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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Birthday Party Ideas for Every Decade

Birthdays are meant to be celebrated – especially those big milestone birthdays when a person turns another decade older. Celebrating a birthday is all about looking back at the places you’ve been and gazing ahead at what you still have to experience. Birthday parties deserve creativity and above all, they must be fun! Celebrate each of the following decades with family and friends by going all-out for your next birthday party. Here are some ideas to get you started:

·    20s/30s. Whether you’re entering the 20s or leaving them behind, a 1920s-themed party is the perfect way to celebrate. Decorate with feather and pearl accents and use neutral colors like black, white, and silver. Serve finger foods like pigs in a blanket, fruit, pineapple upside down cakes, and more. Purchase martini glasses at the dollar store and serve punch in a glass bowl for a fun twist. For entertainment, create a mini casino, with roulette, poker, and blackjack tables. Ask guests to dress up in 1920s garb and don’t forget to take lots of pictures! Send everyone home with a favor bag tied with personalized gift tags.

·    40s. You may be tempted to go with an “Over the Hill” theme if a loved one is turning 40; after all, there’s a lot of premade d├ęcor and it’s a fun gag to pull. However, consider instead a classy cocktail party. It’ll make your loved one feel encouraged, especially if the birthday girl or guy is sensitive about their age. Send out birthday cards and invites asking guests to wear their favorite little black dress or suit. Serve up creative cocktails named for the guest of honor, and put together an array of fancy appetizers like shrimp cocktail, a gourmet cheese platter, fruit, etc. Play jazz or classical music to set the mood. The celebration should be both mature and classy.

50s/60s. Bring back the memories of youth with a rock-n-roll party theme for anyone turning 50 or 60. The music, the food, the clothing – all of it will serve to create a fun party that brings all the charm of the rock-n-roll era to life! Compile a list of songs from the era – don’t forget to include all of your Elvis favorites – and if you have room, set up an area for dancing. Serve a candy buffet filled with vintage candies from the 1950s era, including Dubble Bubble bubblegum, candy buttons, Razzles, Smarties, and Pixy Stix.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how old someone is turning – after all, isn’t age a state of mind? If these birthday party ideas aren’t jiving with you, ask the birthday gal or guy how they’d like to celebrate. Whatever you do, remember to celebrate another year of wonderful life!

Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.

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