60th Birthday Party Ideas
By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner
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If you're tired of the same old clichéd party ideas, and are looking for something more inspiring or just a little bit different, this site is packed with original and creative party ideas. I'm Matt James, an award-winning professional event planner who has produced events for many celebrities including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stella McCartney, among others (read more). On this site I'll share professional tips, advice, and trade secrets—that anyone can do—in order to add some creative touches to your party or celebration; whatever your budget. Note that this site does contains affiliate links to products. We may recieve a small commission on any sales (at no extra cost to you).
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.
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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, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, amoung others. Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year. Matt is also a guest lecturer at various university Event Management degree courses and is the author of Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals; the ultimate career guide for anyone who wants to get into event planning. Read full bio here.
60th Birthday Party Ideas
by an award-winning professional party planner