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The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party (Planning Worksheet Included) PART 1 of 2

2 weeks ago


The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party (Planning Worksheet Included) PART 1 of 2

2 weeks ago


Forget about over the hill parties, those have become cliché. Fifty is no longer what it used to be; it's time to celebrate and have a good time. A person has spent 50 years on this earth and when they reach that birthday milestone there is cause for a celebration. Some cultures believe that reaching age 50 is an age that deserves special, respectful attention. 

So if you’re looking for fun ideas for your best friend, sister or something elegant for mom give some thought to any or all of the following ideas to show just how wonderful this milestone really is. We’ve also included worksheets to help you stay organize and keep track of everything! Let’s get started.

Note: Any decision to hold an event during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter how large or small, should rely on a risk-based approach. WHO has provided guidance on how such a risk-based approach can be taken. Click here for more details. 

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party

Planning the Party

Since you are celebrating 50 years, invite one friend for each year. Be sure you plan to have the party in a space that’s big enough to fit all of those guests. If it’s an outside party, there may be enough room, but be prepared for a change in the weather.

If it’s going to be an inside party, and your home can’t fit that many guests, you can hire a catering hall to host the event, rent a room at a local restaurant, book a room at your golf club, or see if your church has a room you can rent.

The Ultimate 40-Step Birthday Party Checklist

There is an important birthday coming up, and you want to throw a party. Whether it is for yourself or a loved one, this checklist will help you keep track of all the things you need to do to plan a memorable birthday celebration. 

You will have to start planning three or four weeks in advance, especially if you are sending invitations by mail. Otherwise, two to three weeks are enough to notify your guests and plan properly. Plan for more time if the birthday falls on or around a major holiday, as people tend to book these days quickly. 

Since the biggest part of the party preparation work involves food and cooking, the biggest days will be those closer to the date. If you decide to order a cake, go to your bakery at least a week before the date, otherwise they might not be able to fill your order. 

We hope that this checklist will help you plan the perfect birthday party, and don't forget to have fun, even if you are planning somebody else's birthday party!

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party

3-4 weeks in advance

  1. Guest List

Write down your guest list.

  1. Budget

Create your spending plan. Be realistic, but leave flexibility for last-minute problems or ideas.

  1. Theme

If you want to have a theme birthday, choose it now. It'll impact the decorations, invitations and the cake.

  1. Rental

If you need to rent anything that you don't own, go to your party store and make the reservations now.

  1. Food

Write down a tentative menu, and include beverages.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party
  1. Shopping list

From the menu, write a grocery shopping list for the weeks to come. You can buy any non-perishables at this point.

  1. Activities

Choose the games and activities for the guests.

  1. Invitations

Write down and send your invitations. Mailing invitations is very formal; nowadays an email is often sufficient. You can even use Facebook and other social networks to manage your guest list, but don't neglect those who are not on these websites.

  1. Entertainment

Look up local entertainers if you plan on hiring one for a few hours. Internet business databases are good for reviews of such services. Book one that has a good reputation.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party

2-3 weeks in advance

  1. Favors

If you plan on giving party favors, order or put them together now. You can involve your children in this activity by turning it into a crafts afternoon.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party
  1. Games

If any of the games require buying boards and items, go to the toy store.

  1. Balloons

If you want balloons to your party, go to your party supplies store and place your order.

  1. Get Help

If you need assistance with the decoration and the cooking, ask some of your guests to help. Many will be more than happy to participate.

  1. Inventory

Make an inventory of the party supplies you do own and put them together at the same place. Make of list of anything missing and buy what you need.

  1. Rental

Confirm your reservation with the rental store.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party

1 week in advance

  1. Cleaning

Do the heavy cleaning: floors, windows, carpets, upholstery.

  1. Cake

Go to your bakery and order the cake. If you are making it yourself, bake it and freeze it, without frosting.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party
  1. Flowers

Go to your florist and order the flowers.

  1. Timeline

Make a schedule for the activities. Be prepared to be flexible as some games might be more popular than others.

  1. Guest list

Call or email anyone who has not responded to your invitation yet.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party

2 days in advance

  1. Batteries

Buy or recharge the batteries for the photo and video cameras. Make sure you have extras.

  1. Cleaning

Dust your tables and counters, and remove clutter from the party area.

  1. Fridge

Make space in your fridge for all the food you will cook or receive from your guests.

  1. Entertainment

Call your entertainer and confirm time and price.

  1. Music

If having music, build your playlist or choose the CDs.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party

1 day in advance

  1. Food

Defrost anything frozen in the fridge. It will keep until the next day. Don't forget the cake.

  1. Cleaning

Clean your bathroom and anywhere else your guests will go if you haven't already.

  1. Emergencies

Buy emergency supplies like bandages and peroxide. You never know when a scratch needs disinfecting.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party
  1. Decoration

Decorate the area where the party will be held.

  1. Games

Take out the games and put them in a corner of the party area.

  1. Favors

Gather the party favors and set them in the party area.

  1. Cooking

Prepare anything that will keep in the fridge overnight.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party

Day of the party

  1. Pick up orders

Pick up your cake, flower and balloon orders if they are not delivered.

  1. Cake

Put the frosting and decorations on the cake, and keep it in the fridge.

  1. Decoration

Decorate any other space not yet done.

  1. Games and activities

Set the games up, ready for playing.

  1. Service

Gather your plates, utensils and glasses.

The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party
  1. Photo/video

Take our your cameras and have them ready to use.

  1. Cooking

Prepare any food that needs to be fresh such as salads, veggie platters, etc.

  1. Supplies

Confirm that you have enough bathroom supplies for the amount of guests. Make sure you have extra, just in case.

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The Complete Guide: Fun Ideas for Planning a Woman’s 50th Birthday Party

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