Over 50s Lifestyle

Celebrating a milestone birthday

August 31, 2017

If you have been following my blog you will know that on the 23rd August I turned 60 and my theme for August was based around Celebrating Life Now!

As part of my birthday celebrations my lovely daughter Rachel and my darling husband Mike organised a birthday party.

Back in May, whilst running in our traditional Mother’s Day Run, Rachel asked what I was doing for my birthday.  In her words – ‘just tell me what you want, Mum and I’ll make it happen’.  Mike had originally said he wasn’t good at organising but once a celebration had been decided, he and Rachel became totally committed to making my day very special and one to be remembered.

I’ve never known Mike to want me out of the house so much! He has been involved in ‘secret party business’ over the last few weeks and kept telling me to go out for a while!  Cries of ‘don’t come in!’ and ‘Why don’t you go to the Ekka (The Royal Queensland Show), with the girls’ – which was a first!  Made we wonder what he was up to!

Rachel, organised the cake which was gorgeous and tasted delicious. I just loved the invitation she designed which was part of the ‘floral’ theme. I know how incredibly busy she is with work, business travel and home life being a Mum, so I really appreciated all she did to make the day happen.

Celebrating a milestone birthday

Celebrating a milestone birthday

I thank them both so much for all they did to make my birthday celebrations perfect and I love them both so much.

Celebrating a milestone birthday

The party was held at a local hotel in a small private room, on a Sunday afternoon.  Family and friends came along and helped me to celebrate this milestone in my life.  Nonna, my MIL,  even came along although I have quite a way to go to catch up to her at 91 years old.

On the day, I could finally see what all the ‘ secret party business’ was about.  Mike had made beautiful flower arrangements which were placed on several tables.  He organised the background music including my favourite ABBA songs and also photos of my life shown on the big screen in a power point display.  Some of the photos I cringed at but all in all it was a lovely history of my life and brought back many memories.

Celebrating a milestone birthday

It was such a wonderful afternoon and looking around at my family and friends enjoying themselves it warmed my soul.  We enjoyed platters of finger food, wine, beer, soft drink and of course, Bubbly!!

Celebrating a milestone birthday

Photo Credit: Carol Souza Photography

The party was a success and I couldn’t have asked for more.  I was pleased we had it at a venue as it really took the pressure off Rachel and Mike and once they had set up, could enjoy themselves.

Celebrating a milestone birthday

My darling husband and I  – Photo Credit: Carol Souza Photography

Celebrating a milestone birthday

My children Rachel & Nathan – Photo Credit: Carol Souza Photography

Celebrating a milestone birthday

My darling grandson Ethan – Photo Credit: Carol Souza Photography

Celebrating a milestone birthday

With Nonna my MIL – Photo Credit: Carol Souza Photography

Thank you also to my readers for your beautiful comments and birthday wishes which poured in on the blog and my social media.  I was very humbled and overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support.


So what will the next decade bring?  What ever it brings, I hope to continue to be fit, fabulous, healthy and happy.


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  • Reply Debbie Harris August 31, 2017 at 07:51

    Such a happy post Sue, you look fantastic and nowhere near 60!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the celebration and being the position person you are the next decade will sure be a lot of fun and fabulousness. Al the best xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 31, 2017 at 14:05

      Oh thanks Deb, I had a wonderful day and then on my actual birthday spent the morning with my daughter and darling grandson. We then went to the Coast for a few days so couldn’t ask for me. x

  • Reply Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life August 31, 2017 at 09:01

    What an amazing looking birthday cake!

    It looks like you had the best celebrations!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 31, 2017 at 14:06

      It tasted even better than it looked Ingrid! We were having cake for the next week LOL:)

  • Reply Deborah August 31, 2017 at 10:12

    Your celebrations looked great. One of my friends asked if I wanted her to organise something for me (no partner / kids or anyone to do it for me and she thought I might have not wanted to do it myself / it might have felt weird to do it myself).

