Disco 50th Birthday Party Theme with Red Lighting and Silver Tassel Walls | PartySlate
photographer: Cooked Photography | event planner: Love This Day Events | design and production: Pink Monkey Solutions | venue: Dunton
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18 Unique 50th Birthday Party Themes that Guests Will Remember

Disco 50th Birthday Party Theme with Red Lighting and Silver Tassel Walls | PartySlate

50th birthday party themes bring fun and creativity to your milestone celebration. After all, turning 50 represents a well-lived half century — and that is worth celebrating. A cake is nice, but a party is even better. 

So what is a good theme for a 50th birthday party? We’ve done the work for you and have rounded up our favorite 50th birthday party theme ideas, as well as examples from real birthday party celebrations

A cake is nice, but a party is even better.”

Best of all? We’ve included the party vendors behind each celebration. While a great party starts with a great idea, it takes a talented team of event professionals to design and produce a memorable milestone birthday.

From 50th birthday colors to 50th birthday music, we’re sharing all of the ways to elevate the best 50th birthday party themes. Your inspiration starts here.

1. Music-Inspired 50th Birthday Party Themes

Milestone Birthday Party @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
photographer: Xistence Photography | event planner: Clandestine Events and Experiences | floral: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events | venue: The Music Box Village

Jazz Fest

New Orleans, LA

Jazz Fest is the perfect time of year for a milestone birthday party in New Orleans; the city has an especially festive vibe during the yearly music festival. Guests at this private birthday celebration not only explored the southern city, but dined al fresco and enjoyed creative entertainment, before partying all night on Frenchmen Street. 

50th Birthday Party With Reflective Wall as a Backdrop with Modern White Couches Back to Back and Pink and Purple Lighting | PartySlate
photographer: Art De Vie | event design And production: Z Event Company | florals: Urban Earth | venue: Tableau Restaurant | rentals: Fancy Faces | linen: Mosaic Inc, Cloth Connection | video: Bridges Cinema | lighting, sound, production: See Hear Production | entertainment: Élan Artists | catering: Tableau Restaurant | craft cocktails: The Grand Bevy | photo booth: Snap And Sketch Photo Booths | floor installation: AD Event Group | balloon décor: Badass Balloon Company

Studio 54

New Orleans, Louisiana

Studio 54 was the epitome of 70s-era cool, with stars flocking to the nightclub to drink and boogie the night away. We appreciate how this party recreates that disco decade glam with inspired décor, like ceilings and walls covered in geometric silver balloons and Warhol-esque installations and performers.

Disco 50th Birthday Party Theme With Red Lighting and Silver Tassel Walls | PartySlate
photographer: Cooked Photography | event planner: Love This Day Events | design And production: Pink Monkey Solutions | venue: Dunton

Disco Dance-Off

Dolores, Colorado

Guests followed the call of the disco ball at this Colorado birthday party celebration. We can’t get enough of how the venue’s walls are completely covered in silver streamers — making it feel as if you’re inside of the disco ball itself — while oodles of the classic mirrored orbs sent festive specks of reflected candlelight throughout the space. Also, don’t miss the disco-rific signage.

Crowded Dance Floor at 50th Birthday Party at Red Rabbit Club | PartySlate
photographer: Terri Diamond Photography | planner: M.Studio Events | venue: Red Rabbit Club – New York, NY 

Red Rabbit Club

New York City, New York

A subterranean New York club is the perfect setting for a dance-all-night celebration for a music lover. Painted rabbits roamed the venue, while guests boogied on the dance floor all night long. And when it comes to making any party more festive, we absolutely love a good confetti drop — oh, and late-night passed sliders and a food truck visit doesn’t hurt either.

50th Birthday Party With Queen Tribute Band
photographer: Docuvitae | design And production: JOWY Productions | venue: Private Residence| catering: The Kitchen For Exploring Foods, APL | specialty bar: Snake Oil Cocktail Company | props and decor: Studio D Decor | invitations/printed materials: La Artista | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | props and Decor: 1540 | Entertainment: DJ Jason Jasepi and Queen Nation | Sound: CBC Technical | Lighting: LightenUp, Inc.

Queen Tribute

Los Angeles, California

With a wooded setting and a bar dressed up as a rock ‘n’ roll-style graffitied van, this 50th birthday party theme has the feeling of a secret concert. The Queen tribute band had guests on their feet while low lighting and string lights offered just the right amount of musical moodiness. We also love the custom dance floor.

