Parents get to be experts at organizing children’s parties. They don’t have much choice! Luckily there is plenty of help and ideas out there on how to organize the best birthday party for kids. But what about your elderly relatives? When your grandparents or great aunts or uncles reach milestone birthdays such as a seventieth, eightieth or even ninetieth birthday, they deserve a party to remember as well. If the responsibility for organizing it has fallen to you, here are some top tips.
- Choose the right venue
It is often more relaxing to have the party in someone’s home but you will need a fair amount of space. There are likely to be several generations to cater for. A house with a big garden is ideal because the younger members of the family will be able to let off steam. You also need plenty of seats so that older relatives can have somewhere to sit down. Houses with a lot of steps or on sharp slopes may not be suitable if you are inviting elderly relatives who have mobility issues.
- Get the gift right
Buying a birthday present for elderly relatives is very tricky. They may already have everything! They may also have health conditions that make the usual type of presents unsuitable. Rather than give them something practical that they can use, give them something that will mean a lot to them. Personalized picture frames and gifts from Giftsin24.com show that you have taken the effort to choose an appropriate gift and devise a personalized message. Grandparents appreciate quality and will be pleased that you made the effort to choose a personalized gift for them. Pop in a gorgeous photo of your kids and they will smile every time they look at it.
- Arranging the food
This could be a joint effort. You could get all your relatives to bring one dish. You do have to organize this properly or you could end up with 10 bowls of coleslaw! Send a quick text to everyone telling them which food item they should bring. The same goes for the drinks.
- A cake is a must
You must have a spectacular cake! If there are any budding bakers in the family, that will save you some money. However, this is one area where it is worth splashing out. Think carefully about the design. You don’t have to opt for something traditional. Think about what the birthday girl or boy is interested in. Do they have any hobbies? If they are into gardening or reading you could use this as a theme for your cake.
You can’t beat a good sing-song so hiring in a pianist would be a lovely idea. Get all the grandchildren to form a choir and sing a special song. Put together a montage of old family photographs using an editing app and show them on a big screen. You could add a soundtrack from each of the decades of their life to make it really special.