The big 50 is coming up, it’s marked on your calendar and you’re wondering just how you’re gonna celebrate such a milestone. Turning half a century is not easy, but it is an outstanding testament to all that you’ve accomplished in that time so why not celebrate it as such? The perfect way to celebrate is by throwing a big birthday bash in your honor. I’ve listed some 50th Birthday Party Ideas you can try. Don’t forget, it’s important to remember to make this day about you and not your age! Whether you’re planning this for yourself or for someone you love, it’s important to remember to celebrate them.
Unique Themes for 50th Birthday
Every party needs some sort of theme to make it that much more special. An easy way to do this is to pick a color scheme to stick with or focus on the setting. No matter where you have it, there are many ways to create a wonderful party you and your guests will enjoy.
Instead of renting a venue space, use your backyard, front yard, or half yard/half inside. You can rent a tent, tables, and chairs if it’s too sunny. Having your party at your house makes things 100x easier and less stressful on your big day.
Rent a venue
If you don’t have time to clean up your house or if you don’t have a big back yard to host in, a venue is a perfect place for that. Many places, such as local libraries or Parks and Rec centers have open event rooms that are big enough for a large gathering. All that’s left for you to do is bring the decorations!
A good theme for hitting these big milestones are timeline themes. Gather pictures of the Birthday person, preferable ones from past birthdays, and line them up in order.
Another great theme is a throwback. Take the year that the person of honor was born in (ie. 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s,) and deck out the room with memorabilia from that period. You can even get your guests to dress from that time.
50th Birthday Party Ideas for Decorations
No party is without decorations. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it, be bold, but most importantly be yourself when it comes to picking out the right decor. Think about your favorite color or what you want this party to communicate. Do you want a fun colorful event? Do you want a more elegant and sophisticated take? You can accomplish both with little embellishments here or there and don’t be afraid to make it personalized!
Color the room with pictures of you! Set out a couple of photo albums from throughout the years so people can flip through them.
A guestbook is a nice touch to remember your 50th Birthday for years to come. Have everyone write their name down as they join the party, then you can flip through it later and remember everyone who worked to make your day special.
Rent out a photo booth for the event! There is no better way to get people engaged in the moment than to have a photo booth they can partake in. It’s a fun way to document the day with family and friends.
Food and Beverage
Everyone looks forward to this part of the party and nothing brings people together like food and drinks. You don’t have to go crazy with caterers or three course meals though. Here are some ideas for simple yet inspired food and drink ideas for your special day.
Have a signature drink. Many people have their favorite beverages, whether a cocktail or mocktail. Make a pitcher of your favorite drink and serve it to your guests. It’s a little way to personalize your day.
Hire a food truck
It’s in popular demand now to hire a food truck to cater your event. Having a backyard party? The food truck will park in the driveway and take orders as your guests come. It’s a simple way to take care of feeding your guests without the hassle of prepping a whole day’s worth of food.
Pass-around hors d’oeuvres
A fun and easy way to implement food is to serve pass-around dishes. Set out platters of little finger foods that people can pick up and walk around with. It emphasizes mingling rather than a sit-down dinner.
Have a late-night cocktail and dessert bar! Set out a table of desserts, brownies, cookies, or any of the birthday person’s favorites! It’s an easy way to feed the guest list without setting out a full menu.
A sophisticated approach to food can also come in the form of charcuterie boards filled with cheeses, candied nuts, jams, crackers, and meats like prosciutto. This would work perfectly for a more intimate gathering.
Who doesn’t love grabbing a party favor or two on their way out? You can go for something fun and simple like a small party bag or if done right, you can create something that people will use and enjoy forever!
- Small mesh pouches filled with M&M’s with the number “50” on them.
- Personalized coasters
- Wine glasses, shot glasses, wine stoppers, or bottle openers
- Have everyone take home a personalized “50” sugar cookie
Alternative 50th Birthday Party Ideas
If you prefer the quiet, intimate company of family or a few of your close friends, these options would be perfect for you.
There are many places that execute their brunch menus perfectly. A brunch is perfect for when you and your friends all have busy lives of your own. Getting together mid-morning for a little breakfast, lunch, and dessert, all before noon. No gifts, no all-day commitment, just quality time with the people you love.
Host a little backyard tea party in the afternoon. Bring out the china set and serve freshly steeped tea, or make a fresh bowl of punch to serve. For food, stick with hand-held treats such as open-faced sandwiches or tarts.
Take a painting class with friends! There is no other way to get everyone laughing and having a good time than experiencing a how-to painting class with a couple of your best friends.
That concludes this guide for 50th Birthday Party Ideas. Ultimately, the focus of this day is to celebrate your journey through life with the people that helped make that happen. A party is an excuse to be with the people you love, so why not take the time to celebrate it, right?
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