A 50th birthday is a milestone worth celebrating. Not only should there be a party, but the guest of honor should also have an opportunity to do some of the things he has always wanted to do but never had the chance. The 50th birthday should be a chance to close open chapters in a person's life.
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The 50th birthday is often referred to as the golden birthday. Use this to create a themed party that takes the color gold as far as possible. Not only should all of the decorations, napkins, plastic silverware, and cake be gold-colored, but try to do as much as possible with the rest of the room as well. Put gold-colored sheets over the furniture, cover the windows with gold reflective paper and make sure all of the presents are wrapped in gold wrapping paper.
If the guest of honor has a good sense of humor, then a fun 50th birthday party idea is an over-the-hill party. There are many different novelty companies that offer over-the-hill party napkins, plates and decorations. Some party planners recommend a fake tombstone and someone dressed as death, but you will have to decide if that is appropriate for the guest of honor. The point of an over-the-hill 50th birthday party is to have fun with the idea of growing old. If you feel the guest of honor can handle that, then this kind of party is fun to plan and attend.
A 50th birthday is a time to reflect on the past, and also a time to look forward to the future. Many people use their 50th birthday as an excuse to create new memories by accomplishing things in life that they have wanted to do. A 50th birthday to-do list is something you make up shortly after your 49th birthday, and then accomplish your goals on or before your 50th birthday. It helps to keep the goals realistic, and it can also help to include friends and family. List items can be as simple as spending extra time with the family, traveling to a foreign country you have always wanted to visit, or doing a project that you have always wanted to do such as build a ship in a bottle. Reaching your 50th birthday after completing your birthday to-do list can give you a sense of pride and accomplishment that can make you look forward to the rest of your life.