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How to Celebrate a 70th Birthday in Style
70th Birthday Party Ideas: Perspectives and Perceptions
When you are thinking about unique or meaningful celebrations, the years ending in 0 always seem to get extra attention. This has always been true in my parents' lives, and they are pretty good at coming up with fun ideas for celebrating each other as well. With my Dad being a year older than my Mom, it usually becomes a case of Mom pulling off a great birthday surprise for such years and my Dad trying to get even the following year. Such was the case for the 70th birthday of my Mom, celebrated this weekend.
The image here is a representation of the fun. Of course, there are a lot of perspective issues when you are dealing with multiple siblings and living locations. There are a lot of perspective issues when grandkids get involved. Preparing for a 70th birthday is challenging in terms of selecting a venue, a menu and even a cake. The most important thing is creating a fun time for the birthday girl or boy, no matter what the age. At 70, Mom has had plenty of birthday cakes and even a few surprise parties. I've never seen her laugh as much as she did with this cake!
Live each day
as if your life had just begun.
70 Candles? Really? Yes, Really!
To Melt or Not to Melt...That is the question!
The debate over candles on Grandma's cake took place in the grocery store aisle. My eldest daughter didn't think we should stick to just a couple of numeral candles. After much debate and insistence, she had her reluctant mother, me, buying three packages of birthday candles. It would be fun!
Would you make your 70 year old mom blow out 70 candles?
Bonfire Birthday Cakes for a 70th Birthday Party
Yes, it seemed like a bonfire. Plus, we did 2 renditions of Happy Birthday. Hence, the ensuing puddle of wax. Didn't phase my Mom. I've never seen her laugh quite so heartily at a birthday surprise! I couldn't believe we did it. She couldn't, either. She had an absolute blast!
A few tips for your Bonfire birthday cake with 70 candles...
My oldest daughter made this easy Peach Upside Down Cake for Grandma's birthday party, and it was a hit with the family.
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 30 min
- Ready in: 45 min
- Yields: 10-15, depending on slice sizes.
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cans sliced peaches (drained)
- 1 yellow cake mix prepared according to directions
- Preheat oven to 350. In cast iron skillet, melt butter with brown sugar in the oven. This should take just a couple of minutes. Remove from oven, combine sugar and butter well, and arrange peach slices in the pan. Pour cake batter over the peaches.
- Return the skillet to the oven, bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and turn out onto a cake plate or stand.
- **For some extra peach flavor, use the drained peach liquid in place of the liquid called for in the cake recipe.
Fancy or Down Home...What kind of cake would you want for your 70th?
I love iced cakes that are pretty, but there were a couple of birthday events, and I knew one would include a fancy cake. Mom got the best of both worlds in that sense, a beautiful decorated cake done in pink fondant by a grandson's wife, an award winning cake decorator. Then there was our homey fruit cake madness. If you could only have one, which would it be?
What's your personal fave for a birthday cake?
Final Notes on Planning for a 70th Party...
I find that my parents' birthdays and occasions are most meaningful to them when as many family members as possible are able to come together. Your theme may be clever or simple, but with more candles comes a greater appreciation of how precious time is. Place your emphasis on time, not theme.