colorful floral 60th birthday party idea with floral signage floating in backyard pool | PartySlate
photographer: Allen Tsai Photography | planner: Pop Parties | floral: Petals Couture | venue: Private Residence
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60th Birthday Party Ideas Worth Waiting 6 Decades For

colorful floral 60th birthday party idea with floral signage floating in backyard pool | PartySlate

60 years of life is well worth a celebration. More than the typical cake and balloons, your 60th birthday party should be an extravagant bash filled with your loved ones, your favorite food, and some fun entertainment. Let PartySlate help you come up with a few unique 60th birthday party ideas.

We’ve searched through thousands of real event albums on PartySlate to find our seven favorite milestone birthday party ideas for your 60th. From themes to party favors, keep reading to find suggestions on how to make your milestone celebration one to remember.

1. Choose Your Milestone Birthday Theme Carefully

There is a lot of thought and consideration that goes into picking a birthday party theme. Whether you’re choosing your own theme or choosing for your loved one, it’s an important aspect of a celebration.

Get creative with a sports themed celebration or plan your party around the decade you were born – there is no wrong answer when it comes to choosing a theme. If you want even more inspiration for brainstorming birthday party themes, find 22 unique party themes you haven’t seen before on PartySlate.

woodstock themed 60th birthday party theme outside party | PartySlate
photographer: Only Wave | ORO Event Co. | Posy Exchange See More
disco themed 60th birthday party with neon lights and a dance floor | PartySlate
photographer: Elizabeth Solano Photography | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | Revelry Event Designers See More
1958 themed 60th birthday party with gold accents | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Z Event Company See More
baseball themed birthday party with stage and pitchers mound | PartySlate
photographer: Quoc Ngo | Alfred House Productions | Shawna Yamamoto Event Design See More

2. Pick a 60th Birthday Party Venue That Wows

Choose a venue that is transformable and will be conducive to the atmosphere that you want to create. Make sure the venue you choose will be able to accommodate your party size, décor elements, and installations.

If you want your party to be in the sun, make sure you find an outdoor or rooftop venue. If you want to maximize your options to decorate and personalize the venue, a raw event space is the best fit for your celebration.

Search through our curated venue directory to find the perfect venue for you. Filter by location, party size, and choose your preferred amenities, such as a venue that includes A/V equipment or a dance floor.

gold and white birthday party with guests standing and eating | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Z Event Company
neon birthday party with purple and pink lighting and décor | PartySlate
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outdoor pool party 60th birthday at night with tented dinner table | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Kristin Banta Events | Ojai Valley Inn See More

3. Go Big With Décor

You only turn 60 once, so why not go all out with the milestone birthday décor? Two of the most classic party elements are interesting balloon arches and stunning floral design. We suggest adding unique décor moments such as signage, personalized pieces, and a cohesive color scheme.

A design team will be able to bring your party vision to life with balloons, florals, an exciting color scheme, and more.

Include a Classic Décor Item: Balloons

Balloons as a décor element add creativity and opportunities for your design team to make your celebration stand out. Use balloons as a backdrop for signage or hang them from the ceiling to add depth and dimension to your space.

60th birthday party signage with white and blue balloons around | PartySlate
photographer: Lyka Mak | C+W Events | Bright Event Rentals See More
blue gold and white balloon backdrop with 60th birthday party signage | PartySlate
photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography | Detaljer Events | Balloons by Tommy, LLC See More
indoor pink and yellow balloon installation at 60th birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: Elizabeth Naggar Photography | Oulala! What an Event
indoor pink and yellow balloon installation at 60th birthday party | PartySlate
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Add Signage & Personalized Elements

Whether having your name up in lights has always been a birthday dream of yours or you want to keep it subtle with monogramed napkins, consider adding a personalized element to your party.

60th birthday signage hanging on inside window of event venue | PartySlate
photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography | Detaljer Events | Reenie Rose See More
neon disco birthday party neon sign | PartySlate
photographer: Elizabeth Solano Photography | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | Revelry Event Designers See More
baseball themed 60th birthday with 60 sign on stage | PartySlate
photographer: Quoc Ngo | Alfred House Productions | Shawna Yamamoto Event Design See More
personalized 60th birthday napkins in yellow | PartySlate
photographer: Clane Gessel Photography | NYLUX Events | Patrick J Clayton Productions
personalized 60th birthday napkins in pink | PartySlate
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outdoor 60th birthday party with hanging marquee sign | PartySlate
photographer: BE Studios | InterContinental San Diego | My Marquee SD See More

Have Fun With Floral Design

If you love florals as much as we do, we suggest adding them in wherever you can. From tablescapes to floral ceiling décor, pops of fresh blooms will add color and a sweet aroma to your celebration.

pink and green floral installation hanging from ceiling outdoor at private residence 60th birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: Allen Tsai Photography | Pop Parties | Petals Couture
colorful floral 60th birthday party idea with floral signage floating in backyard pool | PartySlate
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Create a Cohesive Color Scheme

Whether monochrome or an assortment of bright colors, a harmonious color scheme will pull your party together. Your design team will be able to bring your colorful vision to life.

monochrome yellow birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: Clane Gessel Photography | NYLUX Events | Patrick J Clayton Productions
monochrome pink birthday party | PartySlate
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4. Light Up the Party

Lighting sets the mood of any occasion. Get creative with this aspect of your celebration, and alter the lighting scheme throughout the duration of the party. A change in lighting can let guests know that something exciting is happening, such as signaling that someone is about to give a speech or that it’s time to hit the dance floor.

