While all birthdays are special, milestone birthdays are cause for extra celebration. If you know someone who's approaching their 18th or 21st birthday, or rounding the bend on a "Big O" birthday, here are a few birthday party planning ideas.
Gather your teen's friends at the local mall for a scavenger hunt. Follow with pizza and cake at home, or treat the gang to a movie, laser tag excursion, or a round of makeovers or pedicures.
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Break away from the traditional night of bar-hopping by celebrating at a wine tasting instead. Or, opt for a quiet celebration at home with birthday cheesecake and ice cream, fresh fruit, crème brulee, or chocolate mousse, served with a bottle of Canadian Ice White.
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Celebrate the arrival of a new decade by hosting a surprise party for the guest of honor. Keep the celebration family-friendly so little ones can enjoy the fun, too.
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Host an "Over the Hill" celebration, complete with black armbands, grim reaper decorations, and a tombstone cake topped with a vulture.
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Throw a Fabulous 50s Party or sock-hop, complete with a diner-style party menu of burgers and fries, birthday cake, and a sundae bar.
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With retirement on the horizon, give the guest of honor a sample of the travels to come by throwing a "Hawaiian Luau" celebration. Treat the guests to leis and grass skirts, and perfect your Mai Tai pour.
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Pay homage to the celebrant with a dinner party, complete with a "This is Your Life" presentation.
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Honor the octogenarian with a birthday luncheon. Decorate in a "Roaring 20s" motif, and post trivia and fun facts from that nostalgic decade. Have a poster or card on hand so guests can share a special memory of the guest of honor.
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Host a birthday brunch, complete with fresh flowers, streamers, and balloons. Present the guest of honor with a scrapbook of family photos and personalized cards.
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For a 100th birthday celebration, mark the occasion with a birthday breakfast. Present the guest of honor with 100 balloons or 100 flowers, and make a donation to a local charity in his or her honor.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate a milestone birthday, the guest of honor will be touched by your efforts. Enjoy sharing each new decade with the special person in your life.
Did you throw a milestone birthday party that people raved about and are still raving about? Did you have a special theme? What did you do that made your milestone birthday unforgettable? What advice would you give to someone else who is currently planning a milestone birthday party? Did you do something different or unique to celebrate a milestone birthday? Share it!!
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