Program ideas for 50th birthday celebrations

Updated April 17, 2017

Turning 50 years old is quite a milestone. If you're the one throwing a friend or loved one a 50th birthday party this also can seem daunting. You will want the occasion to be special and memorable for your guest of honour. There are several fun, thrifty, unique ideas for 50th birthday party programs that you can accomplish easily with some time, a few materials and some help from family and friends.

Mock Time Capsule

The Mock Time Capsule takes some preplanning and the help of family and friends. You will need a "capsule," which could be in the form of a plastic bin with a lid, decorative box, or any large container with a lid. Have friends and family contribute pictures, written remembrances, memorabilia, and other treasures representing the individual's life. Place all the items in the capsule and seal it up. Label it with the person's name and date of birth. Present the time capsule as the highlight of the celebration.

The Pharaoh's (or Queen's) Tomb

This program calls for dressing in Egyptian attire and decorating with an Egyptian theme. Create a "throne" for the guest of honour by placing a gold disposable tablecloth, available at most dollar stores in the party section, over a large chair. Have guests bring gag gifts consisting of all the things the individual will need to take into his or her "next life." Unveil the tomb treasures at a presentation to the guest of honour. Some guests may want to act as attendants to "fan" the guest of honour. Don't forget, your guest of honour may be in "De-Nile" about their age!

Rock Around the Clock

One of the best ways to remember the past 50 years is through the music of each era. Solicit a party guest to act as your DJ and provide a musical tribute for your guest of honour. Invite guests to dress according to their favourite musical era. For a twist on this program, purchase karaoke discs featuring appropriate musical eras and have a singalong with all your guests.

Create a Photo Story Video

Microsoft offers a free download of its Photo Story program. This program is simple to use and allows you to make a personal video for your guest of honour by uploading pictures, text and music. The photo story can be played for your party program on any computer or on your television via a DVD player, by burning a DVD disc of the video you create.

MVP: Most Valued Player Program

This program requires the assistance of a few family and friends as well. Ask three to six people to prepare an awards presentation for your guest of honour that tells how the individual has been a most valued player in their lives for the past 50 years. Foods, costumes, decorations, and music can be sports themed.

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Robin Devereaux has been writing professionally for more than 25 years. She has written for "The Sowell Review, "Health and Healing Magazine" and has been a contributor to several local Eastern Michigan publications. Robin is a graduate of the Central Michigan University Arts Program.