Ideas for a Man's 50th Birthday Party

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Ideas for a Man's 50th Birthday Party
Celebrate his 50th birthday with class, humour and throwback music. (four wine glasses with white wine image by Arkady Ten from

Turning 50 is a time in a man's life to reflect on his many accomplishments over the past five decades. Help with this act of introspection and make him realise his achievements throughout his birthday party. In addition to serving his favourite cake, giving presents and exchanging stories, commemorate the evening by adding high-end alcohol, showing a touching slideshow or compile a rocking play list from his college years.

Wine or Beer Tasting Station

Men turning 50 have typically moved beyond the days of consuming cheap alcohol and wine during the poor college student days. In addition to having an open bar at the party, ask the bartender to offer flights of wine and to educate the guests about the different types. If the birthday boy is more of a beer drinker, find a variety of exotic, high-end beers at the store and have a beer tasting instead.

50 Pictures and Memories Slideshow

<p> suggests making the evening a sentimental one by having loved ones share their memories of the guest of honour. Find 50 pictures of the birthday boy beginning from when he was a baby to the present day. Ask friends and family members to look through their albums to assist with this task if you do not have enough. On the invitation, ask guests to e-mail you with any two-sentence memories or good times they've shared with him. Under each photo on the slide, include the memory quote from the guests. Include touching memories under the more serious photos and humorous moments under the funny pictures. If you need more memories to match each of the fifty pictures, call any far away relatives, friends or coworkers who are unable to attend the party. He will appreciate that he was in their thoughts even if these people were unable to make it to the event. Leave the slideshow on auto play for guests to enjoy throughout the duration of the party.

Old School Party

The music, fashion sense, movie scene and food are remarkably different today than when the birthday boy was in high school or college. Bring back these youthful times for his birthday by making the party theme centred from the era of his school days. Compile a play list of songs and hang movie posters on the wall reflecting this era. If he still lives near the same town as his high school or college, get the food for the party catered from his old favourite hangout. Also ask guests to write on a strip of paper what they liked best about this era and read the memories aloud at some point throughout the party.

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