My father will be celebrating his 60th birthday this December. He’s definitely not looking forward to it, in fact, I’d say he’s incredibly depressed about it. My father has held his age very well until the past two years. Suddenly, he has turned a handsome gray and needs to wear his glasses more than he used to. I’ve never thought of my parents as aging until I started to think about his 60th birthday. It is a huge milestone for him and I know that he deserves something very special. I have started to plan a surprise 60th birthday party for him. While looking for themes and decorating ideas, I was dismayed to discover that most of the party supplies out there are geared towards focusing on being over the hill. I don’t want to do that to him. I mean, if someone is dreading turning a certain age, why rub their faces in it or focus on the fact. Make it enjoyable.
We decided to go with a light dinner theme since we do have a limited budget. We actually reserved a room at Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli and they will be catering the party as well. Their prices are incredibly reasonable and their food is always delightful. Since his birthday falls only ten days before Christmas, we can skip the dark and dreary over the hill decorations and go with something much more colorful and festive. I somehow want people to skip the insulting 60th birthday presents, but I’m not sure how to get the word out about that. I guess I’ll just take my chances and hope that guests are more considerate.
I decided that I didn’t just want a regular birthday cake. I wanted something a bit more special. I called up the same baker that had done an excellent job on my wedding cake and asked her what she could do. She recommended a cake decorated as a package with a huge fondant bow on top of it. She would put the number 60 all over the cake as well. It cost more than what I had planned for, but his 60th birthday only comes once in a lifetime. Plus, he’s worth it. I want this to be a party that he will never forget.
My best friend is involved in Stampin’ Up, and she graciously offered to make 60th birthday invitations for the party. The design that she created is adorable. I’m trying to put tons of unique touches on this party. Why does a 60th birthday party have to be the same as every other traditional party? It doesn’t. Neither send any birthday greetings. Take some time to personalize it and do things differently. The birthday boy or girl will appreciate it more than you’ll know.