50th Birthday Party Themes

Need some ideas for unforgettable 50th birthday party themes?

Every party needs a theme, so just use one of our many creative party themes for your 50th celebration.

You can create a theme of any kind for your 50th. There are always key elements required for all themes.

For all themes you need:

  • Decorations
  • Location or Venue
  • Cake
  • Centerpieces
  • Dinnerware
  • Party Favors
  • Invitations
  • Food
  • Music
  • Games or Entertainment


Don't forget!! For detailed steps to perfect planning for any of our party themes, just click the matching link (or the picture).

We've created a detailed outline of how each of these themes can be achieved.

We've also added clickable links to really cool party and gift sites to make it easy for you to find what you need to make these themes work. So when you see text like this one (for jewelry favors) just click the link to see more details (the "blueprints", for example) or product info.


Our Ideas for 50th Birthday Party Themes

We just created brand new pages of 50th birthday party themes, including these creative theme ideas.

Visit our Masquerade Party Ideas page if that sounds like an option for your upcoming event.

If you like Carnivals, check out these 3 types of carnival theme ideas.




Black & White Party Theme

Black and White Party ThemeThis is a common one for a lot of 50th birthdays. Using a black and white gives the party an elegant look but still have a "over the hill" feel to it. This one is pretty easy to accomplish just stick to those two basic colors - black and white.

Blueprint for a Black and White Party Theme



Over the Hill

If you want more than the subtle hints of "over the hill" style of themes we've got some a little more extreme. Why not go for a more outrageous theme with a full out "over the hill" theme.

These types of themes make sure EVERYONE knows that its a 50th birthday and that the guest of honor is heading over the hill.

Over the Hill Themes


Scavenger Hunt Birthday Party

Having a scavenger hunt birthday party can be a ton of fun. You start their day out with a treasure hunt and end off with a party! Who doesn't love treasure and parties!

See all our tips and tricks to help you create a Scavenger Hunt Birthday Party for your 50th!



Gold Party Theme

This is one of the most popular 50th birthday party themes!

Gold is the color for the 50th milestone. With this theme you will use it! No it doesn't have to be real gold - unless you really have some money to spend! Just have decorations in gold as well as the dinnerware. You can go a step further and ask all your guests to wear their gold jewelery or if they have any gold colored clothing.

Click Here for a Detailed Blueprint of a Gold Theme


Year of Birth

This style of theme is dependent on the year the birthday person is born. You would decorate according to that year, or era.

For example, if the person is born in the 60's you would decorate like you were throwing a party in the 60's (have bright colored (tie-dyed) decorations, hippy style everything, etc). You can even have music to match.

If you guests are up for it you can even make it a dress up party and have everyone dress like they're in that era! This theme can be a lot of fun, and bring back a lot of memories.

Another option for this theme is, instead of the year they were born, pick the era they grew up in. So someone that spent their teenage and early adult life in the 80's would have an 80's themed party. This may jog more memories than the year they were born because most of our memorable experiences are in our teens and early adulthood.



Kids Again Theme

For this theme its exactly as it sounds. Make the party a kids party, go back to the good ol' days and have the exact party like you did when you were 5 or 8 years old. You could decorate in bright fun colors, have everyone dress to match or have everyone dress like a kid. Break out the party games and of course, the loot bags! Do everything the way you did when you were a kid.

Click Here for a Detailed Blueprint for a Kids Again Theme


Bring Your Own Party (BYOP)

Bring Your Own Party! For this style of theme you would add the instructions to the invitations. Essentially all your guests will bring decorations to the party.

Pick a color theme, like Mango Orange and add that information to your invitations. Then the guests must stay within that color scheme but each person brings decorations. Have the guests show up a little earlier then the guest of honor and have everyone help decorate with what they brought.

You can make this a bring your own party and also have a potluck at the same time, and of course everyone brings a gift. You could have them bring their own music, chairs, booze, games, etc. The options are huge! Check out Confetti, Party Favors, String Lights, and colorful decorations



"Everything You" Party

This is the special day for the guest of honor. With this theme you would brainstorm everything the birthday boy/girl likes, the hobbies they have, the things they don't like, their favorites, etc. With this you would create a theme that involves them all.

Perhaps photos on mugs, coasters, or anything you can think of from here: Photo Gifts for any Occasion

When someone walks in the room its like a story about the guest of honor. Its everything about them! You can even have pictures of them all over the place, from different stages of their life. This will be a great way to honor the 50 years they have experienced.

Detailed Blueprint for an "Everything You" Theme




Winter Birthday Theme

If your birthday falls in those wintery months, you are more limited with themes that could include outdoors. Summer is always an easier month to celebrate outside. But, we are here to save the day (again!) with this fun winter 50th birthday party theme.


Detailed Blueprint for a Winter Birthday Theme




Jungle Theme Party

Bring out your inner animal with this jungle theme party idea, or if you just want a jungle theme invitation check out our different ideas there too!


Detailed Blueprint for a Jungle Theme Party


These are just a few ideas for 50th birthday party themes, you can, of course, still use any of the regular birthday themes, or use themes related to one of their hobbies or interests.

Be sure to always check back, as new themes and ideas are put on here all the time.



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If none of these 50th birthday party themes feels right to you,


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