The 49th birthday can say "I'm getting old, but I'm not there yet" with celebrations noting both the humour in ageing and ability to remain young at heart. The birthday cake can be the central part of a humorously themed party or illustrate a more quiet, distinguished theme.
Cake with Mountain
Poking fun at the idea of sitting on the precipice of old age, a cake with a picture of mountains and clouds and saying "You're almost there" or "don't fall off the mountain!" gives the idea of being nearly over the hill. An alternative is to have a character resembling the birthday girl teetering on the mountain top, or to have any funny character precariously positioned on hill or mountain to coordinate with the party's theme.
Last Cheers of Youth
Decorate the cake in styles that act as a reminder of youth, such as cheerleading pom-poms or a sporty convertible. The cake for a "last cheers of youth" party should have a funny picture that follows an interest from the birthday boy's youth. The picture should also lovingly suggest that once he passes age 50, he may not be able to partake in that hobby any more.
The "over the hill" party often includes a playful and joking element of "death" to suggest old age. The 49th birthday can incorporate this theme in the cake decoration by having a timer counting down or an hour glass with the sand about to run out. These elements of time can add a touch of humour to the otherwise dark and depressing theme.
For those with a simple taste or who might become offended or upset with a cake making fun of their age, a simpler, sophisticated cake is appropriate. This type of cake does not have pictures and might or might not have words beyond the appropriate "Happy Birthday" or "Happy 49th Birthday." Consider contacting a speciality bakery for a cake decorated in a theme to celebrate the birthday girl's hobbies or favourite things.
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