100th Birthday

A 100th birthday is a great time to get family members of the honoree together to celebrate, as its a milestone that very few people ever reach.

Even if family members live far away from one another, getting everyone together is important for a 100th birthday. Having everyone in attendance will mean a lot to the birthday honoree.

Start planning a 100th birthday party well in advance to make sure that you have enough time to coordinate with everyone and pick a date that suits all family members.

100th Birthday Gift Ideas

By the time someone has a 100th birthday, it can be difficult to find an appropriate present. The best ideas are to have family members contribute photos of the honoree for a scrapbook. This should also be coordinated well in advance, to give people ample time to go through and find photos to contribute.

Have family members write down memories or things they like about the honoree on scrapbook pages as well. The book you create can be from the whole family, and the effort will be highly appreciated by the 100th birthday party honoree.

If you dont have enough time before the party to coordinate the scrapbook idea, provide digital cameras for guests at the party. Tell everyone to take a lot of pictures, then pick and choose the best ones after the party. Create a scrapbook to send to the honoree. Having a memento of such a monumental birthday will surely be appreciated.

Another great idea is to have family members that live near the honoree create “coupons” for the honoree to help them with chores, cooking, shopping and anything else they need. This will create an opportunity for family members to bond and will also help out the honoree. At 100 years old, not everything is as easy as it once was, so a little help here and there will be greatly appreciated.

100th Birthday Locations and Food

As for the party itself, popular ideas are to hold a party at either a house or at a ballroom of a hotel or restaurant. Hotels and restaurants make for easier cleanup and often have more room than homes, so if there are many guests attending, this is a better idea.

Parks, museums, beaches or even arboretums are also great options for party locations, depending on the tastes of the party honoree.

Restaurants and hotels often provide servers or staff members to help with parties as well, so this can mean less stress and work for the party planners during the big event.

Food can be catered or brought in from family members. Favorite dishes of the honoree should be served, as well as snacks and appetizers beforehand. One idea that can save some money in this area is to buy platters of food from grocery stores or stores like Costco. Platters are an easy way to feed a lot of people with little effort.

Music can be handled by getting a DJ or simply making CDs or an iPod playlist ahead of time. Pick songs that the honoree has liked throughout their life, and group them into decades to play throughout the night. End with the honorees current favorite music and songs during cake or dessert.

A 100th birthday cake can either be homemade or bought from a bakery or grocery store. Another alternative is to provide individual desserts, like cupcakes or brownies, with a candle in the honorees dessert.

Toward the end of the party, family members can share memories they have of spending time with the honoree. Another great idea is to create a timeline of the honorees life, complete with photos, and play it as a slideshow for the party guests.