Setting the Scene Back to Event Details
When it comes to over-the-hill celebrations, the key is to keep decor funny, not tacky.
- Black is the dominant color for an over-the-hill party. To enliven the color scheme, add white, silver or even a splash of hot pink. Bursts of gold convey a "golden years" theme.
- Display a variety of newspapers from the year the guest of honor was born, or make a large timeline that documents important life events. Include a mix of personal events and timely national or world happenings. Leave space between entries so guests can add to the list.
- Showcase a variety of photos that capture the good times in the guest of honor’s life such as baby pictures, graduation photos, wedding photos and family pictures. Print the pictures in black and white to enhance the color scheme.
- Incorporate sayings about old age into the party, whether they’re read aloud or printed on napkins. Try Theodore Roosevelt’s inspirational quote: "Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young." Or Bette Davis’ sassy saying, "Old age is no place for sissies."
- Order customized candy bar wrappers or mint-tin labels with pictures of the honoree for memorable party favors.
- Play music from the guest of honor’s life. Be sure to include a mix of personal favorites and top hits from the birthday guy or gal’s decades.