Monday 24 August 2020

Fun Ideas for Celebrating a Fiftieth Birthday Party


Over the hill birthday parties for people turning fifty have become a little bit of a cliché at this point. That leaves a lot of us planning milestone parties for our husbands, wives, friends, and family members at a bit of a loss. After all, for so long, we’ve relied on picking fun at a person’s age to guide our party themes. 

However, you don’t have to fall victim to the cliché to still have fun with a fiftieth birthday. If someone has spent 50 great years on this earth, then that’s real cause for an amazing celebration, and you can still have tons of fun while being respectful too. Here are our top tips for making the fiftieth party you plan a roaring success.

1. Have a Throwback Party 

What better way to celebrate how far your friend or family member has come in their life than to have a throwback to the era when they were born. For instance, if your uncle was born in the 80s, maybe you could throw them a party that harks back to the style of the eighties, complete with 80s pop hits, and outfits plucked straight from the generation. 

On the other hand, you could pick the era when your friend or family member turned eighteen instead and use throwback pictures of their first adventure into adulthood to remind them where they were more than 30 years ago!

  1. Get Help Planning the Party

Milestone celebrations are often a lot of work. By the time someone reaches the age of 50, there’s a good chance that they’ll have collected quite a few people that you’ll need to invite to the party, including family members, friends, and even people that they work with. 

With that in mind, it can be helpful to get some help from someone else in your group to make sure that everyone gets an invite, and that you have a big enough venue to hold all the people that are going to be attending. If you don’t have enough money to throw a big celebration, think about narrowing your party down to a smaller party just for the nearest and dearest. 

  1. Make the Gift Count

A fiftieth birthday is a big deal, which means that the gift you give should be a pretty big thing too. You’re going to need to think carefully about how you can choose something really meaningful for your loved one. For instance, maybe you could get them an engraved golf club to celebrate their love of golf or frame a picture of them as a young adult to remind them of their glory days. 

If you’re not sure what to go for with your gift, then you could consider talking to other friends and family members. You may even decide that you all want to pitch in to pay for a bigger present, like a weekend away with the significant other, or a ticket to see someone live in concert. Sites like UKGifts can also offer some great ideas if you’re buying a gift for someone you know and know their interests.

  1. Have Fun with the Decorations

Decorations are part of what makes a party so special. The good news is that you can find plenty of options for a fiftieth birthday party. If you need a little help, start by choosing a theme that you want to focus on. For instance, if you want to celebrate your loved one’s life, then you could string a clothes line around the party venue and hang a picture of the guest of honour from every year of their life. This gives your guests fifty pictures to explore!

If you want to keep your attendees busy, why not add little messages to the back of the photo explaining what age the birthday girl or boy was at that time and giving them a little anecdote. You can also top the decorations up with things like balloons that have the number 50 on them, and cakes with a big 50 in icing!

  1. Keep it Lighthearted

Just because you shouldn’t be hosting an over-the-hill party at this point, doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with the person who’s birthday it is. Fifty is an impressive number, and there’s a good chance that the person you’re celebrating has achieved a lot of things in that time. 

Kindly roasting the birthday girl or boy by reading off a few lists like “50 facts” about the birthday honouree, or “50 reasons why we love” the birthday boy or girl could be a fun way to get people laughing and chatting.  

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