You only turn 50 once, so why not mark the occasion in style with a 50th birthday party celebration?
If you're at a loss when it comes to party planning, choose one of the following four popular 50th birthday ideas:
Create a French Quarter ambiance with bright beads, exotic masks, carnival music, and streamers and balloons in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold. Fuel the celebration with Cajun cuisine, such as etouffee, gumbo, and jambalaya. Treat thirsty guests to alcoholic and non-alcoholic hurricanes and mint juleps, and present the guest of honor with a birthday King Cake.
More Ideas for a Mardi Gras Theme Party
Recreate a tropical getaway by festooning tables with grass skirt edging and adorning tabletops with clusters of vibrant tropical flowers. Use strips of craft paper and raffia to transform your wooden deck into an island hut, and scatter tiki torches and paper lanterns throughout.
Serve authentic luau cuisine, such as coconut puddings, roasted pork, Mai Tais, and Blue Hawaiians. And for dessert? A pineapple upside down cake, of course!
Set the stage by draping tables with colorful bandannas and scattering sombreros, maracas, and strings of chili pepper lights throughout. For party food, set a traditional Mexican buffet complete with tortillas, salsa, black beans, churros, and rice. Keep pitchers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic margaritas flowing, and have plenty of Coronas on ice. For added fun, substitute an adult piñata for the birthday cake.
More Fiesta Party Ideas
Treat guests to a good old-fashioned American cookout, complete with hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, baked beans, and chilled watermelon. Decorate the party area with red, white, and blue tablecloths, balloons, and streamers and make "flag bouquet" centerpieces. Serve the guest of honor a flag birthday cake, and end the party with a fireworks display. For even more fun try making a patriotic cupcake cake.
To make your celebration memorable, themed parties are great 50th birthday party ideas. Regardless of the theme you choose, be sure that it suits the guest of honor's personality and taste. Enjoy celebrating with the special 50-year-old in your life!