A 50th birthday is a milestone in anyone's life. Done well, a party for this occasion can encapsulate much of the person's life and offer a thoughtful, if humorous, reflection. Many of the skits often performed for middle-aged to elderly birthday party and retirement events are appropriate for a 50th birthday. Creative participation with the party-goers makes the experience meaningful and memorable.
History of Dance
As fads and trends change quickly throughout a person's life, a skit involving different dance styles can be fun, engaging, humorous and nostalgic. Before the party, research all the mainstream dance varieties from each decade in the person's life, and find the appropriate music for each. Start with the person's childhood, and work through his high-school, young-adult and middle-age years. Find some friendly participants who know the birthday boy and together learn all these relevant dance moves (See References 1). The dancers may be just a couple, or a large group, depending on the setting. If a particular dance or dance-filled event, such as a prom, was particularly significant in the person's life, consider making that segment extra special. You could re-enact his wedding dance, for example, at that point in the time line.
Consider all the different roles a person plays in his life. By age 50, many individuals have been a parent, co-worker, aunt/uncle, daughter/son, mentor, teacher and friend. A skit that focuses on these roles can be thoughtful and funny. Each segment of the skit re-enacts a different setting or relationship the person has experienced. One part of the skit can take place at the "office," and use real co-workers or stand-ins to depict what the person is like in that setting. Another segment of the skit can show off her parenting skills with a depiction of a typical morning at home, or even a re-enactment of how she handled her own son's birthday in years past. The most memorable variations on this idea will demonstrate to the audience what is most cherished about the person. This type of skit does more than just celebrate an age. It also celebrates the many qualities that make a person who she is.
The skits that often rouse the greatest laughter in an audience are those that re-enact particularly embarrassing moments in the person's life (See References 2). To avoid offending the birthday girl, it is best if skits that touch on sensitive memories are played out by close friends or family members. People who were actually present during the event may be appropriate as the actors in the scene. While an authentic re-enactment of the moment can be funny, a significant exaggeration could be particularly entertaining. Other party-goers will be delighted to learn of these funny moments in the person's past. A good skit in this fashion may forever lift a person into the realm of legend.