19 Ways to Celebrate Your 60th Birthday

by Bonnie

How will you celebrate your 60th birthday?

Turning 60 is a milestone worth marking, an excuse a cause for celebrating.

How best to celebrate such an event is personal and unique to each of us. However, I’ve got some tips and ideas to help you create your own fabulous occasion.

4 Tips for a Birthday You’ll Love

Tip #1) It’s your birthday so do what will most please you!

Tip #2) This is not the time to wait for someone else to figure it out or to hope or hint.

Tip #3) Get clear about how you want to celebrate your birthday. What lights you up and makes you smile just thinking about it? What calls to your heart? What do you really, really want to do for this special occasion?

Tip #4) Do what it takes to make that happen. This may mean telling people what you decidedly do not want. This may mean asking others for what you do want. It may mean planning or throwing or hosting the occasion yourself. Whatever it takes, do it!

19  Ways to Celebrate

To get your creative juices going, here are some ways other women have celebrated their 60th birthdays. (Special thanks to the sassy, wise, and creative women at  Savoring Your Sixties’ page on Facebook   for many of these great suggestions and for inspiring me to write this post.)

How about doing your own version of one of these?

1) Rent a mustang convertible, pop in 60′s music, and head to the beach and hamburger stand to hang out.

2) Getaway with girlfriends for a day, a weekend or a week. You could go antiquing, to the beach, the big city, wine country, or someplace exotic depending on what suits your interests and budget.

3) Gather with your family. A day at your place? Rent a house somewhere fun for a week? Take a vacation together?

4) Invite your friends, new and old, to a luncheon. Ask each person to express in their own way (poetry, singing, prose, artwork, stories, etc) the positive aspects of reaching this age.

5) Throw yourself a birthday party. Make it whatever kind of party you’ll most enjoy.

6) Do something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t.

7) Have a grown-up girls’ slumber party at someone’s home or a hotel. Lavish yourselves with food, drinks, laughter, and conversation.

8) Do a girlfriends’ spa day with pedicures, manicures, massages, and other pampering treatments.

9) Go on retreat. Give yourself time to connect with yourself.

10) Throw yourself a weekend-long birthday party with your dearest friends, some of whom haven’t yet met but have heard about each other for years.

11) Gather with high school friends and celebrate your 60th birthdays together.

12) Get a fresh new look. Any or all of these could do it: a new haircut or hair color, a trip to a make-up artist, an appointment with an image consultant, or a visit with a free personal shopper for new clothes.

13) Have cake with friends and throw water balloons.

14) Host a Saturday potluck with close friends, 60’s music, and conversation.

15) Take a trip by yourself or with others to someplace you most want to go.

16) Challenge yourself physically. Run a 10K. Learn to dance. Take a new kind of exercise class. Hike longer or more vigorously than you’re used to.

17) Do something you’ve never done before.

18) Host an “opening the door to a new decade” catered dinner at your home.

19) Throw a 60’s dance party.

However you choose to celebrate your 60th birthday, I hope you have a special and memorable experience. Happy Birthday!

Do you have other ideas for celebrating 60? Share them with us in Comments below.

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1 Marie April 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

My birthday is on Hallwoeen … I threw myself one heck of a Pirate Party!

Arrgghhh, Matie!

2 Bonnie April 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

That’s great, Marie!

3 cindy April 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I turned 60 three years ago. My oldest daughter lives in Portland so we took a long weekend and rented a beach house near Tillamook. Of course it rained, dripped or misted the whole time (it is Oregon!) but we never noticed and had a wonderful time. I have thoroughly embraced turning 60, loving it!

4 Bonnie April 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Hi, Cindy! A beach house weekend with your daughter sounds like great fun. So glad to hear you’ve embraced and are loving 60.

5 kynette June 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

I love the smiley face by #8… that’s what I’m going to do… but maybe every year!

6 Bonnie June 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

Kynette, I can so see #8 as your way of celebrating. And personally I think every birthday is worth celebrating, not just the round number ones.

