50th Birthday Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed 50th Birthday event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


A 50th birthday party is truly a milestone in a personís life, and it is a great time to have an Oldies Karaoke party. Singing, dancing and having a great time with family and friends is what most celebrations are supposed to be like. Therefore, finding the right melodies and tunes for those special events is very important. From rock and country to jazz and blues, getting together with friends and celebrating great times or special events will make your event very popular. Use party supplies to decorate a stage area. Have the chairs arranged to look like an audience. After everyone is done eating and the presents are opened it is time to let the fun activity start.

Ask the guest of honor if they would like to go first. The songs can be performed with or without a partner. Some songs that should be added to the karaoke list include:
When I Was Seventeen- By: Frank Sinatra
Those Were The Days- By: Miriam Hopkins
Old Friends- By: Simon and Garfunkle
Forever Young-By: Bob Dylan
Hey Jude- By: Beatles
Jailhouse Rock- By: Elvis Presley
Harper Valley PTA- By: Jeannie C. Riley
Say A Little Prayer- By: Aretha Franklin
My Girl- By: The Temptations
Some people are too shy to get up and sing Karaoke at first. If this tends to happen invite someone to come and sing with you. Sometimes having a partner makes it easier. Before long the guests will not have a problem stepping up to sing their favorite songs. The important thing about any celebration is to keep it fun and exciting for everyone involved. Creative idea: Matching or contrasting color decor items such as plates and cups will work for any theme ideas. If you specify the type of clothing for a social event like summer causal, give a few examples of what is acceptable and more importantly what isn't. When all is said and done, favors given to those guests who were able to attend will both feel appreciated and be reminded of the day whenever they look at that favor.

There is no shortage of homemade 50th birthday party supplies and decorations to select from for a fun party. Celebrating a special event with outstanding event adornments, designs and materials are always a great addition to a festive celebration and fun designs that are perfect for guests of all ages will boost up the event and make the guests feel very special. More often than not, these colorful embellishments will add an excessive amount of attention to the celebration.The best gifts are typically those that are homemade and made with love. What do you make someone (family member or friend) who is turning 50 years old?

A homemade gift basket with the celebrantís favorite snacks such as chips, nuts, fruits, cookies and other treats makes for a great gift. Include a funny handmade or store bought card reminding them how are. A joke gift basket with various old people cream, reading glasses, foot powder, and other elderly medicines will gain a few laughs. In celebrating 50 years on this earth, make a scrapbook of the guest of honor with various pictures and important personal belongings.

Blow up a large picture and have all the guests sign it with special wishes. Use a flattering picture rather than opting for a picture that is just too embarrassing to be seen by the public. Has the birthday boy or girl ever wanted to be on a magazine cover but the opportunity never presented itself? Place their photo on a fake magazine cover and make their dreams come true.


Most people enjoy a hobby such as sports, scrapbooking or music and therefore a cake related to one of these themes is perfect for a 50th birthday party. Great tasting desserts and other tasty finger type treats are always a great addition to a special celebration. These extraordinary finger desserts along with other treats that are designed especially for this celebration will make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these great party foods and desserts will add a lot of fun to the celebrated event. Decorations for a 50th birthday party cake should depend on the cake that is being used and the size of the party that is being planned. For example if your husband loves golf or poker, then a cake decorated with a golf related theme or a poker theme would be perfect for his 50th birthday party.

Preparing a 50th birthday cake for the party such as a golf cake should start with either a white, chocolate or marble sheet cake. Then the cake should be adorned with a miniature golfer with a golf bag, clubs and balls. These items will add a great deal to the cake and using golf themed party supplies will add to the party. As with most parties, the 50th party theme should be apparent throughout the room.

Additionally, 50th birthday party supplies such as 50th birthday party streamers, large banners and colorful balloons should go along with the theme. Therefore, deciding on a 50th birthday party theme in advance will make preparing the cake and party supplies much easier.

When youíve reached that 50th birthday, you may find yourself wondering where all the time went to. Just yesterday you were twenty-five and living large, now you feel a little tired. Make up for lost time with a big 50th birthday party. The half century mark shouldnít be a time to sit back, but instead to get up and move around. Nearly all event hostesses will find it very beneficial to plan the event in advance. From making a guest list to preparing the food, having a plan will make the celebration go off without a hitch. Simple hostess tip: Prepare for the entire celebration in advance and avoid adding any extra commitments or stress on the hostess during the preparation period. This simple tip will ensure that the hostess has a stress free and very entertaining time during the actual celebration.

A stand up cocktail party can provide the elegance some prefer for this big event. Itís easy to purchase plenty of 50th birthday party napkins for guests to use at the event. You can even find some light up wine and champagne glasses to add a little glow to your event. Hanging dangles from the ceiling will reflect the lights in the room and for a really spectacular event, consider using a disco party as your theme.

To really add some spark to your birthday you can celebrate it with lots of golden decorations. Maybe even turn it into aSafari Party or aPirate Celebration and your guests will get to go on a hunt for golden treasure. Donít worry about this being too childish, everyone should take the time to act like a kid now and then. Bring in some plastic coins to spread around the tables and make a golden yellow cake.

Guests sometimes surprise the soon-to-be fifty year old with their own surprise party. This can be intended to poke light fun at the guest of honorís Over The Hill status. A birthday cake shaped like a tombstone or coffin can bring some ironic giggles. Gag gifts such as an old age care basket filled with Adult diapers, Aspercream, and reading glasses with really thick lenses will get lots of laughs from the guests and hopefully the receiver. Black and gray colored decorations can add to the theme. Get black streamers to hang from the ceiling. And a banner with a funny Over the Hill saying to hang above the buffet table.

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50th Birthday History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the 50th Birthday theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The history of celebrating the 50th birthday goes back many decades. In the early years, a personís life expectancy was around 50 years old. So obtaining this age was a significant accomplishment. As life expectancies increased through the years, the 50th birthday remained a milestone. Most people view it as the center point of their life. Keeping the celebration lively and very entertaining as well as educational is important for guests of all ages. Sensational activities and other worksheets are a great way of bringing fun and entertainment to the event. More often than not, these activities will add a great deal to the overall celebration.

A common birthday theme used at 50th birthday parties is the over the hill theme, widely used through recent history. The idea is that the person has passed the midpoint of life and is now going downhill. There are a plethora of decorations and party supplies feature this theme. A hostess can find such fun items as fake tombstones, black balloons and other party decorations. Cake layers can be used to create elaborate cakes featuring black icing.

Reaching the milestone 50th birthday can be depressing for some adults. They have to face their own mortality and often reflect on their accomplishments in life. Residents of Argentina combat the blues by holding a gigantic celebration. Family and friends gather at the birthday guest of honorís home. After a large meal presents are presented, afterwards the guest dance away the night.

Throughout history celebrities are often treated to a roast on their 50th birthday. Guest takes turns telling funny stories about the guest of honor. Most of the time the stories are exaggerated, but they are always in good fun. Anyone can set up a roast for a birthday girl or boy. Have the host act as emcee, then find people who are willing to tell their stories. Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well. Don't wait until the last minute to set up for a celebration, you will be hurried and stressed by the time the guests start to arrive. Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well. The history of 50th Birthday has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for 50th Birthday to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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