Below is a list of 60th Birthday Party Ideas.
Milestone birthdays are often associated with poking fun at the guest of honour's age and making a big deal of the fact they are getting older. Personally I can't stand birthdays that just focus on the person's age as some sort of theme. Not only is it a bit lazy and unimaginative, it's a cheap joke and is a bit insensitive. So try to avoid all those balloons, banners and paper napkins you see in party supply shops with 60 printed all over them. They just look cheap and tacky anyway.
When it comes to 60th birthdays, you should definitely avoid poking fun at the guest of honours age. As the beginning of retirement stage, most people consider it a significant turning point. So be respectful and help them look forward to their senior years in a positive way. Focus on their vitality and celebrate their accomplishments in life—be it family, relationships, or professional—with plenty of memories and nostalgia.
Read the tips on my 40th Birthdays page about creating a photo slideshow as this works well for all milestone birthdays.
When it comes to 60th birthday party ideas, always choose sentimental over humorous—because they'll remember the sentimental bits. You want to make them feel special and loved. No matter how much of a good sport the guest of honour is, it's far nicer to look back on your 60th birthday and have lots of meaningful memories of friends and family coming together than it is to remember lots of garish 60s themed decorations and bad taste jokes.
Similarly, I've read a lot of articles online where people suggest celebrating milestone birthdays by theming the party according to the decade the person was born in, ex. a 1950s theme. I don't really understand this approach. At the very most the guest of honour would have only been ten years old during that decade. Therefore, it's more likely they will feel a greater affinity to the second decade of their lives when they would have more awareness and memories of music, movies, fashions, and political events—all the things that tend to define a decade. For example, I was born in the 1970s but I have very few, if any, personal memories of the trends of the 1970s and I don't feel particularly connected to that decade because I was too young to appreciate it. However I have lots of my own memories of the 80s as I started to form my own tastes in music, fashion, movies and the general pop culture of the time.
So for me, the idea of a theme party based on the decade the person was born doesn't really work. If you want to throw a decade themed party, it would be far better to choose one that the person is actually attracted to according to their tastes. For example, if the person likes things that are stylish and glamorous and enjoys dressing up smart for special occasions, then you might consider giving the party a 1930s theme. Or perhaps they are a fan of Film Noir or old MGM musicals so you could use a 1940s theme inspired by the golden age of Hollywood. The important thing is that you consider their tastes and make it a party they'll actually enjoy—based on what they like.
If you don't find any 60th birthday party ideas you like from here, be sure to check out Party Themes A-Z incase something from a different category catches your eye. Most party themes can be adapated to suit different ages with just a little tweaking.
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Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
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