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60th Birthday party Ideas

Milestone birthday parties 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 can be a little insensitive. So try to avoid all those balloons, banners, and paper plates 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 (hopefully!), 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—by incorporating plenty of personal memories and nostalgic elements.

The ideas below are all about celebrating the person, not just their age, and making their 60th birthday party as personal as possible.

60th birthday party ideas


In This Section...
01

Party versus Activity?

First, choose whether to celebrate with a traditional 60th birthday party or a group activity.

02

thinking about a theme party?

Why you probably don't need a theme to go with these 60th birthday party ideas.

03

ahead of the big day

Plan ahead with a few surprise 60th birthday party ideas ahead of the big day.

04

60th Birthday Party Invitations

Recommendations for tasteful and sophisticated 60th birthday party invitations.

05

60th Birthday Party Ideas: on the day

Thoughtful and fun ideas for how to celebrate on the day.

06

60th Birthday Party Decorations

Alternatives to the traditional store-bought decorations for a 60th birthday party.

07

party food & drinks

What to serve and how to make it look great.

08

Games, Activities, and Fun stuff

Ideas for 50th birthday party games, activities, and other fun stuff.

09

Gifts & Wrapping ideas

Personalized gifts and wrapping in keeping with these 60th birthday party ideas.



01

60th Birthday Party v Group Activity

Let's face it, 60 isn't considered old any more. We're all living longer and the idea of retiring around the age of 60 just isn't the reality anymore. Nowadays, most 60 year old's still leave very active and sociable lives.

If you're planning a 60th birthday celebration for someone who likes 'doing things', then maybe consider getting a group of friends and/or family together to take part in some sort of activity. To make this more special, and therefore fitting for a milestone birthday, I'd suggest organising something a little out of the ordinary or a bit adventurous.

When I'm buying someone a birthday gift, I try to choose something that they wouldn't ordinarily buy for themselves—so that it feels more like a treat or indulgence. I suggest taking the same approach when choosing a group activity to celebrate their birthday. Plan something you think they'll enjoy, but is not something they do often (or have ever done before!). This will create unique memories associated with their milestone birthday!

Champagne Hot Air Balloon Ride
Champagne Hot Air Balloon Ride
Cooking Party with a Private Chef
Cooking Party with a Private Chef
Hiking with Adoptable Dogs
Hiking with Adoptable Dogs
Zero Gravity Flight
Zero Gravity Flight

Nowadays, there are so lots of really unusual group activties and experiences to choose from that are perfect for a 60th birthday celebration. Examples include:

  • Escape from death row
  • plan a heist
  • BULLDOZER ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND DAYS
  • sunset horseriding
  • create your own signature perfume
  • Fly a Jetpack
  • the personal chef experience: host the ultimate dinner party
  • champagne tasting & sabering
  • hike with adoptable hounds
  • cave tours
  • sunset sail & beer tasting tour
  • wine and chocolate pairing masterclass

For more 60th birthday party ideas and group activities like these, check out the links below for what's available in your area. Personally, I hate to split these into 'ideas for men' and 'ideas for women'—which seems so sexist—but unfortunately most people tend to search for birthday ideas by gender. Therefore, if you don't find something of interest straight away, please do have a quick browse of the other gender page!



02

60th Birthday Party Themes


Celebrate the Person, not their Age

When it comes to 60th birthday parties, 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 '60' themed decorations and bad taste jokes.

So concentrate on celebrating the person, not just their age. As you'll see below, there are still lots of ways to include the big 60 into the party theming and decorations without it dominating. But instead of making the number the focus, relate everything back to the person so that it becomes a celebration of their life, shared with friends and family.



Other Party Themes

If you want to add a theme to your party, check out some of my other theme party pages by clicking on any of the icons below. These are fully designed parties with ideas for invitations, party food & drink, and decorations. They're designed with both kid's and adult parties in mind, so not all of the ideas will be relevant, but you might come accross some additional ideas to go with the specific 60th birthday party ideas below.

baseball party ideas
bowling party ideas
carnival theme party ideas
redneck party ideas
garden party ideas
7 deadly sins party ideas
wine tasting party ideas


03

Countdown Ideas


60 Messages from 60 Friends

This is a really thoughtful idea and I love it because it fits prefectly with the idea of celebrating the person and making their 60th birthday really personal. It takes a bit of planning, but it's worth it.

Make a list of 60 of the birthday boy or girl's friends, family, and co-workers and mail them any one of these blank, pre-addressed, postcards (which can be personalized for any age / milestone birthday). The postcards come with a 'directions card' that asks them to write a favorite memory, kind note, or birthday wish for the birthday boy / girl and mail them back in the week leading up to their 60th birthday party.

This idea is particularly useful for including friends and family far away, who might not be able to attend the party, or for those that they're only in occasional contact with, such as old school friends. Don't worry if you can manage to get 60 people to send in messages, any number will do.The birthday boy or girl will be really touched to hear from so many people in such as personal way. Be sure to ask people to make the message as personal as possible, whether lighthearted or heartfelt.

Note that the designs below are all printable files, so you can either print them at home yourself or just give the file to your local copy shop / photo lab to print for you. Check out all the designs pictured below here. Alternatively, see below for printed options.

60 messages from 60 friends telegrams
60 messages from 60 friends postcards
60 messages from 60 friends postcards
60 messages from 60 friends postcards

If you dont want to print these yourself, there are a couple of different designs available that will ship the printed postcards to you (all can be customized for any age). The first, below left, is a simple color-block design with the milestone birthday number on it. Check these out here.

The second option, below center left, incorporates a photo of your choice on the front of the postcard. I think this is a nice option below you can use a vintage photo of the birthday boy or girl when they were a kid. Finally, the same designer also offers this pink and gray design, below right, and is happy to discuss color/font changes or to create a custom design based on your requirements. Check both out here.

60 messages from 60 friends postcards
60 messages from 60 friends custom photo postcards
60 messages from 60 friends postcards
60 messages from 60 friends postcards

Personalized Postage Stamps

To make it as easy as possible for people to the return the "60 Messages from 60 Friends" postcards above, be sure to attach a postage stamp to them before you mail them out. As the birthday boy or girl is likely to keep the returned postcards for years to come, a really nice way to enhance them is to use these personalized photo stamps (below left). I'd suggest uploading 3 photos of the birthday boy or girl from different stages of their life, e.g as a baby, at college, and present day, which will bring a smile to the faces of both the recipient and the birthday honoree when mailed back. Note: these are available for USA postage only. Check them out here.

personalized postage stamps
old man holiday baby
vintage photo man in airforce uniform
vintage photo young kid

Personalized video messaging stickers

Another great way to enhance the "60 Messages from 60 Friends" postcards is with these scannable stickers that allow you to add a personalized voice or video message. Friends and family just record a video or voice message on their phone, link it to one of the QR code stickers, attach it to their postcard, then when the birthday boy or girl receives it they scan the sticker with their phone to play back the personalized message. What an amazing way to bring these birthday greetings and memories to life! The stickers come in packs of 100 so you can use them in many other ways unrelated to the 60th birthday, for example adding grandpa's voice to a kid's storybook or leaving instructions around the house for guests—such as how to use the TV remote. Check them out here.

Personalized video messaging stickers
Personalized video messaging stickers
Personalized video messaging stickers
Personalized video messaging stickers


A Gift Every Hour—at 60 mins past

Spread the love over the entire day! Rather than buy one big gift, choose 12-18 smaller presents so that they can open one every hour—at 60 minutes past the hour! How cute would it be to pack the birthday boy or girl off to work with a bag full of small gifts to open throughout the day? You could even drop them a message every hour to prompt them or even call to share their response to each gift.

The gifts themselves don't have to be expensive 'proper' gifts, they can just be fun little trinkets, things with sentimental significance, or something that invokes a particular memory. For example, a framed family photograph, a favorite childhood candy or hard to find food delicacy from their hometown, a video message from a long distance friend pre-loaded onto a tablet, or a coupon for a foot rub. Remember, try to make everything personal!

