You may have difficulty picking a birthday party idea. Sometimes, it’s just not a simple thing to do. But it could be! See, just like your birthday guest of honor, there are other things that only get better with age, and one of the most common ones is wine. So why not set up a wine tasting? A couple bottles of wine, a little bit of cheese or chocolate, custom glasses. You could probably get all of it for under a hundred dollars if you’re buying disposables, or a few hundred if you’re buying glass.
But of course, you could give it a spin, too. Instead of setting up the wine tasting yourself, encourage the guests to bring their favorites as gifts that can be enjoyed in the years to come. You could even go a bit further to test everyone’s palette with a blind wine tasting party. It’ll be a bottle of fond memories and great tastes.
In another life, you might have been a noble or a knight, and you might have gotten to spend your nights in a fancy castle or estate somewhere in Europe. But since your birthday loved one is probably not sleeping in one presently, it’s safe to say that throwing a birthday party inside a castle will be the memory of a lifetime.
Of course, you can’t just text the Queen and ask her if you can have a sleepover at her place, but Loyd & Townsend Rose has you covered. They have castles you can rent! With castles in England, Ireland, and Scotland, LTR works with the private owners of the castles to rent their homes to you for a week or weekend, including some extracurriculars, such as falconry and archery at the Althorp House or a full Scottish sport array at Forter Castle in Perthshire, Scotland.
Not every castle is created equal, and some work better for smaller groups than larger ones. If you do take LTR up on their offer, mention if it’s for a milestone occasion like a 40th, 50th, or 60th birthday – they might help you plan the party.
Nobody likes to be reminded they’re getting older, whether they are turning 40, 50, or 60. So take your loved one back to the past instead with a gift of childhood candies they may not even remember. Retro candies can be bought in a variety of places, like Old Time Candy which sorts your favorites by the decades. For a little extra fun, put these on one table and do another with their current favorites, and mark them “Favorites Then” and “Favorites Now.”
If they’re still attached to their old candies, mix them together and label the table with “These are a few of my favorite things” instead. There’s a whole collection of signs for sale here that can be bought as-is, though some come with options to be personalized for the birthday boy or girl.
If your loved one cares more for home-baked goods, however, their birthday party can be a recipe sharing fantasy. Tell the guests to bring in their favorite and add it to a collaborative birthday memory book of recipes. If you manage to pull it off in secret, that’s even better, because then you can wrap and present it to the recipient as the last gift of the day!