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6 unique ways to celebrate a 60th birthday

Georgie 22 July 2019

Are you looking for a unique and memorable way to celebrate the 60th birthday of someone special? The idea of finding the perfect party house, entertaining everyone, while ensuring the guest of honour enjoys themselves can seem an overwhelming task. But before you revert to a simple dinner party, read on and be inspired by our best 60th birthday party ideas, for both men and women, covering venues, entertainment, decor, activities and more, designed to bring big groups together to mark a wonderful milestone.

 

 

 

1. Hidden speakeasy soirée

Hidden speakeasy - the big domain

Speakeasies came about during the Prohibition era in the USA as secret drinking spots, extremely exclusive, stylish and illegal. Traditionally, these hidden drinking dens were allusive and required a special knock and password to gain entry. Dapper up your dinner party with ambiguous handshakes, finger wave curls, jazz and teacups concealing gin. Create a signature cocktail menu, don your jazziest outfit and set the lighting to low. If you want to host an authentic experience, you need a suitable spellbinding destination. We'd suggest providing guests with a dress code, time and meeting place and then transporting them to your mystery venue. 

Playlist:

Fortunately, Spotify has a vast range of brilliant speakeasy playlists for you to use.

What's on the menu:

Fancy finger food was all the rage in the roaring 20s, so serve up a plethora of appetisers like deviled eggs and shrimp cocktails.

Dress code:

Dress to impress.

Venue:

What could feel more exclusive and alluring than whisking your guests off by boat into the middle of the Solent to Sea Haven, a former fort on a private island? Or for a truly luxurious event take your guests away to the stunning Chateau D'Anjou in Pays-de-la-Loire, France.

Party favours:

Having a signature welcome cocktail awaiting your guests is sure to get the party started!

2. A chalet celebration

Chalet celebration - the big domain

An escape to the mountains is the perfect excuse for spreading the party out over a few days. Relive your youth and hit the slopes for an addictive adrenaline fix, learn new skills and relish in the spectacular scenery. Once you're relaxed and refreshed it's time for the legendary apres-ski. Stop at the pubs down the mountainside or host a private event back at your chalet with hot toddies and mulled wine. The best thing about a chalet celebration is that once you've got everyone there, you don't need to overschedule and worry about entertaining everyone. After all, being together and skiing suffices as the top priority!

Party playlist:

You need upbeat classics that will keep everyone grooving the whole holiday. We recommend adding some Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and Luther Vandross to your chalet compilation.

What's on the menu:

Check out our venue suggestion as it has catering options to take the pressure off.

Dress code:

Layers and ski wear. Warmth and function come before fashion in the mountains.

Venue:

We've got you sorted with Chamonix Chalet, a complex of four luxury chalets that sleep up to 44 and offer a swimming pool, hot tubs, a cinema room and games room as well as a sauna and a gym.

Party favours:

Pack your version of a dunce hat to give to the person who says the silliest thing or falls the most while you're away - less of a favour for them, but more fun for you.

3. Throw a Luau

Throw a Luau - the big domain

You don't need to fly to Hawaii for a tropical celebration; all you need is a ton of flowers, tiki cups and a retreat by the sea so you can dance to the sound of the waves. Throw on your floral prints and flip flops, drape your surroundings in bright decor and serve your drinks in pineapples and coconuts. A luau relies on great decor and fun ideas. Make sure you stock up on the punch, plenty of fruit and pop some tiki torches in the ground. As the sun starts to melt into the horizon, turn the tunes up and grab the limbo stick to see how low you can go!

Party playlist:

Chuck some Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and Bob Marley on for a laidback vibe.

Dress code:

Tropical and relaxed, all attire should be comfortable, and some Hawaiian prints won't go amiss.

What's on the menu:

Mai Tais, Pupu platters, grilled fish salad, Aloha sweet potatoes and plenty of fruit kebabs.