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2. 50th Birthday Colors in Chic Combinations

Birthday Party Entrance with Drapery and Purple Uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: K Dulny Photography | event planner: Evoke Design & Creative | décor: Event Revolution | florals: Sue Bluford | venue: Longview Gallery | entertainment: Élan Artists | caterer: Occasions Caterers | cake: Creative Cakes

Purple with Pops of Pink

Washington, D.C.

This birthday girl’s 50th featured a chic, modern scene — drenched in purple hues. There are so many elements we adore, that we can’t fit them all here: that wow entrance with its enveloping lavender uplit draping; the hanging mini mirrors as place cards; the sparkling linen and exquisite place settings — and the list goes on.

Milestone Birthday Party With Red and Gold Tablescapes and Décor | PartySlate
photographer: Jillian Rose Photography | design & décor: XO Bloom | venue: 101 north eatery | rental: Luna Party Rentals | balloons: Party Shop Avenue | cake: Jamie cakes in Thousand Oaks

Red & Gold

Westlake Village, California

We would describe this beautiful celebration as sparkling, glittering, and any other shimmery adjective you can come up with. Its dual hues flowed from an awesome balloon installation to the tabletops, with their red rose centerpieces and gold chargers, and even onto the cake — see more photos to ogle this ode to iconic fashion and world travel.

Birthday Party With Rainbow Balloon Installation and Blue Statue | PartySlate
photography: Leeann Marie | event planning & design: Tim Komen Event Studio | florals: Hens and Chicks | venue: Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh | rentals: All Occasions Party Rental and Marbella Event Furniture & Decor Rental | Linens: Mosaic Inc | balloons: Misselaineous Balloons


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

When one color is not enough to express the personality of the celebrant — only all of the hues of the rainbow will do. This colorful celebration employed a hovering rainbow of balloons, a bright blue statue of David, and happy, artful iconography to celebrate one lucky birthday girl. We also love the restrained, yet totally glamorous look of the lounge space. 

Stone-Shaped Gray 50th Birthday Cake With Gold Icing Lettering | PartySlate
photographer: Steve Lee Photo and Video | event planner: Oulala! What an Event | décor & rentals: Blooming Gallery |  venue: Evelyn’s Park Conservancy | invitations: Bering’s Bissonnet | caterer: Swift + Company | coffee bar: Java Pura | cake: Dessert Gallery

Black & White — With a Touch of Gold

Bellaire, Texas

We love this indoor-outdoor event. The black, white, and gold theme is a classic and was taken up a notch with the addition of green trees and leaves around the venue — bringing the garden in. The light weathered wood added another outdoorsy element to the party and softened the expansive venue. 

Citrus 50th Birthday Theme With Colorful Tablescapes | PartySlate
photography: Melissa Queen Photography | event planning: Monica Pardo Events| florals and furnishings: Gilded Group Décor | venue: Villa Woodbine| venue sourcing: Bill Hansen Miami Venue Sourcing & Production| champagne: Veuve Clicquot | coffee: Aroma Espresso Bar | cake: Moulin Rose Bakery | video: Bella Quinces | production: Maxon Productions| linen: Nuage Designs| chairs: Decora Event Rental | table top: Atlas Event Rental

Citrus Celebration

Miami, Florida

This citrus-inspired celebration started its theming with invitations boasting bright fuschia and yellow hues accented with delicate florals and images of lemon slices. Guest enjoying dining at color-filled tabletops in the form of sunny florals in towering arrangements and lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange colors. We adore how sliced and whole lemons joined the blooms in a fresh take on décor.

White Room With Table Decked in Black and White Striped Linen and Pink Centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Mieke Snepvangers | event planner: Plan This! Productions | florals: Wisteria Lane | venue: Sunset Cafe Malibu | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Black, White, & Pink All Over

Malibu, California

We love the mix of patterns that amp the personality of this chic affair. On-trend black accents  in the form of striped runners and chairs offset the pops of red and pink florals that ran down the tables’ centers. Hot pink napkins continued the color story.

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3. Gatsby 50th Birthday Party Themes

Gatbsy 50th Birthday Party Theme With Art Deco Décor | PartySlate
photographer: Robert Hacman Photography | event décor: WOW Marketing | venue: JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Modern Gatsby Glam

The 20s earned its reputation as the most glamorous era by continuing to inspire year after year. We love this party’s fresh take on the decade, with its modern twist — dramatic lit on-trend geometric shapes that define the dance floor, and gold tassels blanketing the ceiling and providing movement. And the custom-printed black and gold floor is something to behold.

