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20 Inspired 70th-Birthday Ideas for a Life Well-Lived

With age comes wisdom — and plenty of reasons to celebrate. Turning 70 is an extraordinary milestone, and it deserves an extraordinary birthday party. From creative photo ops to show-stopping birthday cakes, these unique 70th birthday ideas bring together friends and family for a meaningful celebration. Whether you are looking to host an intimate dinner or a ballroom bash, here are some of our favorite ways to honor 70 years around the sun.

1. Seat Your Guests in Style

photo courtesy of Showplace Floral & Event Design

Island Park, NY

It wasn’t hard to lure guests to their seats at this 70th-birthday party. Guests took the bait with fishing-lure place cards hung on a nautical wooden backdrop. We also love how wooden signage featured colorful-striped buoys crowned by the birthday man’s name. 

photo courtesy of & design, décor & floral: Showplace Floral & Event Design | planner: Jennifer Evans Events | venue: The Loft 

2. Bring the Outdoors Inside

photographers: Joshua Dwain Photography

New York, NY

For a moment, we almost forgot we were high above New York City in an iconic skyscraper; with this venue transformed into a New Orleans Garden District mansion, guests enjoyed one unique photo op after another at actor LaTanya Richardson Jackson’s 70th-birthday party. Pictures were snapped in front of a giant balloon installation and an ice-cream bicycle cart.

photographers: Joshua Dwain Photography | floral design: Ovando Design and Production | venue: Rainbow Room | event rentals: Luxe Event Rentals | dj booth: Glam Party Rentals | performance: Doug E. Fresh | brass band: Knockaz Brass Band | dj: DJ Irie | film: Kandyflosse – Geneva, Switzerland | custom props: Prop N’ Spoon | custom balloon installation: Katie’s Balloons | cake: Soma Cakes | the porter experience: Icon Branded Events

3. Shine a Light on the Bar Setup

photographer: Kehoe Designs

Chicago, IL

This hip venue took on a masculine aesthetic with a mix of copper and leather décor. We love how this elegant bar set-up steals the spotlight with a backdrop of gold lighting. Suspended wicker lanterns and moss-adorned centerpieces were handsome additions to this sophisticated soirée.

photographer & décor: Kehoe Designs | event planner: Jennifer Anderson Events | venue: The Geraghty | entertainment: DON CAGEN ORCHESTRA | caterer: J&L Catering

4. Breath in Fresh Air with Al Fresco Dining

photographer: Little Miss Party

Guests enjoyed a sunny day in the Hamptons at this tented 70-birthday celebration. In addition to chic banquet seating, a summery lounge area offered friends and family the chance to recline in style. Best of all, geode place cards painted with each guest’s name made for beautiful keepsakes.

photographer, floral installations & custom seating chart: Little Miss Party | furniture rentals: Taylor Creative Inc. | catering: Cloud Catering & Events | dj: Total Entertainment | tent: Sperry Tents

5. Gather ‘Round the Table

photographer: Victoria Angela Photography

Anaheim, CA

A floral-patterned dance floor, cloud-like floral suspensions, and a personalized boxwood backdrop made this 70th-birthday party a glamorous affair. Even the smallest details — like this crystal napkin ring, silver rimmed dishware, and circular menu — were selected with the utmost care.

photographer: Victoria Angela Photography | event planner & design: David Tutera Planning and Design | rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Furniture Rentals: MTB Rentals | glassware, chargers, napkins: Theoni Collection | wine goblet: borrowed BLU | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | cake overlay: Nuage Designs | step & repeat: Red Carpet Systems | side tables: Designer 8 | stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery | caterer: TGIS Catering | cake: The Butter End Cakery | lighting: Amber Event Production | entertainment: RCL Entertainment | dancers: Karmagraphy Entertainment | photobooth: SoCal MirrorBooth

6. Pose Like a Diva

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography

New York, NY

This disco-themed 70th-birthday bash took its cues straight from Studio 54. Silver disco balls made their debut at every corner of this spacious ballroom — from the dance floor to the cake frosting. A backdrop of iridescent disco balls offered a sensational photo op, while shimmering ceiling tassels brought additional sparkle.

