How to Decorate for a 75th Birthday Party

    by April Sanders

    About the Author

    April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator abroad and in the United States, and now writes academic research content, curriculum and assessment materials for several major educational publishers, including EBSCOhost, Compass Publishing, WestEd, Young Minds Inspired, SmarterBalanced and others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology from the University of Washington, a master's degree in information sciences and educational technology from Mansfield University, and is certified to teach in Oregon and Washington.


    For most people, the 75th birthday party is a time to remember days gone by and to reflect on family, friends and events that made life worth living. Decorate for a 75th birthday party with items that will help your loved one remember his or her long and meaningful life.

    Things You'll Need

    • Old and new photos
    • Silver photo frames
    • Silver balloons
    • Silver streamers, confetti and other similar items
    • Silver vases
    • Silver candle holders
    • White candles

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    Choose a suitable location. If the family is large, create a separate area for children to play in and a quiet area for adults to reminisce. Place photo albums in the adult area for people to look through. If the family is small, consider having the party at a nice restaurant as a special treat for the birthday person.

    Decorate with silver. The 75th year is considered the platinum year. Of course, you can't buy platinum balloons or streamers, but you can buy silver ones, and that's close enough in most cases. For an elegant look, place white roses in silver vases or dishes, along with white candles in silver candle holders.

    Decorate with memories. Blow up and frame meaningful photos such as wedding pictures, family reunion photos and similar pictures from important events. Place them in silver frames and group them on a table. Consider making one into a large poster that can hang above the gift or cake table.

    Hang a banner. Place a banner outside of the home declaring that it's the person's 75th birthday. Tie some silver balloons to the mailbox as well. This will lead guests to the right house and it will also give neighbors a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the birthday person's long life.

    Go back in time. Ask guests to dress from the era in which the birthday person was born or from when the person was a teenager. If you have items or old toys from that era, decorate with those things as well.

    • Talk to the person who is celebrating a birthday to find out if he or she wants a large party or a quiet affair.
    • If you are having the party in a public location, ask if they have restrictions on what items can be used to decorate.
    • Keep candles away from children or drafty areas to avoid creating a fire hazard.
    • Do not place decorations in spots that might create a tripping hazard for elderly guests with mobility issues.