Ideas on How to Throw a 60th Birthday Party


As your friend or relative turns 60 years old, throw him a party that reflects fondly on his life so far and looks ahead positively toward the future. Hold a birthday party that reflects popular culture for the year the person was born. For example, a person who turns 60 in 2010 was born in 1950, so throw a party that reflects the styles, food, music and memorable events of that decade.

Things You'll Need

  • 1950s clothing
  • Photographs
  • Memory album
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • 1950s music
  • 1950s movie
  • Gag gift bag
  • Old news and magazine clippings
  • Include clothing styles and music of the era in your planning. Have a costume party in which everyone dresses in retro clothes. Typically, women wore full skirt dresses and the well-to-do man wore a smoking jacket while entertaining at home. If you choose to make it a surprise party, make sure to have a costume ready for the birthday man or woman.

  • Decorate the location of the birthday party with poster-sized and smaller pictures of the celebrant placed throughout the room. If the birthday person has a favorite hobby or has accomplished something unique in her life, incorporate items representing these activities into the decorations.

  • Ask partygoers to bring a food dish from recipe popular in the 1950s. Supply them with a list to choose from in case they are not sure what to bring. Steak dinners were popular for special occasions in the 1950s, and it was the era in which TV dinners were introduced to the public. Do not forget the cocktails. Mixed drinks that were popular in the 1950s include champagne punch, a Manhattan or a Tom Collins. You can also opt to have the party professionally catered.

  • Hire a DJ to play 1950s music, and rent DVDs of a movie popular in the 1950s. Show this movie to help wind the party down after much of the festivities have taken place. Choices include "A Streetcar Named Desire" or "A Rebel without a Cause."

  • Hold a roast in which people share their fun and touching memories of the birthday person.

  • Recall and celebrate the birthday person's life. Give a gag gift bag including items for the elderly or for infants. Create a memory book full of photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings from the 1950s, alongside photographs of the birthday person's life with friends and family. Leave part of the memory book empty, so the birthday person can add to it in the future.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hire a photographer to take pictures during the party.
  • Make sure to have food that your birthday person enjoys.
  • If alcohol is served, arrange to have designated drivers for your guests.

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