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If you’re in charge of planning a 50th surprise birthday party for someone special in your life, you might be wondering where to start.
Themes & Things
First of all, turning 50 can be a sensitive topic, so while the odd age-related gag may be unavoidable, it would probably be best not to make too big a deal about it.
Instead, you could take your loved one on a nostalgic trip with a 60s themed surprise birthday party. Guests could be encouraged to come in PVC dresses, go-go boots and tie-dye, while the Mamas and Papas, The Byrds and Bob Dylan play in the background. Everyone loves the chance to relive the 60s (even if they were never actually there in the first place).
Of course, don’t forget your invites, and other 50th surprise birthday party stationary. Here’s a selection from JaclinArt:
Maybe the 60s don’t appeal to you, or someone else has used this theme recently. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other fun themes to choose from.
How about a sports theme? By the age of 50, most of us will know exactly what kind of sports and hobbies we enjoy, so if you’re special one is a golf fan or a bowling buff, use this as inspiration.
Color themes are always popular; you could go pink, black and silver, rainbow, whatever!
Here are some customizable surprise birthday invites in various patterns and hues from Jaclinart.
There are more Surprise Birthday Invites here.
Games & Gifts
If you really want to take the focus away from the big five-oh, enrol the guest of honor on a fun activity usually reserved for the young (4×4 off-roading or paintball tank battle, for example). Personalized gifts are always special, and there are so many to choose from: wine glasses, pens, jewellery boxes, birthday newspapers, the list goes on.
In terms of games, the ’60s Price is Right’ game is fun and challenging. Gather a selection of common grocery items and find out how much they would have costed 50 years ago. The object of the game, of course, is to get closest to the correct price. A birthday trivia quiz focused on the birthday ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ should also go down well.
If you still feel overwhelmed by it all, you could always get a quote from a party planner. If their prices are reasonable you can then just sit back and watch the fun unfold.
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