7 Suzanne November 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Well, this is the week of “TURNING 60”!!! November 23rd is the day and right now my husband and I are on our SECOND week of vacation. Our first week was a Western Caribbean Cruise (which was my choice) and then the second week is on an island!! My husband had asked me months ago if I wanted a party or go away!!! That didn’t take much time to think about !!! I do have to say while being away and really thinking about this milestone in my life – I do have to say I am happy where I am at. My children are grown, I have 9 grandchildren and they are all doing well financially, healthy and have faith!! My husband is an amazing man, who loves me unconditionally! I am a nurse and I have a job which I love….yes I look forward to going into work.

8 Bonnie November 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

Happy Almost Birthday, Suzanne! Sounds like you’ve found a great way to mark your 60th milestone and that you have a wonderful life which you appreciate. That is all good, very very good. All the best to you!

9 Linda January 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I am going to celebrate my 60th B-Day at the club/restaurant where my 22 yr old daughter works. I’ve invited a few close friends for Mediteranean Dinner. The club hosts a Salsa band, with Belly Dancers (for my male friends) drinks and dancing.
Looking forward to a night of fun with close friends to bring in the new year. My 60th year on earth. PS I am dieting to lose 8 lbs to fit into a 60’s dress with pointy high heels and bufont hair do. Ohhh its so delightful,

10 Bonnie January 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Hi, Linda!Thanks for sharing your 60th celebration plans. Sounds like you’re going to have a very fun night! Hope you enjoy your evening and all of your sixties!

11 Chunky March 22, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I turn 60 in October. My philosophy- when you have a 0 after the number it’s not a birthday — it’s a birth year! I’ve been celebrating since January! I do something everyday to celebrate!

12 Bonnie March 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

Love that idea, Chunky! You sound like you know how to make the most of life.

13 Christine November 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm

For my 50th, I took the week off work and, including the weekends, I booked 8 massages (twice I booked two in one day) and then had a mini-vacation at a friend’s place in the country a couple hours from my place in the Sierra Nevada mountains. For my 60th, 18 months from now, I’ve just started casting about and I’m considering a few things, including a hot air balloon adventure and exploring some parts of Canada. My husband and I have talked about spending some time in Europe; maybe my 60th would be a great time to do that. He’s interested in visiting cathedrals & historic spots while I’m interested in Roman ruins and the eastern and northern coasts of Scotland.

14 Bonnie November 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Hi, Christine! Eight massages in a week! Wow! You definitely know how to treat yourself. 🙂 Based on your 50th, I’d say you’ll do a great job of figuring out something wonderful and memorable for your 60th. Good for you! Let us know what you decide to do.

15 Harry December 16, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Any ideas what a 60 year old man would like done on his birthday? How about a pub crawl or theatre? No idea.

16 Bonnie December 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Hi, Harry! It depends entirely on the 60 year old man, of course. Part of my husband’s 60th celebration was treating his car guy friends to a few rounds at the cart racing track. Because he loves doing that! Whether the 60 year old man is you or a friend, I’d personalize it to what the person wants and loves.

17 Lauretta Graham February 27, 2016 at 7:43 am


Thanks so much for what you do .I am so embracing being 60 in Dec. 2016

18 Bonnie February 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

You’re welcome, Lauretta. How fabulous you’re embracing 60! That will make it much more fun.

19 lois March 13, 2016 at 6:20 pm

my husband turned 60 last year, we where lucky and spent his birthday in New York after being away for 2 months we had a home cooked meal in the apartment we rented we caught the sights all day and relaxed with a few cold beers a meal then donuts he said it was fab. also we got married on his 50th guess he is a lucky boy…

20 Bonnie March 13, 2016 at 11:49 pm

Glad you and your husband found a fun way to celebrate his 60th, Lois.

21 Steve March 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Lets see do what ever makes me happy Hmmmm I think that they still throw you in jail for doing that birthday or no birthday

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