This is a response to Mrs. Demello from India, who asked me for some good useful 50th birthday party ideas for men. She mailed me asking about tips and suggestions for planning a 50th birthday party for her husband. So today i am sharing this list of ideas with all those people who are looking for handy tips and ideas. He may be your husband, father, brother, friend, etc., these ideas are general and work for all.
Planning the 50th birthday party for any man is not an easy thing. There is one thing that you need to remember when planning this party and that is, the man, who has completed 50 years of his life, has around long enough to have had a fair share of fun, and therefore you need to make sure that the birthday party you plan for him, if not exceeds this level, then it should at least match this level of fun which he has already experienced in his life.
The 50th birthday party should not just a celebration of the 50 years completed by him, but it should also be a sort of a welcome party for the many more wonderful years that are still to come.
The 50th birthday is a milestone in the life of any person and therefore, the party for celebrating this occasion needs to be grand.
50th Birthday Party Ideas for Men
From basic party planning to some unique ideas for making the 50th birthday party special, below is a list of some ideas, which can help you in planning a great and perfect 50th birthday celebration party for the special man in your life.
In the 50 years of his life, the birthday boy must have come in contact with numerous people. While most of them would have simply come and gone, there would still be quite a few of them who would have left a deep impact on his life. Currently he may not be in touch with all these people, but his 50th birthday celebration would be the perfect occasion to invite and reignite the old memories for him.
Therefore, the very first things that you need to do, is start compiling the guest list, and try to find as many old friends and associates of the birthday boy as you can.
Before you start making the party arrangements, you need to first decide what would be the theme of the party. Every other arrangement for the party would be made in accordance with this theme.
The selection of the theme of the party should be done keeping in mind the interests and hobbies of the birthday boy. Hence, if you know that he is a very reserved person, then you need to arrange for a quiet get-together of all his friends. If he is a big sports fan, then you can actually arrange for a large screen, where he along with his friends and guests can enjoy a nice game.
Similarly, depending upon the personal interests and preferences of the birthday boy, the party for the theme needs to be selected.
You may want to throw a grand party to celebrate the momentous occasion of the 50th birthday of the most special man in your life, but one important thing that you need to consider in this respect is the availability of the funds.
From the selection of the venue, to the number of guests who can be invited to the party, every decision about the party would get influenced by the budget.
Besides the budget, another important thing that influences the party venue decision is the theme of the party. If you are planning a sports theme, you might want to choose a sports bar as the party venue.
While you would love to organize this party on the actual birthday date, but there are many other factors which you would have to take into consideration when choosing the date for the party.
The very first thing that you would need to take into account is that the party should be planned on a weekend. It is very difficult for people to come for a party during the weekdays, and besides parties organized on weekdays, tend to finish off fast, since the guests do not want to stay at the party very late, as they have to get up early next morning for going to work.
Besides this, you also need to check with the birthday boy, which date he would prefer for the party and also take into consideration the amount of time needed by the outstation guests for making it to the party.
Once the date, time, venue and the theme of the party has been decided, it is now time for you to start making the actual preparations for the party and the first thing you need to take care of in this regard is the party decorations.
You can use all your creative juices and come up with some innovative ways for decorating the party venue. It is important to remember here that you aim and purpose of decorations should be to celebrate the life, times and memories of the birthday boy.
Make sure to give the party a lively affair by using proper lights, balloons and other colorful decorations. Just because it is a birthday party of a 50 year old, does not mean that the decorations should be black and white. You can also use old photos of the birthday boy to set the mood just about right for the party.
- Here are some more ways you can decorate your birthday party venue.
Special Drinks For The Party
No party is complete without serving proper cocktails and mocktails. However, instead of serving the usual drinks that one finds at every party, you can actually ask the bartender to come up with some special drinks for the occasion which can be dedicated to the various stages ad phases in the life of the birthday boy.
Also make sure to have a very special drink, which may be a mix of the favorite drinks of the birthday boy, and you can serve this drink to everyone at the party and use it for raising the toast to the birthday boy.
