Formal 60th birthday party activities

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Formal 60th birthday party activities
Celebrate someone's 60th birthday with these formal party activities. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Many 60th birthday parties are designed for tongue-in-cheek fun, poking fun at the fact that the person is ageing. This kind of party is not suitable for all people. Some people may prefer a more formal party for their 60th birthday. There are many activities that you can still include at a 60th birthday that has a formal theme that will offend no one.

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One way to celebrate a 60th birthday party is to have a formal dance. The best way to have a dance party is to host the event at a gym or fancy club or restaurant that has a dance floor. Hire a DJ to play songs from the birthday person's youth so he can remember the good times he had when he was younger. Ask everyone to wear cocktail attire to make the dance even more special.

Toasts and Speeches

Another activity that works well for a 60th formal birthday is to give toasts to and make speeches about the birthday honoree. Allow friends and family to come up with speeches or toasts ahead of time to celebrate the life of the birthday person. The toasts can be funny, heartwarming or serious. They should all have an uplifting feeling without the use of negative words. If the party is large, you can also open up the floor to other party guests so they can toast the birthday person as well.

Memory Scrapbook

Before the party, ask the party guests to bring a small item that they remember the birthday person by to add to a scrapbook that you put together as a gift for the birthday person. The guests could bring a picture of the birthday person, a special program or event that they hosted or attended or anything else that reminds them of the birthday person. The guests should write a short paragraph explaining their gift to put in the scrapbook to accompany their memory.

Life Celebration

Another suitable activity for a formal 60th birthday is a life celebration video or slide show. Before the event, gather pictures of the birthday person from birth to the present day to make into a slide show. If you have any videos of the person, you can also include those. Include pictures of major accomplishments as well, including schooling, events, children and anything else that is special to the birthday person. Play the celebration during or after dinner.

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