13 Great 90th Birthday Ideas To Make The Big Occasion Special
The key to a long life — is amazing birthday celebrations! We have 13 great 90th birthday ideas based on advice from centenarians on how to live a long, healthy life. We also threw in a few other fun and unique ideas that guests of all ages will love!
1. Go somewhere new
Make this birthday extra special with a change of scenery! Find a venue on Peerspace with a beautiful view, space for the whole family, and big, comfy couches to take naps after filling up on cake! Choose a venue where you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio while listening to the birds or a space where you can hear the waves hitting the beach from the living room window. You can also sort venues through keywords like “handicap accessible” or only show listings with amenities like elevators if you have accessibility concerns!
2. Beer and whiskey
Cheers to a long and healthy life! Don’t be afraid to include beer, whiskey, or another of the birthday guy or gal’s favorite drinks in the birthday celebration. After all, New Jersey’s longest-living resident swears by it! NBC New York reported that “[Agnes] Fenton was prescribed alcohol by a doctor for a benign tumor in 1943. She took heed, drinking Miller High Life and Johnnie Walker Blue Label daily for decades. When interviewed on her 110th birthday, Fenton credited the routine for her longevity.”
3. Pajama party
Napping counts as a hobby too! Keep the birthday party relaxed with a pajama party vibe, bringing the whole family to celebrate in their best flannel PJs, nighties, and hairnets. On her 110th birthday, Flossie Dickey said she would rather take a nap than have a party. So we say go ahead — you earned that nap! The best birthday celebration may just be to snuggle up with hot cocoa and watch a movie.
4. Find your zen
Be flexible on your 90th birthday— literally— and try yoga! Lil Hansen taught yoga on her 105th birthday, so you can’t use the excuse that you are too old to join in on the fun! This is one of those 90th birthday ideas that can be a fun activity for the whole family — from grandparents to grandkids. Peerspace has yoga studios available to rent, and some of them have yoga instructors ready for you to use! For example, check out this cozy studio in Philadelphia and gorgeous light-filled space for yoga and a birthday party in San Anselmo, CA.
5. Oh so sweet
Feed that sweet tooth on your birthday! Leandra Becerra Lumbreras lived to almost 130 years old and said chocolate is key to a long life. Her granddaughter told the Press Trust of India that “she has no diabetes or hypertension so can eat as many chocolates and sweets as she likes.” So go ahead — break out the fondue fountain, make some chocolate-covered pretzels, and sip on hot cocoa with your friends and family for your 90th birthday celebration!
6. Soak it in
Relax all your worries away with a 90th birthday celebration in the hot springs! Masazo Nonaka, once crowned the world’s oldest living man, was a huge fan of soaking in the springs. This would be a fun birthday activity to pair with a spa day — maybe a pedicure and massage after your soak?
7. There’s no crying in cribbage
Flex those mental muscles and celebrate the big day by beating all the grandkids at cribbage! Teach them terms like “nob” and rack up points as they learn phrases like, “15-2, 15-4, that’s all there is, and there ain’t no more!” Cribbage is a fun game to play on any birthday and a great tradition to pass along! Centenarian Edris Mathiesen said cards and crossword puzzles are what keeps her feeling young!
8. Eat as much cake as you want!
Worried about what you eat? Don’t be— today’s your birthday, and you should spoil yourself! As centenarian Elizabeth Sullivan put it — you’ve made it further than most people giving you advice. Here’s Elizabeth’s rather frank take on it:
“I saw the doctor, and he said, ‘Are you careful about what you eat?’ and I said, ‘Certainly not, I drink three Dr. Peppers a day,’ and he said, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s too much sugar. You will die if you keep drinking that,’” she recounted. “But 10 years later, he died, and I had to change doctors.”
9. Par 90
Golf is a fun sport no matter your age — so get out and play a round with your friends and family! To ensure success for the birthday player, add the caveat that par for the round is actually whatever your age is. It’s going to be a good day for anyone over 72!
10. Trivia night
At 90, you’ve lived through more history than you think! Show off all your knowledge in a game of trivia — with a focus on the years you look back on most fondly. Trivia questions can be related directly to your family history (like Uncle Bill’s only male second cousin?) or more generic U.S. and world history and pop culture facts from years past.
11. Masquerade ball
If you are looking for 90th birthday ideas that give everyone a great excuse to dress up — consider a masquerade ball! Young guests can decorate their own masks, while adult guests can come ready in all the attire for a beautiful and fun night of dancing. Make the night extra special by hiring a string quartet to play at the party!
12. Go bird watching
Get outside for the 90th birthday celebration and enjoy the warm weather and birds chirping! Bird watching is a fun activity to keep everyone busy during the party but still relaxed enough to not feel too overwhelming. A great birthday gift for this activity would be a birdwatching book or a good set of binoculars.
13. Do what makes you happy
Your birthday is about you, so if you don’t like any of these 90th birthday ideas, that’s okay, too. Do whatever makes you happy this birthday! Picture the perfect day in your head? What does it look like? Whatever it is … do that. Rent out a beach house and listen to the waves hit the shore, drink 10 cups of your favorite tea, eat a whole cake on your own — make today whatever you want it to be!