Celebrate a 60th birthday by going beyond the usual dinner party. Choose party themes that tie in with fond memories or a favourite hobby of the birthday guest of honour. Use themes to create a lighthearted mood, delicious foods, attractive decorations and fun games. People celebrating a 60th birthday enjoy youthful fun just like anyone else. Good friends, fun birthdays and lots of laughter remain the key ingredients no matter what the age.
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Keep with the "60" them and throw a 1960s party. Many people celebrating a 60th birthday for years to come will remember the 1960s. Take them on a trip down memory lane with a flower power party. Guests dress in '60s clothing like hip-hugger jeans and tie-dye T-shirts. Play some "far out" '60s music and have a twist dance-off. Decorate with flower posters, streamers and posters. Set up a couple of black lights, lava lamps or strobe lights for effect. Play a '60s trivia game if desired.
Ritzy Potluck Party
Create an easy but ritzy over-the-top party with a formal dress potluck dinner. Send guest's invitations made from poster board made to look like top hats or diamonds. Break out a red carpet leading to the door. Cover the door with gold foil creating an illusion of riches and gold. Guests should come dressed or costumed in glitz and glamour. Provide music for dancing especially the song written by Irving Berlin "Puttin on the Ritz." Decorate a gift table by scattering chocolate foil "gold" coins among the gifts. Find a baker to make a tiered birthday cake with edible gold foil. Ask guests to bring a gourmet dish or appetizers to share. Suggestions for dishes include caviar with fancy crackers, gourmet cheeses or lobster puffs. For a budget version of a ritzy potluck dinner guests prepare imaginative "fancy" versions of foods like macaroni and cheese or hamburgers.
Relive childhood with a kid themed party. Invite youthful guests with cartoon invitations. Decorate with colourful streamers. Serve cake covered in colourful candles, hot dogs, sandwiches and lots of retro candy popular during your guest of honor's childhood. Some choices might include assorted penny candies, Necco wafers and Tootsie rolls. Arrange for some child like games such as musical chairs. Give out toy prizes that bring back memories like paddle ball or jacks. Instruct each guest to bring a childhood picture of them as a child. See how many can guess which adult goes with each picture.
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