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography | planner: Victoria Dubin Events | event design: Ed Libby & Company | design: Ceci New York | venue: Edison Ballroom | magician/mentalist: Deceptive Collective | entertainment: Élan Artists

7. Foodies, Get Your Funk On

photographer: Tony Florez Photography

Santa Ana, CA

This mirrored catering station played delightful tricks on the eyes at this Motown-themed 70th-birthday party. From “Braised Brisket and Boursin” to “Manchego and Sundried Tomato Stuffed Artichoke Heart,” there was something delicious for everyone at this colorful, uplit affair.

photographer: Tony Florez Photography | venue: The Yost Theatre | caterer: 24 Carrots Catering and Events | av: Lighting
AV Irvine | linens: Wildflower Linen | custom dance floor: High Colorful Dancefloors Co. | bakery: Grace And Honey Cakes | band: Epic Entertainment | characters: Characters For Hire | furniture: Higher-elegance | donut wall: Back Up Backdrops

8. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth — and Continue Your Color Palette

photographer: Elegant Photography

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Singing “Happy Birthday” goes hand-in-hand with blowing out candles (or in this case, fireworks) on a delicious birthday cake. We love how the gold and reddish icing mirrors the elevated centerpieces, red carpet entrance, and vibrant uplighting of this dynamic 70-birthday celebration.

photographer: Elegant Photography | event planner: LV Event Designs | florals: Blake Roses | venue & catering: Turnberry Ocean Colony | chandelier: Signature Chandeliers | china rental: Different Look | birthday cake: Sweet Guilt | furniture rental: Bubble, Event Effects, Great Hire Ltd, Events on the Loose | production: PSID Group | specialty carpet: Don Bailey Carpets | specialty entertainment: Kamileon Productions | videographer: Jonathan Garcia

9. Go Groovy with a 70s Theme

photographer: Beautiful Day Photography

Los Angeles, CA

Guests hopped from one decade to another at this 70th-birthday party. Of course, that meant the 60s received their moment in the sun (or lava lamp, we should say). We love this lounge area complete with a tie-dye backdrop and colorful area rug. We also adore how all-white furnishings pop against an array of bright colors.

photographer: Beautiful Day Photography | event planner: Linda Howard Events | venue: Hillcrest Country Club | set production: Randy Fuhrman Events | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

10. Invoke the Golden Age

photo courtesy of SAVING grace EVENTS

Chicago, IL

There is an art to simplicity, as these beautiful centerpieces prove. Pink, coral, and pale yellow blooms complement the glittery number “70” crowning the floral arrangement. We also love how the rose-frosted birthday cake is topped with sparkling signage.

photo courtesy of & planner: SAVING grace EVENTS | venue & caterer: Drury Lane | cake: West Town Bakery

11. Leave a Note

photographer: Tony Valadez Photography

Dallas, TX

Why sign a guest book when you can sign a giant bottle of Champagne instead? Other Vegas motifs from this 70th-birthday party included an Elvis personator, a glitter-confetti drop, and playing-card plate chargers. Even without the Champagne keepsake, the birthday girl will always remember her fun-filled milestone-birthday party.

photographer: Tony Valadez Photography | venue & furniture: Sixty Five Hundred | av & lighting: BEYOND | décor, props, & lounge:
Shag Carpet Productions | caterer: Food Glorious Food | drapes: Quest Drapes

12. Floor Guests With Chic Tablescapes

photographer: Scarlet O’Neill Photography

Toronto, ON

A funky, asymmetrical carpet added depth and texture to this garden-inspired tablescape. Other picture-perfect pastoral details included floral crowns worn by the party hosts and rose-decorated cupcakes. We also adore the dessert cart wound with lavish foliage.

photographer: Scarlet O’Neill Photography | floral: Blush and Bloom | dessert: Baked with Joy | invitations: Minted