Hire an AV & Technology company to level up the lighting for your party.

purple lighting on dance floor at 60th birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: From Parris With Love | Vali Entertainment | Pegasus Productions See More
long king table at 60th birthday dinner party with moody lighting | PartySlate
photographer: Elizabeth Solano Photography | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | Images By Lighting See More
outdoor birthday party with orange lighting on the pool | PartySlate
photographer: Curtis Dahl Photography | Someone’s In The Kitchen | Rolides Lighting See More

5. Choose Between Small Bites, a Sit-Down Dinner – or Both

The dining style for your celebration is up to you. Choose between passing around small bites on trays, a sit-down dinner, or do both.

Small bites encourage mingling, while dinner parties are great for an intimate celebration where everyone can chat comfortably across the table. Hors d’oeuvres keep guests intrigued with rotating cuisine. On the other hand, a sit-down dinner is the perfect opportunity to display a beautiful tabelscape with florals, candles, and more.

Don’t forget to serve all of the celebrant’s favorite foods and drinks with the help of a fantastic caterer.

Pro Tip: Incorporate the theme of your 60th birthday party into the food selection. For more ideas on how to get creative with catering, read about our favorite catering trends of the year.

Serve Small Plates With Big Taste

server holding small appetizers on a green tray | PartySlate
photographer: Kate Lauren Studios | Amazing Celebrations & Events | Christie Caters
mini taco plates sitting on a platter at 60th birthday party | PartySlate
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mini hamburger sliders with a toothpick | PartySlate
photographer: Joshua Zuckerman Photography | Jennifer Zabinski Events
small cucumber appetizer on a silver tray | PartySlate
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Dine in Style With a Dashing Dinner Party

outdoor birthday dinner party by a pool | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Kristin Banta Events See More
blue table cloths at dinner party with floral tablescapes | PartySlate
photographer: Joshua Zuckerman Photography | Jennifer Zabinski Events
blue table cloths at dinner party with floral tablescapes | PartySlate
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mood lighting at dinner party birthday with long rectangular tables set in room | PartySlate
photographer: From Parris With Love | Vali Entertainment | Leslie Mastin Events See More

What is a Birthday Party Without Cake?

Hire a top bakery and dessert company to fill your party with all of your favorite sweet treats. Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies make any celebration all the merrier.

cake and dessert table at birthday party | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Z Event Company See More
disco themed birthday with tiered disco cake | PartySlate
photographer: Elizabeth Solano Photography | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events See More

Don’t Forget the Beverages

From cocktails to mocktails, provide your guests with something to sip on throughout the event. Choose a caterer that can get as creative as you would like with your drink options.

boba bar wall at 60th birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: Aika Foz | Gian Events | Sunset Boba See More
lattes in glass cups with personalized latte art on top | PartySlate
photographer: Elizabeth Solano Photography | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events See More
60th birthday party cocktails with personalized cocktail stirrers | PartySlate
photographer: Lyka Mak | C+W Events See More
woman passing out cocktails at themed outdoor 60th birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: BE Studios | InterContinental San Diego See More

6. Hire Entertainment To Grab Guests’ Attention

Hire an entertainment company — such as a live band, DJ, or performer — to engage guests. This serves as a talking point throughout your party and will assure that your milestone party is remembered for years to come.

live band at 1958 themed 60th birthday party on stage | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Z Event Company
live entertainment at 1958 themed 60th birthday party on dance floor | PartySlate
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woman dressed as mermaid laying on food table at birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: Elizabeth Solano Photography | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events See More
live band playing at birthday party with guests on the dance floor | PartySlate
photographer: From Parris With Love | Vali Entertainment See More
entertainment on dance floor at birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: Person + Killian | Marc Hall Design | Boston Circus Guild See More

7. Don’t Forget to Pass Out Party Favors

Make sure you thank your loved ones in style with personalized party favors. As guests leave your 60th celebration, have party favors on a table nearby or pass them out yourself. Browse through top party favor and gift companies on PartySlate to find the best fit for your celebration.

personalized party favors sitting on table at birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: Elizabeth Naggar Photography | Oulala! What an Event See More
party favors sitting on shelves at pink Chanel themed 60th birthday party | PartySlate
photographer: Aika Foz | Gian Events See More

People Also Ask…

What is the best theme for a 60th birthday party?

Find unique birthday party ideas and the best party themes on PartySlate. You can get creative with your party theme or stick to a classic theme. Search through thousands of real event albums for inspiration and book your vendors and venue directly through our curated directories. You can filter for event type, location, and vendor type to find the perfect fit for your party. Click below for even more inspiration:

What kind of games can you play at a 60th birthday party?

Incorporating an interactive activity into your birthday party is a great way to keep guests entertained and engaged. Think about some of the celebrant’s favorite games, like a backyard game of corn hole or a personalized bingo game. Another interactive birthday idea is to put together a video of your loved one with pictures throughout their years that you can play during their celebration with the help of an AV & Technology expert.