How to make your own 50th birthday invitations

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How to make your own 50th birthday invitations
Make your own 50th birthday invitations to reflect the honoree's personality and style. (party invitation image by robert mobley from

Turning 50 is a milestone in many people's lives--it means they've been alive for a half-century. A person with a good sense of humour would probably enjoy funny and witty birthday invitations about turning 50. A more serious person my prefer inspirational or spiritual quotes. Making your own 50th birthday invitations ensures that it fits the honoree's personality. You can design and print Invitations from a computer, or they can be handwritten. They can be elegant or casual. The wording of the invitation should complement the overall design.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Purchase cardstock in a design or colour to complement the theme of the party.

  2. 2

    Choose between a half-fold or quarter-fold design. A half-fold is formed by folding cardstock in half, forming an 8 1/2-by-5 1/2 card. A quarter-fold is formed by folding cardstock in half and then half again forming a 5 1/2-by-4 1/4 card. Thin cardstock works best for a quarter fold card.

  3. 3

    Design the front of the card--your design can be funny or serious, depending on your sense of humour. Be creative with the design. It could be a collage with pictures of the honoree at birth, one year, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years of age; a picture with the caption "Look who's turning 50"; a picture of a famous show from the decade in which the guest of honour was born. You can photocopy a £32 and use an image-editing program to put the honoree's picture on the bill.

  4. 4

    Write a poem, quote or saying on the inside-left of the card. It could be a catchphrase like "Gee whiz" or "Great Scott." Choose from one of the many quotes and poems about turning 50 that are humorous, serious or inspirational, or write one of your own.

  5. 5

    Enter the party details on the inside-right of card. Clearly state the date, time, place and RSVP information.

  6. 6

    Print or photocopy as many copies as needed.

  7. 7

    Insert the invitations into an envelope, address and mail.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a ruler if your invitations are handwritten in order to write in a straight line.
  • Use Photoshop or another image-editing program to distort photos, add captions, create backgrounds or make borders.
  • If the invitation is your personal creation, sign and date the back of each card.

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