you could get framed. Alternative variations on the theme include a photo-book, scrapbook or even slideshow. The important thing is to stimulate nostalgia and the opportunity to talk about and relive the past.

At 80-years-old, the birthday boy or girl (and their friends) may find a surprise party a little stressful. Therefore, make every effort to give them a comfortable experience. Choose familiar venues that are not too far from home and arrange the surprise party for the afternoon or evening to give the guests plenty of time to make it.

Some popular surprise birthday party venues for 80-year-olds are churches, schools, banquet halls or family members’ houses although hotels and restaurants may be suitable, particularly if the guest of honor has been a long-time patron. Even if the celebrant lives in a residential home, it may be possible to use their facilities to arrange the party there.

Plan the surprise party well in advance, particularly if you need to book a venue, and think carefully about who you need to invite. Local friends and family members will obviously be invited, but consider getting hold of some old school friends, work buddies or neighbors; reminiscing becomes a much richer experience when you can share memories with people who were actually there.

Get the invites out with an early RSVP date to help with planning. For inspiration, browse this small selection of popular invites designed by JaclinArt! They are customizable, easy and quick to order and affordable.

Pink Sunflower 80th Surprise Birthday Template Custom Announcement SURPRISE 80th Birthday Party Invite Purple Roses SURPRISE 80th Birthday Template Pink Sunflower

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In terms of entertainment, think about hiring a DJ to play some sounds from the 30s and 40s, or getting hold of one of the birthday boy’s or girl’s favorite local bands. Depending on time, budget and preference, you may decide to get the family to help out with a party buffet or you might hire a local catering company to take care of the food. For ‘memory lane’ themed parties, place a centerpiece on each table, with each one consisting of a mini-display for a different decade in the celebrant’s life.

Here are some of JaclinArt’s newest creations!

SURPRISE 80th Birthday Silver and Black Stars Personalized Invites SURPRISE 80th Birthday Modern Teal Forest Green Invite 80th SURPRISE Birthday Party Invitation Aqua Black

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 Neil Hocking is a Torbay copywriter with clients from around the world. His work includes writing web copy, newsletters, sports journalism and advertising material. Design services are also available

www.nhwriting.com; info@nhwriting.com;  +44 (0)1803 606092;  +44 (0)7762 906818

NB: The intellectual ownership of the ‘number 80′ image material lies with Rijkswaterstaat, the executive arm of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. No additional costs are associated with copyright, although it is mandatory to acknowledge the source with each publication: https://beeldbank.rws.nl, Rijkswaterstaat.

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Planning a 70th Birthday Surprise

May 28, 2012

Arranging a 70th birthday celebration for your beloved spouse, parent, grandparent, friend or other soon-to-be septuagenarian can lead to plenty of head-scratching. After all, he or she has probably done, seen and obtained it all at some point before in their seven decades of life.

For many 70-year-olds, the biggest pleasure they can have is spending quality time with family and friends. If you can find a surprise party venue that most, if not all, invitees can attend, so much the better. Don’t forget that some of the celebrant’s peers may find it difficult to travel great distances for the big day, so be considerate to their needs (no six mile treks down a country lane).

When choosing a surprise 70th birthday party invite, take some time to browse through Jaclinart’s wonderful designs.

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If you can afford it, and you are confident the birthday boy or girl can cope with it, consider clubbing together for a weekend (or week) away, where you can turn a surprise birthday party into more of a meaningful occasion than a one-off event. Spending quality time with children, grandchildren and special friends can often be the most rewarding gift a 70-year-old could ask for.

Otherwise, a surprise 70th party could be held at any one of a number of venues: country club, rustic barn, community centre, restaurant, whatever is suitable in your area. Some of the most welcome parties are held in the celebrant’s own home or that of a family member; it saves them the hassle of travelling.

Remembered your surprise 70th birthday postage? Here are some from Jaclinart’s impressive range.

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On to gifts. Lots of people struggle to find gifts for a 70-year-old, after all haven’t they got everything? One popular solution is to compile a scrapbook (or photobook) of their life up to now. Give each guest the responsibility for one page of the project and get them to attach photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, etc. You could even present it as a slideshow or Powerpoint presentation.

Another option is to focus on hobbies or activities. Whether the 70-year-old is into golf, football, cars, cooking, pottery or something else you’re sure to find plenty of gifts and treats that tie in nicely. Track down a signed photograph of one of his favorite football players along with some match tickets, or treat her to a place on an advanced watercolors course with a new set of quality brushes.

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Regardless of your eventual decision, consider the celebrant’s personality and physical health as this will have a bearing on what they will be able to cope with in terms of a birthday surprise.

 Neil Hocking is a Torbay copywriter with clients from around the world. His work includes writing web copy, newsletters, sports journalism and advertising material. Design services are also available

www.nhwriting.com; info@nhwriting.com;  +44 (0)1803 606092;  +44 (0)7762 906818

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Planning a Surprise 60th Birthday Bash

May 25, 2012

Generation Jones is turning sixty, and you can be sure that these boomers will not be slowing down as they approach retirement (in fact, 25% say they’re not even going to retire!). Therefore, don’t shy away from putting on a big 60th surprise party to show your loved one just how much you care.

Over the Hill or Memory Lane?

As with any surprise birthday party, it helps to organize the event around a theme. Two of the most popular 60th party themes are ‘Over the Hill’ and ‘Memory Lane’.