You can make this even more personal by using this personalized photo gift wrapping paper (below center, other designs available). Just upload different photos of the birthday boy or girl throughout the years and it will be printed onto each sheet in a mosaic effect. Check it out here. Update: There's also some nice photo collage gift wrap available here for $3 a sheet.

Also, check out this supplier for tasteful gift tags, such as the chalkboard-style ones below (lots more designs available). Attach one to each gift and write on the time they should open each one, i.e 10.60, 11.60, 12.60 etc.

a gift every hour wrapped and numbered gifts
Photo: Chai & Home
personalized photo gift wrapping paper
 
personalized photo gift wrapping paper
 
chalkboard gift tags
 


Friends & Family Birthday Card

I came across these photos below and thought this idea would make a great 60th birthday card or gift. Have friends and family spell out a birthday message by having each person hold up a sign with one letter or word on it. It could be "We love you Mum" or a simple "Happy 60th Birthday". Just Google 'printable letters' to find some free templates that you can email to friends and family. Ask them to color their letter in (you might want to tell everyone which color to choose), take a photo against a light colored wall, and then email it back to you to arrange into one image. If you need any help to combine all the photos together in one final image, you can email it to one of these guys to do it for you for around $5.

While you could upload the final image to a site like this to create a unique birthday card, I think these type of sentimental and thoughtful photographs are a bit wasted just on cards. If you've made the effort to create something special like this, think about turning it into a canvas print (which you could then frame as a birthday gift)—you can check out all the options here. Discount Coupons: use code: SHIP39 for free shipping on orders $39+.

happy 60th birthday family photo
Photo: Jessica Green
i love you photo
Photo: Deavita


Alternatively, you could have it reproduced on something the birthday boy or girl will get more use out of, such as a phone case, pillow, throw, or mug. See here for more photo product ideas (check top of landing page for their current discount codes).

personalized phone case
personalized candle
personalized photo white board
personalized photo mug

Reasons We Love You Photo Book

I came across a number of these types of photos online, where people are photographed holding up individual signs to express different sentiments. Often they're used for school photos, such as "When I grow up I want to be..." or "We think teacher Stacy is....", but I think this could also be a great way to make the birthday boy or girl feel special by having friends and family hold up signs to convey "Reasons we love you..." or "What I love most about you..." and then displaying them all in a photo book.

You don't even have to get friends and family members together to produce this. Instead you could ask each person to take their own and email it to you. Then, collect all the images in a personalized photo book using one image per page to create an entire book of reasons they're loved by friends and family. Check out the range of photo books here.

Just remember to give everyone the same instructions if you want each page of the book to have some consistency e.g. the type of background they should use, what color of sign, whether it should be a full length photo (which would give you more freedom to crop to size later) etc. Of course the images don't have to all use a consistent style—different photos are just as fun. But I would remind anyone using a cameraphone to take theirs to make sure their camera settings are on the highest possible resolution to take the best quality photo for printing.

reasons we love you photo collage
Photo: Project Kid
reasons we love you photo collage
Photo: Pinterest
reasons we love you photo collage
Photo: Pinterest
personalized photo book

 


You can also get photo books that have already been designed along the theme of "10 Things I Love About...." (the number of 'things', name of recipient, color scheme, and size can all be customized). These feature additional design motifs and text boxes, so if you can't arrange for everyone to take a custom photo in time, you can have people email you the sentiments and you can type this directly into the book and attribute it to them alongside any picture that's easier for you to source. Check them out here.

10 Things I Love About...Photo Book
10 Things I Love About...Photo Book
10 Things I Love About...Photo Book
10 Things I Love About...Photo Book


04

60th Birthday Party Invitations

Check out my seperate page of 60th Birthday Party Invitations for creative and unusual invitation ideas.

great gatsby style 60th Birthday Party Invitation
60th Birthday Party Invitation vinyl record
60th Birthday Party Telegram Invitation
starry night invitation
60th Birthday Party Invitation balloon
60th Birthday Party passport Invitation
3D 60th Birthday Party Invitation with 3D glasses
60th Birthday Party Invitation cassette tape


05

60th Birthday Party Ideas: The Big Day



60 Years of memories

Who writes personal letters anymore? No-one. That's what makes this idea so special.

Similar to the '60 Messages from 60 Friends' idea above, this version by Holly at Nothing But Bonfires, focuses more on memories and friendships, rather than just birthday greetings, to celebrate '60 Years of Memories'. Have friends write a one page letter to the birthday boy or girl that recalls a memory they share—perhaps something funny about how they first met or something that really cemeted their friendship—the more nostalgic the better.

This is about celebrating the person's life through memories and anecdotes, and by having friends and family articulate what their friendship/relationship means to that person. Tell people it's fine to get a little gushy and sentimental—but humor works too! It's an oportunity to put down in writing things they might think but seldom say to the birthday boy / girl. That's what will make this really touching.

Unlike the postcards, I would gather all the letters up and present them to the birthday boy or girl as a gift at their 60th birthday party. I like the way they've been presented in the pictures below, you can pick up different styles of vintage airmail envelopes here to create something similar.

60 years of memories
60 years of memories

A nice way to enhance the presentation of this idea is to create envelope liners using different photos of the birthday boy or girl from different stages of their life, e.g a baby photo, college graduation, wedding etc. If you've got the patience to make these yourself, check out the tutorial here from Kate's Creative Space. Alternatively, for $1 each you can have them made for you here. A quick tip...seal the envelopes with washi tape (you can pick up airmail themed washi tape here to match the envelopes) so they'll be opened more carefully and to avoid them being torn open.

custom photo envelope liners
custom photo envelope liners
vintage photo main in air force uniform
airmail washi tape

These letters are likely to be kept and treasured for years and so would make a wonderfully thoughtful and sentimental 60th birthday gift. One way to turn these into a more substantial gift would be to present them in one of these personalized keepsake boxes featuring photos of the birthday boy or girl at various stages of their life. Check them out here.

custom photo keepsake box
custom photo keepsake box
custom photo keepsake box
custom photo keepsake box

If you think it's going to be too difficult to co-ordinate this in advance or friends are going to be too flakey to actually sit down and right their letter in time, you can also set this up as an activity at the birthday party. You can have these printable memory cards customized with a photo collage on the reserve, then print off a stack and set up a table at the party for people to fill them in over the course of the evening. There's also a matching sign titled 'Take a Trip Down Memory Lane' with instructions for guests. Check them out here.

60th birthday memory cards
take a trip down memory lane 60th birthday party sign

Birthday Photo Slideshow

A great way to truly celebrate the person is to create a photo slide show charting their life journey so far. Nowadays these are really inexpensive to have professionally made (short ones with 30 photos are only $30). You just email over the pictures and they'll set them to music and animate them so they blend and dissolve from one to the next.

The two best (and reasonably priced) examples I've found are Slideshow Example Video 1, the first video below left, which is available here. Alternatively, check out Slideshow Examples Video 2, the second video below right, which is available here.

Photo slideshows for milestone birthdays often work best as a surprise for the birthday boy or girl, so contact friends and family in advance and ask them to send you photos of fond memories they've shared with the host, dating as far back as they like. The slideshow can be as humorous, embarrassing, touching, or sentimental as you like—in fact a bit of everything works really well. I guarantee that this sort of gift will be extremely appreciated and provides a great focal point at the party for everyone to share in.

birthday photo slideshow
vintage photo of woman
vintage wedding photo
vintage photo of Nan

Check out the two example below:

Above: Slideshow Example Video 1
Above: Slideshow Example Video 2


60 Years in pictures

These personalized photo books are another great way to celebrate a 60 years in pictures. Rather than just creating one using your own photos, contact friends and family and ask everyone to send you a photo of the birthday boy or girl from their own photo collection—along with a short memory about the photo summed up in a few sentences. This way you'll get to include lots of photos that the birthday boy / girl might not remember (or have even seen before!). You could even contact people at the same time as asking them to write a letter for the '60 Years of Memories' above, so that you get memories as both words and photographs.

The photo books come with existing design templates and embellishments, like this one below (other more modern designs also available), so all you have to do is upload the photos, arrange them in order, and add you own text / memories. Check out the full range here.

