a Bucket List Tree. Take that old artificial Christmas tree
out of the garage (or borrow one from a friend) and set it
up at your party. Decorate it with garland and lights, but
no ornaments. Now, as part of an activity for your party guests,
have everyone write down their top 10 things on their own
personal bucket list. Using twisted out paperclips, hang each
of the lists on the Bucket List Tree for all to see. Guests
will have a good time reviewing the different lists throughout
their time at the party. To turn this activity into a game
later on, make sure that no one puts their names on their
list. Then, towards the end of the party (allowing enough
time for the maximum amount of participation) read aloud each
of the lists to the entire party crowd to see who can match
up each list to each party guest!
your guests would appreciate it, serve aged cheese
for your appetizers.
the guest of honor, asking him/her for as many different significant
events in their lives and the years in which they happened.
The more obscure and interesting the event, the better. Create
a party game worksheet, putting all of the events in random
order on the paper, with spaces for your guests to write the
year in which that event happened. To help your guests, consider
offering a list of possible years to choose from.
all those party guests that are older than the guest of honor,
have them write down pieces of advice on getting old on 3
x 5 cards. These can be collected at the end of the party
and either read aloud or simply handed to the guest of honor
as a special gift.
is a fun idea that is great for anyone turning 50. Its
a lot of work, but the payoff is HUGE!!! Get the addresses
to 50 post offices in the US (each from a different state.)
On 3 x 5 cards, create a different HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment
from each state and mail them (pre-postaged) to each of the
post offices with instructions to have that particular post
office post mark the index card from that state. The overall
effect is that the guest of honor, over the course of a couple
of weeks (because different states take longer than others)
they will be receiving 50 postcards from all over the United
States, each state wishing them a happy birthday. Ive
personally done this a couple of times and each time the recipient
was blown away and EXTREMELY encouraged!
For the more spunky guest of honor, create a special
calendar with each month a different glamour shot of an older
celebrity. For example, if the guest of honor is a man you
might consider such centerfolds as Bea Arthur,
Betty White and Phyllis Diller. This will be fun for all of
the party guests to peruse through!
Have all of your guests come dressed in black. At the entrance
to your party area, have a funeral book for all of your party
guests to sign as they enter - encouraging the guests to write
humorous or kind words. The funeral book can then be given
to the birthday boy/girl after the party is over.