Be careful before planning an ‘Over the Hill’ theme as this will focus squarely on the trials and tribulations of the big ‘six-oh’, and requires your celebrant to have a healthy sense of humor. Receiving a tombstone-shaped cake and baby food favors might not go down well with those in denial. If you’re confident that the party boy or girl can handle it, you could take it to the extreme with a mock wake. Some ‘Over the Hill’ surprise parties even have the guest of honor lie down on a table while friends and family read witty eulogies.

If this seems a little bit touchy for your liking, the ‘Memory Lane’ theme is sure to be a winner. Decorate the venue with framed photographs that represent the celebrant’s life, and put up a pin-board where friends and relatives can add their own photos and messages. Try and track down old school friends or significant people from the celebrant’s past; if they can’t attend in person, ask them to email a greeting that can be pinned to the board.

For something a bit more upbeat, consider a 50s or 60s themed party. For a 50s theme, set up a milkshake bar and have waitresses serve guests on roller skates. Or remind them of their teen years with songs from the Sixties. Relevant tracks might include ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ by ‘The Beatles’ or Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing.’

Invites & Postage

When inviting guests, make sure you include a suitable RSVP date; this will help you to organize the catering well ahead of the big day. JaclinArt has designed some fabulous 60s themed invites and postage to help build the excitement.

60th SURPRISE Birthday Party Invitation Template 60th Surprise Birthday Black Red White Geometric Custom Invitation 60th SURPRISE Birthday Party Invitation Template

 

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Party Games

There are some hilarious and creative party games that are perfect for the sexagenarian, including ‘Pin the Toupee on the Bald Man’ and ‘Spin the Bottle of Prune Juice’. Alternatively you could simply set up a trivia quiz about the celebrant’s life.

Tips for Keeping the Secret

Ensuring the party is a surprise is one of the more difficult roles of the organizer. Try scheduling the party a couple of weeks ahead of the big day itself, and choose a venue that is quite commonplace. Ask guests to arrive early and to park away from the venue (you don’t want the guest of honor spotting familiar vehicles in the parking lot). Make sure you have the support of one or two key (discreet) friends and family members and always try to anticipate potential hiccups (our four-year-old daughter almost scuppered proceedings by insisting we went back to ‘Nana’s House’. Fortunately, an impromptu tour of our new trailer tent kept Nana away from the house just long enough to finish setting up the party.)

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 Neil Hocking is a Torbay copywriter with clients from around the world. His work includes writing web copy, newsletters, sports journalism and advertising material. Design services are also available

www.nhwriting.com; info@nhwriting.com;  +44 (0)1803 606092;  +44 (0)7762 906818

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Fun at 50! Surprise Birthday Ideas

May 23, 2012

If you’re in charge of planning a 50th surprise birthday party for someone special in your life, you might be wondering where to start.

Themes & Things
First of all, turning 50 can be a sensitive topic, so while the odd age-related gag may be unavoidable, it would probably be best not to make too big a deal about it.

Instead, you could take your loved one on a nostalgic trip with a 60s themed surprise birthday party. Guests could be encouraged to come in PVC dresses, go-go boots and tie-dye, while the Mamas and Papas, The Byrds and Bob Dylan play in the background. Everyone loves the chance to relive the 60s (even if they were never actually there in the first place).

Of course, don’t forget your invites, and other 50th surprise birthday party stationary. Here’s a selection from JaclinArt:

Custom 60th SURPRISE Birthday Frilly Gold Rose Personalized Invitation 30th SURPRISE Birthday Fireworks Pink and Purple Sticker Custom 50th SURPRISE Birthday Yellow Sunflower Invites

Maybe the 60s don’t appeal to you, or someone else has used this theme recently. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other fun themes to choose from.

How about a sports theme? By the age of 50, most of us will know exactly what kind of sports and hobbies we enjoy, so if you’re special one is a golf fan or a bowling buff, use this as inspiration.

Color themes are always popular; you could go pink, black and silver, rainbow, whatever!

Here are some customizable surprise birthday invites in various patterns and hues from Jaclinart.

SURPRISE Birthday Party Purple and Pink Template 50th SURPRISE Birthday Party Template Custom Announcements SURPRISE 50th Birthday Zebra Stripes Black White Personalized Invite

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Games & Gifts

If you really want to take the focus away from the big five-oh, enrol the guest of honor on a fun activity usually reserved for the young (4×4 off-roading or paintball tank battle, for example). Personalized gifts are always special, and there are so many to choose from: wine glasses, pens, jewellery boxes, birthday newspapers, the list goes on.

In terms of games, the ’60s Price is Right’ game is fun and challenging. Gather a selection of common grocery items and find out how much they would have costed 50 years ago. The object of the game, of course, is to get closest to the correct price. A birthday trivia quiz focused on the birthday ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ should also go down well.

If you still feel overwhelmed by it all, you could always get a quote from a party planner. If their prices are reasonable you can then just sit back and watch the fun unfold.

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 Neil Hocking is a Torbay copywriter with clients from around the world. His work includes writing web copy, newsletters, sports journalism and advertising material. Design services are also available

www.nhwriting.com; info@nhwriting.com;  +44 (0)1803 606092;  +44 (0)7762 906818

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Planning a 50th Birthday Party? Make It Extra Special with Custom Invitations and Stamps

May 11, 2011

I know I love a good party – Don’t you? Are you by chance in the midst of 50th birthday party planning? Want to do something special? Then check out online customizable 50th birthday party invitations and 50th SURPRISE birthday party invitations. All styles available – playful, festive, funny, elegant and photo birthday invitations to choose from! You can add matching 50th birthday U.S. postage stamps and envelope seals to give your birthday invitation extra oomph!

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