15 Unique 60th Birthday Party Ideas for 2024

12 mins read
15 Unique 60th Birthday Party Ideas for 2024
January 9, 2024
12 mins read

We agree with Larry Lorenzoni that birthdays are good for you because statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest 😉 And wow, here comes the 60th celebration of your life on earth! What a milestone!

To make the extra birthday extra special, we’ve prepared a list of 60th birthday party ideas with some additional tips to ensure your celebration marks the milestone the way it deserves. Ideas for dining, activities, and even decor and party games are all here, so let’s dig in!

60th Birthday Dining Ideas

Nothing beats a birthday party where you gather around the table with your loved ones to share a meal, laugh and enjoy the occasion. Below you will find some ideas on what you can do to make this 60th birthday meal special.

1. Dine Out

Is there a cuisine you always wanted to try but never did? Or maybe there’s this rooftop restaurant in your city you always wanted to visit? Well, the big 6-0 celebration seems like the occasion to finally do it.

Inviting your friends and family to a restaurant for your birthday has one great benefit: the party preparation includes hiring a venue (we can help with that!), choosing the menu, picking the outfit, and just showing up, so it’s definitely an easy idea!

venue prepared to serve dinner overlooking the city centre of London
Mark the milestone with a hearty meal in a stunning location. | Duck and Waffle, London

Need more inspo? Here are some ideas on how to throw a memorable private dinner party.

2. Outdoor Party

If you’re planning your celebration for the warmer months, take advantage of the weather and organise your special party outdoors. You can go for a classic BBQ, a picnic, or a garden party. You can simply organise it in your backyard or look for a venue that offers an outdoor area for hire.

Do you need more tips and ideas for an outdoor celebration? Check out our list of outdoor birthday party ideas for more inspo.

outdoor venue covered by trees
An al fresco meal is a great way to celebrate your 60th birthday. | Garden Terrace, Sydney

3. Vineyard or Brewery Visit

If you’re looking for an unforgettable and unique experience for your 60th birthday, then visit a vineyard or brewery. This idea includes going out with good company, sipping on great drinks, and simply relaxing. Is there anything else you need to celebrate?

Inside of a brewery with tables set up for guests, decorated with fairy lights
Breweries offer not only good drinks but also a unique atmosphere that is perfect for a special celebration. | Small Beer Brew Co, London

4. At Home Celebration

Never fancied eating out? Well, no need to change that. Keep it low-key by inviting your nearest and dearest over, or fill up your house with guests and throw a memorable 60th birthday party at home. You can prepare all the dishes yourself, order catering, or organise the party potluck-style.

Try a New Hobby

Trying out a new hobby can be a fun and exciting way to celebrate your 60th birthday. You can sign up for a class to meet new people or organise a group workshop for your friends and family. Let’s take a look at some class ideas for your birthday celebration.

5. Cooking Class

Taking a cooking class can be a great way to celebrate your 60th birthday and mark this milestone occasion in a meaningful way. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, you’ll be able to improve your culinary abilities, along with getting a chance to try some new cuisines and recipes.

6. Photography Class

Whether you’re looking to improve your skills or simply enjoy the art of photography, a photography class can be a meaningful way to celebrate your 60th birthday and continue to explore your passions. A photography class will teach you about composition, lighting, and editing techniques and help you take your photos to the next level. Check out our photography tips and tricks if you’re a beginner photographer!

Photography studio filled with photo equipment
Want to use the skills you’ve learned? Hire a professional photo studio! | MPP Photography Studio, Toronto

7. Dance Class

Dance classes in your 60s? Why not! Dance classes are a great way to stay active, improve your balance and strength, and meet new people. Whether you’re interested in ballroom, salsa, or swing dancing, there are plenty of classes available to suit your interests and skill level, so you’re sure to find something to suit you!

Do you think it’s too late for you to start dancing? Well, we strongly disagree!

8. Sip and Paint

This one isn’t exactly a class, but can still serve as a great learning (and drinking) opportunity. In a sip and paint, you paint while sipping on a glass of wine (or any other beverage you want).

This can be hosted by a professional, or you can organise such an event on your own. All you need is space, painting supplies, and something to drink. If you’re unsure whether you’ll be able to paint anything on your own, you can follow an online tutorial.

a group of smiling people holding glasses in front of canvas
After a sip and paint, you get to keep the painting, making it a great memento of the celebration. | Pinot & Picasso Redcliffe, Brisbane

Exciting Ideas

Were you thinking about celebrating your birthday in a unique and exciting way? Take a look at the ideas below on how you can make the milestone celebration thrilling!

9. The Thrill of Vegas

Glittering casinos, world-class entertainment, and non-stop nightlife is what Las Vegas is known for. So if you’re looking for a thrilling birthday celebration, then what’s a better place than a visit to Sin City?

If you want to feel the spirit of the city but don’t quite have the budget for the travel, you can organise a casino night at home or hire a colourful venue and turn it into your private Vegas.

Dimly lit elegant venue with red plush walls
Enjoy the thrill of the night even far away from Sin City. | The Hippodrome Casino, London

10. Go on a Cruise

Enjoy stunning views of the water and surrounding landscape, indulge in delicious food and drinks, and create lasting memories with your loved ones for this special birthday celebration. Whether it’s a luxurious dinner, a cocktail party, or a multi-day affair, a boat cruise is the perfect way to mark the milestone in an unforgettable way.

