You're 50 and fabulous—so why not throw a birthday bash to match? If you don't already have plans for your big milestone birthday (or someone else's, in which case you'll want to send them birthday wishes), we're here to help you think of a fun way to ring in the new decade with these best 50th birthday party ideas. From the overall theme down to the smallest detail, this guide has what you need to plan the party of your dreams.
Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer the comfort of your own home, enjoy fancy finger foods or party dips, we've got you covered with dozens of great party themes. If you're having a summer party, there are plenty of warm-weather ideas here, like a beach bash, a camping trip, or a backyard barbecue. As for fall party ideas, you could plan a group hike, go horseback riding, or host a craft beer party. By the way, if you don't love large gatherings, you'll find that all of these ideas can be just as enjoyable with small groups and a few thoughtful 50th birthday gifts. What's more, while you can absolutely copy one of these ideas to a T, you can also use them as starting points to dream up your ideal 50th birthday party celebration. (Maybe you'll want to include Ree Drummond's chocolate birthday cake! It's her son Todd's favorite.)
However you decide to commemorate the milestone occasion, just remember this: Turning 50 is a blessing. So, what are you waiting for? Go celebrate!
Make this colorful cactus cake the focal point of a Southwestern soirée. It's actually made up of 23 cupcakes so your guests can pull it apart—there's no need for cutting!
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Spend your 50th birthday relaxing on a spa retreat with your closest friends or family members. You can stay close to home or visit a destination on your bucket list.
Whether you're a seasoned equestrian or just love a good outdoor adventure, a horseback ride with your friends would be such a special way to mark your big day.
Cheers to 50 years! Toast to turning the big five-oh with these sparkly personalized wine glasses.
Who needs a birthday cake when you can have these swoon-worthy red velvet cookies? The cream cheese filling will keep your guests coming back for more.
Get Ree's Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies recipe.
Have you always wanted to try skydiving? Take the plunge to ring in your 50th birthday in true thrill-seeking style.
Get back to nature by planning a birthday camping trip with your closest friends. You can have a cookout, toast s'mores, and spend the night sharing stories and laughs under the stars.
If camping sounds appealing to you but you're not thrilled about the idea of spending the night in a sleeping bag, consider going glamping instead. Many offerings come with beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing.
Boogie the night away with your BFFs at a disco party complete with a lit-up disco ball and all of your favorite '70s dance hits.
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A dinner party under the stars (or string lights) is the perfect way to celebrate your special day with your closest friends and family. It's equal parts festive and laid-back.
Craving a little pampering for your 5oth? Invite your friends to a mani-pedi party at your place. This adorable nail polish cake will make the perfect centerpiece.
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If you don't want to host a full-blown dinner party, stick to drinks and small bites like homemade jalapeño poppers and these roasted grape crostini with honey goat cheese. Your guests won't miss the main course one bit!
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Celebrate your '90s glory days with a nostalgia-fueled birthday bash. Party time, excellent!
Throw it back even further to your teen years in the '80s with a Pretty in Pink party. This classic flick will have you and your guests feeling nostalgic in no time. Plus, there are plenty of fun ways to incorporate pink foods.
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Turning 50 means you likely have a lot of stories to tell. Why not cozy up around a backyard bonfire and share them with loved ones while toasting to the next 50 years?
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Another outdoorsy option is to throw on your favorite hiking boots and head out on a hike with your friends and family. Whether you want to walk a mile or trek 14, there's no denying the satisfaction that comes from summiting.
Baked potatoes are back and better than ever. So much so, that there are actually restaurants whose entire menus are devoted to the one-time side dish. A baked potato bar is a superb birthday party idea for spud lovers everywhere.
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Truly, how cute is this Jell-O cake? The recipe is from a 1978 magazine, so it's totally possible you enjoyed this exact treat, or one like it, as a child. All of its retro glory is enough to make us want to throw our very own vintage-themed 50th birthday party!
Get the recipe from Aww Sam.
Bring the bar to your backyard by hosting a craft beer party with your favorite brew on tap. Don't forget to stock up on salty snacks like mixed nuts and pretzels, which provide the perfect contrast to the hoppiness and maltiness of beer.
Whether your birthday falls in the fall, or you just love pumpkin treats, we're here to make one thing clear: You can host a pumpkin-themed party anytime of year. In fact, these pumpkin Rice Krispie treats are reason enough for us.
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Sure, frosé might be a millennial creation, but no one ever said a 50-year-old can't enjoy the frothy pink drink just as much. Don't believe us? Whip some up for your birthday bash. Your friends will thank you.
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Craving something a bit more refined? Consider a citrus-themed brunch, lunch, or dinner. Whichever you choose, this delicious citrus cocktail deserves to be on the menu.
Get the recipe from A Beautiful Mess.
Because, quite frankly, turning 50 is something fabulous and worthy of celebration. So hang this banner, pour some bubbly, and treat yourself.
Just because you're turning 50 doesn't mean you have to do something over the top to celebrate. If, instead, you want to stick to your simple pleasures, we recommend a delicious eggs Benedict brunch. Don't forget the mimosas!
We're firm believers in the more color, the better. If you feel the same, a casual, rainbow-hued bash might be just what you're looking for to celebrate the big 5-0.
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Whether it's Taco Tuesday or any other day of the week, having a fun fiesta with a taco bar is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And just wait until you see their faces when this taco cake rolls out!
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