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Inspiring 50th birthday party ideas to help you celebrate

You’re approaching the big 5-0 and it’s time to celebrate!

Whilst you may have outgrown the midnight raves or partying until sunrise, your 50th birthday marks an ultimate cause for celebration for you and your family, and there’s plenty of options to mark your milestone in a unique way.

So, if you’re planning to skim over turning fifty by mysteriously slipping under the radar, forget it! From party games and private dining to jetting off to celebrate, we’ve compiled our very best 50th birthday party ideas to help inspire you to mark your special birthday in style.

It’s party time

Turning another year older doesn’t need to be stressful, and if you or a relative is looking to hold a party to mark your 50th birthday, we’ve got some essential planning tip to help.

The best 50th birthday party theme

Pay homage to your favourite childhood idol, movie character or sporting hero by organising a themed 50th birthday party. After all, you’re never too old to raid the dressing up box. A dress up theme is a fun way to bring your guests together.

From 1950’s throwback, flashback party, black tie, or a light-hearted ‘over the hill’ theme, you can organise a party as outgoing or laid back as you’d like. You could even consider a ’Famous 50-year olds’ theme, where guests turn up as celebrities who are also fifty.

Fun ideas for 50th birthday decorations

Why not add a nostalgic touch by raiding the family photograph album to create decorations? Photographs are a great talking point and can easily be constructed into posters, collages and backdrops. Poignant images will act as a talking point around the punch bowl but could also stir up some nice memories as you enjoy reminiscing.

If you don’t have any images to-hand, balloons can also create striking decorations. Whether you want to get adventurous and create the number ‘50’ out of balloons or buy single printed balloons, they are fun and a real family favourite. Teamed up with a creative cake, you’re on your way to creating a decorative party to remember.

50th birthday party games

Party games are a great way to add to the birthday celebrations and can be as low-key or adventurous as you’re comfortable with.

Test your guests’ knowledge by compiling some birthday-based trivia games centred on the year you were born. From hot topics in the news, events or movie and TV trivia, a light-hearted quiz conjures up instant nostalgia that guests will enjoy.

Exclusive private dining

A 50th birthday party calls for something that little more special, and what better way to celebrate than an exclusive private dining experience to tempt your palette?

A luxurious culinary experience like private dining offers a perfect fusion of intimacy and a delectable variety of mouth-watering cuisine brought straight to your table.

Whether you’re a self-confessed ‘foodie’, cookery enthusiast or you’re just looking for a unique way to mark your milestone with close friends and family, private dining offers delicious food in a unique setting. Treat yourself to some well-deserved luxury with an exclusive private dining experience.

50th birthday ideas for men

If you’re a man turning 50, there’s plenty of light-hearted fun to be had with giving your 50th birthday celebration a manly theme. You might highlight your love of real ale or golf with some quirky costumes or decorations. Or if you’re the world’s greatest (or most embarrassing) dad, get the kids involved in making the perfect 50th birthday party tribute you deserve.

50th birthday ideas for women

As a woman reaching 50 you are bound to have a strong circle of family and friends tied together by years of shared experience. Many women love paying tribute to close friendships and family ties in the course of their 50th birthday party celebrations, and you can achieve this by creating invites and decorations based on shared memories, using favourite photos from your own collection or those of your loved ones. Or you could create party themes based around your favourite pastimes or holiday destinations – the choice is yours!

Take a trip

Nothing marks a big birthday more than jetting off to a destination further afield. Whether you’re pining for a long-haul beach holiday or crave the hustle and bustle of a city, grab your passport and head off on a family holiday to mark your milestone.

Tastes, budgets and preferences vary, but the below destinations may inspire you to round-up your family and celebrate your 50th birthday abroad:


The Caribbean is the ultimate luxury destination to celebrate your special birthday. From postcard-perfect golden beaches to the excitement of Jamaica’s party culture, wherever you choose to stay, the jaw dropping Caribbean islands will deliver a birthday break with a real wow factor.

New York

If you’re craving a memorable slice of a city that never sleeps, New York is the place for you. From strolls in Central Park and world-famous landmarks, to shopping ‘till you drop, NYC has it all and is a great city to celebrate your 50th.


From stunning architecture to taking in the bustling Las Ramblas, Barcelona has it all. Your family can feast their eyes on La Sagrada Familia and revel in the striking work of Gaudi throughout this exciting city. You could even enjoy traditional Spanish tapas on your birthday for a special treat.

Costa del Sol

Closer to home, scenic and popular, the Costa del Sol offers a perfect family destination for a group to mark a special birthday. Experience sandy beaches, thriving resorts and the pleasant Mediterranean climate on offer at this popular destination. Your family can enjoy a host of accommodation options including family villas, private apartments and hotels. Soak up some sunshine with your loved ones and enjoy the striking coastline on offer from this popular destination for your birthday.

Start planning

If you’ve been inspired to plan your 50th birthday celebrations, why not contact The Grubstreet Author today?

Our unique London venue boasts three striking event spaces combining contemporary design and raw materials to offer the perfect setting to mark a special birthday. With exclusive private dining, banqueting and award-winning contemporary cuisine, The Grubstreet Author is an impactful venue perfect for any occasion. Get in touch today to find out more and start planning your special birthday today.