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. Champagne Hot Air Balloon Ride. I am sure you will be very happy to read as my creative mind gave me some amazing ideas that I have shared below. Often they're used for school photos, such as "When I grow up I want to be You can either store these messages in a large glass jar, turn them into a photobook , or create a video. Add a scavenger hunt at the beginning with the party destination as the last clue for a fun twist. 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.
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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! The ideas below are all about celebrating the person, not just their age, and making their 60th birthday party as personal as possible. 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.
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! Nowadays, there are so lots of really unusual group activties and experiences to choose from that are perfect for a 60th birthday celebration.
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! You want to make them feel special and loved. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. Check out all the designs pictured below here.
Alternatively, see below for printed options. 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. Check both out here. 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.
Check them out here. 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 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. Spread the love over the entire day! Rather than buy one big gift, choose 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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 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. 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. You can also get photo books that have already been designed along the theme of "10 Things I Love About 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 out my seperate page of 60th Birthday Party Invitations for creative and unusual invitation ideas. 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.
Tell people it's fine to get a little gushy and sentimental—but humor works too! 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. 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.
If you've got the patience to make these yourself, check out the tutorial here from Kate's Creative Space. 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.
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.
A great way to truly celebrate the person is to create a photo slide show charting their life journey so far. 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. 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.
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. Check out the full range here. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Then ask them to tag the page. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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! 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. 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 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.
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. These Hello My Name Is 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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 all the designs here. Another fun idea to greet guests is to position a life-size standee of the birthday boy or girl at the entrance.
Check out the standees here , and the voice recorder here. 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. You can then use a few general decorations around the rest of the room to tie everything together. 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.
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. 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. I particularly like this gold sequin design also available in silver for milestone birthdays and it comes in a range of different colors.
The great thing about this backdrop design is that there's a range of matching party supplies available, such as the ones below available in assorted colors , including party invitations, plates, cups, napkins, bottle labels, favor boxes, guest books, thank you tags, and more.
Check out all the options here. 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'. There are other photo collage tapestries available that you could also customize, such as this 'Story of Us' example, below right. 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.
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. 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. 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: You could stick photos to them, paint them with chalkboard paint for guest to write messages on, or decorate them however you want. Another great way to decorate is to spell out the birthday boy or girl's name using marquee letters. Check out the full range here , or you can pick up smaller ones here quite cheaply.
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. 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. 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].
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.
Start each fact with 'Did You Know This idea would work really well when executed as a balloon drop—if you're having dancing, do it over the dance floor. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. Alternatively there's a wide range of 60th birthday banners, such as the ones below, available here. 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.
Add a scavenger hunt at the beginning with the party destination as the last clue for a fun twist. Take the opportunity of a 60th to shower the birthday guest with love.
Have friends and family write 60 handwritten messages. You can either store these messages in a large glass jar, turn them into a photobook , or create a video.
This theme is carried out well with plenty of family and friends photos hung up and includes a toast to the guest of honor. Your Mom deserves the best party you can throw, so where to start?
The following 60th birthday party ideas for women are great ways to have fun and show your Mom you care. Hoop skirt dresses, plenty of plaid, and lots of dancing: This theme is extra fun because it takes the honoree back to their childhood decade. This is an extra sweet birthday theme. Fill glass jars or other decorative containers with 60 chocolate kisses for decorations.
This theme is geared towards the wine-lover in your family. Then feature a blind wine tasting as the main event. For more tips on how to pull off a successful wine tasting, check out these wine tasting party ideas.
Then, once the party is over, send guests home with their own personalized wine glass as the perfect party favor. Check out these tried and true 60th birthday party themes for men. Bring in his favorite brew and consider renting a bartender for some local brews on tap. This is a perfect theme for an outdoors party and pairs great with barbeque.
Create a vintage themed birthday event with lots of old photos of the honoree. Also decorate with sepia colored decor and old-fashioned food and drinks. Plus, you can let guests know from the beginning what to expect with vintage birthday invitations. This is an extra fun theme when it comes to decorations. Think of wooden crates, metal accents, and lots of burlap.
An outdoors venue is non-negotiable, but will help you pull off the ultimate party. Include whiskeys and bourbons and his favorite meat-based food for food and drink. Ask all guests to come dressed in flannel for fun forever photos. Entertainment brings a party to life. Make sure that your party has something guests can enjoy and talk about in the years to come. Decor makes all the difference in whether a party looks put together.
Common decorations include balloons, banners, streamers, signs, and more. Plus the more creative you are, the more options you have when creating your party decorations. You can also use kind messages from loved ones in the decorations. Send your guests home with something special. These 60th birthday party favor ideas are sure to keep your guests talking about the celebration for years to come.
Check out the ideas below: Once you have your party theme picked out, you can start sending out invites. Let your guests know at least three to five weeks in advance. For example, use then and now birthday invites for a photo-centered theme. Also, make sure to include all the important information on the invites.