4 Tips for Hosting a Themed 60th Birthday Party

I’m a big fan of hosting themed parties, there’s something about bringing people together and getting them to play dress up that creates a special vibe. If you’re looking to celebrate your own 60th birthday, or that of someone you love, here are 4 tips for hosting a themed 60th birthday party that will help guarantee a fantastic party.


1. Ask People To Dress Up

Dress up parties can be a ton of fun because they allow people to get more creative with their clothing. It also allows people to ‘escape’ reality a little and play the part. There are so many different themes you can choose from, but I always suggest doing something you’re passionate about. If you love rock and roll, why not have a rock and roll themed party? Maybe you love a movie, such as Clueless and you can plan your theme around that. Another favorite is choosing a decade – such as the 20s, 30s, 50s, or even 70s and making that your birthday’s theme. Whatever you choose, be sure to give people enough time to plan their costumes properly!


2. Create Themed Invites

If you’re going to have a theme for your party, why not start the party off on the right foot with custom invites? Having themed birthday invites means that your guests will be getting inspired for their costumes from the moment they receive your invitation. You have so many options when designing your own 60th birthday invitations, meaning you can make it suit your theme perfectly and you can even opt for matching colored envelopes. I love receiving invitations in the mail, especially when someone’s gone to the trouble to create a custom invite.

3. Don’t Forget Food and Drinks

Why not incorporate your theme in your food and drinks. If you’re doing a Harry Potter Themed party of course you can go for a themed cake, but why incorporate other aspects of the movie into your food and drinks such as Butterbeer. This ensures that your party feels really unique and allows people to get into the theme even more. If you choose a decade to base your theme around instead, why not find out what local dishes were popular during that time and try to recreate some of them?

4. Take Plenty of Pictures

Themed parties are really fun, so it can be easy to get carried away and forget to take photos of your special night. Set alarms on your phone every so often to remind you to take some pictures with your guests. You can also ask someone to be the photographer for the evening, ensuring you’ll end up with numerous excellent photos. Another option is buying or borrowing a Polaroid camera and having a photo station – maybe even with themed photo props – to ensure you get plenty of mementos of your fun themed party. Hosting a party is always a ton of fun, but adding a theme ensures there’s an extra element to it all. Hopefully these tips help you host your dream themed party!



Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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