Grandma Downs Side up was 70 last week. So how did we celebrate?
"Grandma is pretty.
|Beautiful fresh flowers sent from FloraQueen|
This is how Natty summed up her grandmother when asked for a quote to weave into my brother's speech at the occasion of her 70th birthday.
Her sister chirped,
"I love spending time on my own with Grandma at her house."
For a few weeks we all squirrelled away, wanting to make the occasion as special as possible for our Mum/Aunt/Sister/Wife and it all paid off. So, what would our tips for the perfect 70th presents be?
Send FlowersYou can never have too many flowers on your birthday, especially when you are 70. We had these beautiful Tranquility white lilies and roses sent to her via International flower delivery FloraQueen and Mum was delighted. It really is a gift that lasts way beyond the birthday itself, and brightens up the house when the festivities are over.
Make an Album
|Mum at 14 years of age|
Collect photos or memorabilia and scan them together to make a keepsake book of the key moments in your loved one's life so far. Ask the extended family to help. You could even include quotes from each of them. You could make it in a scrap book style or have an book printed online.
A photo frame with a picture of family members is also a lovely gift. Grandchildren could even design and make their own.
Throw a Party
|Rock chick sisters dancing the afternoon away|
Bear the personality of the recipient and your budget in mind when you plan the milestone party. What matters most is that those who love each other are together to create memories.
It's nice to make a weekend of it if you all live far apart, maybe hiring a cottage or staying together in a hotel.
|Take photos of your family gathering for posterity|
How about hiring a professional photographer to capture your family gathering forever. Or perhaps a friend who's handy with a camera could help out. It's often rare that entire families get together, so make the most of it.
Bake a Cake
|Edible flowers and sugar balls adorned Mum's cake|
Whether you make something simple yourself, or leave it to the professionals, a birthday is not a birthday without cake. Think of a theme that suits the person when you design it. One tip is to buy a supermarket iced cake and simply pop decorations on the top. A sprig of your fresh flowers would even do the trick. Ta da!
Buy Some MemorabiliaWe managed to find some sheet music from the 1950s from a favourite song Mum sang in a choir back then. Trawl internet selling site for little gems like this.
Plan a SpeechAsk all the members of the family to participate by giving you quotes, thoughts and memories. A jointly written speech adds an extra dimension, and makes sure everyone listens as they wait for their part! It doesn't have to be long, or formal, but everyone loves hearing what others have to say about them.
So, Happy Birthday Mum. What a wonderful weekend we had together and what special memories we made for the rest of our lives.
* Thank you to FloraQueen for sending the complimentary flowers to Mum for us to review.