Time to start planning for the big day and the big party to see the next phase of your life in with a swing.
Here are a few good ideas…
A great theme for the year you (or your partner) were born. You could have a rock and roll party playing songs from 1961. This could include Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry.
Obviously you can’t do this one on your own, but a surprise party is a great idea. To make it really effective you have to let your partner know that a party is planned – with just a few close friends, but you keep the number of people a secret.
Hire a boat
A great party venue is to hire a boat. This could either be on a river or on the sea. (Watch out for the sea as some people may get sea sick). My brother hired a boat from Central London down to the Thames Barrage.
Hire a castle
A castle is a great venue for a party. Many castles have a banqueting hall. Even better you could also combine it with a Medieval Banquet. This would make an unmissable event.
Hire a hotel for the weekend
A great one to keep the festivities going. This was one that my sister-in-law Chris did for her 50th birthday.
A nice thing to do in hot weather is to have a party on the beach. You may need to pick a location where you are not likely to get told off. In the middle of winter you could plan an indoor beach party where you wear hawaian shirts and spread sand on the floor. Jo went to a great 50th beach party recently. They even managed to get a boat in the marquee! We have built a page specially for Beach Party Ideas
There are lots of other types of themed parties that you can try.
- Vicars and Tarts
- Film Stars
- School Dinners
Hire a big villa
Hire a big villa for a week or two abroad. Share the cost with your close friends. (sent in by Salli)
Hire a steam train
Nothing quite like a bit of nostalgia. 50 years ago steam trains were still in everyday action. Many railway preservation trusts will hire out a steam train for a party.
Party like Philip Green
For the ultimate of 50th Birthday Parties – if you had £5 million ($10 million) – to spare could could not do much better than emulate Philip Green.
He hired a Boeing 747 to fly 200 friends to a 50th birthday party in Cyprus. He paid Rod Stewart and Tom Jones to perform for his guests. Michael Aspel surprised the party by arriving on stage for a version of This Is Your Life.
It ended with a toga party in a mock Roman amphitheatre.
Hire an 80s band and let those memories come flooding back! (Thanks to Kev Brewer).
Murder Mystery Party
How about having a murder mystery party. These are a great way to have a party at home with friends. They come in lots of different themes and guest numbers. Halloween murder mysteries are especially popular in the late summer and autumn. (Thanks to John Delaney)
You could hire a portable live steam train, which is ideal for carrying adults/children. It would go down well at a 50th birthday party. – (Thanks to Simon)
On our website we have included a 50th Birthday template which could be used for a slideshow of pictures, or even for invitations, cards, decorations i.e. a banner or table settings and present/ gift tags. Click here
Any other good ideas?
If you have any other ideas – why not add them in the box below.
7 August 2007