The best 60th-birthday ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

A 60th birthday is a milestone that needs celebrating. While considering 60th-birthday ideas, consider the health and stamina of the person with the birthday. Also take into consideration the personality of the celebrant as well as likes and dislikes. Don't throw a large party for a person who prefers small family affairs. The best 60th-birthday ideas are both personal and heartfelt.

Family Celebration

Some people don't like big fancy affairs. For a person who appreciates family, plan a small celebration for family and a few close friends. Make it informal by having everyone bring a main dish and a side dish while you provide a decorated 60th-birthday cake and ice cream, both in flavours preferred by the birthday celebrant. If the gathering is small, take everyone out to a restaurant you decorate ahead of time with 60th-birthday balloons, centrepieces of candles and greenery with 60 and Happy Birthday confetti sprinkled throughout the greenery, napkins and party favours. If the birthday person likes dressing up, make the dinner formal with everyone arriving in her very best.

Make Them Laugh

Record memories from family and friends of those fun, embarrassing (the ones that may not seem funny at the time, but are hilarious in the retelling) and special life moments. Create a slide show with the recordings, music and pictures. If you capture the memories on video, create a video of those humorous and positive times in the birthday person's life. Ask family and friends to write down those memories in a letter to the birthday celebrant. These you can put into an album along with pictures and other information. You can also ask people to put their contributions into a birthday card. Decorate a basket and have guests put their cards into the basket when they arrive. Present this to the 60-year-old as a special gift from everyone. As part of the evening, let the 60-year-old open the cards and the letters and read, or have the author read, the memories.

A Child's Heart

Some of the best 60th or any birthday ideas come from the hearts of children. Have the grandchildren, other family children or children close to the 60-year-old draw a picture or write a poem to him. Supply crayons, construction paper, markers, glue, glitter, regular paper and pens and whatever else needed for the children to create something special. If they have a picture of themselves with the birthday celebrant, copy it and let the children frame the picture with crayons or other craft ideas.

Frame a Memory

If you have a special picture you wish to present as a 60th-birthday gift, find a frame with a wide mat. Personalise the mat by having family and friends sign the mat and add birthday greetings. Decorate the mat to fit the occasion with balloons and cakes and the number 60 or decorate the mat to fit a season or the setting of the picture. Find a special picture from the past, copy it and have it framed for the occasion.

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About the Author

Carolyn Scheidies has been writing professionally since 1994. She writes a column for the “Kearney Hub” and her latest book is “From the Ashes.” She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she has also lectured in the media department.