Winter Birthday Theme Ideas

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BRRR!! Cold or not, here's a winter birthday theme that would be great for your 50th birthday.

It's December, and it's cold (for those of us living further away from the equator, that is). But, none the less, if you are turning 50, it needs to be celebrated no matter the weather!

Well, look no further! We have a detailed blueprint of a great winter birthday theme for your 50th birthday!

The overall idea of this theme is revolved around the time of year it is.

This theme gives a way to celebrate, even in the snow and cold.

Winter is not all about bitter cold and sticky, cold and wet snow.

Winter can be a ton of fun too - it has a variety of activities and very nice scenery (as see to the left).

* * * Here's a side note: A way to justify how I can speak so well to a winter theme. I am Canadian, and fairly north in Ontario, where winter starts its descent in October and sticks around until April (on a good year, one year was muddle of May). -Amanda * * *

Location & Venue Ideas

  • Local Farm: Many cities have farms that host events, or groups. They will provide a warm area for meals, sleigh rides, ice skating, etc. For example, I have been to a maple farm in Quebec that offered all of the above as well as tapping maple from the trees and making maple syrup lollipops in (fresh) snow.
  • Hockey Arena: Most arenas have banquet halls upstairs. You can rent both. Rent the hall for a longer period, but get the rink itself for an hour or two for some fun skating, or a hockey game.
  • Ski Hill: These have a chalet for warmth and ski hills for skiing and snowboarding - and they have bunny hills for those that have never tried (with instructors).
  • Your Backyard: This gives you a lower cost option. You can have the party indoors, and some activities outdoors.

Winter Cocktail Ideas

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winter party cocktails

Bourbon Milk Punch

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 4 ounces milk
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 2 dashes vanilla extract
  • Garnish: grated nutmeg

White Russian

  • 1 jigger vodka
  • 1 oz white creme de cacao or Kahlua
  • 1 oz cream

Combine in a glass, stir, and add ice.

Reduced calorie White Russian

  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz) vodka (80 proof), 100 calories
  • 1 jigger half and half, 60 calories (instead of heavy cream, 150 calories)
  • 1 jigger Da Vinci's Sugar-Free Kahlua-Flavored Syrup, 0 calories (instead of Kahlua 140)

    Combine in a glass, stir, and add ice.

    Each serving has about 160 calories. To reduce further, use milk.

Party Games & Activities

Here's a list of winter-themed activities to give you ideas for an activity focused birthday celebration event.

  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowman Building or Igloo Building
  • Snowball Fights
  • Snow Angels
  • Snow tubing
  • Snow Shoeing or Cross Country Skiing
  • Skiing or Snowboarding

  • Maple Syrup Tapping
  • Ice Fishing
  • Sliding or Tobogganing
  • Bonfire party
  • Pig Pickin Party
  • Touch Football
  • Ice Skating or Play a Hockey Game

Winter Birthday Theme Decorations

When it comes time to go indoors for your winter birthday theme, you need decorations too! Now, with it being a winter theme, you don't want it to seem too "Christmasy" in decorations - you still want that birthday feel.

Colors: Light blue, White, Silver

Decorations to Use: White and blue streamers intertwined together; Balloons with "50" on them (alternating colors - like blue balloon with white ribbon attached); Big snowflake cut outs hung from ceiling; birthday banners that are blue with silver writing; snowflake shaped balloons.

The Tables: (for more formal events) Light blue table cloth; silver utensils and plates; white napkins and glasses; add sparkles all over the table.

Cake: Three tier cake made into shape of snowman; snowflake shaped cake; white cake with light blue accents and edible sparkles all over.

Party Favors: Maple Lollipops (if maple tapping is an activity); Mug labelled for the party (with all the fixings for hot chocolate inside); Framed picture of you and guest (get snowflake frames - that all for a picture in the center of the snowflake)

This winter birthday theme can be a ton of fun. Many people associate winter with bad thoughts, but this party theme can give many fun activities and celebrate not only being 50 but also celebrate winter.

If it gets too cold outside you can still plan for a great indoor party.  Make it festive with a colorful theme, lots of sparkling lights, candles, a fire to keep everyone toasty, and hearty refreshments.

If you need more theme ideas, check out these other 50th party theme ideas:

There is also the idea of the invitations. These invitations need to somehow explain that there are outdoor activities, because you want your guests to dress appropriately.

The invitations can go along with the them, or any way you want. Just remember to add that warm clothes are needed. As I said, many people dislike winter. So here are some wordings to use for this:

"Our party will include a fun half hour sleigh ride and some snowman making."

"Bring your mittens, the snowball fight is on!!"

"I challenge you to a race down the ski hill!"

What to consider in your wording on your invitations is play on how FUN these activities can be and your guests will not think of how cold or wet snow can be!

Now help us all visualize some of the ideas: Feel free to use our contact form or Facebook page to share with us the pictures from your successful winter birthday theme!