Note: the example below is pictured on their website as 'A Book of Rememberance' using the image below left, but you can see how I used their personalization tool to replace the front cover "sticker" with another one that reads 'A Journey of Life' (below center left). All other text inside is editable so you can change any other references to rememberance. I just thought the layout of this template lent itself really nicely to celebrating a life journey as they have pre-designed sections such as 'Life Journey', 'Family Tree', 'Memories', 'Generations', and space for 'Stories'—although you can rename these sections anything you want. Check it out here.

A Journey of Life Photo Book with Vintage Photos
A Journey of Life Photo Book with Vintage Photos
A Journey of Life Photo Book with Vintage Photos
A Journey of Life Photo Book with Vintage Photos


A Journey of Life Photo Book with Vintage Photos
A Journey of Life Photo Book with Vintage Photos
A Journey of Life Photo Book with Vintage Photos
A Journey of Life Photo Book with Vintage Photos

If you don't find any designs you like above, you can also check out the range of photobooks here, which have other designs, such as the ones below.

60 years in pictures photo book
60 years in pictures photo book


60 Reasons We Love You

Another way to celebrate the person on their 60th birthday is to have everyone contribute a few words to this list of '60 Reasons Why We Love You'. You can buy a printable of the template here, which you can then scale to any size. You could set this up as a guestbook as people arrive at the party and have them handwrite their reasons. Alternatively, it looks just as good when the messages are typed, so you could have it prepared in advance and then present the birthday boy / girl with a framed copy as a birthday gift. You could also display it somewhere prominent at the party so that people can read what others have written, or read some of them out if you're planning to make a few speeches.

60 reasons why we love you template
60 reasons why we love you template
60 reasons why we love you framed

I've also seen this idea presented in different ways, such as labels on beer bottles served at the party (below left), displayed on pegs as 60th birthday party decorations (below center), or even in a jar presented to the birthday boy / girl (below right).



Update: Lots of people have emailed me asking where they can buy something similar to the jar pictured above so below are a few I've come accross (click on any of the images below to see more about each one). The advantage of the two filled jars and the filled glass block pictured below is that you can email over the messages to be printed onto each scroll which will then be rolled and hand-tied, whereas the empty jar pictured below comes with blank cards for you to write your own.

60 reasons we love you jar of messages
60 reasons we love you glass block of messages
60 reasons we love you jar of messages
60 reasons we love you jar of messages


Creative Guest Books

These ideas for creative guest books are actually from weddings, but I think they're just as appropriate for making these 60th birthday party ideas personal and filled with great memories.

The first, below left, is to set up a large dictionary and ask each guest to leave a message highlighting a word that describes the birthday boy / girl. Then ask them to tag the page. Alternatively, if the birthday boy / girl has a particular hobby or interest, base your guest book around this. For example, guests might sign a special bottle of wine, a baseball bat, or a guitar. Finally, blow up a large photo of the birthday boy or girl, one that has plenty of space around the edges, and have people sign this.



Update: I also came accross these examples below where guests had signed a framed picture of the birthday boy / girl for their 80th birthday, which I thought was a really nice way to do it. You can actually buy these ready made with an extra-thick border to accomodate the signatures. Check out the range here.


A nice way to make this even more special is to use a custom watercolor print which they'll make from any photo. This is available as a print—with or without the frame—or a canvas. Check it out here.

guest book alternative custom watercolor print
custom watercolor from photo


One final option along the same lines are these prints that spell out a name embedded with your photo, like the example below left available here, or spelling out the occasion e.g 60th Birthday, like the example below right available here.

guest book alternative custom photo print
guest book alternative custom photo print


polaroid guest books

Another way to create great memories of their 60th birthday party is to set up a polaroid photobooth. You can pick up the new modern Polaroid cameras quite cheaply here. Set up a chalk board with instructions for guests and ask everyone to stick their photo into a guest book and leave a message for the birthday boy / girl. Or you can get printable signs here, such as the one below center right (other designs available).

Alternatively, you could use the photos as part of the decorations by pegging them on to string on a display board.



You can also pick up milestone birthday themed photo albums for people to stick their polaroids in. Check out the full range here or click on any of the images below for that specific design.

60th birthday photo album
60th birthday photo album
60th birthday photo album


Photo Messages

Another way to create a photo guest book is to have everyone write their birthday wishes onto a chalk board and hold this up in the photograph—which makes it more fun and interactive. Or you can pick up these chalkboard speech bubbles here.



video messages

A variation on this idea is to set up an area for guests to leave video messages for the birthday boy / girl. This will create some lovely memories to play back in future.

You can do this quite easily by just leaving a tablet set up with a tripod so guests can pop in and do it themselves. Be sure to leave instructions, like in the photos below, telling guests which button to press to start and stop the recordings and also give them an idea of what you want them to say. Just remember to set this up in a quiet area away from all the party noise; on the way in is usually a safe bet. Although sometimes the messages are more fun after everyone's had a few drinks!

You can pick up the tablet tripods here for around $25.



fan faces

These fan faces are a fun way to greet the birthday boy / girl when they arrive at the party—especially if it's a surprise 60th birthday party. I would suggest you get them made using a few different photos of the person, from different stages of their life, to make it more fun. Check them out here.

Discount Coupons: Use code: SZFREE39 for free shipping on orders $39+

fan faces
 
fan faces milestone birthday
Photo: Erin Condren.
fan faces
 


bucket list: Things to do before you reach 50

Have party guests help to create a thoughtful and inexpensive gift by contributing suggestions for a bucket list of 'Things To Do Before You Reach 50. Pick up one of these printable signs (below left, can be customized for any age) available here and these bucket list suggestion cards (below center left) available here and have guests write down ideas throughout the party and pop them in this personalized bucket, which is only $18, available here. if you're doing speeches, you could read out some of the suggestions (which should be quite entertaining!) and have the birthday boy or girl try to guess who made the suggestion.

You could also present the cards to the birthday boy or girl in a personalized keepsake box, such as the one below right, available here which is only $15. Then, instruct them to keep the box of suggestions as a time capsule until their 50th birthday party, when they can open it and see how many they actually did.

bucket list sign
bucket list suggestion cards
bucket list
personalized wooden keepsake box

Though not quite the same as the bucket list suggestions, this ready-made wish jar is a similar idea and comes with a roll of 'wish notes' for guests to write on and pop in the jar. Check it out here.

birthday wish jar
birthday wish jar
birthday wish jar
birthday wish jar


Hello My Name Is.....

These Hello My Name Is.... stickers are a fun ice breaker for birthday parties because they come with an addition field for guests to write in their 'Special Talent'. Check them out here.

hello my name is sticker badges
hello my name is sticker badges


06

60th Birthday Party Decorations



Through the Years Yard Signs

These photo yard signs would make a great entrance to a 60th birthday. Although the example photos below were for a graduation party, you could easily use these to celebrate the birthday boy or girl 'through the years'. It's always fun to see old photos of loved ones when they were younger—that perhaps many of their friends have never seen before. Just use the 'customize it' tool to change the text and colors to whatever you want, as I have with the mock up below showing the different stages of someone's life. They come as either a set of 6 or 15, with the set of 6 only $30 so it's a pretty inexpensive way to create a big first impression as guests arrive. Check them out here.

Through the Years photo yard signs
Through the Years photo yard signs
Through the Years photo yard signs

Through the Years Banners

A similar idea is to create custom vertical banners to show the birthday boy or girl 'through the years'. I love the way the graduation banners in the photo below left really frame the entrance to the party. There are lots of different vertical photo collage templates that you can customize with your own text and color scheme, depending on how many photos you want to include. The banners come with either a 6ft length (around $30), 8ft length (around $37) or 12ft length (around $47) and can be used indoor or out, so they're pretty cost-effective.

Instructions to customize:

  • Choose a vertical photo collage template from the full range available here depending on how many photos you want to include (ignore the initial price shown as these are for freestanding signs). For the 3 photo template below see here, or for the 10 photo option below see here (note this was actually a 12 photo template, I just removed 2 and repositioned the text).

  • Click on your chosen template, scroll down to the 'About This Design' section, and click on 'Transfer this design to another product' to the right.

