An 80th birthday is a milestone to be celebrated.
But if you’ve been tasked with planning an 80th birthday party for someone special in your life, it can be quite daunting.
The best place to start is to choose a venue. Once you’ve found the perfect space to help your octogenarian celebrate in style, so many other aspects of the party simply fall into place.
Of course, with so many unique and different birthday party venues to choose from, finding the ideal spot is something of a challenge. To help make it easier, check out our simple tips on finding the perfect 80th birthday party venue.
Think of the guest of honour
It should go without saying, but make sure you consult the guest of honour before you start searching for a venue. Remember, you need to plan the party they want, not the one you want, so keep their interests at the forefront of your mind at all times.
Sit down with the soon-to-be 80-year-old and ask them how they’d like to celebrate this major milestone. Unless you’re planning a surprise party of course, in which case you’ll just have to rely on your own knowledge of the birthday boy or girl’s likes and dislikes to guide you through the planning process.
Choose your theme
The first step above will inform many of your decisions as you move forward in the party planning process. For some birthday celebrations, a nice dinner in a private dining room at the guest of honor’s favorite restaurant will be the ideal night for the guest of honour.
But in some cases, you might be able to mix things up a bit and have a bit of fun. Maybe the birthday girl would like a retro ‘50s theme to take them back to the days of their youth? Perhaps the birthday boy would like a beachy, island paradise theme to cheer them up in the middle of winter? Or maybe you’d like to encourage everyone to dress up as characters from the guest of honour’s favorite movie?
Once you know what sort of night you’re planning, you’ll be able to search for a party space that suits the theme perfectly.
Sort out the guest list
Now it’s time to finalise the guest list for your 80th birthday bash. Once you know how many people are coming, you’ll be able to narrow down the list of potential venues to those with sufficient capacity for your party.
You’ll obviously want enough space to fit everyone in comfortably, but be careful not to over-cater too much. If you’ve got a small group of people in a large space, you can lose some of the intimate atmosphere that can make milestone birthday parties so special.
Location and accessibility
Next, take some time to decide on the ideal location for your 80th birthday party. Quite simply, the venue needs to be as easy as possible for the maximum number of guests to attend.
This is particularly important for an 80th bash, when there’s a good chance that some of the guests will be getting on a bit in years and may not be as mobile as they used to be. With this in mind, finding a venue that’s easy to drive to and has lots of parking is a must. It’s also a good idea to choose something that’s a breeze to access via public transport, as this will maximize your chances of a good turnout.
Also make sure to consider accessibility to the venue itself. If the guests will need to climb stairs or, in the case of an outdoor venue, cross unsteady terrain, you may want to consider other options.
The practical stuff
Last but certainly not least, it’s time to drill down to the finer details of the venue. You need to make sure the space offers everything you need to ensure a smooth and successful celebration.
For example, check whether the seating configuration suits your needs. If there’ll be any sort of live entertainment, is there a stage area and sound system? Are there sufficient bathrooms to cater to the needs of all guests? Does the venue provide food, drinks, and serving staff, or will you need to bring in your own caterers?
While you’re nailing down the details, don’t forget to consider that all-important final factor: cost. You might be surprised just how much hourly rates can differ from one venue to the next, so it pays to shop around for the best deal.
Finding the perfect birthday party venue
Choosing an 80th birthday party venue may not be easy, but it is a crucial element of the party planning process.