50th Birthday Party Celebration Ideas

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Throw a party to commemorate a 50th birthday.

A 50th birthday is an important event in a person's life, as it marks a half a century of existence. Undoubtedly, the birthday celebrant of this milestone age has experienced a lot throughout her lifetime, and that's something worth celebrating. If you know someone who is about to turn 50, show her how much she means to you by throwing her a birthday party.


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All I've Seen

There's a lot to remember over 50 years. Help the celebrant remember some of the monumental things that have occurred over the years with this party idea. Gather a collection of photographs that document some of her milestone events -- first steps, first day of school, proms, graduations and her wedding. Blow up the photos. Create a timeline by hanging the images on the walls and displaying the years when each event occurred above the images. Play music that was popular when the celebrant was born or when she was in high school. Play a trivia game in which partygoers are asked questions about global events that happened over the past 50 years.


Retro Party

A person who is turning 50 was born in 1960. Make this psychedelic decade the theme for the party. Hang flowers and peace signs on the walls. Drape beads over doorways. Use lava lamps and black lights for fun and funky lighting elements. Hang posters of some of the era's popular bands and rock stars -- The Beatles, The Mamas and the Papas and Elvis Presley -- and play their music, as well. Ask guests to dress for the affair, wearing tye-dyed shirts, bell bottoms and John Lennon-inspired sunglasses. Encouraging guests to dance popular 1960's dance steps, such as the Mashed Potato and the Twist.


Over the Hill

This humorous party theme lets the celebrant know that, from this point forward, it's all down hill. An ideal color scheme for this party is black and gray. Blow up black and gray balloons and display them around the party area. Cut pieces of cardboard into the shape of headstones, paint them gray and print "Over the Hill" in black along the front. Display the headstones on walls. Place wind-up teeth on the tables and fake skulls on tables. Guests will have fun participating in a wheel chair race. The honoree will feel special when you read aloud an obituary that you have written in honor of her 50th birthday.