    My main probably is that I still really don’t know what it is I want to do for my 50th, so I’ll continue to contemplate it for a while yet. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 31, 2017 at 14:07

      You will know what suits you Deb. I would have loved an ABBA party but then I thought it would be hard with the grandchildren and also these days my friends and I are probably in bed by 8pm so it wouldn’t have been a long nigh LOL:) I’m sure whatever you do it will be wonderful and enjoy every moment. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs August 31, 2017 at 11:07

    What a lovely and happy celebration of 60 that was. The photos really show the love of and appreciation of you in people’s lives. Well-done to your family making it happen. So much fun and memories made!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 31, 2017 at 14:08

      Yes I was very loved and spoilt, Denyse and so grateful for my loving husband and children.

  • Reply Jo August 31, 2017 at 11:20

    Looks like you had such a fabulous celebration and how much love and happiness you were able to share around on your special day was lovely too. Sometimes these Big 0 celebrations are more about others than us I think – and that is lovely.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 31, 2017 at 14:08

      I couldn’t have asked for more Jo, surrounded by my friends and family who wanted to make me feel loved and special – which they did. xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle August 31, 2017 at 13:01

    How lovely of your husband and daughter to organise such a fabulous 60th celebration for you Sue! I think I’ve already wished you a happy birthday but Happy Birthday again! Let’s drag it out – it is still August after all! What a lovely happy celebration you’ve had. Love the flowers and the cake and the venue looks perfect. Lovely to see your hubby, kids and grandson too! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 31, 2017 at 14:10

      It was a wonderful birthday Min and one I will never forget. I’m very lucky to have the love and support of my family and friends and it was a wonderful and special time to share with them all. My grandson was so excited. he kept saying ‘Nan, it’s your party!’ I love him to bits! xx

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill August 31, 2017 at 13:15

    Loved seeing those birthday photos Sue – definitely memories you will look back on forever. Also lovely to have shared in your birthday month on your blog. Hope the 60’s turn out even better than your 50’s did – I’m sure you’ll be rocking the decade ahead and I’ll be following along with you xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 31, 2017 at 14:12

      The photos were lovely and Nathan’s girlfriend, who is a photographer took them so I didn’t have to worry about making sure someone was taking photos! I just feel so wonderful at the moment Leanne and know that even though life is not always easy I feel so happy and comfortable with the way my life is going. It’s a pity I couldn’t share it with my best blogging buddy but I loved your virtual cake xxx

  • Reply Kooky Chic August 31, 2017 at 14:46

    Congratulations on turning 60, although honestly who would believe you? You look fabulous.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2017 at 09:27

      Oh thanks so much for you kind words I do feel pretty fabulous! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Jo Tracey August 31, 2017 at 15:25

    Oh how lovely! You were obviously thoroughly spoiled 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

  • Reply Kathy Marris August 31, 2017 at 16:58

    How special for you Sue. The flowers, the cake and the photo power point all perfect for your big number birthday. I for one would love to see some of those old photos! I’m glad you celebrated with your nearest and dearest. You looked gorgeous in your outfit. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2017 at 09:26

      It was perfect Kathy and who knows I might share some of my old photos. I had told my husband no photos between the age of 5 and 50 but of course he didn’t listen. Everyone was amazed at the number of hairstyles I’ve had in my 60 years LOL:)

  • Reply Natalie September 1, 2017 at 07:18

    You look radiant, Sue! Thanks for sharing photos of such a lovely celebration on your blog #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2017 at 09:24

      Oh you are too kind Natalie but I did feel pretty good. There were so many photos but I didn’t want to bore everyone. I had a perfect start to my 60th year.

  • Reply Jo@JoSimplyWill September 1, 2017 at 07:43

    Happy, Happy Birthday Sue. What a lovely way to celebrate. You look fabulous, and your outfit is just gorgeous with that hint of spring.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2017 at 09:24

      Thank you so much Jo for your kind birthday wishes. I loved my outfit and it was very expensive at all plus I did love the colours. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid September 1, 2017 at 16:18

    Looked like a great party, you look so happy! And let me say again – HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thank you Sue for linking up and co-hosting at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2017 at 16:29

      Thank you for your lovely birthday wishes Dee and yes I had wonderful party – exactly what I wanted. Have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Estelle Anderson September 2, 2017 at 00:00

