Friends, I wish I could tell you where last week went. I got into whirlwind party planning mode and could. not. stop. As I explained earlier last week, this past Saturday we celebrated my mom’s birthday at my house. I was clearly reminded that there’s nothing like having a party at your house to get your butt in gear.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

In addition to coordinating all the party details (food, decor, etc.). I managed to repaint a few of my kitchen cabinets (and reorganize them), completely clean out my guest-room-turned-junk room, paint the wall above my fireplace in my other guest room, fill about a dozen empty frames, touch up white woodwork throughout the rest of the house, sort through clothes, and about a million other things. In typical “Michael fashion,” I lost sleep, stressed myself out, and managed to spend more money than any human should spend in a week.

However, the party was a huge success. The decor was beautiful, the food was delicious, and most importantly, my mom was pleased.

60th Birthday Party Ideas:

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

As I look back, this was definitely one of those moments when I should have realized that you can do anything, but not everything. This was especially true when I thought I’d be able to photograph the event while cooking and hosting. Oops! However, before the guests arrived, I did manage to snap some pictures to show you today. There are also a few tutorials and recipes I hope to share over the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for those.

But for now, let’s party.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

As I mentioned, the party was at my house, so the location should look familiar.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

I decided to go with a pink, orange, purple, and gold color scheme. I always like to have a color scheme when planning. It helps with so many of the other decisions, from picking the invitations to the flowers to the decor.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

I got tons of flowers for the party. Most of them came from a company called The Bouqs. You can check them out here. In my small town, I don’t have access to a wide selection of beautiful blooms so this company was my savior! Their selection is awesome, the flowers are shipped quickly, and they are stunning (even in the dead of winter in Central PA). I dressed them up in various containers like these white pitchers as well as my purple and gold-dipped mason jars.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

More 60th Birthday Party Ideas:

I wanted to DIY some of the decorations. With a tassel fringe garland being a popular DIY these day, I opted for that. I figured it would be a great way to tie in the color scheme. These are easy to make, but they are a bit time consuming. Give me a little time and I’ll get a tutorial up on the blog.

UPDATE: Get DIY Tassel Garland Tutorial HERE.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

To bring in some bling, I tucked in gold fringe in a few locations around the house. Just enough sparkle without being too tacky. I found the fringe at a party store.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

One of the biggest decorations, though, was these gold “60” balloons I picked up via Urban Outfitters. I had two sets; one in the dining room and one in the living room. They added great drama and sparkle.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

In the dining room, I wanted a fun drink area. Since this was a luncheon, I thought a Mimosa Bar would be perfect! I bought bottles of Prosecco and various fruit juices (orange, grapefruit, cranberry, and pineapple) plus some fresh fruit and berries and arranged it all on a table. People could create their own cocktail, which they seemed to enjoy. I even picked up some sparkling grape juice for the kids. They loved their “champagne.”

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

The food is the thing I didn’t have much of a chance to photograph. Trying to get it ready for hungry guests and photograph everything was not happening. I wasn’t able to pop out my tripod and ask folks to wait while I snapped shots for my blog. Ha! Anyway, I served up a red chili and a white one. Both were very well received, but people raved about the white chili. I’ll get that recipe on IBC soon. You’re going to love it.

UPDATE: Get my White Chicken Chili Recipe HERE!

white chili

To go along with that, I had a meat, cheese, and bread bar. Guests could make cheese and crackers or sandwiches. I had a variety of mustards and other spreads, olives, crackers, cheese, meat, etc. You get it.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

To complement the soup, there were local “famous” rolls with honey butter and a vegetable quinoa salad. A great combination and enough to feed an army.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

Oh, and I also kicked the party off with some roasted parmesan shrimp. Seriously friends, these are killer and so easy to make. Again, recipe coming soon.

UPDATE: Get the Roasted Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Recipe HERE!

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

Finally, I decided to bake the cake for the party – an ombre petal one inspired by this tutorial. Other than taking a really long time, it wasn’t overly complicated and, despite not being a “cake decorator,” I was pleased with how it turned out. It looked almost professional and tasted amazingly delicious. If you want to recreate this, definitely check out this tutorial.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

I’m all about the details, so I topped the cake off with these tall, skinny gold celebration candles. Aren’t they awesome. They created a “wow” moment for both the birthday girl and everyone else.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

And that about wraps things up! Again, I wish I could have snapped a few more pictures, but I think you probably get the drift. It was a truly wonderful celebration for one of my favorite people.

60th Birthday Celebration | Inspired by Charm

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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  • Terri at

    How wonderful to honor your momma with a “60” birthday party! Beautiful!

