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60th Birthday Party Ideas from 13 Chic Celebrations

Event Planner: NYLUX Events | Florals: Tricia M. Florals | Venue: The NoMad Hotel | Photographer: Otero Seclen Photography

Birthdays ending in a “zero” feel especially monumental. A decade lived well is worth celebrating—and 6 decades is worthy of an all-out bash! A 60th birthday should be commemorated with gusto; careful planning and a focus on the celebrant’s taste and preferences are key for a memorable event. We’ve rounded up our favorite 60th birthday party ideas to inspire your party planning — one guest of honor turned 60 on a rooftop garden in New York City, while another chose a Studio 54-themed bash. No matter what you choose, make sure to welcome 60 in style. 

Dancing in Dallas

Rustic event space with neon lit decorations in Dallas
Photographer: Jason Kindig

Getting down in Dallas, TX, was the name of the game at this hoedown-themed 60th birthday party. The open floor plan of Sixty Five Hundred was perfect for casual seating and a spacious dance floor. Rustic elements like exposed wooden beams and concrete floors added to the ambiance. Event planning company, DFW Events, Inc., paired cool neon lighting elements with a sophisticated lighting scheme from BEYOND which highlighted the happening dance floor. A large live band played the celebrant’s favorite tunes while guests enjoyed comfort foods like sliders and fries. Photographer Jason Kindig was on hand to capture all this fun of this special night.

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Fabulous Florals

White flowers with white candles
Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography

This birthday girl turned sixty with grace and style at an elegant dinner held at Chez, and incredible event space Chicago. Guests were delighted to receive the custom-designed, sheer invitations with white etching, courtesy of Invitation Architects. Stunning floral arrangements by Kesh Designs featured blooms in soft cream, blush, and yellow, and paired perfectly with the chic draping and the venue’s sophisticated white columns. Emilia Jane Photography commemorated this tasteful affair, which was designed by event planner Dejanae Events LLC and featured clear, lucite seating, chrome-hued tablecloths, and a lovely champagne display. Party-goers enjoyed the four-tiered cake and its inventive swing display and all of the delicious bites from Jewell Events Catering.

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Amethyst Accents

Southern-style appetizer with green decorations on top
Photographer: Maya Myers Photography

This surprise 60th featured the guest of honor’s favorite purple hues, and a creative southern-style menu from Chris Brugler Catering. Guests dined at tables set to perfection, featuring cream napkins and spring green tablecloths from Luxe Linen adorned with delicate violet florals. The rustic wood tables also displayed gorgeous centerpieces containing peonies, lilacs and roses from The Blushing Garden. Premiere Party Rents and Town & Country Rentals took care of all the details — from glassware to seating — for this beautiful event while Maya Myers Photography captured it all with stunning photos. A three-tiered cake in purple ombré stole the show and satisfied everyone’s sweet tooth!

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Outdoor Occasion

Place setting with gold silverware
Photographer: Kristin Banta Events

This 60-year-old chose to host an intimate weekend getaway with beloved friends at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa’s Casa Elar Estate in Ojai, CA. A decadent, nine-course tasting menu with fine wine pairings delighted guests, who dined al fresco at long tables set with crisp, white linens, gold geometric napkin rings, and gold flatware. Kristin Banta Events designed a luxe theme to compliment the breathtaking natural surroundings. R. Jack Balthazar took care of decor and florals, which featured beautiful white and burgundy florals throughout the space. Party-goers enjoyed custom cocktails, a DJ, and a live musical performance by singer-songwriter Louise Gofffin.

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French Vintage

Lounge space on rooftop venue in Los Angeles, California
Photographer: Braedon Photography

The celebrant’s multitude of interests and hobbies were incorporated into one dynamic theme for this 60th birthday party, courtesy of Kristin Banta Events. Held in the tri-level space of Perch, in Los Angeles, CA, guests were treated to multiple food, drink, and music transitions as they mingled throughout the celebration. Expertly-curated decor choices and seating reflected the birthday host’s many passions, from travel to records and photography, and included a Cuban-style cigar roller on site. Braedon Photography captured photos for this chic affair, with guests posing In front of beautiful rooftop views and a charming backdrop of vintage phonographs and settees.

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Glam Garden Party

Two girls with pink accented outfits in New York City
Photographer: Cameron & Kelly Studio

This Texas girl chose to throw her glamorous 60th birthday bash in New York City at 620 Loft & Garden. Todd Fiscus of Todd Events planned and designed a fabulous 60th birthday party in the space’s amazing outdoor garden patio. Guests mingled, sipped cocktails, and enjoyed the sounds of a Mariachi band. Peter Callahan served up delicious hors d’oeuvres and dinner, while Sylvia Weinstock created personal cakes for each guest. Photography by Cameron & Kelly Studio captured the evening’s festivities, which included party-goers dancing to high-energy tunes by Vince Giordana & the Nighthawks and sporting hilarious wigs inspired by the guest of honor’s signature blonde hairdo.

