Are you looking for fabulous 75th birthday party ideas? Whether you're planning a celebration for your Mom, Dad, grandparent or friend, you'll find memorable and fun (and most importantly - easy!) party themes and ideas here.
75th Birthday Party Planning Tips
Regardless of the theme you choose for your celebration, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when planning a 75th birthday bash. Here are my top tips on easily planning a memorable event:
1. Set a Budget
It’s easy to get carried away with costs when planning any party. You’ll find more ideas than you can actually use! So one of the first things you need to think about is how much you’re planning to spend.
If you’re co-hosting the party with other people, it’s especially important that you all agree on (and stick to) an overall budget. That way no one gets upset at having to spend unplanned money.
When setting a budget, consider the cost of:
- The Venue
- Paper goods (plates, napkins, utensils
- Party favors
- Salary or tips if you’re hiring servers or anyone else
When setting your budget, you might want to reserve an extra $100 for any “must-have” items that you’ve either forgotten or just pop up while you’re organizing the party.
2. Choose a Theme or Party Colors
You can use just about any theme for a 75th birthday party. You don't actually have to choose a theme for a birthday party. You can just use birthday party decorations.
If you'd like to go with a themed party, Some of the more popular themes include:
- Champagne Toast
- Tea Party
- Beer Tasting
Another option is to choose certain colors to use for the party. That makes it easier to coordinate decorations and paper goods.
Unlike anniversaries, birthdays don’t have an official color (I’m not sure who comes up with official colors, anyway). Some people (incorrectly) think of a 75th birthday color as platinum (platinum usually refers to a 70th anniversary).
There isn’t an official color for a 75th birthday, so you’re free to use any color that you (or the guest of honor) prefer.
There are also no official symbols or jewels of a 75th birthday; however, some people like to use diamonds, which are the gemstones of a 75th anniversay. I think diamonds are appropriate for any occasion!
3. The Guest List
How many people are you planning to invite? Is this for close friends and family only, or do you want more people? Are children invited?
Consider inviting people from the guest of honor’s past…he or she may enjoy getting together with childhood friends or former co-workers.
You also need to think about whether you’re inviting local people only, or whether you’ll be including out-of-town guests.
Be sure to check with close family members to see if they have any suggestions or additions for the guest list.
4. Pick the Date
Ideally the party would be held on the guest of honor’s actual birthday. However, if you’re inviting more than just close friends or family, you should consider holding it on a weekend near the birthday. You’ll most likely get more attendees that way!
If you’re inviting out-of-town guests, especially ones with school-age children, then you may want to hold the party during a time when school is not in session. It’s much easier for out-of-town families to attend if there’s no conflict with school.
You might want to keep a couple of different dates in mind until you book the venue.
5. The Venue
You’ll need to think of where you’re going to hold the party. Popular options include someone’s house, a restaurant, a bar, or renting an event room at a hotel.
If you think the weather is going to be good, you could plan the party outside. Consider your backyard, a park, or a lake-side event.
If you plan an outside party, be sure to have a backup plan in case of bad weather!
Call as soon as possible to try to reserve any venue that you’re interested in. You might need to adjust the date if the place is booked during your first choice.
Once you’ve chosen a date, booked the venue, and organized the guest list, you’ll want to get started with invitations as soon as possible. Even if the party is several months away, I would order invitations right away.
That way you’ll have plenty of time to choose and order the invitations without having to pay rush shipping fees.
Generally, party invitations should be mailed about four weeks ahead of the event. If you’re inviting out-of-town guests, you should mail them eight to twelve weeks ahead of time so that they have time to make their travel plans.
Your decorations will reflect the theme of the party. For a 75th birthday party, I like to use lots of pictures of the birthday man or woman at different stages of their lives. Check out this post to see 21 great ways to use photos as party decorations.
A clever and inexpensive decoration is to arrange pictures on a wall in the shape of a large number 75.
You can also look for pre-made decorations that feature the number "75". You can find table centerpieces and wall decorations that are especially made for a 75th birthday party.
Hang a banner - either one you buy or one you make yourself - for an easy party decoration that makes a big splash. Click here to see more information about 75th birthday banners.
8. Food and Drinks
If you’re having the party catered, or if you’re hosting it at a restaurant, you’ll work with professionals on the food and drink orders.
If you’re going to be the one making the food, look for party food that can be made in advance so that you’re not rushing around too much at the last minute. Remember to check Costco or Sam’s Club for party platters – they usually have wonderful appetizers and finger foods that everyone enjoys.
Do you need to hire anyone for entertainment? If this is a dancing party, you need to think about getting a band or DJ.
You might want to consider a few party games, especially if the guests don’t know each other well. Party games can be excellent ice-breakers!
If possible, create a slideshow that can be shown at the party with pictures from all phases of the birthday celebrant’s life. This is a great project for your favorite teenager!
Everyone is going to want pictures from this fabulous event, so consider hiring a professional photographer. If one of the attendees loves taking pictures, you may want to ask them ahead of time if they would serve as the photographer for the event.
Be sure to get pictures of everyone with the guest of honor, as well as family groups.
11. Party Favors
Party favors are completely optional; however, I feel that they’re a fun way to say thank-you to the guests. They can also be a thoughtful memento of the occasion for the attendees.
If you’re choosing party favors, pick ones that go well with your theme or color scheme. Personalized favors make an especially nice touch.
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Congratulations! You’re well under way to planning a sure-to-be-the-talk-of-the-town celebration! I hope you enjoy both the planning and the event itself!