Make sure that there is enough variety of drinks present at the party in order to cater to the different tastes of the guests.
Create A Hashtag For The Party
This is the age of the internet. When planning a party these days, people prefer to create a Whatsapp group or a hashtag for the party on Instagram, and all the guests for the party are added to these groups.
Right from the planning stage, till after the party is over, everything about the party keeps getting updated to these groups. For example, during the party, every guest takes numerous pictures from their phones. Once the party is over, they can share all their pics on Instagram or in the Whatsapp group, so that everyone present at the party is able to get access to these photos.
It is considered to be very uncool, if you are planning a party and you do not have a hashtag or a Whatsapp group for the same.
Special Photo Booth
Thanks to the smartphones, people these days are obsessed with taking pictures. At every party you would find most of the guests busy taking selfies and posting them to their social networking sites.
You can give these people a special space in the party, where they can get some really nice pictures clicked of themselves. All you need to do is create a photo booth with good lighting and some nice accessories and background, which the guests can use for clicking a perfect snap for themselves.
You can also hire a professional photographer to click these pictures for the guests and hand them an instant copy of the same, to take back as a memory of this party.
Good Invitations with Proper Wordings
There are numerous designs available on the internet and in the market for birthday party invitations. You can pick any card based on your theme of the party. For example, if your theme a matured and sober theme, then you can pick an invitation design which is also sober and classy, while if your party theme is fun, then you can opt for design which uses the caricature of the birthday boy, or any other similar fun design for the party invite.
Along with the design of the party invite, you also need to be careful about the wordings used in the invite. Again, these wordings should be in sync with the theme of the party.
Special Birthday Surprise
When planning the 50th birthday of a man, you also need to think about the birthday gift that you will be giving him.
All men have some unfulfilled dreams, which because of their family responsibilities they were not able to fulfill, like some men may have wanted to become a rockstar when young, but had to take a 9-5 job in order to feed their family, or some may have wanted to become an actor, etc. Likewise, even your birthday boy may have one such dream which he has not been able to fulfill. Find out about it and give him the chance to fulfill this dream at his 50th birthday party.
If he wanted to become a rockstar, arrange for a band where he can be the lead guitarist or singer, if he wanted to be an actor, organize a small skit, where he can be the lead hero and likewise, whatever his dream, make it come true for him for this one night.
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Let Him Rule The Food Table
Every food item served at the party should be as per the likings of the man of honor. Do not even take into consideration whether the same would be appreciated by others or not.
It is his 50th birthday, and there may already be many restrictions in place on his diet. Therefore, for this one night, give him the freedom to enjoy anything and everything that he loves to eat.
Most of the guests attending the 50th birthday would also be of around that age, and therefore, you need to find something fun to make the guests to do, which involves very little physical activity.
Karaoke is a great option in this regard. Everyone enjoys music and singing along. Besides, karaoke is so much fun that the whole night may pass and you would still have your guests singing and having fun.
You might just have to end the party forcefully.
To Invite Children Or Not
An important decision that you would have to take when planning this party is whether you want your guests to bring along their children or not. Deciding this in advance is necessary, since in case you do not want children to be part of this celebration, you would have to mention this fact on the invitation card “sorry, no children allowed”.
Inviting children not only increases the budget of your party, but you can also expect an early end to your party as well. However, if the birthday boy wants children to be a part of this celebration, then you simply cannot go against his wishes.
Down The Memory Lane
Memories are the most valuable possession any man can have. You too would have some amazing memories with this man, which you might want to share with him and the rest of the world on this special day.
You can prepare an audio visual CD of these memories and the same can be played just before the cake cutting ceremony.
Let’s Talk About Future
As mentioned before, this party is not just about the 50 years gone by, but also about the many more wonderful years that are about to come for this man.
Therefore, you can ask the guests to guests to prepare some lovely toasts for the birthday boy, where they do not talk about the past shared with him, but about what they see for him in the future and what would love to do along with him in the future.
All these dreams of the guests, would surely make the 50 year old man feel that he still has a lot to live for and do in his life.
