Ideas for Wife's 50th Birthday

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Ideas for Wife's 50th Birthday
Throw a 50th birthday that will create memories that last a lifetime. (happy birthday image by Deborah Durbin from

50 may not always feel like the "new 40," and many women feel vulnerable about this number becoming their age. There are lots of fantastic ways to make a 50th birthday memorable, exciting, and fun, and they don't have to cost much, either. The recipe for success here is making sure the birthday girl feels cared for and loved through a party that emphasises her interests.

Blast from the Past

A great way to celebrate the big 5-0 is to have a party that hearkens back to the "days of yore" when times were simpler and Botox was just a dream. The Dollar Stretcher recommends throwing a "When We Were Teens" party wherein guests dress as if they were 16 again. Play music from the year the birthday girl was 16, and make the decor fit whatever fads were prevalent then. Or, to easily incorporate the number "50" and have myriad food, music and decoration options, throw a "Nifty Fifties" party with a 1950s feel. Make it a sock hop and have a professional teach some social dances from that era. Serve food and beverages reminiscent of the 1950s and have multimedia showing 1950s movies or playing 1950s music.

Swanky Classic

For the classy 50-year-old woman, throw a soirée that includes a gourmet dinner, fancy invitations, wine and champagne, and perhaps some kind of professional entertainment. Ask the guests to come in "black tie" attire to create an atmosphere of luxury and formality. Make sure you propose a special, carefully thought-out toast to make her feel like a million dollars (not just fifty). A custom cake could be a spectacular touch to the all-out special occasion as well. If you know she would like to be out and about for her special day, invite friends and family on a dinner and dancing cruise to celebrate.

Game Show Style

<p> also proposes throwing a game-show style "This Is Your Life" party, wherein guests are given a questionnaire beforehand and must respond to questions about the birthday girl's life or their interactions with her. ("The dumbest thing I ever saw Carol do was..." "Something not everyone knows about Carol is..." or "The best moment I ever had with Carol was..." etc.) As the "host" reads some of the answers to the questions aloud, the birthday girl must guess which guests said what. This party is a bona fide way to make your wife feel loved and happy, and the party is sure to be full of laughs and reminiscing. Videotape the party so she will always have it to watch, and set up the room like a television studio. Have delicious hors d'oeuvres available throughout the room for munching.

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