Venue:

Cliff House will provide the dreamiest setting for your luau. With exotic bedrooms and the most breathtaking patio area overlooking Whitsand Bay, this Cornish coastal retreat has everything you need for a special celebration.

Party favours:

To ensure all guests look the part, you could provide hula skirts and flower garlands on arrival.

4. Old Hollywood film night

Old Hollywood film night - the big domain

Glamourous yet casual, this idea is perfect if you're looking to dress up but chill out. Choose one of the birthday boy/girl's favourite films (the older, the better) and base the costume theme around it. This idea has the potential to stay as a simple film viewing or escalate to a magical and immersive experience. If you’re up for the latter, choose your film then ask everyone to come dressed in character. Watch the film together, then afterwards pop on the soundtrack and dance the night away. The number one rule? Never step out of character! This will work better with films like The Wizard of Oz or Some Like it Hot over the likes of Hitchcock’s repertoire.

Playlist:

After the film has finished, play the soundtrack to keep the illusion going.

What's on the menu:

Champagne, popcorn and hot dogs with the fancy mustard. Set up a popcorn bar with a range of delicious toppings to really impress your guests.

Dress code:

Depending on your chosen film, this may vary. But if you go classic old Hollywood take inspiration from Hepburn, Monroe, Grant and Brando. Dust off your gown or debonair suit and remember you can never be overdressed.

Venue:

Check out The Old Manor House, a stylish and secluded home with its very own home cinema, nestled in private grounds within a quiet Derbyshire village.

Party favours:

Make everyone feel special by giving them a personalised mini Oscar statue to take home.

5. Set up your own escape room

Escape room - the big domain

Want to throw a bash that will bring out everyone's competitive side and provide hours of fun? Escape rooms are only growing in popularity, originating in Japan; they are now found the world over testing people's wits, patience and ability. Setting one up at home is a genius way of personalising it to the guest of honour; you could create 60 mysterious puzzles or set the narrative around their life. You can buy DIY escape room sets, or a quick Google search will bring up plenty of ideas of how to create one yourself.

Playlist:

You're going to want to set the tone for a dramatic night, so once you've set your theme try using a relevant film soundtrack to set the mood.

What's on the menu:

After making their escape, your guests are bound to be ravenous, so think about serving up a satisfying but quick meal like a pasta dish or chilli to avoid any hangry escapees.

Dress code:

If you want to go all out, you should set a theme for the entire night such as lost in the jungle or Sherlock Holmes.

Party venue:

Instead of hosting at home, why not intensify the drama and bring everyone together in a house with some real character like the Beautiful Old Burfa in Wales.

Party favours:

The champion of the escape room should receive a prize for their efforts!

6. A barn party

Barn party - Big Domain

Barns are an ideal and atmospheric party venue, with their exposed oak beams, rustic timber frames and usually spacious layout. They're also a brilliant blank canvas for you to tailor to your desires. String fairy lights wall-to-wall and peg photos of the birthday boy/girl to them; create a fun photo booth and make sure you leave a big old space in the middle for dancing the night away.

Playlist:

Country music and of course a bit of Cotton Eyed Joe is sure to get everyone on their feet.

What's on the menu:

An American-themed buffet is a good option for offering guests sustenance in between dances. Hot dogs, burgers and lots of crisps and dip will keep the energy up!

Dress code:

Check shirts, cowboy hats and your dancing shoes.

Venue:

For a more sophisticated and smaller barn soiree take a look at the beautiful Wood Barn in Suffolk.

Party favours:

After a night on their feet, a pair of flip flops will surely be appreciated.

 

Hopefully you found some inspiration in our list of birthday celebration ideas, but if not don’t worry, we have hundreds of large party houses across the UK and Europe for your next celebration. Explore our homes with pools or villa holidays to find your perfect place.

Ahead of your next milestone occasion, be sure to check out our guide on how best to celebrate them

 

 

If you do try out one of our ideas, please tag us in your photos on Instagram (@thebigdomain) - we’d love to see them!

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