Cake topper ideas for a 50th birthday

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Cake topper ideas for a 50th birthday
The right cake topper can be a memory to hold onto. (birthday cake image by Pershing from

A 50th birthday party is one of many of life's milestones, and, like other once-in-a-lifetime events, should be celebrated with friends and family. For those who are looking for something a little more upbeat and creative than the old "Over the Hill" theme party, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate a 50th birthday--and a truly beautiful cake and topper can be the centrepiece of any party.

A Decade to Remember

Look back to the decade in which the birthday honoree was born, and then find a cake topper that embodies the spirit of the decade--or of the year. For someone born in the 60s, consider an astronaut commemorating the first manned space flight or an Action Man figure, guaranteed to bring back childhood memories. For a more psychedelic feel, top the cake with a tie-dye candle or bouquet of flowers.

Cake topper ideas for a 50th birthday
Consider a cake topper that commemorates some of the major events of the decade.. (cosmonaute image by photlook from

Looking Ahead

By the time someone reaches 50, they're starting to look ahead to retirement and what comes next. As a milestone birthday, it's the perfect time to start looking to the future; consider this not just as a cake topper but a birthday theme. For the man looking forward to spending his retirement years on the golf course, top the cake with a miniature golf bag, clubs and a cart. For the woman wanting to spend her retirement days at the barn with her horse, top a layered cake with a Breyer horse and fencing.

Cake topper ideas for a 50th birthday
Celebrate all the birthday honoree has to look forward to in the coming years. (Horse image by filipkaluzny from

Looking Back

A 50th birthday is also a celebration of a person's life up until then, so consider honouring the events or accomplishments that the person is most proud of. For a writer who has had a book published or been published in a magazine, make a miniature version of the publication out of sugar and icing. If the person has finally run the marathon they have always wanted to, put a runner on the top of the cake.

Cake topper ideas for a 50th birthday
Celebrate the honoree's accomlishments. (runner's legs image by jimcox40 from

Family Contributions

A 50th birthday only comes around once, and it's a time for family members to show their true feelings. Have the honoree's children, spouse or siblings each come up with a topper idea that captures how they think of the person. This works particularly well with a layered cake that has room for several different small toppers. Suggest children include their favourite childhood memories (a bat and glove or a bicycle, for example) and a spouse include something personal from their first meeting, or perhaps even something with a secret meaning that only the other person will understand.

Cake topper ideas for a 50th birthday
A miniature glove and baseball can spark a lifetime of memories. (baseball in glove image by leafy from

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