A boat deck overlooking the skyscrapers of Miami
Great views, great weather, and great memories – all thanks to a birthday celebration on a boat! | Rent Boat in Miami, Miami, FL

11. Extreme Experience

Whether you’re seeking an extra thrill on your special day or looking to push your limits, bungee jumping, skydiving, or ziplining is sure to deliver an exhilarating experience you won’t forget. Not only will you have a blast trying these activities, but you’ll also create memories that will last a lifetime.

Bonus Ideas

12. Photo Shoot

We’ve mentioned taking a photography class above, but how about hogging all the limelight and turning all camera lenses on you? If you’ve never had a photo session, or even if you had numerous ones before, a photo shoot session is always a good idea to commemorate the special occasion. You can have a solo session or ask your family and friends to join.

photo shoot 60th birthday idea
An intergenerational photo shoot can be a lot of fun and can create memories for a lifetime!

13. A Virtual Party

Are you living far away from the people you want to celebrate with? Well, don’t worry, you don’t have to resign from the celebrations! There are many ways to commemorate the special occasion in front of the screen. You can play games, watch a movie or a play, or virtually visit a museum.

14. Go Volunteer

Celebrate your 60th birthday by giving back to your community with volunteer work. Choose a cause that’s close to your heart, like helping the homeless or cleaning up local parks, and dedicate your special day to it. Maybe you will find something to continue supporting in your retirement years?

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A good heart knows no age!

15. Bucket List

Have you ever written a bucket list but never really got to cross out the items on it? Well, dig the list out because now it’s time to start doing it! And if you’ve never created a list like that, then make one. With retirement on the horizon and potentially more free time to pursue your passions, you have the opportunity to turn your life into the adventure you’ve always dreamed of.

60th Birthday Party Tips

Whichever celebration you decide on, there are a few things that can make any party feel even more special. Take a look at our tips on how to level up your 60th birthday party.

Personalise Decorations

When decorating for a special party like a 60th birthday, the decor, apart from the classic 60-shaped balloons and colourful streamers, can consist of more personalised items. You can use old family photos, mementos, and other sentimental items to create a special display that celebrates your life.

60th birthday party baloons
Blow-up balloons can double as photo props.

A great and memorable birthday decor-turned-gift is to ask friends and family to write ‘why we love you’ notes (make 60 of them!) and put them in a jar or on a poster for a truly one-of-a-kind gift!

Set a Theme

A foolproof way to make any party special is to set a theme for it. It will also help you in choosing decorations, food, and music. For a 60th birthday, a theme can be:

  • A diamond jubilee – you deserve a truly royal celebration, so a diamond jubilee seems like a fitting theme.
  • A decade party – relive an era from the past, and go back to the year you were born, your teenage years, or any other decade you want
  • A black tie – we’re talking red carpet, champagne, tuxedos, and long gowns – it’s a milestone celebration, after all!

Check out our list of 170 party themes for more party themes inspo!

Play a Personalised Game

Since it’s your birthday party, you can play any game you want. But whatever game you choose to play, make it extra special and personalised so it focuses on you and your life. Game ideas include:

  • Trivia – test your guests’ knowledge with questions about your life. Sprinkle in some inside jokes, sentimental moments, and cherished memories. Add a few embarrassing moments for some extra laughs.
  • Bingo – make cards that will feature your favourite foods, hobbies, films, and songs
  • Who’s Who – print out your pictures at different ages and ask guests to guess which picture was taken in which year. You can ask your guests to bring in their photos as well and play with them!

(Not So) Final Thoughts

Turning 60 is a milestone worth celebrating, and there are many ways to mark the occasion. Take a moment to reflect on all the wonderful experiences and memories you’ve gathered throughout your life, or use this occasion as an opportunity to try something new. Whether you choose to keep things low-key or decide to go all out – this time is yours, so make sure you enjoy every moment of it!

Happy 60th birthday, and cheers to many more years of love, laughter, and joy!

Are you on the lookout for a perfect venue for your 60th birthday party?

Here at Tagvenue, we have venues that will help you mark the milestone in a special way. Fancy restaurants, outdoor terraces, boats, casinos, and many more are here to be discovered by you!


How can I make my 60th birthday special?

The most important thing about the 60th birthday is to celebrate in a way that feels meaningful and special to you, so choose a celebration that will resonate with you. Ideas to consider include:
→ Hosting a party – it can be a small celebration with just your closest, or a lavish bash with a crowd
→ Trying something new – take up a new hobby or try an activity you’ve always wanted to do
→ Doing something exciting – if you’ve never tried bungee jumping or skydiving, now is the time to do it
→ Volunteering – give back to your community to celebrate in a truly meaningful way.

What games to play at a 60th birthday party?

There are many games you could play at a 60th birthday party to keep the celebration lively and fun. Some classic options include personalised trivia or bingo, charades, or card games. You can organise a casino night party, where you can play games such as blackjack or poker. Make sure to choose games that everyone can participate in and that you, the birthday person, enjoy most.

How can I celebrate my mum’s 60th birthday?

There are many ways to celebrate your mum’s 60th birthday, depending on her interests and preferences. You could plan a special dinner, host a surprise theme party, organise a boat cruise or an extreme adventure, or sign her up for a class she always wanted to try. The most important thing is to make the celebration meaningful and memorable for her.

How can I celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday?

Depending on your dad’s likes and dislikes, you can organise his birthday celebration in many ways. You can throw a dinner party in a restaurant he always wanted to visit, or throw a classic BBQ in your backyard. You can attend a class with him, such as a cooking or photography class. You can gift him an extreme experience, such as bungee jumping, or opt for something low-key like volunteering together.

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