  • On the 'Choose a Product' page, type 'banners' into the search box, click on your chosen size, then the design will transfer to that product. Click 'Personalize' to add your photos or scroll down to under the final photo to 'Click to customize further' to change colors and text layout.

vertical banners outside house
Through the Years photo banners
Through the Years photo banners

Personalized Photo Banners

The reason I love the banners above is that you can add multiple photos from different stages of the persons life to each banner. However, another way you can go about it is to customize these milestone birthday banners one at a time with a different photo of the birthday boy or girl. Note: You can also change the spearmint green background color shown in the examples below during the customization process by selecting "customize it", then "images & background", then "edit your background", and chosing a color from the swatches shown. These banners are a little more straightforward to customize and are part of a collection of matching 60th birthday party decorations and tableware, in case you want everything to look the same. Check them out here.

custom photo milestone birthday banners
custom photo milestone birthday banners
custom photo milestone birthday banners
custom photo milestone birthday banners

Photo Yard Signs

These half-body photo yard signs are also a fun way to decorate the route leading up to the entrance of your party. It's another great way to use old photos of the birthday boy or girl through the year, perhaps with children or other family members. Check them out here.

Update: It's also worth checking out the "upper body standee" options available here as during the customization process you can choose different finishes, such as yard sign or cardboard, might can sometimes make them bit cheaper.

milestone birthday photo yard signs
milestone birthday photo yard signs
milestone birthday photo yard signs
custom photo yard signs

Rose Petal Aisle Runners

These rose petal aisle runners, customized with either a number or letter monogram (or plain) are a great way to line the entrance to a milestone birthday, especially if you're holding it in a hotel, venue, or function room that might need a little decoration to liven it up. People tend to only think of aisle runners for weddings, but they're actually a really quick and easy way to spruce up any party entrance. Check out the full range here.

milestone birthday rose petal aisle runner
milestone birthday rose petal aisle runner
rose petal aisle runner
rose petal aisle runner

Welcome Signs

For something more simple to greet guests as they arrive you can pick up these tasteful hanging signs for around $15 to put on the door, available here, or alternatively pick up one of these custom signs (below right)—lots of different designs to choose from, many of which are printable—which I like to display on an easel at the entrance. Check out all the designs here.

milestone birthday welcome sign
milestone birthday welcome sign
milestone birthday welcome sign
milestone birthday welcome sign

Life Size Standee

Another fun idea to greet guests is to position a life-size standee of the birthday boy or girl at the entrance. For $10 extra you can add a motion activated voice recorder (below right) that will play a 10 second message as guests walk past—so you can have the birthday boy or girl personally welcome everyone as they arrive. Check out the standees here, and the voice recorder here.

life size custom standee
life size custom standee
life size custom standee
motion activated voice recorder

Buffet / Dessert Table Backdrops

I always think it’s a good idea to concentrate the majority of your party decorations around a dessert/buffet table/food station. This will create a focal point in the room. Decorations often have to compete with existing room decor so they can get a bit lost if spread too thinly. I think you’re far better off creating one really well themed feature wall—with great food presentation & styling—that everyone’s eye will be drawn to. You can then use a few general decorations around the rest of the room to tie everything together.

One easy way to create a backdrop for your buffet / dessert table is to buy one of these printable backdrop designs, such as the ones below, and have it printed at your local print shop. Check out the range here. If you want a freestanding backdrop structure you can then apply the finished print to, you can pick a 8ft x 8ft backdrop board here pretty cheaply.

milestone birthday backdrop silver stipe
forty and fabulous birthday backdrop
Great Gatsby style milestone birthday backdrop gold
milestone birthday backdrop gold stripes

Fabric Backdrops

If you prefer a 'ready to go out of the box' solution, these lightweight printed tapestries can easily be hung behind a dessert / buffet table to create a personalized backdrop. They come in 5 different sizes, but for a backdrop you probably want the large or extra large (shown below). All the designs can be customized with your choice of text and font. Check out the full range here or click on any of the photos below for that particular design then use the "personalize" option.

60th birthday tapestry backdrop gold sequins
60th birthday tapestry backdrop teal and gold
60th birthday tapestry backdrop wood effect
60th birthday tapestry backdrop floral design

with some of these tapestries, the design looks best when you add something to blend the hard edges. For example, you could recreate this Kate Spade inspired backdrop, below left, by using this striped tapestry available here, with paper flowers (available here) added around the edges. Alternatively, add some foliage or balloons as in the examples below.

Kate Spade inspired backdrop
Photo: Oosile
stiped backdrop tapestry
 
once upon a dream balloon backdrop
Photo: Megan Wallach

Through the Years Backdrop

I came across these photos of a 60th birthday party, below left, where they'd created a lovely 'Through the Years' style backdrop using photos of the birthday girl at different stages in her life. These photo collage style tapestry would make creating something similar really easy—as you can see in the mock up I created below 'Celebrating Eighty'. You can customize the tapestry with your own text and colors—an even remove the bottom row of images if you want to position a buffet / dessert table in front (although I would keep all the photos and just hang it higher). There are other photo collage tapestries available that you could also customize, such as this 'Story of Us' example, below right. Check out all the options here.

Through the Years photo backdrop
 
Through the Years photo collage tapestry backdrop
 
The Story of Us photo collage tapestry backdrop
 
More Dessert / Buffet Table Ideas

Check out my other page dedicated to Dessert Table Ideas which has lots of other creative suggestions for backdrops, along with tips and advice for how best to construct, support, display, or hang them. Although the page is called 'Dessert Table Ideas', the same principle applies for buffet tables / food stations.

white balloon dessert table
balloon dessert buffet table backdrop
bead curtain dessert  buffet table backdrop
baby shower dessert table


60 Years in Photos

This photo collage idea, below left by Kami at No Biggie, was actually to celebrate her parents 60th wedding anniversary, but I think it would work well as a wall display or dessert table backdrop for a 60th birthday party too. Just arrange photos of the birthday boy / girl from different stages of their life into a 60 shape—it's a great alternative to all those store-bought party decorations with 60 emblazoned on them which just look a bit cheap and tacky. This approach is much more personal and fits in nicely with the idea of celebrating the person, rather than just their age. I particularly like the way the photos are mounted onto a chalkboard, which allows you to add more personalized scribbles surrounding the photos. You can achieve this look by using chalkboard contact paper available here, or even chalkboard paint. Note: be sure to practice marking out the shape of the numbers first to ensure the widths are all in proportion—there are lots of examples of "Pinterest Fails" all over the web where people have tried to arrange the photos themselves and they come out too thin and tall, or don't match each other, and the display just ends up looking messy and amatuerish.

If you're not particularly crafty, or just want a quick fix, you can upload your photos online and have them printed onto these 24" or 48" freestanding cut outs, below, which are available as both letters and numbers and are quite cost effective at only $12 or $25 respectively. Check them out here. Note: use discount code: SZFREE39 for free shipping on orders $39+

60th birthday photo collage
60 photo collage
freestanding photo collage
freestanding MOM photo collage

For something a little more permanent, check out various option here for having the 60th birthday collage made into a print or canvas, like the examples below, so that it doubles as a birthday gift.

Another option is to use giant wooden numbers like the ones below, available here, or these giant 4ft high 3D cardboard letters below, available here (use discount code: SZFREE39 for free shipping on orders $39+) to spell out the birthday boy or girls name. You could stick photos to them, paint them with chalkboard paint for guest to write messages on, or decorate them however you want.

milestone birthday photo collage print
milestone birthday photo collage print
3d wooden letters 60
giant 3D letters

Marquee / Foam Letters

Another great way to decorate is to spell out the birthday boy or girl's name using marquee letters. These come in various sizes, from large freestanding ones to smaller 12" ones which look great as a backdrop to a dessert / buffer table. Check out the full range here, or you can pick up smaller ones here quite cheaply.

marquee light letters
marquee light letters
marquee light letters
marquee light numbers

Alternatively, you can do a lot with these giant foam letters, such as dressing them with foliage and flowers or using them to support a table top, or you can use smaller ones to spell out longer phrases. Check out all the options here.

giant foam letters
giant foam letters
giant foam letters
foam letters

Through the Years Photo Collage

I came across this timeline-style photo collage and thought this would also make a lovely way to celebrate the birthday boy or girl through the years. The artist will crop, edit, and arrange your photos—along with any text you provide—resulting in a high resolution 12" x 36" image you can then print yourself. You could display this as part of your party decorations or give it framed as a birthday gift. Check it out here.

timeline style photo collage
timeline style photo collage


Fun facts you may not know about.....

