Ideas for 50th birthday invitations

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Ideas for 50th birthday invitations
Create party invitations for a loved one's 50th birthday celebration. (happy 50th image by Susan Rae Tannenbaum from Fotolia.com)

Help your friend or family member celebrate a milestone year with a 50th-birthday party. Whether you're organising a formal dinner banquet, a casual beach party or an informal lunch event at home, create birthday invitations that reflect the style and theme of the event.

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Picture Collage

Design a party invitation featuring 50 small images of the birthday honoree. Choose 50 images featuring the guest of honour from childhood to the present. Make sure you use duplicate photos to create the collage, because it may be difficult to remove the images from the backing without damaging them. Use scissors or a paper trimmer to crop out unnecessary background so you'll be able to fit the 50 photos on the page. Arrange and adhere the pictures to an 8.5-by-11 or 11-by-17 sheet of paper or card stock with a glue stick.

Use a colour copy machine to reduce the collage to fit onto the front of a blank card. Make one copy for each invitation that you want to send. Trim and affix the collage to the card and write the pertinent party details such as the date, location, time and RSVP information inside the invitation.

Number Shape

Adorn the front of each invitation with a big "50" die cut from card stock and sold at scrapbooking or craft stores. Glue the number to the front of the card. Add personality to the invitation by embellishing the numbers with tiny stickers that represent the guest of honor's hobbies, such as golf, fishing, knitting, pets or cooking. Add the party information on a piece of card stock that coordinates with the die-cut "50" and attach it inside the card with a glue stick or double-sided tape.

Over the Hill

If the birthday honoree has an excellent sense of humour about ageing, make handmade invitations with an "over the hill" theme. Use a brown marker to draw a steep hill on the front of a blank card. Add a wagon-shaped sticker to the top of the hill as if it's teetering and ready to slide down the slope. Place a "50" number sticker inside the wagon. Write a humorous quote about birthdays inside the invitation, followed by the party details such as instructions to wear all black to support the over-the-hill concept.

Dimensional Invitation

Pass out 50th party invitations personally if you're hosting a birthday event with a small guest list. Fill a colourful plastic box or a plastic champagne bottle sold at party supply stores with 50 jelly beans in the guest of honor's favourite colours, for example. Print the party specifics on a blank shipping tag sold at craft or office supply stores. Use colourful ribbon to tie the tag to the container to complete the invitation.

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