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Birthday Invitation Ideas

There are plenty of opportunities to have a little fun at the honoree’s expense when sending birthday invitations. You must first offer to make the invitations on behalf of the honoree. Then the fun can begin. A photo of the honoree at school, or dressed suspiciously for a night out or posing on the beach. They can all form the basis for great birthday invitations. And, of course, if you have the necessary computer skills, photos can be retouched and modified with programs like Photoshop. Ask around to see if you know someone who can help with the high-tech stuff. Otherwise there is always the teacher’s favorite cut and paste!


A good idea for surprise parties is to compile a photo album of old photographs that can be presented as a special birthday gift at the party. This will require a bit of organization up front. A good idea is for guests to write some comments under the photos, the more humorous the better. Or you can go further and have each guest design a page of the book. This way, each page will be different, making for a fun and vibrant gift. Some people post photos, others write poems, others songs, and some attach snippets of memories. These are just a few ideas you can give guests ahead of time if they aren’t sure what to do with your page.

Milestone years: 40, 50, 60, 70, etc.

Milestone birthdays can be a lot of fun. An idea that works well as semi surprise party is to offer to prepare the birthday invitation on behalf of the birthday honoree, and then send out invitations made as an obituary. Use a black and white image of the birthday boy or girl in his youth. Make the obituary as fun and warm as you can, but take great liberties with factual information and have the passed away die in the most ridiculous way possible, but that death somehow conforms to the interests of the person. A golfer dies on the golf course, attacked by squirrels on the 18th green. You get the idea. You can then have each guest write their own obituary for the passed away, which can be read during dinner. You can have pall bearers for the cake, a 21-cap pistol salute, guests can be prepared to wear black bangles or black party hats, and any other fun ideas you can think of. The key is that the surprises keep coming throughout the party.

A themed party

Theme parties aren’t just for kids. Adults love them too, so you can organize one based on a special interest. As with all theme parties, every aspect of the party, from the birthday invitations, the decorations, the dress code of the guests, should reflect the theme. You can give prizes for costumes and have all kinds of associated games. Old favorites like musical chairs can work for adults as well as kids.

So get in touch with your inner big boy and throw a great birthday party!

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