I came accross this tutorial for how to make a balloon chandelier for a bridal shower on Wedding Chicks and it gave me an idea for a fun way to customize this for a 60th birthday party. As well as attaching different photos of the birthday boy or girl from different stages of their life, on the back of each image you could include a 'Fun Fact You May Not Know About [insert name].' The fun facts could be obscure, trivial, or random things about the birthday boy / girl—embarassing gaffs, amusing anecdotes, favorite things, dislikes etc—anything that gives an insight into their character, as oppose to dry facts that people are likely to already know. This a great way to add a personal touch to the party decorations.

Personally, I think balloon arrangements look more chic and sophisticated when you use just one color of balloon, such as these pearlescent ones here or these silver foil mylar balloons ones. You can also make these glow by popping one of these battery LED balloon lights inside. Alternatively, for something more lighthearted, check out the cool / rude / adult balloons in the decorations section below

balloon chandelier
balloon chandelier
photos hanging from balloons


facts you may not know about.....(version 2)

This tutorial about leaving surprise notes in unexpected places by Lauren at The Thinking Closet, got me thinking that you could also fill balloons with fun facts about the birthday boy / girl and then scatter them all over the floor for people to discover. Start each fact with 'Did You Know.....'

message in balloons
messages inside balloons
pop balloon to reveal message

This idea would work really well when executed as a balloon drop—if you're having dancing, do it over the dance floor. You can pick up a draw string balloon bag here for $7 dollars which will take up to 100 balloons. You could also pop an LED balloon light into each one, available from the same supplier, and, as before, consider making the balloons all one color.

Discount Coupons: Use code: SZFREE39 for free shipping on orders $39+

balloon drop net
led balloon lights


60 facts for 60 years

These photos of number-related facts about a couple on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, from Marta Writes, is another cute idea that can be repurposed for a 60th birthday party. I like the way they used them as decorations and it gives party guests something to do early on while waiting for everyone else to arrive. You could display facts about the birthday boy / girl, relating each one to a number from 1 - 60, or you could display facts about the year they were born that relate to each number.

60 facts for 60 years birthday party decorations
60 facts for 60 years birthday party decorations

Alternatively, you can have various posters containing facts about the year of their birth personalized. Many of these, available here, are printable files so you can print as many off as you want and use them as party decorations. These often work well when presented on an easel, as in the photo below right, and displayed anywhere there might be a line, such as near the bar, coatcheck, buffet table, bathrooms etc or at the entrance to the party. Note: click on any of the images below for that specific design.

60th birthday facts
60th birthday facts newspaper
60th birthday facts


TIME FLIES

Another easy way to decorate for a 60th birthday party is simply to peg photos of the birthday boy / girl—arranged chronologically through the years—onto string or ribbon and use these as garland banners. Lots of people do this for kid's birthday parties, but it can be quite fun to do for a 60th birthday party because guests often won't have seen pictures of them as a baby, toddler, child, teenager, student, etc. You're probably better off scanning any original photos and printing copies off onto cardstock using your home printer so as not to risk them getting damaded.


If you're displaying these indoors, peg the photos onto these photo clip LED string lights for a lovely decorative glow. Alternatively, you could arrange them on a display board and use it as a backdrop to the bar / dessert table as in the example below right.

photo string light garland party decorations
 
photo string light garland party decorations
 
time flies photo display party decorations
Photo: Tracking LB

Another way to use photographs as decorations is to turn them into these photo face garland banners, below left, available here. Again, I would suggest using a selection of photos from different stages of the birthday boy or girl's life. Alternatively, you can get this 'Through the Years' banner, below (text and color changes available), available here, or customize one of these baby milestones photo banners, available here.

custom photo face banner decorations
Through the Years photo banners
Through the Years photo banners banners

Alternatively there's a wide range of 60th birthday banners, such as the ones below, available here.

60th birthday banner
forty and fabulous banner
she's 60 bitches banner

Through the Years Banners

An easy way to decorate larger areas is to use these custom photo banners to create a 'Through the Years' collage using pictures of the birthday boy or girl at various stages of their life. The 'Jim's 60th Birthday' example below left is a mock up I created using this template, available here, which is available in lots of different sizes. Just click on the 'Customize It' option to upload your photos and change the text and colors.

Alternatively, there's a larger range of different photo banners, such as the others featured below, available here, or click on any of the photos below to see that particular design. Note: These banners are available in different sizes and some were originally for graduations but I just clicked on the "personalize" option, scrolled down to the bottom of the list of photos, and selected "click to customize further" to change the text and colors.

Through the Years photo collage banner


Through the Years photo collage banner
Through the Years photo collage banner

60th Birthday Banners

If you don't want the hassle of collecting up old photos in order to create the custom 'Through the Years' banners above, there are a few general banners, such as the ones beow, available here. The advantage of these banners is that they are part of a collection of matching 60th birthday party decorations and tableware so you can co-ordinate then with other party supplies.

personalized 60th birthday banner
personalized 60th birthday banner
personalized 60th birthday banner


Balloons

These letter and number balloons are a great way to decorate the entrance to the party, or to use as a backdrop to bars and food tables. Use them to spell out things like 'welcome', the birthday boy / girl's name, the year of their birth, their age; 60 or forty, phrases such as 'forty & fabulous', 'cheers', or just 'happy birthday'. Warning: I would suggest you don't buy these from sellers on Amazon. There have been so many reviews of poor quality balloons that have holes in, tear easily, arrive in the wrong color, or the seams splits when inflated. Instead, I would suggest you get them here—the suppliers are far more reliable.

giant letter balloons
giant letter balloons
giant number balloons

balloon Phrases

These smaller letter balloons are great for decorating walls by spelling out different phrases. As you can see from the photos below, Jordan from Oh Happy Day is a master at creating quirky phrases using these. She even has a tutorial here for how to paint the the gold and silver balloons to make them into the colored ones below.

While you could just spell out a traditional message, such as Happy Birthday [Name], I think it's quite fun to spell out a funny, quirky, or meaningful phrase that's a bit more personal to the birthday boy or girl—maybe something they're known for saying. You can get the balloons individually here for just $1.99 and they're a reputable supplier so you shouldn't have any those problems with them not inflating like with the low quality ones sold on Amazon. Alternatively, see below for phrases you can buy as kits.

letter balloons to spell out phrases
letter balloons to spell out phrases
letter balloons to spell out phrases
letter balloons to spell out phrases

There's a range of phrases you can buy as kits, check them out here, or check out this supplier here for a number of fun phrases, such as these four below.

I'm bringing sixty back Balloons
straight outta any year balloons
slayin since any year balloons
256 cat years old balloons

For any of the phrase kits below, click on the relevant image.

I'm sixty and I know it balloons
getcha sixty on balloons
party like gatsby balloons
any custom phrase letter balloons


Photo lanterns

These photo lanterns were created by Party Perect Orlando for a client's 60th, but it's the type of party decoration that could be used for any milestone birthday. You can pick up cheap lanterns and LED candles here, then follow this tutorial by Gladys at The Mother Overload for how to insert the photos. As with the other photo-based party directions, I recommend using a different photos of the birthday boy / girl from different stages of their life. Display them on plinths, bars, and buffet tables, as centerpieces, or to line the entrance to the party.

