Birthday festivities for a housebound 75-year old?
February 24, 2014 2:43 PM Subscribe
My aunt from this question
turns 75 in 2 weeks, and my brother and I are trying to create a festive atmosphere for her in the days leading up to and on the day. She's housebound and in pain/severe discomfort due to illness, so we cant take her out for a meal or have a big party or any of the usual festive events. But 75 is a big deal, and we want to mark this event. Details, and initial ideas, inside
posted by darsh to Human Relations (7 answers total)
Some pertinent details:
- Her daughter and son-in-law, some of her siblings, and a few nieces / nephews are in the same city as her. Everyone else is on different continents
- She won't have the energy for a long celebration
- Assume money no object
- She has a small apartment, further cluttered with the apparatus of her illness, and we don't want to add 'stuff' for her to accumulate
- whatever we do needs to feel like it comes from the whole family, not a subset
- I would love to do this as 'Birthday week' - so have small festive events in the days leading up to her actual birthday (a Saturday). On the day, we plan to have a small party with those of her family members who are in town - some bubbly drinks, a cake, a toast
- She is in London. I am in Boston. My brother will be in London for the next couple weeks and will execute on details, but assume that we only have 2 people to carry this out (although we can and will pay for help if needed)
I would love ideas for things we can do to create a fun, festive feeling for her without being overwhelming or tiring. Some ideas so far (feel free to enhance/embellish or point out why something wont work):
- 3 days before her birthday - have balloons delivered. something pretty and not too cheesy. Suggestions for where to buy or order balloons in North London appreciated.
- 2 days before her birthday - an OBNOXIOUS flower delivery. really over the top (not size wise, but luxe wise)
- 1 day before her birthday - a slideshow of photos from her life, set to music, as she has breakfast. I'd need to get digitized photos from family members, but can do this. I am also thinking I intersperse with key (happy) world events during her life - although that could get cheesy
- Birthday - get non-local family members to record a birthday greeting to her - audio or video - this week. I would then consolidate into one file (any ideas how to do this?) maybe with music? As soon as people have gathered for the celebration, play the greetings, then pop bubbly, cut cake etc.
Any and all ideas welcome - I would love to make this day and week special for her