A woman's 50th birthday represents a major milestone in life as she begins transitioning out of the years of middle age. Birthday party games are not just for young children. Playing games provides an added social element to the party, encouraging guests to interact in new ways. Many games that are appropriate for a woman's party require just a group of people and common household supplies. You will not need to allocate a large part of your party budget for entertainment.
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Magazine Scavenger Hunt
Have a magazine or newspaper scavenger hunt to bring out a competitive streak in your guests. Gather enough similar types of magazines for each participant to have one, ideally with lots of photographs. Try to choose magazines the birthday guest of honour enjoys. Come up with a list of 15 to 20 objects commonly found in the magazines. Each player gets an item list and a pen. Set a timer for 15 minutes and instruct the players to circle the items they find and check them off the list. When the timer goes off, the player who finds the most items wins.
Birthday Year Trivia
A trivia game gives party guests a chance to test their knowledge. Come up with a list of trivia questions based on music, movies, general knowledge and events from 50 years ago. For fun, throw some questions in about the guest of honour. Come up with a list of at least 30 questions, or more if you want the game to last longer. Print each question on a card with the answers. Give each guest a small bell which can also be a party favour and instruct them to ring if they know the answer. The person with the most questions correct wins the game.
Play a version of the "Price is Right" for a fascinating look back on a half-century ago. To play the game, you'll need to do a bit of research. Come up with the retail prices of commonly used items from the year the birthday honoree was born. Make an answer key to use as the game moderator.
Depending on the size of the party you can play as teams or individually. Read the name of an item on the list and give the teams time to write their guesses about the price on a piece of paper. An exact guess gets the team five points. If no one guesses exactly, the team with the closest guess gets one point. After the price is guessed for all items the team, or person, with the most points wins.
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