Grandparents Day Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Grandparents Day event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


Grandparents Day is a holiday that honors some of the most loving and influential people who grace our lives and families; why not honor Grandma and Grandpa with a full selection of sentimental songs?

A Grandparents Day party playlist should include songs that are easy on the ears; tunes that are respectful, recognizable, and of course endlessly catchy. They could include:

Grandpa, Tell Me Bout the Good Old Days by the Judds
Angels Among Us by Alabama
Grandmother Song by Vienna Teng
Granddad by Clive Dunn
Grandma’s Hands by Bill Withers
Sentimental Journey by Doris Day
Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love? by B.J. Thomas
Son of the Son of a Sailor by Jimmy Buffett
These songs will have a dual impact on partygoers, as they are sure to bring both a tear to the eye and a spring to the step. Yet regardless of which songs the host chooses to play at this festivity, he/she also must remember to bring a bountiful share of Grandparents Day party supplies. These should include tableware in classic, elegant shades like silver and gold, streamers and ribbons in these same lovely hues, wall art that consists of tasteful portraits and photographs of the grandparents being honored, and a bouquet of classic keepsake roses as a centerpiece. Inspirational suggestion: Go to bed early so that you can get enough sleep before the demands of the next day. Good organization is the key to planning an occasion with less stress, so may lists and check things off as you go. Group activities and games can be used to keep the guests entertained while keeping them busy at the same time.

Grandparents Day is the perfect time for homemade party supplies such as handmade candles, homemade photo albums and other party goods. Additional, homemade party supplies such as homemade scrapbooks, flower bouquets and handmade candy tins will make your Grandparents Day celebration very successful. Grandparents Day was created as a time for grandchildren to honor their grandparents and the love put into handmade party supplies such as personalized t-shirts and hats will not compare to any other. Additionally, many grandchildren make homemade party supplies such as flower arrangements, costume jewelry, homemade aprons, personalized coffee cups and tambourines to honor their grandparents.

Grandparents Day complete with homemade party supplies such as handmade candles, homemade banners and balloon bouquets are a great way to celebrate Grandparents Day. Other party supplies such as musical instruments, party music and tableware (paper plates, napkins and cups) also are an important part of Grandparents Day.

Simple homemade Grandparents Day party supplies like homemade personalized banner or sign will be treasured by the grandparents for years to come. A personalized Grandparents Day banner is very easy to make using a variety of items. This homemade Grandparents Day banner can have a simple dated message to the grandparents commemorating this special day.


A day worth remembering, is a Grandparents Day theme cake for the party. Two things for party supplies that should be worked into the toppings on the cake or around the cake, the wording ‘Happy Grandparents Day’ and some activity they enjoy either now or in the past. A twist on an old favorite try making a pumpkin carrot cake to serve to the guest. Always a good place to start is with preheating the oven for anything and then getting the baking pans ready as well. Once done it is time to start mixing the stuff together, for this one combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add milk and lemon juice into a measuring cup. Now just beat eggs, pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, pineapple, carrots and milk into a large mixing bowl. Proceed to gradually add the flour mix, beating until combined adding coconut and a cup of nuts. Pour the finished mix into the baking pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, then allow to cool and frost.

The Grandparents Day theme cake could optionally have other words written on the cake, such as their names, the date they became grandparents or the name of the grand-kids.

The purpose behind holding a sacred day in special recognition of grandparents, Grandparents Day, helps to demonstrate the importance of our elders to our younger generations. The value in enhancing the bond between a child and grandparent in such a respectful manner is vast. Building a bridge to gap the generations proves to be a far-reaching way of accessing information from quite possibly the wisest of our population. Through ways of offering wise advice stemming from life experience, grandparents can serve to be an avenue besides the trial-and-error method of learning things the hard way.

A grand suggestion was brought to the public’s attention in West Virginia in 1973 through a political campaign of Governor Arch Moore. The idea originated from a community activist known as Marian McQuade who was quite discontent with the lack of attention that was given to the elderly in her community aside from the holidays. Whether it was political strategy or simply a good natured appreciation, Governor Moore struck up a campaign to reserve this special celebration in honor of our grandparents and was the first to formally declare a statewide Grandparents Day, held in May. The prospect of highlighting the importance of preserving the family history spread like wildfire.

With pride and admiration of her local success, Marian marched on and soon gained the support of the nation. Rallying West Virginia’s senators, Randolph and Byrd, the idea was purposed to the Congress and passed as public law 96-62 with the signing by President Jimmy Carter, and so went the inception of Grandparents day.

Grandparents Day was moved from May to September and is held the Sunday after Labor Day for a few reasons. First, the May calendar was already a very busy month. Secondly, selecting the time of celebration to be held in autumn holds significance in that the season is representative of aging. As the leaves turn to gold and begin to fall, honoring the life of our elders during this time has an already present sentiment scene.

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Grandparents Day History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Grandparents Day theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The history of the secular holiday of Grandparents Day began in 1978 in the United States. Presently, it is recognized in many countries on different days during the year. Sometimes it is also celebrated as Grandmothers Day and Grandfathers Day, separately.

The founder of Grandparents Day is recognized nationally as Marian McQuade. While educating the youth in her community of Oak Hill, in West Virginia, she stressed the importance of the contributions of seniors throughout history. As part of her teachings, she urged students to adopt a grandparent for their lifetime, and not just for one single day.

It was Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia that resolved to make Grandparents Day a holiday in 1973. The Governor at the time, Arch Moore, proclaimed the annual holiday for the state. But when the resolution was not passed, Marian McQuade was quick to organize supporters of the recognition of the seniors, and she urged each of the fifty states in the union to proclaim their Grandparents Day. Within about three years, forty-three states were onboard proclaiming Grandparents Day for each.

A joint resolution was introduced in February of 1977 by Senator Randolph. He requested the proclamation of the recognition of the day to be annually, on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day. On August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter passed the legislation, and National Grandparents Day was proclaimed.

This statute claimed to honor grandparents, as well as to inform everyone of the strength and guidance they have to offer.

There are others who believe that Hermine Beckett Hanna, who resided in North Syracuse, New York, was instrumental in the establishment of Grandparents Day, and she was recognized by New York Congressman James T. Walsh in 1990 for her efforts.

There is even a song for the holiday, written by Johnny Prill, called “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.” It puts into words the relationship that is so unique between grandchildren and their grandparents. The right favors given to the guests will allow them to remember that day many years from now. Never underestimate the power of a clear glass bowl; fill it with flowers, or glass marbles, or seashells, or candy or chips, or make it a dish garden centerpiece or put holiday ornaments in it. The right favors given to the guests will allow them to remember that day many years from now. The history of Grandparents Day has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Grandparents Day to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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