Many women consider turning 50 a major milestone birthday. Party ideas range from small, intimate gatherings with a few close friends to large, extravagant events with lots of guests. If planning your own event, don't worry about what others want, choose a celebration that will be meaningful to you. If you are throwing the 50th party for someone else, consider what she will most enjoy and plan accordingly.
Women's 50th Birthday Party Ideas
This Is Your Life
A This is Your Life party is a bit like a roast. The guests can fill out a questionnaire that contains questions such as, "What is your favorite memory of [the person having the birthday]?" Or "The dumbest thing I ever saw her do was [fill in the blank]." An emcee can share the answers during the party.
Celebrating the Past
This party takes the guest of honor on a trip down memory lane. Find important people from the birthday girl's past to put in an appearance or to send a letter or video message. Show or read these as part of the festivities. Make a scrapbook of photos and mementos to present to the guest of honor.
A Theme Party
Create a party using the theme of the decade in which the woman was born. Or, if she has a specific passion, such as horses, build the party around that theme. Either way, make the decorations and festivities all about her and her interests.
An Intimate Gathering
Rent a cottage or house and plan a weekend getaway for the birthday celebrant and her closest friends. Make sure the place is stocked with plenty of food and wine for the festivities. If a weekend is out of the question, throw a similar event for an afternoon; the most important thing is to have her closest friends participate.
A Big Party
For some women, a big party is the best choice. Invite friends, family and work colleagues and rent a room at a hotel or other spacious location. Depending on a woman's preferences, have a band or disc jockey for dancing and a formal sit-down dinner. Or take the same setting and use it for a costume party.