My dear, sweet grandma was turning 100 I wanted this to be an extra special day for her.
I am sharing with you today our 100th birthday party ideas, the steps we took creating this special day, and a few quick peeks of the celebration.
100th Birthday Party Ideas – Celebrating 100 Years of Life
Begin with a theme.
Start by choosing a theme for your 100th birthday party. Do they like to golf? Play cards? Read? Travel? Are they a music lover? Do they have a favorite color? Any of these can give you a great start to choosing the theme of your party. Anyone who knows my grandmother knows she loves the color lavender and that made it an easy choice for us.
Where will you hold it?
Next choose a venue for your party keeping in mind the guests who will be attending and the guest of honor. A venue with easy access and free of stairs would be needed for our event. We chose the “community room” at the retirement home where grandma lives. A perfect choice, as many of the guests who would be attending lived in the home.
Invite your guests.
Decide on your invitations using the theme you have chosen. You can buy a ready-made invitation or create your own. There are hundreds of possibilities available. For grandma’s party, we created simple invitations using PicMonkey. We personalized the invitation using a photo of Grandma .
Publicize the special day.
Publicize the special day to others. An open invitation to friends or an announcement of the special occasion can be inserted into the local paper. Send in an announcement to the Today Show. Get a special acknowledgement from the President. Find out how HERE. Grandma was honored to receive special recognition from the House of Representatives in her home state of Illinois.
How will you decorate?
Create table decorations using the theme of your party. Simple table decorations were fashioned using fresh baby’s breath and inexpensive pop up boxes in our chosen color from Party City. A small plastic disposable cup was filled with water, placed into the box and the stems of baby’s breath were simply inserted into the created container. This is an easy arrangement – with a lot of impact.
Confetti to coordinate with your theme enhances your table décor. Our confetti was created using a Cricut machine. Simple flowers were cut out of scrap-book paper and each flower was centered with a rhinestone. These were super simple to make and added so much to the tables.
Room decorations can then be added. A simple banner was easily made using a kit found at Party City.
Make it special.
Create handouts for the guests attending. Information on the guest of honor’s life can be included. A picture inserted would make a special keepsake for guests and family members. We included a brief synopsis of our grandmother’s life.
Add a Fun Touch.
An “events of the birth year” is another added touch and so much fun as it gives facts about the year the honoree was born. Ours was created using Microsoft Publisher. We simply inserted information from the year she was born into our publication.
Take a trip down memory lane.
Display photos of the honored guest. There are so many ways you can do this. Photos can be placed on the tables as centerpieces, posters can be created using photos throughout the years, memory books can be made using photos, and much more. A video can easily be created with photos and music using Movie Maker or a similar program. Even a novice like me was able to create a fun memory video which played throughout the day. Observing my grandmother’s face light up as she watched the video made it all worthwhile.
Don’t forget the food.
If you will be serving food, now is the time to begin planning what you will have. We chose to have only cake and punch for our afternoon event. Visit your local bakery and choose a cake with a 100th birthday design using your chosen theme or create one yourself. Consider a marble cake or one that has a combination of chocolate on one side and white on the other. We were lucky enough to have a family member who created a beautiful 100th birthday cake.
Let’s add a bit of music!
Have the birthday song ready to play so everyone can join in singing a rendition of Happy Birthday to the honored guest. A piano was available in our venue and a family member was prepared to play the song as we sang along.
Play music throughout the event in the background. Using favorite songs of the honored guest or songs from a favorite era creates a special touch. We were able to add these to our video as it played throughout the day.
Honor a life well lived.
Allow time for family members and friends to offer up tributes to the honored guest. Special memories and stories shared make the event one for everyone to remember.
Record the memories.
Be sure to have a camera on hand and someone dedicated to take photos to record the memorable day. This ensures the day will be recorded and treasured for years and generations to come.