Below is a list of 50th Birthday Party Ideas.
It's probably fair to say that most people turning 50 don't really regard it as a huge highlight of their life and they might even be a bit reluctant to celebrate it. So if you're going to throw them a party, make sure it's a really nice one that they will actually enjoy—to help soften the blow!
Think beyond all the obvious themes often associated with 50th Birthdays, like 'over the hill', 'getting old', or 'gold' (as in the golden birthday). They're all a little tedious and a bit like a bad joke. And definitely don't buy any of those awful 50th Birthday party supplies you see like banners, balloons, and plastic tableware with 50 emblazoned all over them—they're just tacky. You really don't need to be that literal. Most people turning 50 would much prefer a nice tasteful party with good food and good company, rather than some cheap joke-shop style theme party.
Make the guest of honour feel special and loved. Whether they let on or not, it's bound to be a time of reflection for them as they consider their life and their accomplishments so far. So surround them with close friends and family to help them celebrate and share special memories. A few digs and jokes about getting older is fine to keep things light-hearted, but don't make it the main theme of the party—that joke wears off very quickly. Instead, highlight all the positive achievements like family and kids, or career highlights so that they have fond memories of their 50th Birthday. You want it to be something they'll remember.
Read the suggestions on my page about 40th Birthdays regarding serving good quality food and drink, and creating a photo slideshow as this advice also applies to 50th Birthday party ideas.
Remember, the focus of the party should be things the guest of honour is likely to enjoy like good food and drink and the company of friends and family.
If you don't find any ideas you like here, be sure to check out Party Themes A-Z incase something from a different category catches your eye. Most party themes can be adapated to suit different ages with just a little tweaking.
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Matt James is a professional party planner and owner of event agency DNA Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, DNA has won 24 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
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