Themes for a 65th birthday party

Updated February 21, 2017

Although a 65th birthday is not as big a milestone as the 60th or 70th, it still deserves a big party. Choosing a theme for the birthday party will help you select invitations, decorations, food and activities that all fit together to make the party memorable.


Many people retire around the age of 65, so throw a party themed on the birthday celebrant's plans for retirement. If the party is for a woman who wants to relax and spend more time knitting and gardening, make centrepieces with balls of yarn and ask guests to bring knitting-related gifts. An even easier option is making centrepieces of potted plants that the guest of honour can take home. A party for a golfer could include golf flags along the front walk, green decorations and a recent golf tournament on the television in the background.

Travel Destination

Retirees often manage to travel more than they did when they were working, so celebrate a 65th birthday with a party themed on a favourite travel destination. For example, if the guest of honour wants to travel to Greece, decorate the party area with Greek flags and posters of Greece and serve gyros. As a party game, research the country and have guests compete in a trivia challenge answering questions about Greece.


The number 65 itself can make a creative theme for a birthday party. Although it can take some planning and a lot of counting, have items in sets of 65 all around the party. For example, inflate 65 balloons and decorate the room with them. If you are feeling ambitious, find 65 photos of the birthday celebrant, one from each year of his life. Of course, the cake needs to have 65 candles, so recruit a couple of people to help light them when it is time so they do not all burn out before you get done with the birthday song.

'50s and '60s

People who turn 65 around 2010 were teens in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Celebrate this milestone birthday with a kickback party themed on those decades. Play the Beatles and Elvis Presley and decorate with movie posters from popular films such as "Rebel Without a Cause," "Gidget," "I was a Teenage Werewolf," "Hard Day's Night" and "Beach Blanket Bingo." For a surprise gift, make a slide show with photos of the birthday celebrant during the '50s and '60s and show it during the party.

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