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 at Letterewe Lodge, Letterewe, Scotland
What could feel more exclusive and alluring than whisking your guests off to this impressive lodge, accessed only by boat? Overlooking the beautiful Loch Maree, the property sits within the vast Letterewe Estate that stretches for over 17,500 hectares and is widely known as ‘The Last Wilderness’ in Scotland. With roaring open fires, a grand dining room, it makes quite the setting for your secret 60th birthday party.
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.
2. Throw a Luau at Cliff House, Torcross, Devon
The dreamiest setting for your luau. With exotic bedrooms and the most breathtaking patio area overlooking Slapton Sands, this Devon coastal retreat has everything you need for a special celebration. Party beneath the sunset before retreating inside to make full use of the games room.
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!
3. Old Hollywood film night at The Old Manor House, Ashby de la Zouch, Derbyshire
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. This is a fabulous setting to bring the family together for a 60th birthday party that will suit all ages, right down to the smallest members. There is also a private hot tub, games room and tennis court for you to enjoy.
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.
4. Set up your own escape room at Beautiful Old Burfa, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
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. The 15th-century property retains many of its original features and has been lovingly furnished with antiques to enhance the house’s charm.
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 you could even have a go at making your own escape room using what you have around the house.
5. A barn party at Bank Barn - Wreay | Ullswater, Lake District
For a more sophisticated and smaller barn soiree, this beautiful conversion in the Lake District offers a warm welcome. Set in a beautiful secluded location with stunning views. The barn conversion is set just half a mile from the shores of Ullswater thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the Lake District and often compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.
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.
6. The ultimate Las Vegas party night at Langman Manor
The ultimate 60th birthday party should be hosted at Langman Manor, a magnificent country house that has its own casino. Complete with full-size casino tables housed in the basement, you won’t find a better venue for a Las Vegas party night. Also in the basement, you’ll find a disco room so if you fancy showing off some dance moves they floor awaits. That’s not all though, this incredible property also offers a golf course, tennis courts, a ballroom, snooker room, swimming pool and many more activities to entertain the guest of honour and their friends and family.
The stakes will be high, and you’ll have little time for a sit-down meal, so why not organise a private chef to set up a buffet and cocktail bar for your guests? If you’d rather play it safe and use fake money, a fun touch could be some pretend printed bills with the guest of honours face on them. If you choose to play that way, get a few bottles or gift cards to use as prizes.
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 for your next celebration.
Ahead of your next milestone occasion, be sure to check out our guide on how best to celebrate a milestone birthday. You might also find these ideas for feeding a crowd useful too.
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