50th Birthday Party Themes
Let's brainstorm for unforgettable 50th birthday party themes.
Every party needs a theme, whether your 50th celebration will be casual or elegant, simple or elaborate. The theme helps you tie it all together into something interesting and memorable.
The theme can guide you in deciding on the color scheme, entertainment, even the food.
You can create a theme of any kind for your event, and we have tons of ideas to inspire just the right party plan.
Your theme can guide you in selecting:
- Location or Venue
- Party Favors
- 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).
And if you need more after browsing this page, there is another list of themes at the bottom of this page.
Many of the theme ideas have a detailed outline of how each of these themes can be achieved.
Our Ideas for 50th Birthday Party Themes
We just created brand new pages of 50th birthday party themes, including these creative theme ideas.
For a costume party, visit our Masquerade Party Ideas page if that sounds like a fun theme for your group of guests.
If you like Carnivals, check out these 3 types of carnival theme ideas, ranging from circus style carnivals to the Italian Carnivale type of costume party.
Black & White Party Theme
Over the Hill
This 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
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
Gold Party Theme
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!
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 Theme
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 should even have music to match.
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
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.
Even the planning for this party can be fun! Get your best pals
together for a brainstorming session to flesh out the theme. It will be
great to toss around all those memorable songs, TV shows, and movies
that can become part of your theme.
Kids Again Theme
For this theme its exactly as it sounds. Make the party a kids party,
go back to the good ole 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 the theme or have everyone dress like a kid.
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)
"Everything You" Party
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
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
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
Jungle Theme Party
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
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.
Visit these shops for beautiful invitations, classy decorations, fun activities, and lots of other things to help you plan an unforgettable party!
If none of these 50th birthday party themes feels right to you,
here is another List of Party Themes that might spark your interest.
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