Over the Hill Party

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The Over the Hill Party is a birthday party theme that is often listed under 30th birthday party ideas, but can be used for 40th as well. It is typically associated with these milestone years. If you throw it later than that, the birthday guy or gal is already getting a little closer to truly being what we joke about as "over the hill."

I remember when my husband turned 30 and had an Over the Hill Party, one of the funny things was all the gag gifts he received - and also all the products for older people that he received - we couldn't imagine a time when he would be using them. At the age of 50, however, he WAS using some of those items, so they wouldn't have been as good then. Perhaps just an "old as dirt" party would be more fitting for older birthday celebrations!

A 30th birthday is the major milestone where you are perceived as being “older”, but you are really, truly not “over the hill”!

Party stores sell lots of fun Over the Hill accessories, such as walking canes, funny hats, yard signs and buttons.

Make sure you decorate with lots of black balloons and streamers! You are "in mourning" for their youth. So black is key.

Dancing? Play some old retro hits. The oldies but goodies!

Another fun thing to do is to ask guests to bring small gifts that an elderly person might need. It is always funny to see their reaction as they open these things. Some examples might be...

  • Denture cleanser or cream
  • Adult diapers
  • Geriatric vitamins or supplements
  • Books about aging well
  • Hair dye 
  • Magazines geared towards older folks 


For a fun cake, make a graveyard cake, complete with tombstones!

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Other Creative Over the Hill Party and Cake Ideas

Do you want a fun Over the Hill idea, but still a little different? You could also do a Western Theme Party and make your cake a "boot hill", complete with a tombstone for the birthday person!

Another idea is to incorporate dinosaurs, since the birthday is celebrating someone "from the dinosaur age."  Check out these great dinosaur cakes!

At the top of the page I suggested an  "older than dirt" party. If you go with this theme, throw in a gardening or outdoor theme ideas and serve a Dirt Cake!

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