60th birthday party photo lanterns
60th birthday party photo lanterns
60th birthday party photo lanterns
60th birthday party photo lanterns

Update: If you're not very crafty and just want a quick fix, you can now buy these lanterns ready-made with your choice of photos and, in some cases, added text. Check out all the options here or click on any of the images below to see that style of lantern.

custom photo lanterns
custom photo lanterns
custom photo lanterns
custom photo lanterns


Photo luminaries

Check out this tutorial from Our Best Bites for a similar idea for photo luminaries which you could also use as 60th birthday party decorations. You just print photos of the birthday boy / girl onto sheets of velum using your home printer and then apply to glass jars with double sided tape. There's a great example, below right, from Perfect Party Orlando who used these to create table decorations for a 50th birthday party.

photo luminaries
photo luminaries table decorations

If you don't want to make these yourself, you can buy them ready-made with your choice of photos, like the one pictured below left. Check them out here. Alternatively, if you need larger quantities and don't have a big budget, you can get vellum paper versions with battery-operated flickering tea lights without the glass vase for around $2 each, like the ones below, available here—and they'll happily create a custom design/layout for you.

photo luminary glass vase
photo luminary glass vase
vellum photo luminaries
vellum photo luminary

Photo Cubes

Professional party planners often make use of photo cubes, such as the ones pictured below, which look great stacked on top of each other, either as centerpieces or at each end of a bar / dessert / buffet table. You could make something similar yourself by printing your photos onto vellum, available here, lining the insides of clear acrylic cubes, available here, and adding a battery operated tea light, available here.

If that's all a bit too crafy for you, you can buy something similar; a set of printed cardboard stacking photocubes, below, available there. This would be a far more cost-effective and easy option, but the downside is that they're smaller and not illuminated. Alternatively, you could take a slightly different approach and scatter clusters of these smaller plastic photo cubes on bars and table tops. They're great value at only $2.99 each, available here.

stacking photo cube centerpiece
 
custom photo cubes
 

Photo Lampshades

Another decor trick used by professional party planners is to use photo lampshades as centerpieces or to frame either end of a bar / dessert / buffet table. You can easily recreate this look with these custom photo collage lampshades (other styles available), available here. If you're setting up a dessert or buffet table, position two lamps you already own—one at each end—with these custom shades to add height to your display with a really personal touch. Update: Check out these photo collage lampshades here too, they have different sizes and some of the smaller ones might work out more cost-effective.

photo lampshade centerpiece
 
photo collage lampshade
 
photo collage lampshade
 

Tabletop Standees

Another easy way to decorate bars, buffet, dessert, and occasional tables is with these personalized tabletop standees. I like the way, in the final image below, that they matched the tablecloth color to the upper body to give the impression that the occasional table is part of the yellow dress. Check them out here.

upper body custom standee
custom photo miniature standee bride & groom
small custom tabletop standee
upper body custom standee

Standee on a Stick

These miniature standees on a stick are also great for decorating a dessert or buffet table and are great value at £20 for 6. Just stick them in glasses, jars, or vases, like the example below from a graduation party, and scatter them around the table for decoration. Check them out here.

wedding photo cake topper
custom photo standee on a stick
custom photo standee on a stick
photo centerpieces

Through the Years Centerpiece

You can also buy these 'Through the Years' photo centerpieces, which can also be used in vases to decorate a buffet or dessert table—as per the example above. Check them out here.

Through the Years photo centerpiece
Through the Years photo centerpiece
Through the Years photo centerpiece


Photo cone hats

Have photo cone hats created for guests to wear by uploading photos of the birthday boy / girl here. Again, use at least 3 different photos from different stages of their life (but only one photo per hat, just do 3 seperate orders). Personally, I think these look best with just the photo, preferably in black and white, so I would suggest not adding any text to the design. Check them out here.

photo cone hat
 
photo cone hat


Big Head Cut Outs

These 'Biggest Fan' big head cut outs are typically used for sporting and homecoming events, but I think they could be used as decorations for a 60th birthday party. They're 36" high and if you order 2 or more they're only $18. Print several using photos of the birthday boy / girl at different stages of their life then hang on walls, on string from the ceiling, or lining the drive/walkway up to the entrance. You can also use them again for photo ops later on in the party. Full body life size cut outs are also available. Check them out here.

big head photo cut outs
big head photo cut outs


cool Balloons

These cool balloons, printed with funny or adult slogans, are a great way to make traditional party decorations a bit grown up. There are a number of age-related slogans too, so they're perfect for a 60th birthday party. Check them out here.

lets party bitches funny balloons
too late to die young funny balloons
not today satan funny balloons
hot tramp I love you so funny balloons

If you have a darker sense of humor like me, there are also some funny rude balloons, such as these ones below (more sayings available). Check them out here. (Note: the Happy F'ing Birthday balloon below is not censored, just the photo is).

funny balloons
funny adult balloons
funny balloons
funny balloons

There are also some quirky age-related balloons available here (you'll need to use the search box to find the "sorry you're so old balloon" below).

Forty AF balloon
More fun than 2 twenty year olds balloon
the man, the myth, the legend balloon
sorry you're so old balloon

Confetti Balloons

If you're looking for something more decorative, these confetti balloons are a nice tasteful touch. You can get these as giant circular ballons which look great when filled with helium and arranged in clusters at varing heights, as in the photo below, or regular oval shaped ones. Check out all the options here. Update: these are now more widely available, so worth checking here too—sometimes they're cheaper.

giant confetti balloons
confetti balloons
confetti balloons
confetti balloons

A quick tip, when using the traditional oval shaped confetti balloons they often look best when combined with pearlescent / metallic colored balloons in bunches, like the examples below.

rose gold and clear confetti balloons
gold, black, and clear confetti balloons
gold and clear confetti balloons
blue, white, and clear confetti balloons


07

60th Birthday Party Food



Party Food

Check out my Pinterest boards for 60th birthday party food ideas, including sweet and savory ideas both hot and cold.


birthday party food
birthday party food
birthday party food


buffet table Styling & Presentation

Ever wonder why your own party food never ends up looking anything like the inspiration you found on Pinterest? Check out my Buffet Table Ideas page for a few simple food styling and presentation tips to give party food a professional look.

party food presentation ideas
buffet table styling & presentation
buffet table styling & presentation

A Few of My Favorite Things

I came across this party, below left, by Kelly at Talk of the House, and another, below center left, by Tammy at Maghily's - Party in Style where they'd both created a dessert table for their grandparent's birthday consisting of 'a few of their favorite things'. I think this is a great idea for any age birthday and ties in nicely with the idea of celebrating the person rather than just their age. If you want to do something similar you can get a number of printable signs that read "These are a few of my favorite things", such as the ones below, available here. Then just use these chalkboard food signs, available here, to label each item on the dessert / buffet table.

a few of my favorite things buffet table
a few of my favorite things dessert table
a few of my favorite things printable sign
a few of my favorite things printable sign


Photo Cake Toppers

I love these photo cupcake toppers! They look so cool when identical cupcakes are arrange en-masse on a dessert table. Alternatively, use several different photos of the birthday boy/girl, as per the example below center. Again, it's a simple little touch but is guaranteed to make guests smile. Check them out here.

60th birthday party photo cupcake toppers
60th birthday party photo cupcake toppers
60th birthday party photo cupcake toppers
60th birthday party photo cupcake toppers full length body


Custom cookie cutters

What better way to make it personal than with these custom face cookie cutters made from a photo of the birthday boy or girl! As well as baking a batch of cookies, you could also use them on sandwiches, cheese slices, or fruits such as watermelon. Alternatively, pop them into celophane bags and give them out as party favors. Check them out here.

custom face cookie cutters
custom face cookie cutters

Alternatively, if you're not one for baking you can buy these cartoon-style cookies made from a photo of the birthday boy / girl. Check them out here.

custom cartoon face portrait cookies
custom cartoon face portrait cookies
custom cartoon face portrait cookies
custom cartoon face portrait cookies


Retro Candy

For a 60th birthday party, a fun addition to the dessert / buffet table would be retro candy from the birthday boy or girl's childhood. You can buy either a selection box for a particular decade or individual candies. If you're choosing a decades pack, remember to think about what year they would have been around 8-10 years old. For example, if they were born in 1978, you're probably better off getting a 1980's selection box as they'll have more memories of those candies than of ones where they were only 2 years old. Check out the full range here. Update: Some alternative options now available here too.

