Mark Dad’s 60th Birthday with an Indy 500 Themed Party!

From a Kentucky Derby theme in our Wedding Bistro post yesterday, we’re now off to another race-inspired theme, the Indianapolis 500. But this time it’s for an exciting milestone party marking Dad’s 60th birthday! The much-awaited date for “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing” is over Memorial Day weekend in late May. So get into the Hoosier hype for this sporting spectacle and be inspired by our featured ideas for an Indy 500 party! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Indy 500 Party Ideas: Decorations, Food, Dessert

Rev up your engines for Dad’s special day with these race-inspired party elements. Great ways to capture both the thrill and the traditions of the Indianapolis 500.
An Indy 500 Race Themed Birthday Celebration for Dad's 60th.

Race Day Decorations

Usher guests into the party venue with a cool race track floor runner (4) that mimics the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (in a modest way!).

Overhead, hang a race-themed birthday banner (2) in traditional black and white checks with red, and assemble eye-catching centerpieces of checkered racing flags (3) in mini buckets.

Then, wow the celebrant with the showpiece of the party decor, a 3-tier NASCAR Brickyard 500 race birthday cake (1) that you can have custom designed for the occasion.

“Fast Food” for the Party Menu

“Fast food” as in race-inspired, get it? Plan easy to serve and super-flavorful party fare that pays homage to the Indy 500 and its home city!

Start off with your choice of Indiana’s’ famed burgers (7) (the source post offers great suggestions). Accompany these with a side of Sink the Biz Fries (9), an iconic creation at Nick’s English Hut near Indiana University, tossed in a special mix of spices plus Pecorino Romano.

Another sure hit would be Chili Dogs (8) made with Slow Cooker Chili Dog Sauce, then enjoyed with bottles of ice cold root beer. Plus, Roasted Shrimp Cocktail (5) served with a zesty dip made with chili sauce, ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and hot sauce.

Then, in the time-honored tradition of the Indy 500 winners as started by 1936 champion Louie Mayer, prepare a Victory Milk station (6) for guests to refresh themselves. And for a simple themed dessert, pass around trays of “Hoosier cookies” — actually a cookie version of Indiana’s well-loved sugar cream pie (10). Have a separate batch packaged as party favors, too.

Happy 60th, Dad!


1 – Cake – Designed by Art Eats Bakery

2 – Party Banner – Sold by POP parties Ink by Gwynn Wasson Designs and Fulfilled by Amazon.

3 – Checkered Flags (25 pieces) – Sold by warrior us and Fulfilled by Amazon.

4 – Floor Runner – Available from Windy City Novelties

5 – Shrimp Cocktail – Recipe from RDM Shrimp

6 – Milk – Image from 104.5 WJJK / Back story from Indianapolis Motor Speedway

7 – Burgers – Fave and famed variations recommended by Visit Indiana

8 – Chili Dogs – Slow Cooker Chili Dog Sauce recipe from Wholefully

9 – Fries – Recipe from Cooking Channel TV

10 – Cookies – Recipe from Simply Designing

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