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Top 50th Birthday Party Ideas

Turning 50 years old is an important milestone that should be celebrated by planning a birthday party to remember! Planning a 50th birthday party can seem like a daunting task when trying to choose a theme that’s entertaining yet classy.

Choosing a theme for a 50th birthday party is much easier when you can pick one of the birthday guest’s favorite things and turning it into the focal point of the party.

Whether its music, an era or a favorite color, use what they love for coordinating a party they will truly enjoy. Pick one of these top 50th birthday party ideas and plan a celebration they’ll never forget.

Follow our tips for planning an adult affair while keeping a celebratory vibe with our top 50th birthday party ideas.

A 1940s Masquerade Ball

A masquerade ball theme party is perfect for someone who like’s to outdo the standard and average birthday party. This idea offers a 50th birthday celebration a classy and elegant feel to a party that will impress guests.

Whether you keep things more intimate with a 50th birthday dinner using this theme or go all out with a real ball, the masquerade aspect gives this event a mysterious appeal and lets guests get creative with their look.

A Beatles Inspired Bash

The Beatles are one of America’s most favorite English imports. If your guest of honor is a Beatles fan, they will love this Beatles inspired 50th birthday theme party. From Beatles décor, to cocktails inspired by their legendary songs (think Strawberry Fields!), to the music itself-this Beatles birthday party will be loved by any die-hard Beatles fan.

Color Themed 50th Birthday Party

If the honored guest loves a particular color, use that as your inspiration in developing a fun theme for the 50th birthday party you are planning. It gives the party a nice visual and lets you get creative with various hues through your décor while still keeping things mature.

We love this orange theme party idea which uses various shades of orange. Follow these tips for decorating for a color themed 50th birthday party.


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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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