50th Birthday Party Ideas
By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner
Get ideas for party invitations, surprises, decorations, food & drink, and styling.
If you're tired of the same old clichéd party ideas, and are looking for something more inspiring or just a little bit different, this site is packed with original and creative party ideas. I'm Matt James, an award-winning professional event planner who has produced events for many celebrities including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stella McCartney, among others (read more). On this site I'll share professional tips, advice, and trade secrets—that anyone can do—in order to add some creative touches to your party or celebration; whatever your budget. Note that this site does contains affiliate links to products. We may recieve a small commission on any sales (at no extra cost to you).
It's probably fair to say that a lot of people don't get that excited by the prospect of turning 50, and they might even be a bit reluctant to celebrate. 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 in stores, 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. So check out some of my ideas below for creating a more meaningful 50th birthday party—one that celebrates the person, not just their age.
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Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, amoung others. Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year. Matt is also a guest lecturer at various university Event Management degree courses and is the author of Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals; the ultimate career guide for anyone who wants to get into event planning. Read full bio here.
50th Birthday Party Ideas
by an award-winning professional party planner