Alternatively, you can have these printable candy bar wrappers made here using a photo of the birthday boy / girl and just attach them to regular bars.

retro candy milestone birthday party
retro candy milestone birthday party
personalized 60th birthday party candy bar wrappers

Custom Photo M&M's

These custom photo M&M's would make a fun addition to a dessert table. They're available as 2, 5, and 10lb bags or as smaller favor packs. I think they'd make a great talking point to include a bowl of these on a buffet / dessert table. Check them out here.

custom photo M&M's
custom photo M&M's
custom photo M&M's
custom photo M&M's


Cake Toppers

These silhouette style cake toppers are a great way to personalize a 60th birthday cake. There are lots of different styles and designs available, including ones that incorporate the birthday boy / girls's name with their favorite sports or hobbies, or you can go for a more funny photo-based topper. See the full range here. Alternatively, I love these hand-sculpted cartoon figure style toppers (below far right), that are made from a photo of the birthday boy / girl, surrounded by things that represent their lives. Check out other examples here.

personalized cake toppers for adults
May the 60th Be With You cake topper
60th birthday photo face cake topper
60th birthday cartoon figure cake topper

Alternatively, you can easily create a beautiful photo cake like the ones below by using these custom edible picture icing sheets which you can then apply to any cake. As before, use lots of different pictures of the birthday boy /girl throughout their life. Check out the icing sheets here.

milestone birthday photo birthday cake
Photo: Cake Decor
milestone birthday aged to perfection photo birthday cake
Photo: Style at Life
custom edible picture icing sheets

Through the Years Plates

These custom photo collage paper plates are a great way to create really personal 'Through the Years' style party supplies by uploading photos of the birthday boy or girl at different stages of their life. They're also far more special than the regular store-bought 60th birthday party supplies emblazoned with 6-0. There are a number of different designs available, depending on how many photos you want to include, and you can just use the 'Personalize' to change colors, fonts, and text. Check out all the options here.

Through the Years photo collage paper plates
Through the Years photo collage paper plates
Through the Years photo collage paper plates
Through the Years photo collage paper plates

If you need a large quantity of plates, the options below might work out more cost effective as they come in packs of 8 for around $7. There are several different designs available, that you can customize with your own text and photos (to change the color, click 'Customize It' then 'Images & Background'). The only downside is you can only upload one photo per plate, so you can't show the 'Through the Years' journey on each plate. Instead, order several packs and upload a different photo to each one—then you can just mix them all up when you lay them out. Check them out here.

custom photo 60th birthday paper plates
custom photo paper plates
custom photo paper plates

60th Birthday Party Supplies

If you don't want to create custom photo plates, there's also a range of tasteful 60th birthday party supplies available here that includes matching plates, cups, cutlery, and other decorations, such as banners.

60th birthday party supplies
Best Day Ever 60th birthday party supplies
Cheers to You party supplies
Vintage dude 60th birthday party supplies

Premium Disposable Tableware

If you prefer something less themed, this range of elegant disposable tableware looks stunning. They make several different collections, so I've identified the designs used underneath each picture below incase you want to recreate the exact look. Check them out here. Update: You can also find these here now too.

pink & navy disposable tableware
Erika collection: pink & navy large plates with navy speckle small plates
black striped & white marble disposable tableware
Noir collection: black striped large plates with white marble small plates
purple watercolor & pink striped disposable tableware
Amethyst collection: light purple watercolor plates with pink striped small plates
peach blush striped and white marble disposable tableware
Goddess collection: peach blush striped plates with white marble small plates
green watercolor & pink striped disposable tableware
Manhattan collection: dark green watercolor plates with pale pink striped small plates
white striped & marble disposable tableware
Blanc collection: white striped plates with white striped & marble small plates

Through the Years Table Runner

If you're feeling crafty, Giana from Chic Celebrations has a DIY tutorial here for how to create a photo table runner, like the one below left, which would be a great way to include lots of old photos of the birthday boy or girl from different stages of their life. There's also another tutorial here by Elisabeth McKnight who created the one below right using printed instagram photos.

Through the Years photo table runner
Through the Years photo table runner
Through the Years photo table runner

If you're not very crafty, you can stil achieve a similar effect with one of these photo collage table runners. There are lots of different designs available, depending on how many photos you want to include, and you can customize with your own photos and text. Check out the full range here.

photo collage table runners
photo collage table runners
photo collage table runners
photo collage table runners

I quite like the two designs below, which you can find by clicking on the link above. The 'Family is Everything' example below (you can change this text) is known as the 'Gallery Collage' runner, while 'The Jones' example is known as the 'Tilty Montage' runner.


photo collage table runners
photo collage table runners

Premium Disposable Tableware

If you're laying on a buffet or catering to large numbers, you can get some pretty good premium plastic cutlery in either gold, silver, or rose gold, available here, or even with a glitter finish, available here. Similarly, they also have matching premium plastic plates, such as the ones pictured below, available here.

gold premium plastic tableware
silver premium plastic tableware
rose gold premium plastic tableware
rose gold glitter premium plastic cutlery

Napkin Wraps

An easy way to style the dinner or buffet table for a 60th birthday celebration is to use these personalized napkin wraps, below left available here, or these glittery 60 napkin holders that come in a range of different colors, available here. Alternatively, you could continue the 'Through the Years' theme by wrapping cutlery in napkins and fixing them in place with these stickers printed using old photos of the birthday boy or girl as a kid—they're only 5¢ each—available here.

milestone birthday napkin rings
60th birthday napkin rings
custom photo sticker
napkin stickers

Place Settings

If you're doing a sit-down dinner, these laser-cut names make stunning place settings—and you can get them for less than $1 each. Check them out here.

laser cut name place settings
laser cut name place settings
laser cut name place settings
laser cut name place settings


Party Drinks

If you're throwing a party at home for a milestone birthday, you have to work a little harder to make sure it feels like a special occasion and not just any other house party or get together you might host throughout the year. The easiest way to achieve this is through attention to detail; add a few personalized touches to the most common party elements.

A really easy way to theme party drinks for a 60th birthday party is to have personalized beer, wine, or spirits labels made. There are lots of different designs available, many which allow you to upload a photo, and some are available as printable files so you can run off as many as you like at home. Identical bottles will look great lined up on a bar or drinks table and it's a really simple touch you can add to make everything feel a little more special. Check out this site for the full range.

personalized beer bottle labels milestone birthday party
personalized wine bottle labels
personalized wine bottle labels 60 and fabulous
personalized wine bottle labels

Update: I recently came across this site which has lots of great templates for personalized wine and beer bottles, such as the ones below, that you can customize with your own photos and text. Check out the full range here.

custom photo wine labels
milestone birthday personalized photo wine labels

personalized photo wine labels
milestone birthday personalized beer labels
milestone birthday personalized beer labels
personalized wine labels

Milestone Birthday Party Cups

Another easy way to theme a 60th birthday party is with these personalized plastic party cups. They're available in a range of different designs for any age. Check them out here.

milestone birthday plastic cups
milestone birthday plastic cups
milestone birthday plastic cups

Alternatively, there's also a nice range of personalized designs, such as the ones below, available here, that work out around 80¢ each. Update: The nice gold and blue art deco style designs, pictured below left, are available here (for any age).

personalized milestone birthday plastic cups
personalized milestone birthday plastic cups
personalized milestone birthday plastic cups


personalized napkins

At a crowded party with lots going on, it's often the clever little touches and smaller details that people tend to remember; things they touch, handle, or interact with. Continuing with the theme of 'making it personal', these personalized paper napkins can be a fun way to include fun facts about the birthday boy/girl that guests may not know. There are lots of different colors and designs available and you can change the text to whatever you want. Check them out here.

personalized fun facts paper cocktail napkins
personalized fun facts paper cocktail napkins
personalized fun facts paper cocktail napkins
personalized fun facts paper cocktail napkins

There are also lots of other ready-made 60th birthday themed napkins that you can buy 'off the shelf' which work out cheaper than the personalized ones. Check out all the options here, or for the 'Making America Great Again' design pictured below see here.

making america great since... napkins
60th birthday party napkins
made in....60th birthday party napkins
60 is the new 30 party napkins


Personalized Coasters

Similarly, you can also get personalized drinks coasters, such as the ones below. For more info, see my Party Drink Ideas page.

