It does not need to be difficult to throw a 50th birthday party. Yet this is a very important occasion and you want the party to be special. Here is a step by step plan, which makes throwing a 50th birthday party easy, fun and memorable.
First you need to decide on your budget. This is where most people make their big mistake planning a party. They start off with great ideas, make commitments and then find half way through they run out of money and have to start cutting corners. Decide on how much you can spend first.
Next, consider the guest of honor. Is this a fun loving person or are they low key? Will they be okay with a big bash with lots of guests, a surprise party or just want a simple, quiet event?
Considering the guest of honor, decide on your theme. This will be very important and everything happens after this decision is made. Ideas for themes that are very popular at 50th birthday parties include: A Casino Night, Mexican Fiesta, Hawaiian Luau, Memory Lane, A Roast, A Formal Black and White Party, A Beer or Wine Tasting Party, A Murder Mystery Party, A Fifties Sock Hop or Grease Party (yes even adults like this!).
Perhaps you would like to have the event at a fun location-a baseball or football game, a horse racing track, soccer match or basketball event. Again keep in mind what the guest of honor enjoys.
You can rent a limo and have a dine-around where you visit different restaurants. Visit a different location for appetizers, the main course, dessert and then perhaps dancing at the end.
Once your theme has been selected, you need to decide where it will be held. Will you use your own home, that of a friend, a rented location or a public area, like a park?
Now it is time to design the 50th birthday party invitations. There are lots of templates you can find online and do them yourself or visit a local printer who will do a very professional job for you.
It is time to decide on your guests. If this is not a surprise party, it is always best to ask the guest of honor who they want to invite. Depending on your theme, you may want to keep in mind inviting people that will all interact well together.
Think now about how the food and drinks will be handled. Will you as the host be handling this or will you have it catered. What will your food and drink choices be?
It is a good idea to draw a small map out on where everything will be situated for the party. Identify locations for the bar, the food, dancing, and entertainment. Think about your room and flow so everything works.
Do you need to rent equipment like chairs, tables, bar, dance floor? Find the right suppliers early that will fit your budget. Make sure they are reliable and check their references.
Will you be having entertainment or games for the guests? Think about how this will work at the party and make any arrangements in advance that will be necessary.
Decide on what you will be using for decorations and where you can buy them for the best price. Purchase them early and don't wait until the last minute. If the party is at night and outside be sure to keep in mind proper lighting and even the need for heaters if it will be cool.
Finally, think through the day of the event and put together a list of what needs to happen. Do this several days before the party. Leading up to the start of the party you can check off each item as it is completed.
Follow these steps and your 50th birthday party is certain to be the most fun and memorable event ever.