50th Birthday Party Planning Checklist

Here's a basic 50th birthday party planning checklist to help get you on the road to a successful and fun 50th birthday party! Take each step one at a time to tackle everything that needs to get done for a big 50th birthday celebration.

  • Invitations: Punchbowl has many free online invitations that will work beautifully for your birthday party planning. Choose a 50th birthday party invitation that is modern and elegant. The invitation may or may not include a photo of the guest of honor. It is also up to you if you want to send an invitation based on the party theme, if there is one.
  • Guests: Set a number of guests that you feel you’ll be able to accommodate. Then get down to the fun part: as you celebrate such an important birthday, who do you want by your side? Friends? Family? Both? This birthday party should be about celebrating all of the wonderful achievements and occasions of your first 50 years, so make sure to invite the people who mean and have meant the most to you over the years.
  • Food & Drink: Deciding on a theme for your 50th birthday may be helpful in guiding your food and drink choices, but is not obligatory. One example of a 50th birthday theme that can tie in with the party menu is include a Bahamian-themed party. You can serve spicy conch chowder as a great Bahamas-inspired main course for a birthday lunch or a delicious starter for dinner.
  • Entertainment: How will you keep your guests entertained at the party? You might consider holding a wine, cheese or chocolate tasting or putting together a slideshow of old photos of you and your various guests that could run during lunch or dinner. A slideshow will let everyone reminisce a bit about what a wonderful person you are. Seriously!

With those areas covered, you should be well on your way to throwing a 50th birthday party to remember. If you're still seeking some party planning inspiration, check out these 50th birthday party ideas for a little boost.


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