Key Points in Planning a Birthday Party for Centenarians

Planning a birthday celebration for any centenarian takes sensitivity. Quite possibly they are frail and mobility challenged. The location of the party must take this into consideration.

Discuss the party with the birthday celebrant. NEVER THROW A SURPRISE PARTY for someone this age. Together, work up an invitation list of friends and family members.

Know all you can about the birthday celebrant. If she is in a wheelchair or in ill health, hold the party at their home. If she lives in a nursing home, coordinate with the administrator for this very special event. You need to know about all allergies and limitations. For instance, if she can’t hear, don’t waste money on music.

Plan the food. There may be rules to follow if she lives in a nursing home. If you can hold the party in a private home, consider hiring a caterer. An alternative is to ask friends to bring a dish. The hostess supplies only the Birthday Cake and drinks.

Use the dining table with her best linens and china for a smaller group. Many centenarians are especially fond of their possessions and will have fond memories at dining table set with her beautiful china and silver.

Buffets will be difficult for senior citizens. If there is a large group of guests, put the food on a buffet or dining table, but have helpers serve the seated senior citizens-especially the birthday girl. Be sure to have a non-alcoholic punch or soft drinks as the celebrant or the elderly guests may need to avoid mixing alcohol with medicines.

Bake the celebrant’s cake. Top it with letter candles or put three large candles for 1-0-0 on the cake. Western tradition allows for 100 small candles on the cake, but she probably cannot blow them all out, and this will make her feel bad.100th bday

Entertainment should be appropriate for senior citizens. Children’s choir is a favorite. A violinist or pianist could provide background music as well as a set program.

Consider hiring a photographer or videographer. Copies of these mementos will be cherished by all members of the family.

Dress. Work with the birthday celebrant on dress for the day. Make sure has a current hair cut or hair style. Fix makeup for ladies and choose a great looking outfit. Buy a tiara for the birthday girl. Party supply places have fun ones with the number 100 prominently displayed. A funny hat for a birthday guy sets the party mood. They want to look and feel good for this special day.

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How to Eat Healthy At Holiday Parties in 2016

holiday-partyHoliday get-togethers and parties often include food that isn’t the healthiest as well as high calorie holiday drinks and alcohol. It can be hard to stick to your healthy routine with all of the temptations and treats at your fingertips. There are easy ways to enjoy all of the festivities and visit with friends and family without getting out of control with your eating and drinking. Use these three tips to help stay on track.

Eat a well balanced snack before you go. This is one of the most important tips to help you stay on track at holiday parties. How many times have you waited to eat before you go to a party so you can eat all of the fun holiday food? Usually, postponing eating only leads to eating more than you normally would. Make sure you don’t go to a get together hungry! Instead, prepare yourself a well balanced snack before you go. This way, you won’t be starving when you get to your party and the chances of overeating are much less. It’s best to make something that contains all three macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates and fat. Enjoy a 100 – 200 calorie, well balanced snack before you head out. A meal replacement shake, meal replacement bar, small side salad or soup are easy ways to provide all of the macronutrients needed without eating a big meal. Eating your snack ahead of time ensures your getting a healthy mini meal and will help balance out blood sugar levels to avoid cravings. When you get to your holiday party, enjoy a few treats but don’t overindulge. You should be less likely crave all of the bad snacks but can still taste a few treats and have a fun holiday beverage if you’d like.

Stick to whole food. Sticking to whole foods as much as possible should help you avoid all of the processed treats with ingredients you may not be aware of. Prepackaged, pre-made hors d’ oeuvres often contain refined sugar and unhealthy fats. These types of ingredients can lead to a spike in your blood sugar because of too much sugar or too many calories. This will lead to wanting more and more of those unhealthy treats. Instead, try to stick to whole foods as much as you can. Vegetable trays with dips, protein bites and skewers and healthy fats like nuts and seeds are great options to pick from. Yes, you can still choose a few unhealthy temptations but if the majority of your food comes from healthier choices, you’ll be less likely to overeat the bad options.

Stay hydrated. Keeping yourself hydrated will reduce the chances of dehydration and also reduce the risk of mistaking thirst for hunger. Sticking with the general rule that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces will help you remain hydrated. Drink pure water for hydration – no caffeinated or sugary drinks. Dehydration can lead to your body holding onto water which in turn may lead to gaining weight and pushing the number on the scale up. Alcohol and high salt foods may lead to dehydration if you’re not continuing to drink your water on a consistent basis throughout the day. When you’re at a party, a great rule of thumb is to have one glass of water for every glass of alcohol that you have. This can help you stay completely hydrated. In addition, many times we think we’re hungry but we’re actually thirsty. If you continue to drink your water, the likelihood of you mistaking hunger and thirst and overeating might be much less.