Milestone birthdays are becoming increasingly popular — and with good reason. The older we get, the more we realize that the best moments in life are the ones shared with loved ones. Turning 50 is the perfect excuse to throw a spectacular party and reconnect with the most important people in your life. Party favors are a great way to thank your friends and family for being part of the celebration — and the last five decades. From wearable swag to to edible treats, here are 17 of our favorite ways to share the love.
These Edible Treats are Icing on the Cake
Sweeten the Celebration with Honey
This outdoor 50th-birthday party, hosted on a picturesque private farm, featured plenty of fresh, delicious cuisine. Jars of local honey made a perfectly sweet (and on-theme) take-home gift.
photographer: Colin Howe | event planner: Rachel De Marte Events | décor: Event Creative | venue: private residence | rental: Tablescapes for All | caterer: Entertaining Company, Pork Mafia, and Journeyman Distillery
Milestone-birthday parties often use a past decade as a theme. This 70s-theme party got its groove on with “magic” brownies — giving guests a psychedelic, and sugary-sweet experience.
photographer: Clane Gessel Photography | planner: Leslie Mastin Events | décor: Dejuan Stroud, Inc. | venue: Topping Rose House | rental: We Love Photobooth | invitations & print: Alpine Creative Group | lighting and sound: Luminous Designs
Let Packaging Be a Gift In and of Itself
As soon as we saw the birthday lady’s cake — a Louis Vuitton purse with protruding champagne bottle — we knew the take-home gifts were bound to be spectacular. The packaging from these champagne-flavored cookies was just as lovely as the treats themselves.
photographer: Kent Drake Photography | planner: Christina Currie Events, Inc. | décor: Anthony Gowder Designs | venue: RPM Italian | rental: BBJ Linen | invitations & print: Charmant Invitations | dessert: Elysia Root Cakes
Dress to the Nines with These Stylish Party Favors
Make a Statement with Swag
What makes a champagne tower, secret “speakeasy” entrance, and glittering Art Deco décor even more fabulous? The perfect party favor, of course. This Great Gatsby birthday party let gets bring the party back home with Art-Deco-style t-shirts.
photographer: Maggie Marguerite Studio | event planner: Leslie Mastin Events | décor: TINSEL Experiential Design and Bloomin Balloons | venue: private residence | rental: Patina Rentals, Drape Kings, Bergen Botanics, and New York Tent | lighting: Luminous Designs | invitations & print: Lady J Creative | entertainment: La Vie en Rose, Marvin Myers DJ, and Shien | caterer: Creative Edge Parties
Boho-Chic is Always in Vogue
This milestone celebration went full bohemian with tarot card readings, a Grateful Dead cover band, and feathery keepsakes. Take-home sunglasses were a fun additional touch.
Straighten Your Bow Tie
This two-day, two-venue (and a plane ride to the Kentucky Derby) milestone celebration kept guests on their toes with one fabulous surprise after another. Custom-made bow ties and hats gave guests a chance to dress up for the racing event, while also serving as a memorable party favor.
Knock Their Socks Off
In addition to a giant pizza-box photo backdrop, novelty take-home socks made this milestone celebration one for the books. We especially love how the hostess offered a variety of prints, so guests could deck their feet to suit their particular style.
Offer Something Naughty but Nice
Hangover Kits to the Rescue
There was certainly nothing to regret at this milestone celebration that boasted food stations of international cuisine and multiple entertainment acts. Still, guests appreciated the thoughtful hangover kits that made the post-party blues a little easier to bear.
photographer: Soda Fountain Photography | planner: Michelle Durpetti Events | décor:Revel Decor | venue: warehouse | rental: Fotio Vintage Photo Booth Chicago | invitiations & print: Smitten Boutique | entertainment: Élan Artists, The Oh Yeahs, and BeatMix Music | catering: Paramount Events, The Lakewood, and WDS Desserts
Roll With It
Cortez Cigars made a luxurious take home gift at this Roaring Twenties birthday party. Although, with a cask-shaped cake and costumed waitstaff, guests certainly didn’t want to leave the party.
photographer: leila brewster photography | planner: True Event | décor: Social Décor | venue: Arch Street Teen Center | rental: Smith Party Rentals, and Patina | invitations & print: A Tie That Binds and Doris Loves USA | entertainment: Élan Artists, Studio Z Photo Booths, VW Picture Bus, and Ryan Oakes | caterer: OnTheMarc Events and Hillrock Estate Distillery | favor: Cortez Cigars and Brackish Bowties
Raise Your Glass for a Toast — Even After the Party
This 1920s-themed birthday party made a subtle nod to prohibition with custom flasks. Regardless of your celebration’s specific theme, we love the idea of this unique party favor — especially as a blank canvas for hashtags and personal branding.
photographer: André Maier Photography | event planner: Just J Events | décor: Jes Gordon | venue: The Lighthouse | invitations & print: EAF Fine Papers | entertainment: Scratch DJs and Total Entertainment | caterer: Abigail Kirsch Catering and The Grand Bevy
Great Memories (and Tattoos) Last Forever
Guests went “down the rabbit hole” at this Alice-in-Wonderland-themed birthday party and came out on the other side with lasting memories and artistic tattoos. Guests looking for something a little less permanent also had the option to select temporary tattoos.
Make Memories Last Forever with Lots of Photo Ops
Not only are photo ops a fun activity for any milestone-birthday party, they instantly provide guests with the perfect party favor. This 50th-birthday celebration went all out with paparazzi cameramen and celebrity look-a-likes roaming the crowd.
photographer: Curtis Dahl Photography | planner: International Event Company | décor: EDGE Design and Decor and Marks Garden | venue: National Orange Show Events Center | rental:La Tavola Fine Linen, Classic Event & Tent Rentals, John Solano Photography, and RB Dance Floor | lighting: The Lighter Side | entertainment: Band Mama Said Entertainment, Dj Jon B, Entertainment Plus Productions, and Vita Perfetta catering: Joanie & Leigh’s Cakes | videographer: Vidicam Productions
A Picture Says a Thousand Words
This milestone-birthday party took photo ops to the next level. At the end of the night, guests found their portraits already framed and ready to hang on the wall — talk about a thoughtful (and meaningful) party favor.
Keep the Pages Turning
This 50th-birthday party brought a new twist to the photo booth (and party favor). On The Flipside provided a studio booth where guests acted in seven-second-scenes that were recorded and then printed out into a 60-frame-action flip book.
photographer: Cory Ryan Photography | planner: Brock + Co. Events | décor: Botanical No. 9 and Townsley Decor | venue: 800 Congress | rental: Loot Vintage Rentals, Whim Hospitality, and On the Flip Side | lighting: FILO Productions | entertainment: Hill Country Strings | caterer: Contigo Catering, Steel City Pops, and Chocolaterie Tessa
For When You Can’t Commit to Just One Favor
Go for Practical (But Also Stylish)
For this milestone birthday in Sardinia, the host welcomed guests at their hotel with tote bags full of weekend essentials. Not only were the bags excellent take-home gifts, but they were also useful accessories during a weekend that was filled with lots of activities.
photo: courtesy of NYLUX Events | planner: NYLUX Events | venue: Hotel Cala Di Volpe, Sardinia | caterer: Chef Massimo Bottura
The More the Merrier
No two snowflakes are alike. The same rang true for the myriad of party favors at this joint 50th and 21st-birthday party. With t-shirts, hats, popcorn, cotton candy, swedish fish, and more — there was something for all ages and tastes.