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60th Birthday Ideas
Your 60th is a landmark birthday that calls for something extra special. After all, Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with festivities around the world! In Eastern cultures, turning 60 would traditionally represent a “second birth”, with food, dancing and music creating an occasion for the whole family to enjoy. And here in the UK as the 40 becomes the new 30, and the 50 the new 40, the 60th birthday party becomes a true celebration rather than a pre-retirement party.
Leave Your 60th Birthday Planning to Us
At Arabian Tents, we know how to throw a party and have been helping our clients do it for years. As such, we’ve developed an exceptional ability to understand the style and tastes of each client, and match that to a tent and interior reflective of them - transforming people’s party-visions into breath-taking reality. This understanding of clients’ preferences is exactly what it takes to organise and curate a truly extraordinary celebration.
Whether you want to enjoy your 60th birthday with an elegant garden-party or a riotous fiesta, we have the experience and industry contacts to take you from your initial concept right through to the end of your magical, memorable evening.
Stunning Furniture and Props – All Under One Roof
Our tents go a long way in creating an exciting atmosphere, but we know that what’s inside them counts too. That’s why we offer a wide range of luxurious furnishings to complement the range of different styles of our tents, from elegant velvet covers for comfortable contemporary sofas to sumptuous cushioned daybeds and quirky, parasol-sheltered tables. We can help you with dining arrangements, casual seating and outdoor spaces – just tell us what you need.
We don’t stop there, either and it’s the ‘icing’ on the tented cake that we’re specialists in – from a range of different bar units, a selection of lounge seating from chill-beds to daybeds and sofas and ottoman seating to disco lighting and mirror balls to get everyone in the dancing mood, to plants and foliage to add a botanical touch and a range of extravagant accessories to really immerse your guests in the theme of your party. Cushions in luxurious fabrics, unusual props and magical lighting all help to create the perfect ambience for your 60th birthday party – and if there’s something we don’t have? We’ll make sure to find it for you.
Wine and Dine like Royalty
We are proud to work with Boyer Wines, suppliers to some of the most prestigious events and establishments in Europe. They are perfectionists at their craft, and are dedicated to creating natural wines without pesticides, herbicides or artificial additives – the way wine should be made, and then enjoyed.
You can also opt to have your taste buds satisfied by our professional catering chef, who creates tailor-made menus for 75% of our clients. We will guide you through the options – including street food, mezze platters and traditional 3-course dinners – honing your decisions with tasting dishes, and deliver exceptional cuisine on the day of your event.
Entertainers, Mixologists and More
Can you think of something that would make your 60th birthday even more memorable? Our experienced party planners are always happy to delve into our network of contacts to bring the most exciting and unusual entertainment to your party, whether that means music, dancers or inviting one of our professional photographers to capture the night.
60th Birthday Party Themes
Not sure where to begin with the plans for your big bash? Here are our favourite themes for celebrating your 60th birthday in style.
Whimsical Garden Affair
Celebrate your 60th by hosting a traditional garden party – with a twist.
Our Cornish Cream tent is a perfect fusion between the delicate colour palette of the English Countryside and the sumptuous style of an Arabian Tent. Intricate paisley prints adorn billowing cream walls and ceilings, while tiny mirrors sewn into the fabric cast shimmering sunlight across the tent. The effect is a dreamy yet classical ambience, lending magic and sophistication to your celebration.
Treat yourself (and your guests) to an ethereal escape by letting us decorate your tent with trailing flower arrangements, vintage birdcages and twinkling fairy lights. Our professional catering service can provide traditional treats, such as an exquisite High Tea or a classic sit-down meal to keep everyone refreshed.
An Exotic Dream
Turn up the heat with a Bedouin-inspired party inside our Saffron tent.
The ochre fabric is draped to evoke sizzling desert dunes, and is patterned with radiant block prints and twinkling mirrors to transport you into the East. Decorate your Saffron tent with vibrant scatter cushions, palm trees, rugs and Moroccan tea lights to create a bohemian oasis fit for royalty...and don’t forget to tell your guests to dress the part too!
Of course, no party is complete without a little entertainment. For a night to remember, speak to us about our contacts with performers, dancers and DJs to make your night extra magical.
The Bollywood Bonanza
For incomparable opulence, celebrate your 60th birthday with a bright and bold Bollywood bash.
Encourage your guests to dress up in vibrant Sarees, and invite them into a Bombay Boudoir marquee. Its shimmering patchwork of scorching pinks and burnt oranges create a majestic setting for your festivities, and looks particularly breath-taking filled with silk and satins in jewel tones.