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Chic Evening

Terrace with a floral theme and ivy wall
Photographer: SkySight Photography

A feminine fête was in order for this stylish 60-year-old, who hired Shayla Hawkins Events to coordinate a beautiful floral theme inside the Klimpton Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh, PA. Helping to create this dreamy scene indoors and on the adjoining terrace was All Occasions Party Rental and Marbella Event Furniture and Decor. An outdoor lounge made the perfect setting for SkySight Photography with a picture spot boasting white tufted seating in front of a lush ivy wall with a shabby chic display of vintage pink framed photos of friends and family. Mosaic Inc. created a beautiful tablescape with linens in alternating hues of blush sequins and rose gold patterned Deco designs, set with posies from City Stems.

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Motown Magic

Pink and purple lights and flowers with gold records as plates at a venue in New York
Photographer: From Parris with Love

An incredible Motown-themed 60th birthday party was designed by Leslie Mastin Events for this music lover. Held in the spacious SECONDfloor in New York, Mark Rose Events took decor over-the-top with gold replicas of all the birthday celebrant’s favorite records suspended at the entrance and adorning tabletops. Photography by From Parris with Love captured every detail, including the long tables featuring gilded candle holders and glassware and gold-rimmed plates made to look like records. Under sparkling golden disco balls and custom lighting by Pegasus Productions, the energetic live band, Vali Entertainment, kept guests grooving all night long.

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Country Style

Texas ranch with rustic theme and hanging chandeliers
Photographer: Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

A classic, country hoedown was in store for guests who gathered to celebrate at this double 60th birthday party. Held at the couple’s gorgeous Texas ranch in a newly-finished, custom-crafted barn, DFW Events, Inc. had the perfect space to deliver a fun-filled evening.  Perch Event Décor played up a rustic design scheme, with barrel tables from Pendley Party Productions and specialty lighting from BEYOND. Bestyett Catering served up delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshing Moscow Mules, served on the outdoor patio. Everyone got their cowboy boots moving with line dancing lessons during a live performance of country band 3 Fools on 3 Stools, and topped off the evening with a decadent strawberry shortcake for dessert.  Jennifer Crenshaw Photography snapped amazing shots of all the action, capturing memories to last a lifetime.

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Artistic Extravaganza

Modern art themed venue in New York with celebrity replicas
Photographer: Otero Seclen Photography

This avid art collector adopted a modern art theme for his 60th birthday bash, held at The Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY. NYLUX Events took this party to the next level, with an oversized, Chuck Close-inspired replica of the celebrant’s face and models outfitted as if they’d just stepped from a Lichtenstein or Magritte painting. Carlos Rivas Design & Production brought the space alive with a custom lighting scheme, opulent florals, and modern art throw pillows throughout the lounging areas. Guests enjoyed a full dinner menu and late night bites, provided by Great Performances catering while Otero Seclen Photography captured guests dancing to the guest of honor’s favorite reggae band and DJ. Pop art party favors and clever hangover kits were handed out at the end of the evening.

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Moroccan Mood

Rooftop garden with vibrant colored decorations in New York
Photographer: Otero Seclen Photography

An exotic evening was planned for this fun-loving 60-year-old, who held his soirée at The NoMad Hotel in New York City. NYLUX Events put together a Moroccan theme, complete with temporary tattoos, Hookahs, and jewel-toned linens. Glass lanterns cast a warm glow on tabletops, which featured deep purple orchids and red rose displays from Tricia M. Florals.  Otero Seclen Photography caught all of the action of this memorable night, including a roast of the birthday boy and key family members by comedian Susie Essman. Live musicians were on hand to keep the scene buzzing, and guests were treated to delectable Levain cookies on their way out the door.

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Sexy Soirée

Vibrant lit room with butterfly decorations in Maryland
Photographer: Ellen Wolff Photography

This not-to-be-missed 60th birthday party at Prince George’s Ballroom boasted a flashy Studio 54 theme complete with costumed models and guests alike! Lawrence Scott Events took decor to the limit with golden ferns, gold-tufted settees, and crowned hurricane candles, which centered around an opulent gilded cage adorned with butterflies. Guests dined on an endless spread of decadent bites, along with a table full of sweet treats. A gorgeous cream cake was presented along with a topless burlesque dancer riding atop a faux horse. Ellen Wolff Photography got all the angles of this show-stopping birthday bash, ensuring memories to last a lifetime.  

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Gatsby Glitz

Gatsby-themed party with elegant decorations in Los Angeles, California
Photographer: Stefani Ciotti Photography

A love of everything Art Deco inspired this Gatsby-themed 60th birthday party, held at the glamorous space of L’Cherivve Studio in Los Angeles, CA.  Event planning company Delicate Details designed the evening, which feature picture-perfect draping and luxe lounge furniture from EDGE Design and Decor. Stefani Ciotti Photography took advantage of this perfect backdrop to photograph guests mingling under artfully hung black chandeliers and dancing to the live band on stage. Two crystal clear leopard statues bookended the bar and added drama to this swanky affair.

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