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01 February 2018

10 top ideas for planning a 50th birthday party

Written by Khiet Le


If you're looking to plan a 50th birthday party, it can be difficult to come up with suitable ideas. Not everyone wants loud music and lots of guests, so how can you find a great compromise, whilst still holding a great 50th party? Here's 10 top 50th birthday party ideas, to get you started!

1. Rock n Roll is here to stay
Rock and Roll is suitable for all ages and is always a crowd pleaser and covers all budgets. You could hire a DJ to play some great tunes, turn it into an Elvis-themed event and hire an Elvis impersonator or, if you'd rather keep the cost down, prerecord your own soundtrack. You could even get everyone to dress up as well!

2. Traditional afternoon tea
Nothing says traditional afternoon tea, like three-tier cake stands, finger sandwiches and a choice of teas. Add in a choice of macarons, scones, cream and jam and you can turn a traditional tea into a sumptuous one. Make it totally stress-free, by getting in your own chef to create this glorious feast.

3. Intimate 50th birthday party dinner
Not up for a large, loud party? How about holding your own intimate dinner party? If you're looking for a totally stress-free event, why not hire a chef to come to your home? Not only will they prepare a gourmet menu for you, they'll cook a feast for you and your guests in your own kitchen (and clean up after themselves!). A variety of chefs and menus are available to book at ehochef.com.

4. Champagne and sabrage party
Removing a cork from a champagne bottle with a saber, not only looks great, it's fun to learn too. You could hire a Maitre Sabreur to your party, so you can all learn the art of sabrage - and throw in some champagne tasting too! https://www.goldensabre.co.uk/private-sabrage .

5. Fundraiser party
If you're tired of receiving presents you'll never use, why not hold a fundraiser for your 50th birthday party? You could have fun games and charge to play or have people donate to attend. Another option is to hold an auction and auction of the best artwork from your grandchildren - or auction of your husband for his DIY skills!  

6. Scavenger hunt for your 50th birthday party
Another great option for a 50th birthday, is a scavenger hunt. This can be as small or large as you like, as it can be held just in your garden or go large scale enough to involve designated drivers or a walk around your locality. It can also be tailored for the different age groups it your party.

7. Group activities
The great thing about group activities is you're only limited to imagination and how adventurous you are. They can include having a watercolour painting class, a cake making cooking lesson or even a jewellery making class!

8. Casino evening
Casino evenings offer you the opportunity to dress up and spend an evening as James Bond. You can hire casino tables and a dealer (here's an example of casino entertainment providers: http://www.theedge-uk.com/view/fun-casino-and-casino-night-hire) or opt for glamourous costumes and shaken, but not stirred, cocktails.

9. Retro party
Want to recreate a past great party? How about that party you wish you'd had, but never got the chance? A retro party gives you an opportunity to relive one of your past highlights or to have a second chance. You could relive your 18th or host that prom you never had - complete with the music and clothing of that decade.

10. Picnic
Picnics are popular with all age groups. If your idea of a great 50th birthday party is to spend time with your nearest and dearest, relaxing and having fun, a picnic may be a great choice. You could have a simple picnic of sandwiches and snacks, or go all in and have wine, cheese and a buffet. Just don't forget the frisbee, football and kites!