Few events in a person's life require a major celebration as much as a loved one's 100th birthday.
Being a century old is such a rare milestone that you'll want to gather family and friends, as well as people such as physicians and caregivers who are now important to the guest of honor, to mark the occasion.
Here are some ideas that will make your 100th birthday party as impressive as the birthday itself.
Set the tone of your 100th birthday party with invitations.
Use plain cardstock or invitation stock as the base of your invitation.
Use clip art to make up a mock newspaper with the headline listing that your GOH was born.
Ask guests to write up a wish or a memory of the GOH that can be put into a scrapbook for him or her.
String a clothesline or ribbon around the party room. Then hang enlarged photos of the GOH at various stages in their life, along with photos of all of the relatives you can gather and any photos of significant events you can find on the Internet, such as
This will serve as décor and a fun activity as guests wander around looking at the photos.
Use a large poster board and create a giant family tree listing all of the GOH's relatives. After the party, have the poster framed and given to the guest of honor. Smaller one-sheet versions of the tree can be made to give to guests as party favors.
You can't have a 100th birthday party without a few games!
If this is a large party, ask close relatives to bring a favorite dish for the party that the GOH enjoys. This will not only save you time and money, but it will allow other family members to play a significant part in the celebration.
If the event is being catered, you may want to choose a menu based on the guest of honor's heritage or favorite foods. Just be sure to order some simple menu items as well in case there are small children in attendance, or if your GOH or other elderly guests have dietary restrictions.
Find or make some old-fashioned treats that the GOH may have enjoyed in their youth.
Set up an ice cream/frozen yogurt/gelato bar with all of the toppings. Be sure to include some non-fat and sugar free varieties so all of the guests can partake in the sweet treats.
Make your GOH's favorite cake recipe in a 13" x 9" cake pan and two round cake pans. Cut the number 1 out of the long cake pan and size it to the round cakes, frost and lay out on a pretty tray to spell out 100.
Most bakeries can take an image and enlarge it into an edible cake design. Replace Benjamin Franklin's face on a $100 bill with your GOH's photo. Enlarge and scan or photocopy the image and take it to your bakery to have it replicated into a cake design.