Birthday Luncheon Ideas

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A birthday is a great time to celebrate the people that you know and love. There are many unique ways to celebrate life with a birthday luncheon. You don't simply have to have a cake and ice cream; you can do something a bit more unique and meaningful.

Favorite Foods Through the Years

  • If you want to host a birthday luncheon that will bring a smile to the face of everyone in attendance, think about having a birthday luncheon that serves all the favorite foods of the person who is turning a year older. Don't just select foods that she enjoys now, but look back over the years and make peanut butter and jelly if she enjoyed that as a child, or Popsicles, Chinese food, or wine. Try to pick one food for each decade or year of life to make it interesting. Everyone will get plenty to eat, and you can get friends and family involved for a truly good time for all.

A Celebration of a Favorite Decade

  • For older people, a birthday luncheon with a theme from their favorite generation is often a lot of fun. For instance, for someone who lived through the '80s, it may be fun to have a lunch where all the friends come dressed up in '80s-style attire, you play '80s music, and you serve the foods you know the birthday girl enjoyed during her favorite period of time. If the favorite decade was the '50s or the '60s, a diner may be appropriate, whereas a skating rink may be a great choice for a luncheon from the '70s, '80s or even the '90s. An option is always to have the luncheon with favorite foods and appropriate dress at the home of the luncheon host for a more intimate gathering.

Contributions from Friends

  • If you are planning a birthday luncheon for yourself or a friend, considering getting friends involved. Have a friend come from each year of life or each decade of life, bringing a food or drink that the two enjoyed together. This will ensure that everyone will get enough to eat, and the gathering of friends will make for a perfect occasion for friends to share stories about the birthday boy. This is a really simple idea that just requires a bit of planning, a home to have the luncheon in, and the retelling of favorite stories. This is a meaningful way to celebrate life and will only get more meaningful the older the birthday honoree gets.

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