13. Get Blown Away By a Stylish Backdrop

photographer: Imagery by Jules Photography

Miami, FL

From crimson drapery to rose-red centerpieces, there is so much to love about this deeply-hued 70th-birthday party. We especially adore all of the gold accents — be it charger plates or elevated floral displays. Crimson and gold join as a match made in heaven with this photo backdrop. The giant gold balloons have us floating away on cloud nine.

photographer: Imagery by Jules Photography | planner: TICA ROSE EVENTS | floral design: Rodri Studio | props: Elf Prop Shop | floor wrap & Bbranding: MPE Events | rentals: Decor Event Rentals | draping: Just by Design | Cake: Lux Cakery | balloon artist: Maggie’s Creative Designs | Catering: J. Woods Company

14. Rise Above the Rest With Unique Ceiling Décor

photographer: Kiss Me For Eternity

Irving, TX

This 70th-birthday party captures our imaginations with its shimmering décor. Lucite seating, silver monstera leaves, and glass vases kept the room in a constant state of glimmer. We are also swooning over the crown of pearlescent ceiling balloons that are both dreamy and ethereal.

photographer: Kiss Me For Eternity | event planner & floral: David Kimmel Design | venue: Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas | balloon stylist: Balloon Therapy | custom vinyls: Jason Rahn | entertainment: Andy Austin Entertainment

15. Keep the Cocktails on Theme

photographer: Amy Haberland Photography

Los Angeles, CA

Guests embarked on a rock ‘n’ roll safari ride at this 70th-birthday party. Wild cocktail concoctions included a “Cheetah Sunrise” and “Electric Zebra.” We love how bartenders used animal print screens to artfully distribute various toppings.

photographer: Amy Haberland Photography | caterer & event design: LA Spice | scavenger hunt: Michael Heimos Productions | rentals: Town & Country Rentals | av & specialty lighting: Wova Events | linens: GBS Linens | photo booth: Petite Pix | cake: SusieCakes | dj: Jason Edwards

16. Put New Twists on Tabletop Décor

photographer: Janelle Brooke Photography

Bay Shore, NY

Guests received a warm Italian welcome at this outdoor 70th-birthday party. Centerpieces featured uncooked pasta (who needs florals?), while tables boasted cheerful red-and-white checkered linen. We also love how an olive bar complemented the afternoon meal.

photographer: Janelle Brooke Photography | design, coordination, invitations, & paper details: Jessica Leigh Paperie | caterer: Culinary Sensations | singer: Jim Altamore | tent rental: Strong Island Tent Rental

17. Bring in the Food Trucks

photographer: 1st Photographer

Livingston, NJ

Keep the party outdoors with a colorful food truck (or two). Guests at this surprise 70th-birthday party enjoyed delicious cuisine and pool-side seating with spectacular sunset views. 

photographer: 1st Photographer | event planner: Beth Fink Events

18. Shine On You Crazy Diamond

photo courtesy of Valerie Percival ViP Event Management

Sydney NSW, Australia 

Everything sparkled at this stunning 70th-birthday party. Mirrored tabletops reflected crystalline chandeliers, vibrant projected lighting, and glittering candlelight for a double dose of shimmer.

photo courtesy of & event planner: Valerie Percival ViP Event Management | venue: Simmer on the Bay

19. Use the Walls as a Blank Canvas

photographer: Raquel Bianca Creative

New York, NY

Who says not to color on the walls? White coverings allowed the surrounding backdrop to serve as a blank canvas for colorful artwork at this vibrant, food-centric 70th-birthday party.

photographer: Raquel Bianca Creative | event planner: Little Miss Party

20. Get Comfy with Lounge Seating

photo courtesy of Stellar Productions

Barrington, IL

With such plush seating, everyone felt right at home in this tented setting. We love how the British theme was carried over to sofa and cushions alike — not to mention the red telephone box photo op.

photo courtesy of & tenting, flooring, lighting: Stellar Productions | design & florals: OMO Barrington