A 65th birthday is a major milestone and should be celebrated accordingly. The party can be simple or extravagant, sentimental or silly, formal or casual; but when your loved one reaches this monumental day, their party ought to be an all-out shebang with friends, family, and even co-workers.
While you care deeply for your loved one, you may be a little short on 65th birthday ideas. Never fear! We’re here to help. This list should get you well on your way to a great birthday bash.
Pick your Theme
The great thing about a 65th birthday is that you have a wealth of history to pull from. The life, work, personality, and passions of your celebrant can provide some great ideas for your party theme.
For example, if your birthday boy is a musician (or even just a passionate music lover), center the party around some of his favorite tunes. If your birthday girl is a movie buff, pull your inspiration from one of her all-time favorite movies.
Wherever you find inspiration, try to incorporate that theme into every aspect of the party. Put together themed party invitations, décor, and even food, beverages and activities.
Pick your Soundtrack
An event like this needs a great soundtrack. You can put together a great playlist incorporating songs from various eras your birthday boy lived through. Or perhaps he particularly loved the music from a certain era. If so, pick your playlist accordingly.
Of course, once you’ve picked out your style of music, it may be easiest to hire a DJ to do the footwork for you. A professional DJ will likely have much of the music you’re looking for and it can save you a lot of time – freeing you up to focus on other aspects of the birthday bash.
Plan your Events
The true purpose of this event is to honor your celebrant for 65 fruitful years. This should be your ultimate goal throughout your planning and should be the running thread throughout the party. If you’re short on ideas, here are a few:
- An audio-visual presentation can be a beautiful way to review a life well-lived. Scan some great family photos that document each phase of your celebrant’s life and play them in a slide show – perhaps with a favorite song playing in the background.
- Personal tributes or toasts can be a great way for people to honor the birthday. You could even include a mention of this portion in the invitation so guests can come prepared with something to say.
- A guest book is another way for people to leave a note or memento. Encourage guests to add photos, poems, songs, or short messages.
65th Birthday Party Gift Ideas
This may be a case of buying gifts for the man or woman who has everything. Remember though, gifts don’t have to be fancy to be meaningful. You can often find meaningful little gifts or special coupons that will mean far more than a pricey present.