You’re on your way to enjoying a fantastic 50th Birthday Party.
Celebrating a half century...
Fifty years of life is definitely worth celebrating. It's also a time
to look forward to the many years still ahead with close friends
and family gathered around. Gig
Salad wants to help provide you with all the resources to plan
the perfect 50th birthday celebration!
What's the theme?
An obvious theme to use for the 50th is the "Over the
Hill" gag. However, if you have a sensitive guest of honor that won't
find that to be amusing or if you just want to do something
different, then you might want to consider choosing a creative
theme for the party. To
choose a theme, consider the birthday person's interests, hobbies,
favorite movies, celebrities, colors, flowers, etc. Will it be a classy
sophisticated dinner or luncheon? A fun costume party? A beach
party? Or perhaps a 50s or 60s
theme party? Make the party into a casino
night or turn it into a murder
mystery event! There are endless possibilities, and once you've
settled on the general idea behind the party, putting the rest
of the pieces together will be easier because you'll have direction.
Entertainment is Key!
As with any party, entertainment is very important for a 50th birthday celebration.
Your theme can help you choose the right entertainment. If you've chosen a
private dinner then perhaps background music would be the perfect choice. You
can go with a classical
guitarist, pianist or
If your theme requires more of the "party" vibe, then perhaps the best choice
would a cover band, jazz
band, party band or
just bring in a DJ.
Other great options for crowd-pleasing entertainment at 50th birthday parties
are comedians, magicians and hypnotists.
Everyone loves to laugh and be amazed, so any of these ideas could make
the birthday party a hit!
If your budget allows, a very popular idea would be to bring in a tribute
band or celebrity impersonator. You
can find some to fit a variety of tastes from Frank
Sinatra Impersonators to Beatles
Tribute Bands to Elvis
Impersonators. Along these lines, you can also consider hiring a Marilyn
Monroe impersonator to sing her breathy rendition of "Happy Birthday
Mr. President" to your male birthday honoree! If the birthday star has a
favorite celebrity, you may be able to track down an impersonator of that
particular person. A surprise from their favorite celebrity would make for
a sure-fire unforgettable birthday. Look here for more impersonators.
Eat, drink and decorate!
Food is of course a very important piece of the party that you will not want to forget. When it comes to the food and beverages, you can choose to handle the menu yourself or hire a caterer. Base the menu off the birthday person's favorite foods or snacks. If you hire a caterer, tell them your ideas and theme and they can help you create the best menu possible. Before talking with the caterer, decide if you'd rather sit down to dinner, have a buffet or just provide a wait staff to walk around with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Since we're among adults and all, if you wish to provide alcoholic beverages for your birthday party guests, you may consider hiring a professional bartender. Or to spice things up a little, hire a flair bartender! Your guests can be entertained by juggling, flipping and magic tricks while also enjoying professionally mixed drinks!
Regarding decor, if you did not choose to have a specific theme, then consider
classy generic decor such as balloons and/or floral arrangements.
What else is entailed in 50th birthday party planning?
There are a few other important things to remember for 50th birthday parties.
While the party is really for just that one special person,
you want all your invited guest to show up and to have a good
time too. Draw them in with creative birthday
party invitations. Also, if you
feel it's appropriate and have some room left in the budget,
it might be nice to provide party
favors, whether collectible glasses your guests can take home with
them or another party favor of some sort that
matches the theme.
Another essential is pictures! Because it is
the fiftieth, consider hiring a professional
photographer to capture all the special moments of this milestone
birthday party. If you cannot afford a professional, make
sure either you have a camera handy or designate a friend or family member
to be in charge of photographs. If your event is as great as
we know it is going to be, you'll definitely want to make sure
everyone will remember it forever. Plus, you can always make
a scrapbook of it later.
If all of this still sounds like a lot to take on, hiring an event
planner is always an option. However, with the right resources you
can do it yourself and have fun doing it! Gig Salad is here
to help you every step of the way as your one stop shop for
all your 50th birthday party planning needs.