This may be the most overused birthday party ideas, but when celebrating a milestone like the 50th birthday of a man, you need to arrange for a scrapbook at the party venue, in which all the guests can write about their feelings and wishes for the birthday boy.
This scrapbook would be the best reminder for him of this special day, and he can cherish it for the rest of his life.
How Well Do We Know Him
A fun game which you can make all the guests play at this party can be a question and answer game, in which all the questions are centered around the birthday boy.
You can ask questions which would reveal some naughty and fun secrets about the young and wild days of this sober and matured man celebrating his 50 birthday.
While this game can embarrass the birthday boy a little, it is surely a lot of fun and would really set the mood for the party.
Giving out favors to guests at an adult birthday party is not necessary. Therefore, you do not have to bother yourself about buying something nice to give to the guests.
However, what you can do is arrange for something more personal and significant and give that out as favors to the guests. For example, you can have a photographer take a nice candid shot of the guest with the birthday boy and develop an instant copy of the same. The birthday boy would write a nice message for the guest on the back of this picture and give it to the guest as a party favor.
Dress Code For The Party
Again, depending on the theme of the party, you can choose to have a dress code for the party.
Having a dress code for the party helps in giving the party a more organized and formal look.
Arrange For Some Great Music
Every party is incomplete without good music.
You can choose to have a live band present at the venue, or you can simply arrange for some of the favorite songs of the birthday boy to keep playing in the background all through the party.
You can also arrange for some special songs which can be played at special moments like the cake cutting ceremony, the entry of the birthday boy, etc.
Watch Your Budget
There are many great ideas which you can use for making this day extremely special for the special man I your life, turning 50. However, while choosing the ideas to implement, it is extremely important that all times you keep one eye on your budget.
Exceeding your planned budget should not even be an option for you. You do not want to exceed your budget and then, after the party, give yourself and the birthday boy the tension of dealing with the extravagance.
Recreate The Golden Years
Besides the clothes and the appearance, the basic nature of a person also undergoes a lot of change with age. Surely the man of 50 you know today would have to be a very different person in his college days.
If you are able to contact some of his college friends and get information out of them, you can actually recreate those days and times by planning a small skit around that time and play out a spoof on how he would have behaved and reacted to the current situations, if he was still the old college boy.
Ask Guests For A Special Gift
Although it is extremely rude to ask the guests to bring gifts along when coming to a party, yet I am pretty sure when the guests hear this idea, they would not feel offended, but would be more than willing to get your desired gift for the birthday boy.
All you need to do is inform all the guests about the size of the birthday boy, and ask them to bring a T-shirt for him with some personalized, funny message printed on the same.
The birthday boy can be asked to open each gift, at the party itself, and read out the funny messages.
Do Not Compromise On Small Things
A very big mistake that people generally end up making, when planning these parties is that in order to save a little cost, they compromise on small things like the quality of paper napkins used at the party, the amount ice arranged for the party, etc.
These are very small things, and the amount of money you would be able to save on them is also very meager. However, when the guests notice these flaws in the party, all your other planning gets pushed aside and everyone starts judging the party on these shortcomings only.
Therefore, make sure that everything that you use at your party is of high quality. If there s something you cannot afford, surely your party would be able to sustain itself without that thing perfectly.
Hire Professional Staff For The Party
From the bartender, to the waiters and cooks, make sure that anyone serving at your party is highly professional and well reputed in his field.
If these people do not do their job well, then no matter how much planning you do, you will not be able to hold the party together. Hence, hiring of the right staff for the party is extremely crucial.
The planning for the 50th birthday party of anyone, your father, brother, husband, friend or any other special man in your life, needs to be impeccable. You need to get every aspect of this party right and the above list of party ideas, are surely going to make this difficult task a little simpler for you. Therefore, go through the list carefully and incorporate any idea into your party plans, which you think would help in making your party a grand success. Of course, you do not have to follow every rule or idea mentioned above, you can pick any idea which appeal to you. I hope this list of “50th birthday party ideas for men” is useful.