Here at Hello Ruth HQ, we just love a birthday, and the best ones are always ‘landmark’ birthdays. From 18ths to 100ths there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in style.
Our favourite family landmark birthday parties had fun themes that were easy for every guest to get involved with. These fun, easy party ideas don’t have to cost a fortune, but create a lot of impact your guests will love.
Mad Hatter’s 40th Birthday Party
When I turned 40 a few years ago, we created a fun Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for our guests. I was the Queen of Hearts, my husband went as the Mad Hatter himself, my daughter made a lovely Alice and my son was a very cute White Rabbit. We made the costumes ourselves and I think they turned out really well, what do you think?
We invited our guests to dress colourfully with hats, and lots of them went to town and made their own, which made the event even more special.
You can’t have a tea party without tea and cake. Ours was served on vintage crockery, which we borrowed or bought from charity shops. We sipped pink champagne from china cups, too. We set up a long table with candelabras, and added a few touches of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style with oversized clocks, balloons modelled into flamingos, and playing card decorations.
Finally, we had red and white roses, both real, and paper – the real Queen of Hearts would have approved, I’m sure.
As landmark birthday celebrations generally have kids on the invite list, we hired a children’s entertainer, and a brass band made the whole day go with a swing.
Relaxed 70th Summer Garden Party
Another family favourite landmark birthday celebration was my dad’s 70th. We decided on a laid-back summer garden party, which included a three-course meal with canapes for over 30 people.
We borrowed a marquee, hired tables and chairs from the local school, and covered them in rustic fabric. We wanted to create a relaxed, hand-crafted feel, so we decorated the tables with brown paper place mats, decorated with chalk. We made handmade napkin holders tied with ivy.
You can read all about this lovely celebration of my brilliant dad's 70th birthday here.
Gift Ideas for Landmark Birthdays
If you’ve been invited to a landmark birthday party, we’ve selected a few personalised gift ideas, using special family photos.
Unique Birthday Photograph Personalised Print
Whether your loved one is 60, 70, or 80, they’ll love this personalised numerical print, made up of special photos to spell out their age. By choosing landmark events in their long and happy lives, I’ll create a unique gift they’ll treasure forever. With prices starting from £19.00 and a variety of sizes and frame finishes, there’s sure to be one to suit their décor and personality.
Personalised Birthday Photo Print
For 30, 40 or 50 year olds, take a look at our personalised birthday photo prints, which come in A4 or A3 sizes, framed or unframed, starting from £19.00. Simply send me your favourite photos to fill in the word ‘Thirty’, ‘Forty’ or ‘Fifty’ and I will take care of the rest. If you like, you can add a custom caption, for that extra special personalised touch.
Custom Fifty Photo Collage
Hitting the half century is a real cause for celebration, and what better way to commemorate this landmark birthday than a personalised Fifty collage birthday print, made up of happy memories. Just email me ten photos, and a message for the bottom left corner, and choose your size and frame options. Available in A4 and A3, with or without a frame, this thoughtful gift starts at just £19.00.
I hope I’ve inspired you to celebrate your next landmark family birthday in style, without spending a fortune.
With Father’s Day just around the corner (it’s 17th June, by the way) I’ve been thinking about what to make or buy on behalf of my kids. Dads can be so difficult to buy for, so I think a heartfelt or handmade personalised gift is the way forward. I love handmade gifts and cards, so here are some ideas I hope the dads and grandads in your life like, plus I’ve added some inspiration for personalised Father’s day gifts you can buy too.
How many thousands of photos do you have saved, unloved and forgotten on a hard drive? I am certainly guilty of this, but photos were designed to be printed, displayed, and enjoyed!
Here at Hello Ruth, we take every opportunity to decorate our home, and Easter is no exception. From simple spring blooms to Easter egg crafts, the more the merrier.
I love to make them with my kids, as it’s a great way to spend quality time together and get them involved in some creative time. Here are some simple ideas to get your Easter craft creative juices flowing – they’d make lovely decorations for your Easter table.
Mother’s Day is next Sunday 11th March, so I have been dreaming up a little wish list! As a mama myself, I think I am well placed to know what mums really want for Mother’s Day, and it’s not last-minute flowers from the garage. #sorrynotsorry
I have my eyes on a few beautiful, personal, unique Mother’s Day gifts from some fellow independent makers that tick all the boxes. But first, let me say that buying a Mother’s Day gift is not always needed. Something hand made by my kids is always welcome. Unless it’s made from a huge cardboard box that takes up loads of space... I’m thinking a lovely card where they can write out a message in comedy spelling, which is easily stored for years to come.
But of course, I wouldn’t turn my nose up something pretty. Here is my own unique Mother’s Day wish list. I hope my husband sees it and takes note!
We were delighted when Jo of Imperfectly Perfect invited us to her studio to help transform our ordinary table into something a little different.
My Dad is John, come this way to celebrate his 70th birthday!
Your summer garden party does not have to be an expensive event. I live in a small English village where there is a wealth of clever mums. We had a photographer, event stylist, French fine dining chef, plating staff, waiting staff and an excellent cake creator to make this party extra special.