Three Women Sit on a Couch with 20s Themed Outfits and Flanked by Feathery Décor | PartySlate
photographer: Lucero Photography | planner: Simon Says Design | venue: FLDWRK | rentals: Create A Party Rentals | ice cream bar: Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream | dessert: Merely Sweets | bar: CaliCraft Cocktails

Roaring 20s

Los Angeles, California

Glamorous feather centerpieces and sparkling gold runners set the table for a Prohibition-perfect party. Luxe lounge areas with black and white silk striped furniture created perfect spots for gathering. We love how vintage-style signage directed guests to cocktail areas and the photobooth. 

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4. Decade-Themed 50th Birthday Parties

Neon 80s Themed Birthday Party Stage | PartySlate
photographer & videographer: Hart Studios | event planner & swag: M.Studio Events | decor, staging And production: Geo Events | venue: Sebonack Golf Club |  tent: New York Tent | entertainment: Tom Kaufman Productions

Neon 80s

Southampton, New York

Birthday celebrants turning 50 spent their formative teen years in the epic 80s. This celebration took its vibe from the period with rad signage, a light-up dance floor, and table arcade games. We adore the way guests donned leg warmers and shiny leggings inspired by 80s workouts and even the band rocked fashion from the era.

Two Girls in Disco Clothes Dance on a Rainbow Circular Stage With Disco Balls Overhead | PartySlate
photographer: Michael Blanchard | planner: AJ Events | venue: Four Seasons Hotel Boston | a/v: 4 Wall | entertainment: Liz Ladoux

Disco Fever

Boston, Massachusetts

It’s time to put your boogie shoes on. This disco 50th birthday party theme brought everyone to the rainbow-lit dance floor. But first, guests enjoyed a lavish meal at mirrored tabletops with custom disco ball-round menus.

Click to see how personalized, laser cut mirror place cards and chic black seating made for a sophisticated dining experience — with a hint of Saturday Night Fever. Make sure to stay for a glimpse of the 50th birthday cake with an icing replica of the birthday girl. You have to see it to believe it.

5 People Stand in a Row with Their Hands Up Wearing White 70s Clothes with a Stage in the Background | PartySlate
photographer: Terri Diamond | event planner: Lawrence Scott Events | venue: The Prince George Ballroom | lighting: Fusion Light & Design

Sexy 70s

New York City, New York

It’s impossible for us to narrow down what we love about this celebration so we will list a few: that trippy, mod print on the bar, the giant mushrooms on the tabletops, and the glam gold décor. Guests revived the sexy fun of the 70s with slinky dresses, sequined shirts, velvet jumpsuits, and dramatic wigs. 

Four Women Dressed in 70s Era Clothing Dance | PartySlate
photographer: Nick Welsh Photography | venue: Yours Truly DC

70s Soirée

Washington, D.C.

The inaugural celebration in this renovated event space ironically called back to another era. Disco music set the tone for this dance party, as did guests’ sartorial choices which recalled a time of knee-high white patent leather boots and mini-skirts.

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5. Personalized Themes for 50th Birthday Parties

Backyard Italian Garden Birthday Celebration
photographer: Steven Miller Photography | event planner: Overeasy Events, Inc. | florals: Fairbanks Florists

Bring a Favorite Place Home

Winter Park, FL

Every detail of this thoughtful celebration was inspired by the guest of honor. Rather than a guestbook, everyone left their well wishes and loving messages on vinyl from the celebrant’s favorite album. Instead of a flight, guests were treated to a re-creation of Italy in Florida.. True to the romantic locale being evoked, this garden celebration featured colorful florals and fresh fare.

A Table with Pink Decor on the Outside of a Dance Floor with Pink Lighting | PartySlate
photographer: Curtis Dahl Photography | event planner: International Event Company | florals: Marks Garden | venue: National Orange Show Events Center |videographer: Vidicam Productions | decor & furniture: EDGE Design and Decor | lighting: The Lighter Side | band: Mama Said Entertainment | dj: Dj Jon B | cake: Joanie & Leigh’s Cakes | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | rentals, chairs & table top rentals: Classic Event & Tent Rentals | On Site Photo Station: John Solano Photography | Dancers: Entertainment Plus Productions | dance floor: RB Dance Floor | Activities: Vita Perfetta

A Few Of Her Favorite Things

San Bernardino, California

“50 and Fabulous” was the perfect 50th birthday party theme choice for a celebration that incorporated all of the birthday girl’s favorites. Décor in the chic combo of hot pink and sleek black with some silver sparkle thrown in set a luxurious scene. We love the clever idea of the step-and-repeat photo spot complete with paparazzi and celebrity look-alikes for guests to pose with.

