If you're anything like me, planning a 60th birthday party sounds like hard work! And if you're more of a party-goer than a party-thrower, it’s hard to know where to begin. But it doesn't have to be ...
Any good host knows that 99% of the work that goes into a party happens long before people start arriving on the night - with some taking weeks, months or years to prepare for - Royal Wedding anyone? By following a few simple steps, however, your occasion will be everything you hoped for, minus the tension headaches!
I can bet most people imagine a 60th birthday party quite differently to that of say, a 21st. So if you’re helping your Mum or Dad plan for a 60th birthday then, the rules all change - these steps may just make your party the one to beat!
Venue & ThemeIf you're planning a 60th birthday in the summer months you can't beat a garden party for effortless elegance. Just by putting up a marquis and hanging fairy-lights through the trees and shrubs, your backyard can transform from football field to a stylish and sunny party venue! This way, you avoid hire fees on a venue, on kitchenware, entertainment and you don't even have to leave the house.
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FoodIt seems that recipes for appetizers and canapés come in the hundreds nowadays and it can be difficult (and stressful!) to make sure you're accommodating the dietary needs of your guests - so a caterer can be a great asset to any party! (especially as its one less thing for you to organize come the big day) If you're planning a party on a budget, it’s just as easy to do it all at home - high tea can be a lovely, simple alternative. Provided you don't mind baking all sorts of sweet and savoury treats the afternoon before: celebrating the big 60 with macarons and champagne while lounging out in the sun doesn't sound too bad to me!
EntertainmentThe likelihood of hiring Elvis or a full string quarter is probably quite slim – but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for anything else! We live in the technology generation: so whether you hire musicians or a live band or not, music and entertainment are the easy bits. Ask your birthday boy/girl their favourite music: favourite songs from different decades of their life, and break it up into playlists or mix it all together! There’s something very special about listening to a song and reliving all the important memories that come with them. And I can bet that 9 out of 10 people will have access to a laptop or ipod to hold your music on – press play and you’re away!
Parties don’t have to be a huge drama, and if you’re opting for an elegant affair, drama is the last thing you want! Try out these easy suggestions, and the next big 60th birthday you celebrate will go off without a hitch.
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