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50th Birthday Party Ideas

There are certain ages in life that come with a lot of responsibility but also a lot of reward. Reaching your 50's is a huge milestone in anyone's life. Now that the human life expectancy is increasing, being 50 means you have so many valuable years left to make an impact on the world. You're entering into a decade where you're finally starting to relax after you've worked incredibly hard. Having a party to celebrate this great birthday is an absolutely wonderful idea. There are so many different options and this list of party ideas can really help you in getting started.

At this point in your life, you should know exactly what you like and what you don't like. This means that you know what kind of party would best suit you and your personality. If you don't prefer to entertain large groups of people, you can have a smaller party with only close friends and family. Or maybe you like inviting anyone and everyone. While you begin planning, think about what kind of outcome you would like to have. This makes things a lot easier when deciding on a venue and decorations. So have your ideal picture in mind as you're looking at all the options.

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Throwing a Great Party with Your Budget

Now that you have an idea of what you would like the end goal to be, it's time to figure out how you're going to afford it. Having a budget is a great idea when planning for your party. If you're expecting tons of guests, you're going to have to spend more on food, drinks and entertainment. However, if you want to keep things small, it won't be so expensive. Figure out how much you can afford to spend in total. Then you can break that up into smaller categories such as how much you're going to spend on the venue, the menu, and any decorations you may want. Whatever direction you decide to go, this is a momentous occasion worth celebrating and invitations are definitely worth sending. They also help set the tone for your guests and can help set expectations on what is to come.

With a budget in mind, you can begin looking at where you may want to have this party. As this is a very important and special birthday, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get out of the house and go explore some things. However, it's perfectly acceptable to have a nice intimate party at your own home. If you're looking for the usual, you can find a trendy new restaurant, a fancy hotel, or a public place such as a park or the beach.

If you wish to go exploring things outside of town, that works well too. You can take a day trip to somewhere else to have some fun. Maybe you would like to go gambling in the next town over, or have some drinks at the latest bar a few hours away. You can also have fun outings such as visiting a zoo, going go-karting, or playing mini golf. Maybe the ladies would like to invite a few guests to a new spa or to go see their favorite movie playing in the theaters. Activities such as concerts, sporting events, and festivals are always nice to attend as well.

Life changing activities are also an option. Maybe you would like to do something extreme that you've never done before. Perhaps you're an adrenaline junkie and you would like to go skydiving or bungee jumping. Or maybe you could visit a country you've always wanted to go to. If you can afford to, there's no reason why you shouldn't go out of your comfort zone and do something incredible. If you're going this route, remember to capture some action shots to share after the fact. An adventure shot would be the perfect addition to a piece of custom wall art or a creative and personal photo gift.

50th Birthday Party Themes

For a theme, you can make 50 of everything. Maybe you offer bowls of 50 blue Skittles, or 50 candles scattered around the tables. Perhaps 50 shrimp cocktails available. This is just a cute way to celebrate this very important age. You can also offer up party favors with 50 small items in them.

Other theme ideas could be somewhere where you've always wanted to travel. Maybe you've always wanted to go to Rome. You can serve Italian dishes and hang beautiful lights everywhere. Perhaps you have a thing for New York and you haven't visited in a while. You can easily bring New York to you and have classic foods and sports themes decorating your party. A theme is a great chance to get creative and you shouldn't be afraid to branch out and experiment.

Surprise parties are still an option and you can definitely host a party for someone who is turning 50. This is a great way to show someone that you love them and you really care about them. You can generally follow the same guidelines as mentioned in the pre-planning stages. However, it's important to keep them in mind as you plan the party. It should fit their interests and personality, not the hosts who organized it. If they absolutely hate big crowds and drinking, it's best to keep it small and clean. But this is really a group effort and it's best to involved everyone in the process. This really helps if you need to decorate and get their house ready for their party. If the party is going to be thrown at another location, that's generally easier to do for a surprise party.

Over the hill parties are a funny way to celebrate this new age. 50 is still generally considered pretty young and it's just a fun way to poke at someone getting older. Hosting a roast and bringing gag gifts also tie into this idea really well. You can incorporate this theme on the invitation by saying funny statements regarding their age. The Grim Reaper is a popular way to signify aging. There are also many decorations available that show off their age. You're also free to design your own items. You or another person in your family can easily whip up a quick design and you can have it printed at a local printing place. They should also have templates available if you're not tech-savvy.