Scottish Pub 50th Birthday Party Themes with Bicycle Dessert Station | PartySlate
photography: Ines | planning: Design Plan Play | floral & rentals: Gilded Group Décor | venue: Eden Roc Miami Beach |  printing: Miami Banners | crafted cocktails and scotch tasting: Craft Cartel- Cocktail Caterer | lighting & sound: Event Factor | cigar roller: My Island Events | live embroidery: Mixed Media | sweets: Ohh My Sweetness | cake: ET Cakes | linen: Nuage Designs

Golf + Scotland + Cigars + Scotch = A Good Time

Miami Beach, Florida

This Scottish pub-themed party incorporated all of the hobbies and interests of the man turning 50. That meant guests got to enjoy dancing on a custom plaid dance floor, a cigar bar, and whiskey cocktails from a rustic wood bar. We adore the tartan, dark wood, antlers, and barrel décor — as well as the super-cool balloon installations. 

Tablescape With Candle Light, Calla Lilies, and Dramatic City Views | PartySlate
photographer: Brian Kramer Photography | event planner: Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | design: Revelry Event Designer | venue: Mr. C Beverly Hills | entertainment: Zen Arts | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | paper goods & invitations: Lehr & Black

Calla Lillies & Candlelight

Los Angeles, California

This chic soirée featured dreamy white candlelight and alabaster calla lilies against the backdrop of a stunning, sprawling, sparkling Los Angeles city view. Gray velvet chairs and lounge areas added to the modern elegance. We love the inspired touch of photographic prints of the birthday boy’s face on sticks for fun photo ops. 

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6. Food-Themed 50th Birthday Parties

Two Men Cooking at 50th Birthday Party Oyster Roast | PartySlate
photography: gerber + scarpelli photography | design, floral & paperie: A Perfect Event | venue: Ignite Glass Studios |  catering: Big Hatt Gourmet

Oyster Roast

Chicago, Illinois

This sunny southern-inspired oyster roast was garden set, infused with greenery and crimson and pink florals. Lanterns and hanging candles and a raw wood bar set a decidedly rustic mood. We love how this 50th birthday party incorporated guest fun and learning in one fun activity with oyster-shucking — complete with mesh metal safety gloves and nautical-striped aprons. 

Birthday Party Tablescape With Candlelight and Black Décor Accents | PartySlate
event planning & design: Florie Huppert Design | graphic design: FHD Invites You

Brooklyn Food Tour

New York City, New York

What do you get when you take a couple from Germany who live in Mexico and bring them — and their international friends — to New York? A fun, food-filled weekend. We would have loved to have been a passenger on this party bus, making stops for Brooklyn’s best bites before ending in Manhattan’s meat-packing district for a dinner party.

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7. Elegant 50th Birthday Party Themes

Party Lounge Area on City Rooftop With Black and White Seating and Pink Floral Centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Gene Higa Photography | design, planning + production: Kristin Banta Events | décor & florals: R. Jack Balthazar | venue: Sunset Tower Hotel | lighting: Lighten Up | rentals: RCD Dance Floors | rentals: Town & Country Rentals | ice bulb, LA ice art| cake: Fantasy Frostings | DJ: RedShoe | photo booth: LA Photoparty

Vintage Hollywood

Los Angeles, California

For a diamond- and champagne-loving 50-year-old, a Hollywood penthouse created the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous celebration, offering dramatic views of the sparkling hills at sunset. We love how the theming was carried to the cocktails with giant diamond ice cubes and onto the custom gold mirrored dance floor that was almost too pretty to dance on (almost).

Celestial 50th Birthday Party Theme With Balloon Cloud Installation and Curving Tables | PartySlate
photographer: Katie Beverley | event design & décor: Sonia Sharma Events | floral: Celio’s Design | lighting: Images By Lighting | balloons: Balloon Celebrations | rentals: Town & Country Rentals | paper goods: Invite Ink

Celestial Celebration

This soirée offers room after room of changing moods and designs, and we’re having a hard time picking our favorite. You know it’s going to be a beautiful celebration when you enter into a stunning floral peacock with its petals trailing the floor and leading the way. Guests dined inside in an improbable starlit fantasy hovered over by clouds of white balloons for a dreamy vibe.

