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.
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.
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.
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.
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