    What a wonderful 60th celebration Sue. Your family pulled together to make your party very special for you. I thought the floral decoration made by your husband was particularly touching. Not many men I know would do that. So, I thought this was an especially beautiful and touching gift. And great photos for you to cherish and enjoy in the future. Best wishes for happy times throughout your 60th year. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 2, 2017 at 04:38

      Yes he is a bit of a keeper Estelle LOL:) It was a perfect afternoon and I still feel happy thinking about it. I didn’t want to bore everyone with my photos so only selected a few (although I put quite a few on my personal FB page). We are now preparing for our holiday to Spain and Italy in 4 weeks time so exciting times for me that is for sure. Have a beautiful weekend, Estelle. x

  • Reply Michele September 2, 2017 at 03:01

    I enjoyed getting a peak into your birthday party. I think I will have a party for my 60th (another year to go) but I do not like surprises so I will plan it for myself!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 2, 2017 at 04:36

      I had a lovely party Michele and you should really mark the occasion in which ever way you want. Mine wasn’t actually a surprise because I had given Rachel & my husband an idea of what I wanted and then they just organised it. The flowers on the table which Mike made plus the slideshow of photos of me throughout my life were a surprise though.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit September 4, 2017 at 05:20

    Your cake and your invitation are a perfect match! Love it.
    Happy birthday festival.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2017 at 13:13

      Thanks Leanne! Yes, Rachel organised both the cake and the invite and I loved them. The cake was so delicious I was glad there was plenty left to take home LOL:)

  • Reply Donna September 4, 2017 at 22:21

    What a beautiful way to celebrate such a special occasion! Mike, Rachel, Nathan and all of the ‘secret party business’ planners did an outstanding job! I was thinking of you on your special day (once I actually got the date right) and sent you ‘good birthday vibes’ from Spain. Hope you felt them! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:28

      It was perfect Donna and I’m so lucky to have my darling husband and children. I did feel your birthday vibes all the way from Spain! It was a very, very special day for me and one I won’t forget. xx

  • Reply Kathleen Rupp September 4, 2017 at 22:40

    Sizzling is an understatement….You look amazing!!! Happy 60th Birthday!!! Thank you for giving us a peak at your party! The beautiful flowers are my favorite- stargazer lillies! I had those at my wedding and they always make me smile. Saw your post from the party!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:29

      Oh you are lovely Kathleen! I love stargazer lillies as well and they seem to last so long – they just keep giving. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Tuula September 4, 2017 at 23:50

    This party looks like it was amazing and so much fun! You are very blessed to have such a wonderful family! Happy 60th birthday!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:26

      It was amazing Tuula and I feel so grateful for my wonderful family who made my day so special. Thank you for your kind birthday wishes and have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Teresa - Aging Like a Fine Wine September 6, 2017 at 13:49

    What a wonderful celebration of your life Sue! It was so nice to see the pictures of you and your family. It is very obvious that they love you very much to work so hard to make your day extra special! May your life overflow with blessings! Thank you for sharing your day at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:18

      I was just so spoilt Teresa – so much love and best wishes made me feel quite overwhelmed. I am very lucky to have my family and friends and it is a day (month even) I will never forget. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by to comment. xx

  • Reply Amrita Basu September 7, 2017 at 15:57

    Beautiful party, and happy birthday Sue.Friends and family are such blessings.You look wonderful in all the pics.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:02

      Thank you Amrita I had a wonderful birthday and I am very blessed to be surrounded by such loving and supportive family and friends. Have a beautiful day xx

  • Reply Miriam January 2, 2018 at 11:39

    How wonderful Sue. Looked like such a happy celebration. LOVE your attitude. I’m in my frisky fifties and it’s fab to know I’ve got the sizzling sixties to look forward to.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2018 at 15:54

      Hi Miriam, yes the sizzling sixties have started well. I had such a wonderful celebration and was totally spoilt and LOVED! I love ‘frisky fifties’ you keep that going! Lovely to meet you and I’ll be checking out your blog x

  • Reply Miriam January 2, 2018 at 15:57

    Great to meet you too. I look forward to being further inspired Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2018 at 16:34

      I’ve just visited your blog and I’ll be following you in 2018!

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