Planning a 50th birthday party begins with a happy attitude and good ideas. From beginning to end, a good party planner needs to be flexible as well as prepared. While it is a challenge to push beyond our limits to generate new concepts and styles, we encourage you to try something new as you plan. One of the easiest ways to start planning is to focus on the honoree and what best expresses how special they are. Here you will find specific guidelines on how to organize for success.
Turning 50 is a big deal, so it should be celebrated with lots of fanfare. Whether planning a 50th birthday party backyard barbeque or a formal sit-down dinner, these guidelines will help even the most inexperienced host pull off a fabulous party. After all, a gathering of family and friends is a fabulous way to say "Happy 50th Birthday."
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Plan to spread 50th birthday cheer not germs.
Personalized hand sanitizer has become a very popular addition for any celebration. While it is very practical, the design options make it a fun gift as well. Click on the photo below or find a hand sanitizer here to fit every theme.
These single-use hand sanitizer packets can be scattered around the party area for convenience. Perfect for buffet tables or dinner tables. Click on the photo below or check out these sanitizer packet options.
This menu is as practical as it is fanciful. Simplify from the beginning. It is best to have plenty of your favorite party foods versus a small amount of many different foods. Not only does it make the shopping easier, it cuts down on serving space as well as serving pieces.
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50th birthday cupcakes.
This cupcake display spells it all out because the treats are the decoration. While homemade is best, don't sacrifice your sanity to prepare everything yourself. These cupcakes look so good no one will be concerned with who made them.
Planning makes perfect.
Plan out the types of platters or bowls needed to serve favorite party foods. It's a good idea to do a mock setup using the selected serving pieces prior to party day. Create different levels by using risers, sturdy boxes draped with fabric, tiered servers, or simply turn over stemmed glasses to create a base. Props can add color and interest to your table. Photos, signs, flowers, candles, garland, or any theme related object can bring your table to life. Planning ahead simplifies party day.
A quick and easy way to add personalization and color. Simply copy photos of Honoree, wrap around napkins, and secure with string. Check out these 50th birthday napkin bands for another option.
Proper place setting.
A formal sit-down 50th birthday dinner party requires a formal table. The meal seems to taste better on a properly set table. This table setting diagram will help make a beautiful, elegant table that's sure to impress guests.
Age is only a number.
How old is 50 really?
607 months old
2,641 weeks old
18,493 days old
443,844 hours old
26,630,677 minutes old
1,597,840,656 seconds old
Planning a 50th birthday favor.
Personalized 50th birthday coffee.
This gourmet roast will entice guests and the personalized label will provide a sentimental reminder of this milestone birthday. We found these K-Cup coffee favors at Beau Coup.
Improving with age.
If your honoree appreciates a glass of fine wine, then this may the be perfect favor for your celebration. Amazon offers this striking wine glass as well as many others.
50 and fabulous cookies.
Planning a 50th birthday party cookie based on the theme is a sweet idea. Whether served at the party or sent home as a favor, guests will take pleasure sooner or later.
50 and still hot.
Pack a little heat into your 50th birthday party favors with gourmet hot sauce. Bottles come personalized with custom designed labels at Beau-Coup.
Sparkle at 50.
Bring a bit of magic to your 50th birthday party without breaking your budget with these fun, twinkling favors. We love the idea of watching the bright, dazzling sparks while singing "Happy Birthday".
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Memories last forever.
Planning a 50th birthday party often takes you on a trip down memory lane. Incorporate a little help from friends and family by requesting 50 of their fondest memories of the Honoree.
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Guest book for 50th birthday.
Let guests share their thoughts and memories in a guest book designed just for the Honoree. Click on the photos below to customize with photos, designs, and text to create a keepsake that will be cherished forever.
Say cheese and let the party begin. Picture the fun guests will have posing with party props while making tomorrow's memories.
50 facts about 50 years.
Display a fact about the Honoree's life that corresponds with the numbers from one to fifty. For example, on number 23 the age the Honoree became a parent.
Planning a 50th birthday party and looking for something that's really unexpected. We love this idea for a smashing good time.
Planning a 50th birthday party decor.
Planning the decor.
Decorating for a 50th birthday party can be as fun as the party itself. The party theme should be your guide in getting your venue party ready. If you are a minimalist and desire only a few decorations, make them impactful. If your style is over the top and like many decorations, start with the large attention getting pieces and add until you achieve your desired look. Get spectacular 50th birthday party decorations here.
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Memorable beverage station.
Unexpected decorative elements add an extra dimension to 50th birthday decorations, particularly if it highlights or continues the theme. Here, guests will drink in reflections of the past, while grabbing a refreshing beverage.
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Golden birthday balloon idea.
Conjure up a golden birthday atmosphere with a few festive gold and white balloons. Getting the background right made all the difference with this simply dressed and inviting candy bar.
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50th birthday charm.
Gelato champagne and cake pops look as special as the occasion here. We love the tiny roses tucked inside a vintage silver sugar dish.
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