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Food and Beverages for a 50th Birthday Party

If you intend to have the party at home or somewhere where you need to provide the food, you're going to have to plan out the menu. You can keep things really simple and just have something like a cookout and some chips and dips. Otherwise, you can get a bit fancier and hire a catering service to feed your guests. If you wish to have something in between, you can pick up some pre-made meals from the grocery store or you could make some homemade items. Appetizers are usually pretty quick and simple to make.

A cake is usually a centerpiece of any party. But that doesn't mean you can't put your own spin on things. You can have a traditional vanilla cake with strawberry drizzle if you would like. Other ideas would be to have your favorite flavor from your childhood. This is a fun blast from the past. If you would like to order something, it's best to contact a bakery well in advance to ensure that they're going to get yours done. If you don't wish to spend that much money, you can easily pick up a cake or other treats from any grocery store. Whatever you choose, don't forget to put 50 candles on top!

Drinks are also an important aspect of the menu. Most people would enjoy it if alcohol was served. For your cookout, you can have some beer and maybe even some spirits available. For a nice summer get together, margaritas work really well and they're pretty simple to make. For a more formal event, wine and champagne always work wonders. For those who wish to keep things clean, club soda, water, juice, and soda always do well. You can also go online and find some unique recipes to spice up your drink choices. If you can't afford to serve alcohol to all of your guests, put on the invitations that everyone can bring a drink of their choice. This means everyone will already have exactly what they want and they will likely share with others. It's basically a potluck for drinks.

50th Birthday Party Decorations and Games

Now you can begin thinking of some entertainment ideas for your party. If things are going to be big, you can hire a band, or even something fun performers such as dancers or magicians. If you have a funny bone, you can make your party a roast. This will definitely amuse your guests and create lasting memories. However, it's not a good option if you're sensitive or children are going to be invited. A costume party is another option and gives your guests a chance to dress up and cut loose.

Other fun ideas would be to explore your past. Bring back some pictures from your childhood to show your guests. You can even scan them and make a presentation of them. Have other pictures of family members available. This really gives the party personality and brings out a sense of family in everyone. Feel free to share important stories with any children or grandchildren. This is a chance for them to learn more about you and they will eventually be able to pass on these stories one day.

If you wish to hold the party at your home, you can easily make up some ideas for your guests. For food you can have a barbecue or potluck in your backyard. Once it begins to get dark out, you can bring out some entertainment. You can project some movies onto one of your walls. You can also have a huge bonfire and roast some marshmallows. Stories are likely to come out while everyone is sitting by the fire. Stargazing is also a neat activity. This keeps costs low and it's a really nice idea if you want to keep things intimate and get everyone together.

If you're looking for any random ideas for your party, you can usually head online and find some DIY projects. Pinterest and small blogs are a great resource for making some excellent crafts. You're likely to find items related to your theme or are simply functional items. These places can also help you find some recipes to serve appetizers and snacks to your guests. You should look into this if you're on a tighter budget. Making items yourself can really help keep your costs low and you can keep them after the party is over!

To save money on decorations, you can visit plenty of resale stores and thrift stores. These usually offer some pretty unique items that can fit in your party. Most items are quite reasonably inexpensive so you can afford to buy some really quality goods for a great price. This saves you some more money in the food budget. Thrift stores are a great place to find vintage items that remind you of your childhood. You can also visit local swap meets and pawn shops to find custom made goods for your party.

50th Birthday Gift Ideas

A great way to memorialize either type of event is to share your favorite snapshots with close friends and family on a variety of personalized gifts. Smartphone cases, photo blocks, mugs, pillows, or even a notebook or notepad could be the perfect way to thank your loved ones for celebrating your milestone.

Giving gifts is usually expected from your guests. Even if you state that you don't want people to bring gifts, they usually want to contribute in some way. However, you can make this a fun event if you wish. If you don't want people to make a big fuss, you can instead ask for donations to a local charity. Or maybe you would like everyone to bring gag gifts that you can have fun with. Or you could have them group fund for you to travel somewhere you've never been or to pay for a new car. You don't have to keep things traditional. If you're out of ideas for what to gift a loved one celebrating their 50th, choose something a little more personal. Juxtapose an old photo with a current snapshot and create a custom personalized photo gift or piece of home décor for a fun 50th birthday gift that will stand out from the crowd.

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In the end, turning 50 is a huge turning point in anyone's life. It's a time of change and celebration. Throwing a party to commemorate this time is a great chance to get everyone together and having a great time. You can tweak things to your own personality by having a roast or having a fun and unique theme. You can also do some incredible activities such as skydiving or visiting a new zoo. Overall, a party is going to create some lasting memories and it's a great opportunity to reconnect with everyone.

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