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Grandma's Milestone Birthday

Women love to throw a great party, especially when it comes to birthdays! We plan big parties all the time for our children, so why not throw a birthday bash to celebrate our wonderful moms and grandmothers!

From the food and decorations, to meaningful activities, Studio 5 Contributor Mandy Douglass shares darling ways to celebrate Grandma's birthday!

A milestone birthday in the later years of anyone's life is something that should be presented in a special way. It should be a time to honor their lives, and show how that person that has influenced others for good. Here is some inspiration and ideas when you go to plan that special even for your loved one!

When deciding to plan this segment I thought of my grandmother, (now passed on) and what she would have loved if we were celebrating this party for her.

It is important to create something that makes everyone want to attend. Create something around the color pallet of your party; make it simple, yet beautiful!

Have the guests email you or mail you a picture of them with grandma. Then have a book made of all those pictures. It would be a fabulous way to send grandma on a trip down memory lane!

Who do you invite? Because we aren't sure what a surprise might do to grandma, for her 80th Birthday include her in on the details. If your grandmother was like mine at 80 years old, confusion was not something she enjoyed! Maybe just a small party with her daughters and grand-daughters is all she wants! Try having an open house to make the party a little calmer. This also allows people an open window to come and say hello without feeling like they have to stay for a long amount of time.


Color Pallet - I did a little research when preparing my party. This party is for someone who may have grown up in the 30's and 40's ‚"¶ to cater the color scheme to something that might remind them of their past. What were color schemes during the earlier years of their life? You could even base it around the birthday girl's favorite color! Color is a big part of making the party magical!

Create a theme - What are things that grandma has done in her life? Was she a teacher? A writer? What does she love to do? Does she love to cook? Sew or Quilt? Is her favorite drink tea, or maybe even Coke? Does she love movies? Whatever it might be, make sure that it screams grandma, so everyone who attends the party will smile at the site of your décor!

Decorations can also get costly. Think about making things in advance, such as cake stands. I got a glass plate and goblet from Desert Industries. Glued them together using glass glue, and spray painted them. With a doilie on top, these gave my food table a great pop of color. Hand make banners using old book pages, and doilies. Tissue paper puffs are easy to make and can really add some fun pop to your party.

My grandmother loved flowers. So I found some darling metal doilie cans at Ikea for $2.99! Then I printed out some darling vintage fruit labels. Find the link for these on Mandy's Blog.

Another great way of creating cost effective decorations would be to use balloons. I was so excited to just fill the room with beautiful balloons from Pioneer Party!

Great websites for all your party paper needs:

Party Favors

Give each person Recipe book of all the recipes at the party, along with an Apron hand made by her. Recipe books made at As a special offer to Studio 5 viewers, Paper Coterie is giving you a $30 credit, so you can design your own recipe book. Simply use promo code, MANDY2012 when you check out (standard shipping applies).

Give little containers of seeds for the guests to plant! (idea from

Hand out a little treat from grandma. It could be her favorite candy, or even a sample of a favorite recipe of grandma's, such as a cookie!

Games / Activities

Most adults aren't very excited about games at Birthday parties. Here are a few sentimental activities to show grandma how much you love her!

Adjective about grandmother - Place cards on a table as your guests enter. Have them write an adjective on a card that describes grandma. Have them place the cards around the room.

Photobooth - Create a photobooth and have family members make sure that all their guests get pictures taken. Grandmothers always love pictures! A great and easy way to do this would be to use the iPhone app, Popbooth.

80 Balloon launch - one for each year of her life!

Gifts to Grandma

Genealogy - Documents of family members copied just for her. Book mentioned above of pictures of her with loved ones through the years. Try to find pictures she has never seen!

Food (my favorite part!) Drinks If you choose to do a theme including tea, offer many different types of tea. Be sure to grab rock candy as stirring sticks to add a little sweetness.

My favorite drinks are from Target. They come in beautiful glass bottles and is a great tasting Italian Soda. To make it even more beautiful, provide cream and whipped topping. (Sprinkles would make it that much more magical!)

Lollipops tea cups & Jelly bellies - Great place setting decorations!

Custom designed cake, brought to you by Dippidee in American Fork! visit: to see even more beautiful cakes!

The food featured on today's segment was all hand made. Most of it can be made in advance. Here is what you saw:

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Spinach Tortallini Salad Skewers

Strawberry Shortcake Shooters

Almond Poppyseed Mini Bundt Cakes

Key Lime / Lemon Tarts Almond Butter Cookies

Visit my blog for recipes and even more details!

Mandy Douglass is not a stranger when it comes to crafting. Since she was a young girl, her nic-name was Martha! Graduating with a degree in Graphic Design, Mandy has used her education in design, teamed up with her years of crafting skills, as a professional in the Scrapbooking and Paper Crafting Industry. She has worked as a Scrapbook Product Designer, and is a Contributing Editor for Creating Keepsakes magazine. She also has a new line of fabric coming out soon through Alpine fabrics! Mandy also has a great love for cooking, sewing, the outdoors, and caring for her sweet husband and two boys. She is a native of Utah and currently lives in American Fork. To learn more, visit:

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