personalized drinks coasters milestone birthday
personalized drinks coasters
personalized drinks coasters birthday


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60th Birthday Games, Activities, and Fun Stuff



Custom Pinatas

These custom person pinatas are another great way to add a fun personal touch to a milestone birthday party. Just upload a photo of the birthday boy or girl and they'll create a custom pinata in their image. You can add as many specific features as you want in order to make it look as realistic as possible. Alternatively, they can make pinatas out of celebrities, sporting heroes, or even political figures such as the Trump pinata below (Hilary / Obama also available!). Check them out here.

custom pinata from photo
custom pinata from photo
custom pinata from photo
donald trump pinata


Photo Booth Props

Towards the end of the party, once people have had a few drinks and loosened up, bring out some photo booth props and frames to capture some more lighthearted memories of the party. Check out all the options here.

instagram photobooth frame props
birthday party photobooth props
60th birthday party photo booth props
60th birthday party photo booth props

Mug Shot Photo Booth

Another fun photo booth prop are these mug shot signs that come with different crime roles such as 'The Flirt', 'The Lush','Dancing Queen'. 'Pick up Artist' etc. There are lot of theme party options or a generic 'birthday' option that you could use for a milestone birthday party. Check out all the options here.

mug shot photo booth props
mug shot photo booth props
mug shot photo booth props
mug shot photo booth backdrop

Photo Booth Frame Wall

These photo booth walls with cut out frames for people to pop their heads through, such as the one below captured by Carol Mattos Wedding Photography (Paraná, Brazil), are mostly used at weddings because they typically need to be custom-built. But now you can buy them, the pale blue example below, in a number of different styles and you can also change the color. Check out all the options here.

photo booth frame wall
Photo: Carol Mattos Wedding Photography
photo booth frame wall
Photo: Carol Mattos Wedding Photography
photo booth frame wall

Personalized Photo Booth Backdrop

Alternatively, these personalized milestone birthday photo booth backgrounds are a more affordable option, and some of the designs allow you to change the color scheme. Check them out here.

milestone birthday photo booth backdrop
milestone birthday photo booth backdrop
milestone birthday photo booth backdrop
milestone birthday photo booth backdrop

Funny Mouth Photo booth Props

These funny mouth photo booth props are also pretty fun for a milestone birthday that might have guests of all ages. Check them out here.

funny mouth photo booth props
funny mouth photo booth props
funny mouth photo booth props

Temporary Tattoos

These custom temporary tattoos, with options to include a photo of the birthday boy/girl, are a fun conversation and selfie starter! Check them out here.

custom temporary tattoos
custom temporary tattoos
custom temporary tattoos
custom temporary tattoos

Fun Facts Custom Crossword Puzzle

These custom crossword puzzles are a fun way to test guest's knowledge of the birthday boy or girl by creating your own clues and answers. You could include clues to facts they should already know, or create clues that deliberately reveal funny or embrassing facts that only require them to guess easy answers based on the number of letters, e.g 'For how many years did they wear a favorite slim-flit blazer before realizing it was actually the top half of a woman's pant suit?' or 'What type of meat was in the pie they accidentally served their vegetarian boss at a dinner party, which they later claimed was flavored Tofu?'. The great thing about these custom crosswords are that they're printable, so you can scatter them all around the party—on dinner / buffet tables and bars—as conversation starters. Check them out here.

custom crossword puzzles
custom crossword puzzles
custom crossword puzzles
custom crossword puzzles

Personalized Guess Who Game

These customized versions of the classic game Guess Who would make a really fun personalized gift for a 60th birthday. The game's usual faces are replaced with photos of friends and family so you can guess their identity with fun questions such as 'Was your person a bed-wetter?', or 'Has your person ever been arrested?'. There are a few differently-priced options available depending on the finish; option 1 here, or option 2 here, or option 3 here.

personalized Guess Who game
personalized Guess Who game
personalized Guess Who game
personalized Guess Who game

Games and Trivia

There are lots of 60th birthday games and trivia, available here, as well as almanacs and funny books (such as 'You Know You're 60 When...'), available here, that are cheap and easy ways to add some entertainment to your party.

60th birthday trivia game
back in the day 60th birthday almanac
remember when....60th birthday almanac
60th birthday time capsule

Games

Some other fun games include Table Topics (available here), which includes great conversation starters such as 'What did you get into trouble for the most when you were young?', 'Which teacher from your childhood do you most appreciate?', 'What's the worst hairstyle you've had?', and 'Who in your family met someone famous?'.

Drunk Confidence, (available here) which includes challenges to test whether friends and family are as smart, funny, or talented as they think they are, such as whether they can sing the chorus to Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer", do a convincing British accent, or knows the words to the Star-Spangled Banner.

Or for those with a wicked sense of humor there's Cards Against Humanity (available here)—billed as the party game for horrible people. It involves a judge selecting a black card with a phrase such as "Life for the Native Americans was forever changed after the white man introduced them to ____________.". Players then have to select a white card from the hand they have that could complete the phrases, which might include awkward, hilarious, or downright despicable answers such as "Smallpox Blankets", "Drinking Alone", "A Can of Whoop-Ass", and "Take-Backsies".

Finally, for those who prefer safer fun, there's this printable Younger or Older game (available here) where guests have to guess whether the birthday honoree is younger or older than celebrities, TV shows, popular toys, and more from years gone by.

Table Topics conversation starter cards
Drunk Confidence game
Cards Against Humanity game
Younger or Older game


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60th Birthday Gifts, Cards, and Wrapping



Mail-a-Pinata: Mini Me Pinatas

Similar to the custom pinatas above, these 12" Mini Me Pinatas can be mailed out to the birthday boy or girl as a fun gift. Just upload a photo and they'll create a custom pinata in their likeness (or they can create them from photos of a favorite pet). Check them out here.

mini me mail-a-pinata
mini me mail-a-pinata
mini me mail-a-pinata
mini me mail-a-pinata


Personalized gift wrapping supplies

This site has a great range of gift wrapping supplies, such as gift wrap, ribbon, and tags, which can be personalized with photos of the birthday boy / girl. You can add multiple images to some designs, like the photo collage wrapping paper below left, so use differet photos of them through the years.

custom photo collage gift wrapping paper
personalized gift wrapping paper
personalized photo gift wrapping ribbon
personalized photo collage gift wrapping tag


Sentimental 60th birthday gifts

Check out my other page of 60th birthday gifts for thoughtful, sentimental, and meaningful gift ideas such as the ones below.

generations portrait
Generations portraits
open when letters
Open Me When letters
reasons we love you photo collage
Reasons We Love You
typography portrait
Typography portraits


T shirts

These 60th birthday T-shirts make great gifts, but as I've mentioned previously, avoid the corny ones that just poke fun at their age and pick ones that celebrate it. This site has the best range, but it's also worth browsing here too for some other cool designs.

60th birthday t shirt
60th birthday t shirt
60th birthday t shirt
60th birthday t shirt


60th birthday gifts for book lovers

Check out my other page of 60th birthday gifts for ideas for lovers of literature, such as the ones below.

book sculpture art
Book sculptures
book flower bouquet
Book flower bouquets
literary scarves
literary scarves
book art
Book art


Fun 60th birthday gifts

Check out my other page of 60th birthday gifts for a selection of lighthearted, humerous, and fun gift ideas, such as the ones below.

personalized comic book
Personalized Comic Book
custom plush doll
Custom Plush Doll
custom cartoon portraits
Custom Cartoons Portaits
custom bobbleheads
Custom Bobbleheads


60th birthday gifts for tech and gadget lovers

Check out my other page of 60th birthday gifts for lovers of technology and gadgets, such as the ones below.

Personal safety device
Personal safety device
Runner's safety lights
Runner's safety lights
Coin size tracker devices
Coin size tracker devices
Gesture-controlled digital art frame
Gesture-controlled digital art frame


60th birthday gifts for FOOD & DRINK CONNOISSEURS

Check out my other page of 60th birthday gifts for ideas for food & drink connoisseurs, such as the ones below.

Molecular Gastronomy Sets
Teas from around the World gift set
Chocolate dipped wine pairings
Gourmet BBQ sauce gift sets
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About 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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