Birthday Invitation – Some Fun Ideas For Adults’ Parties

Birthday Invitation Ideas

There are plenty of opportunities for a little fun at the birthday honouree’s expense when sending out birthday invitations. First you have to offer to do the invitations on behalf of the honouree. Then the fun can begin. A photo of the honouree at school, or dressed in suspect fashion for a night out, or posing on the beach. They can all form the basis for great birthday invitations. And of course, if you have the computer know-how, photographs can be touched up and altered using programs like Photoshop. Ask around to see if you know anyone who might be able to help with the high tech stuff. Otherwise, there is always the teacher’s favourite, cut and paste!


A good idea for surprise parties is to compile a photo album of old photographs which can be presented as a special birthday present at the party. This will take a bit of organisation in advance. A nice idea is to have guests write some comments under the photographs, the more humorous the better. Or you can go one further and have each guest design a page of the book. In this way, each page will be different, which makes for a vibrant and fun gift. Some people put in photos, others write poems, others songs, and some attach bits of memorabilia. These are just a few ideas that you can give the guests in advance if they are unsure what to do with their page.

Milestone Years: 40, 50, 60, 70 etc

Milestone Birthdays can be great fun. An idea that works well as a semi surprise party is to offer to prepare the birthday invitation on behalf of the birthday honouree, and then to send out invitations made up like an obituary. Use a black and white picture of the birthday boy or girl in their younger years. Make the obituary as funny and warm as you can, but take great liberties with factual information, and have the deceased die in as ridiculous a manner as possible, but have the death in some way fitting with the person’s interests. A golfer dies on the golf course, attacked by squirrels on the 18th green. You get the idea. Then you can have each guest write their own obituary for the deceased, which can be read out at dinner. You can have pall bearers for the cake, a 21 cap gun salute, guests could be primed to wear black arm bands or black party hats, and any other funny idea you can think of. The key is that the surprises keep coming all through the party.

A Themed Party

Themed parties are not just for kids. Adults love them too, so you could arrange one based around a special interest. As with all themed parties, every aspect of the party from the birthday invitations, the decor, the guests’ mode of dress, should reflect the theme. You can give prizes for costumes, and have all sorts of associated games. The old favourites like musical chairs can work as well for adults as for kids.

So get in touch with the big kid in you and hold a great birthday party!

Exhibits of Science at the International Crop Research Institute For Semi Arid Tropics

The visit to ICRISAT (International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics) was with a purpose to know and understand how research institutes validate their research and popularise it to the public. Since the institute is funded by international organisations and governments the explanation is in the form of a display of semi arid conditions. The approach followed by them was in the form of a publicity campaign to garner goodwill and get more allocation for funds. Though the institute was developed for the semi arid regions it does not reflect any real conditions faced by the people of those regions. The institute reminded me of a corporate boardroom rather than a research institute working for the betterment of very poor farmers. The achievements of the institute cannot be discounted in any way; they have developed new varieties or groundnut and sorghum which have made the lives of farmers a lot easier over the years.

The institutional and donor setup does not allow them to take a oppositional or critical stand when it comes to contentious issues like genetic engineering on crops or genetically modified foods. When questioned about the validity of such research the answer was a very well rehearsed and avoidance filled one expressing and reassuring the audience that there is nothing wrong with genetically modified foods or ever will be. Some other questions about patenting, intellectual property rights and loss of quality in hybrid foods were dealt with in an almost dismissive fashion.

The approach was quite promotional as the institute mainly depends on donations and does not patent its discoveries and inventions (which probably save the institute from total domination by the donors). This type of explanation is aimed at an informed audience who will publicise the findings and provide a justification for the research. Public Relations is everything for people dependent on donors and charity as it is harder to convince people to part with their money for no profit. The institute follows a typical top-down approach to the problems faced by farmers and offers solutions to them based on assumptions made by scientists. Since the institute depends on donations the approach of explanation is satisfactory though making them more inclusive by going to the grass roots instead of labs.

The science express was aimed at popularisation of science for school children and adults alike, the exhibit tried to follow a interactive and explanatory approach but missed the bus on both counts. The explanation written was too technical and needed a solid science background for any student to understand and since it was a joint initiative with the German Government it also took on a German research promotion activity. The facilitators had themselves not fully understood the nature of the exhibits which made their efforts a waste because they did not help the cause. The audience for the science express were science students from grades 10-12, though there were efforts to introduce school children to scientific experiments and thinking. The exhibition was too technical for someone without a background in science or one who is a science enthusiast. The exhibition needed simpler language and lot more interactive understanding. The exhibition had the necessary tools available but proper management was a problem and the facilitators did not help the cause.