70th Birthday Party Ideas

 Celebrate a 70th birthday the right way... with friends, family and a lot of fun! 70 is a special milestone, so make sure you give the guest of honor a great time. With easy 70th birthday ideas and custom touches, this will be a party remembering the great times and making fun new memories!

70th Birthday Party Invitations
Start the party off right with a invitation that really highlights the guest of honor!
  • 70th Birthday Invitations - Our most popular milestone birthday invitations... lots of designs to choose from!
  • Ticket Invitations - A unique way to invite everyone to the hottest event of the year!
  • Caricature Invitation - A caricature invitation not only creates a great piece of art you can use several times during your event but it will also let you feature hobbies and character traits that can help theme your party. This is a completely custom invite, the only limit is your imagination!
If you pick a style that has a spot for a photo, consider putting a picture of the guest of honor when they were a little baby!
 
You can make your own 70th birthday invitation with cardstock and a printer. Throw some 70th birthday confetti in the envelope to make it special.  Include some fun wording -
  • Join us in wishing Christine a very Happy Birthday as she turns 70!
  • Jackie is turning 70, isn't that great? We're having a party so please save the date!
  • In case you didn't know, this year Jim's turning the big 7-0. Come party and join the fun, and we'll make this birthday a great one!
Invitation Tips: Traditionally, it is advised to send out invitations eight weeks before your event. At the very least get the invites out 2-4 weeks before the party. The sooner the better, but don't let this keep you from getting killer invitations at the last minute. You can always rush them if time is an issue. Make sure you include the reason for the party (Jim's 70th Birthday), the date/time, and the location of the party. You can also include RSVP information and the host/hostess name.
 
70th birthday decorations and party supplies
You have some great options here. Consider hanging a personalized photo banner of the guest of honor, using a current picture or a baby picture for giggles! Or create a large banner from kraft paper and  acrylic paint. You can have guests sign it as they come in.

Other fun ideas for the entrance:
  • A balloon arch
  • Balloon bouquets flanking the doorway
  • A lifesized cutout of the guest of honor with a speech bubble welcoming the guests
70th birthday party ideas that we love:
  • Set up a table with mementos and pictures from the life of the birthday guy or gal (graduations, wedding day, past birthdays).  
  • A sign in where guests can leave birthday wishes is a fun element to add. You can set out an oversized birthday card, a guest book, or a personalized sign in board.
  • "On the Day You Were Born"- Go to the nearest library branch with a newspaper archive. Copy some news articles from the "birth day" if you can. You can also search online for major events that happened the year of the guest of honor's birth, and print out a few "fun facts from the year of your birth" sheets. Leave them on the tables around the room for great conversation starters.

There are a lot of fun 70th birthday decorations available with 70s on them. Here are some fun 70th birthday party supplies that will add some color to the party room:

Standard birthday decorations also work great for a 70th birthday party. Have oodles of colorful crepe paper streamers decorating the ceiling. Fill the room with colorful balloon bouquets. Keep everything colorful and the room will look great!

 

70th table decorations
 If you are having the party in a home setting use 70th birthday paper goods to add decoration and color to the tables and buffet. If you are renting a banquet room or restaurant, your caterer will provide menu choices and presumably the plate and glasses. Bring 70th birthday theme paper goods and napkins for the dessert table, or drink napkins for the bar.

There are pleanty of great ways to decorate the tables -
  • Mini frames with pictures of the birthday boy or girl at different ages makes a fun centerpiece, and you can scatter 70 confetti on the tabletop to add color.
  • A Personalized Photo Centerpiece is a custom and versatile table decoration. For a low centerpiece add flowers or a candle to the center; if the room is large have a balloon bouquet come out of the middle!
  • Photo Tabletop Lanterns are another custom option that work really well on long tables, placed every few seats. You personalize the lantern with a photo of the guest of honor and a message, and it is lit inside so that the lantern glows on the table.
  • A fun 70th birthday theme beverage napkin is a nice extra touch for the bar or the dessert table.
  • If you need a little color add a 70 cascade centerpiece. It's great for the sign in table, the gift tables, the bar, buffet, or on each dinner table.
  • Table decoration that doubles as a party favor - 70th birthday glasses! Perfect as a placecard or a napkin ring!
  • A balloon arch over the buffet would be a great party decoration. For a less involved (but just as fun substitute), use crepe paper to create a canopy over the table.
Don't forget to have a great birthday cake! Depending on your guest list size, it might be fun to do 70 individual cupcakes served on a tiered party tray, with a birthday candle in each cupcake. What a photo op that will be! If you are having more than 70 people you can always hide another box of cupcakes under the table and restock the tray as needed.
 
For another personal touch, consider these personalized water bottle labels or custom beer bottle labels, which your guests will love! The combination of table decorations and photos will make for a great milestone birthday celebration.
 
70th birthday party ideas - games and activities!
Let your party location dictate your activities. I think you'll find your guests are happy to enjoy each other's company. If you want to have a few activities for guests here are a few of our favorites:

Do a slideshow - Include pictures in a "Then and Now" format, or do a "Looking Back, and Looking Forward" which includes place's the guest of honor want to go see, or things he or she wants to do after 70.
 
Have a roast - Make sure your guests know your plan, and ask them to bring a favorite story to tell. You can do a celebrity roast format where a variety of guests get "on stage" to poke fun at the star of the show. We don't want to hurt anyone's feelings (at least not too much), so use this approach only if you know the guests and are sure they won't "cross the line." The other option is to have a single person do the roasting. Best friends are perfect for this. They know all the secret little stories, but they also know where to draw the line.If you have the space and budget for it, hire a DJ or band to rock the dance floor. 
 
Set up a photo op - You can either chose a fun photo op for your guests to stand behind, or set up a background with a scene setter and leave a basket of funny wearables nearby. Guests will get great pictures, and you can collect copies later to give to the guest of honor as a memento.

Crank up the music - If you have the space and budget for it, hire a DJ or band to rock the dance floor. Include the guest of honor's favorite tunes, or just a great dance mix that will get everyone out of their chairs to celebrate!

70th Birthday Party Favors
Memories of a wonderful evening are always the best souvenir but it's nice to send your guests home with a personalized party favor that celebrates the big day. Here are a few ideas for 70th birthday party favors:
From all of us here at Party411.com we hope you have a perfect 70th Birthday Party!