  • Elle at

    Oh, that cake! I can see why it took a while to decorate. Congrats on throwing a fab party and giving us lots of ideas to “steal”!

  • Rust at

    What a feast for my eyes! Everything is perfect!

  • Rose Angel Lopez at

    Aww, everything looks great! Your mom must have been thrilled! And can I say when I first saw the pic of the ombre cake, my initial thought was wow, where did he purchase that?! Great job!

  • Lori at

    That cake is amazing! Great job on the decorating and all the food. Also, love your peanut shaped dish. 😉

  • liz at

    I am definitely having my son read this post – my birthday is in April and I think he needs a bit of inspiration! Love the idea of the Mimosa bar – one of my fave drinks, and the shrimp look delicious – will be wanting that recipe for sure. You gave your mom a delightful party, and it looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

  • Sue at

    You are officially the best son ever!! The party looks like it was truly special. The cake is amazing and I love the idea of picking a color theme when planning.

  • Guerrina at

    Beautiful job and you’re an awesome son! Wish this post had come earlier! My 60th was Feb 3rd…would have shown my son!

  • Laura Ingalls Gunn at

    It is not a wonder that your mother was pleased! What a grand celebration! Perfection at every turn. I smiled at the sweet Sister looking on as your mom blew out her candles. 🙂

  • Beverly Ebersole at

    Wow! Looked like a great party. Happy Birthday to your Mom.

  • Vicki at

    What a lovely party! I’d like to have seen a photo of you + your mom in the midst of the festivities though, although I’m sure she was impressed and pleased with all of your efforts. Your cake is so beautiful and I’m excited to try my hand at making it this spring. You did an excellent job, Michael, and you should be proud of yourself.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Good call Vicki! I should have totally done that, but like I said, time slipped by too quickly! Thanks so much.

      xo Michael

  • martha at

    Wow Michael! I am so impressed. Makes me love you even more:)

  • Silvana at

    What a great job you did Michael! Everything looks wonderful you are so talented and PATIENT!!!
    What a good son 😉

  • Susan McMenamin at

    What mom wouldn’t swoon with pride over the incredible and beautiful party you put together for her!?!? Your attention to detail is what makes your ideas so lovely, and I am happy to hear that I am not the only one who needs to entertain to get my household tasks up to snuff. Well done!

  • Sarah P. at

    This. Is. Beautiful. OMG – just love, love love. Great job! The flowers, the cake… I just can’t! 🙂

  • Tammy at

    You are nothing short of amazing!

  • Janet at

    What an amazing job you did. Everything is so beautiful and festive. What a lucky mom you have!

  • Julia D. at

    Wow! Your mom and guests sure received the royal party treatment. Great job as usual and so beautiful and creative.

  • Michelle Vincent at

    You are an amazing host, great job!!

  • Theda at

    Michael!!! What a beautiful and fun party! Your mother is blessed to have you for a son! I enjoyed this post completely. My favorite photo is the blowing out the candles, I’m guessing with grandchildren. If you get an opportunity, I would love to see a post on ‘party planning timeline’, how you pulled it all together. Again, you out did yourself! Theda xo

  • Angela Boone at

    Such a beautifully styled party, and your foods look wonderful. I cannot wait to read the cake tutorial! I am glad you shared your mom’s party with us. And, by the way, happy birthday to your mom.

  • Jenna at Boston Chic Party at

    Looks like such a great time with family and friends! Happy birthday to your mom! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!

  • Christine Clark at

    Happy Birthday to your mom!! I’d love to know where you got your farm table! We have one from the Amish and I want to change the base to legs similar to the ones you have 🙂 Appreciate any info you might have!!

  • Terri at

    What an amazing looking party. The food looks fantastic. The cake is gorgeous! I love all the details and decorations. It’s more than obvious a lot of love and care went into this. Beautiful!!!

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    I wanna come party at your house! Everything looks beautiful and delicious.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’ll add you to the invite list next time. 😉

      xo Michael

  • Mary Ellen Barrett at

    What a beautiful party! You must be a great blessing to your mom. 🙂

  • Terry at

    WoW! Love your style! Thank you for sharing!

  • Mohammad Kamran at

    wow, these ideas are really gonna help our birthday decoration company in Chennai

  • laura at

    I love your blog. It’s the best part of my day when it pops into my inbox because I know it is going to be filled with pretty images and amazing ideas. I did have a giggle when I saw the birthday pic. My eyes went to the family/friend nun and I thought, “Wait, Michael’s mom is a nun?” How is that possible.! Congratulations on your next chapter.

    laura in Colorado

  • jeanne bruenderman at

    Please come to Louisville, Ky and help me plan my 70th Bday party.😀 You are so talented. Such a wonderful gift to your mom.

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