Keep the party going with a spicy Bollywood soundtrack, Bhangra dancers and an Eastern-inspired menu of samosas, vada and pakoras.
Shades of Grey Glamour
For a sophisticated and elegant look which brings the luxury lounge of a five-star hotel to your garden, celebrate your 60th birthday in our Lulu Pearl tent, decorated with hints of grey, rose and silver.
This magnificent tent is the perfect ‘inside-outside’ venue, with its beautiful veranda opening out into the surrounding scenery. Its classic shape and canvas fabric create a traditional atmosphere, which can be complemented by our sparkling glassware options, delicate flower arrangements and shimmering, comfortable seating.
If you’re planning to celebrate with all of your nearest and dearest, you’ll be pleased to know that the Lulu Pearl can be extended with additional compartments for a dance floor, bar and lounge areas, without having to compromise the space for 160 diners in the main tent. Grey never looked so good!
Thank you for helping make a wonderful party on Saturday. All the guests were stunned by the setting and it was quite magical.
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60th birthday party faqs
Your 60th is perhaps the biggest landmark birthday yet, so it definitely needs to be celebrated in style. Turning 60 is no longer a pivotal countdown to retirement, but a welcome milestone for a time in your life where you can live with a sense of calm, confidence and clarity.
Your 60th birthday is the perfect time to throw a great party and you should stop nothing short of luxury to celebrate. Whether you prefer a sophisticated garden party, or a wild and riotous party dancing the night away, at Arabian Tents we have the expertise and the venue solutions to bring you a party that is perfect in every way.
We have oodles of experience designing and curating extraordinary events. If you need some help, see our FAQs below, or get in touch with your ideas, and get your party planning underway. Life after 60 is what you make of it. Go on, liberate yourself.
Should I have a theme for my 60th party?
Themed parties can bring that little bit of spice to an otherwise ordinary event, and let’s face it, a plain-Jane event just won’t do for a 60th birthday. Having a theme doesn’t mean your guests have to dress up in silly costumes. Simply bringing a theme to the venue can add quirkiness and get everyone in the mood for the spectacular night ahead.
Immersing your guests in an opulent or sophisticated theme will help to make your event the memorable party you hope for and more. Our Bombay Boudoir marquee is a fabulous setting for a vibrant and fun celebration.
Or perhaps you have your heart set on a refined summer garden party? Take a look at our wonderful William Morris marquee. We think you will agree it’s the ultimate backdrop for a quintessentially English do. Whatever your party preferences, we are perfectly placed to help, from classically pretty to a colourful party palace. The choice is yours.
Where is the ideal place for a 60th birthday party?
Finding a venue for your special event is a daunting task. For a 60th birthday you will undoubtedly want to find the perfect setting. This is a special party after all!
When it comes to choosing a venue, there’s a lot to consider. Your guest list will more than likely include a wide range of ages, so you may want to consider a venue with some breakout areas for guests to retreat to if they need to sit down, feed little ones, or simply catch up with family away from the music and dancing. You may also want a venue that can cater for a sit-down meal.
Our beautifully decorated tents are perfect for any occasion and can be hired to go almost anywhere. We’ve worked with some amazing venues. Take a look at our favourites here.
How far in advance should I book the venue and entertainment?
The longer in advance you research your venue, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to book a date to suit you. The same goes for entertainment. Don’t leave venue booking until the last minute. You’ll only end up disappointed. Some popular venues get booked up years in advance.
Should I hire an event coordinator?
If you want to throw a spectacular party and you don’t have the best organisational skills, then getting professional help is definitely worth it. Speak to us for some recommendations, or if you’re happy with the organisation but just want someone to help keep everything running on the day, the Arabian Tent Company have professional crew that can assist with this for you.
Should I have a sit-down meal or a buffet at my party?
Providing some sort of food is definitely a good idea so whether you opt for a sit-down meal, canapés, or a buffet will depend on what type of atmosphere you want to create. Sit down dinner parties are more elegant, and can still be cleared away to make room for dancing later. Buffet dinners are more relaxed, and are perhaps a better option if you have a lot of people coming. Whatever you decide, let your guests know on the invitation. If you want delicious food to suit the style of your event, we also offer recommendations for caterers.
Do I need entertainment at my party?
Whether you are holding an all singing, all dancing big party or a small sophisticated event for your 60th birthday, you will want your special gathering to go off with a real swing. If you really want to surprise and delight your guests, some exciting and unusual entertainment will add that little bit of extra pizzazz. Wow-factor dancers, a band, or walkabout performers will lift your party to another level. Think of it as the icing on the cake and we have people we can recommend.
Blogs about 60th birthday party ideas
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