Over the Hill Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Over the Hill 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.


An Over the Hill party is a time of laughter, funny party supplies, and music that goes along with the theme. Singing, dancing and having a great time with family and friends is what most celebrations are supposed to be like. Therefore, finding the right melodies and tunes for those special events is very important. From rock and country to jazz and blues, getting together with friends and celebrating great times or special events will make your event very popular. You can choose to have a Karaoke party, or clear out a place for everyone to dance and have fun. Just make sure to go wild and keep everything loose and funny. Your guest of honor will enjoy the comedy of this party.

After your cake and wacky novelty gifts it is time to gather everyone to the area that you have prepared. Coming up with a song list for an Over the Hill party can be a blast. Here are some ideas:
Another One Bites The Dust- Queen
Stayin’ Alive- The Bee Gees
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go- Wham
Your Mama Can’t Dance, And Your Daddy Can’t Rock And Roll- Loggins and Messina
The Duke Of Earl- Gene Chandler
Great Balls Of Fire- Jerry Lewis
Tossin’ and Turnin’- Bobby Lewis
Get Down Tonight- KC and The Sunshine Band
All of these songs and melodies are meant to be fun and get everyone up enjoying themselves. If you see a guest sitting down, offer to dance with them. One or more of these songs are sure to get a laugh from your guest of honor. Line wicker baskets with colorful cloth napkins that can be matched to a theme, while being used to serve food or hold things like utensils. With a spool of ribbon you can, tie napkins and dinnerware with a bow, make curly streamers, tie ribbon around chairs, add accents to floral arrangements, just go as far as your creativity will take you. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas.

An Over the Hill birthday party is the perfect time for homemade signs, decorations and other handmade party supplies. Celebrating a special event with outstanding event adornments, designs and materials are always a great addition to a festive celebration and fun designs that are perfect for guests of all ages will boost up the event and make the guests feel very special. More often than not, these colorful embellishments will add an excessive amount of attention to the celebration.As most people know, black is the color of choice for an Over the Hill party. From black balloons and party streamers to colorful banners and homemade signs, an Over the Hill party can be a lot of fun.

Many people research and plan an Over the Hill party for a few months prior to the actual event. During this time, they decide where they are going to have the party, when they are going to do it and of course, who they are going to invite. This careful analysis can save the host a great deal of time and money. Most often, planning and preparation will allow more time for handmade signs, decorations and other items. Whether it is a forty, fifty or sixtieth birthday, a personalized Over the Hill banner will be a great way to recognize that special relative, friend or colleague.

Making an over the hill homemade banner can greatly compare to a purchased one. Using newsprint or poster board, words and other party supplies can be added to wish the special friend, relative or colleague, “Happy Birthday.” More often than not, these handmade banners have a special touch beyond compare.


An, Over the Hill, birthday party is the perfect time for a marble sheet cake with dark chocolate icing (as black as possible). This cake will not only taste appealing, but most often an Over the Hill, this tasty treat will bring a lot of laughter to the room. Great tasting delicous desserts and other tasty finger type treats are always a great addition to a special celebration. These extraordinary tasty desserts along with other treats that are designed especially for this celebration will make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these great party foods and desserts will add a lot of fun to the celebrated event.The cake itself can be chocolate, white or marble, but the cake decorations make the cake. An Over the Hill cake can be decorated with an assortment of, Over the Hill, cake decorations such as icing based rose stems with thorns and wilting roses, grave stone markers, silver haired people and of course, the Grim Reaper. These party supplies will bring laughter throughout the room.

Most people enjoy an, Over the Hill, party and the use of Over the Hill, party supplies such as black balloons, black and gray party streamers and Over the Hill, banners only add to the occasion. This variation of party supplies, along with an assortment of, Over the Hill, cakes will create a great, Over the Hill, party.

Planning the cake and party supplies for an, Over the Hill, party will bring back a lot of memories and fun times. In addition to a traditional, Over the Hill, party some people are starting to use photographs on cakes to create a personal touch. This may take a little more time, but most people will find it well worth the effort for an Over the Hill party.

Most often friends and family love throwing over the hill parties for their loved ones as a joke, especially if that loved one has reached a point where they feel somewhat self-conscious about their age. The phrase Over the Hill in general does imply that someone has passed their peak, physically, and mentally. The use of this theme at a party can be sometimes misconstrued so those throwing the party should make sure the guest of honor can take a joke with good natured humor. Nearly all event hostesses will find it very beneficial to plan the event in advance. From making a guest list to preparing the food, having a plan will make the celebration go off without a hitch. Simple hostess tip: Prepare for the entire celebration in advance and avoid adding any extra commitments or stress on the hostess during the preparation period. This simple tip will ensure that the hostess has a stress free and very entertaining time during the actual celebration.

Usually in America the ideal is seen as being young and much of our industry is focused on staying young with lots of anti-aging formulas and treatments, so the idea of the Over the Hill party evolved as the polar opposite to youth. The guests and the guests of honor are celebrating their transition into older age. Sometimes this party is thrown for people who are still really quite young, but it's seen as funny because it's obviously wrong. Some like throwing the Over the Hill party for a guest of honor who is just turning thirty, since turning thirty is seen as a very big transition from youth and immaturity to adulthood and maturity.

This concept is usually not present in many other cultures and only really prevalent in the westernized countries, arising as a response to the never ending search for the fountain of youth. The never ending search just gets so tiring for some people that they decide to have a good old fashioned Over the Hill party. These parties often feature a tombstone shaped cake, graveyard related decorations because the further over the hill you are, the closer to death you are, and lots of gag gifts such as adult diapers and canes and thick reading glasses. Party colors for this theme are often black and grey.Of course, if the guest of honor is turning seventy, a 70's party would be lots of fun to use as a theme also.

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Over the Hill History, Facts and Educational Resources

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

History has held the age of 50 to be a turning point in life. If marks the middle of a century and is considered the point where a person’s life begins to slow down, or go downhill. This long held belief has sparked the recent theme of an over the hill party. The guest of honor is portrayed as old and decrepit.Keeping the celebration lively and very entertaining as well as educational is important for guests of all ages. Sensational activities and other worksheets are a great way of bringing fun and entertainment to the event. More often than not, these activities will add a great deal to the overall celebration.

The over the hill concept is historically a fairly accurate fact. Most people do not live to be one hundred years old so reaching the age of fifty is a turning point. The over the hill theme is all in good fun and is meant to honor the birthday boy or girl in a satirical manner. There are tons of party items that feature this theme.

In addition to the black balloons, condolence invitations, and other funeral type items, there are many creative things a host can do. The guest of honor can be seated in a wheelchair with lap robe. A bib is creative addition when serving the food. Before going too far, make sure that the birthday guest of honor is on board. It could hurt their feelings or even make them angry.

If the guest of honor is okay with the concept, then the fun can genuinely get creative. Historically the theme can go with the idea the birthday girl or boy is old, or near death. Monitor ideas for the taste test, they need to stay within the community boundaries for what would be normally acceptable. Being creative can sometimes lead to going over the top instead of just over the hill. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests. Sending out save-the-date cards is extremely important as the holidays approach and guests have a number of social engagements to attend. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests. The history of Over the Hill 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 Over the Hill to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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