Backyard Outdoor 50th Birthday Party With White Tented Bar and Colorful Cocktail Tables | PartySlate
photographer: Cory Ryan Photography | event planner & designer: Brock + Co. Events| catering: Contigo Catering| rentals: Strong Events, Townsley Designs, Premiere Events | DJ: DJ Lucy Wrubel

Mid-Century Modern

This celebration was the perfect pairing of a mid-century modern setting, furniture, and décor with a mid-century 50th birthday party theme. Fresh design included pops of citrus hues, bright lacquered tables, and vintage glassware serving up “Lounge Lizard” and “Steady Freddy” cocktails. We appreciate the nod to Palm Springs chic with palm tree prints throughout. 

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8. Celebrate Culture with 50th Party Themes

Bollywood Themed Birthday Party Performance | PartySlate
photographer: LaCour Images | décor: Yanni Design Studio | venue:Concorde Banquets

Bollywood Bash

This celebration perfectly captured the spirit of Bollywood with its explosion of color, festive dancing, and drapery galore. We’re obsessed with the use of ornate umbrellas as décor and the gorgeous golden cake topped with a mini elephant. Shiny silk, gauzy deeply-hued drapes, brocade, and more mix for a global feel.

Transparent Party Tent With Blue Uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: Ettore Franceschi | event planner: Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli | design & decor: Dejuan Stroud, Inc. | floral design: Roni Floral Designer | venue: Beldi Country Club | event producer: Cocoon Events Management Group 

Moroccan Magic

Colorful drapery and a glowing nighttime tent created a dreamy Moroccan-themed 50th birthday party theme. Richly-hued decorative pillows and table linen created a vibrant backdrop for this beautiful soirée. We love how red and pink florals coordinated with the custom laser-cut bar front in a pattern resembling classic Moroccan tiles. 

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9. 50th Birthday Destinations Worth Celebrating

Sardinia Destination 50th Birthday Party at Sunset | PartySlate
planning & production: NYLUX Events | venue: Hotel Cala Di Volpe, Sardinia | catering: Chef Massimo Bottura

Sardinia Soirée

Poro Cervo, Sardinia

Italy’s seascapes are hard to compete with, but this Sardinia-set 50th birthday party created a sunset vision with kings tables drenched in red florals with chandeliers and string lighting floating above. Lucky guests experienced creative entertainment in the form of costumed, stilted performers and fireworks. In a word: sigh.

Guests at Oregon 50th Birthday Party Stand in Forest and Hold up Rowing Oars | PartySlate
photographer: Ely Roberts | event planner: Events by Mint  | florals: Events by Mint – Floral | cake: Foxtail Bakeshop | rentals: Curated Event Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen | catering: Crafted Life, Ingredient Studio, Twist Cocktail Catering| print: French Lil Designs | DJ: Flip Flop Sounds

Experience Oregon

This 50th birthday party made the most of all of the natural beauty Oregon has to offer. Guests enjoyed white water rafting, fishing, and more, capped by sunset dinners. We can’t think of a better way to end an active day than by sipping cocktails with friends while indulging in fresh grilled fish in our custom, matching plaid shirts.

Morocco 50th Birthday Party With Red and Orange Uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: Ettore Franceschi | event producer: Cocoon Events Management Group | event planner: Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli | florals: Roni Floral Designer | venue: Beldi Country Club 

Sojourn to Morocco

Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Safi

Most celebrations feel like a vacation from the everyday, but this affair was truly an escape — a weekend in Marrakech, Morocco. A dreamy entrance flanked by hundreds of candles led guests into an architecturally stunning space uplit in vibrant red. We adore how the mirrored tabletops reflected and multiplied the vision.

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10. Big Apple 50th Birthday Party Themes

Rockette Dancer Performance at Rainbow Room in New York | PartySlate
photographer: Rebecca Weiss Photography | event planner: Amy Katz Events | décor: Frank Alexander NYC | venue: Rainbow Room | Entertainment: Jason Fioto | cake: Chic Sugars | lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging, Inc. | DJ: Generation Events, Inc.

Iconic NYC

New York City, New York

It doesn’t get much more NYC than pairing the iconic Rainbow Room with the also-iconic Rockettes dancers for a city celebration complete with views and a towering four-tiered 50th birthday cake. We love the way the urban space has been made to feel like a lush, luxurious indoor garden — but with stunning city views.

New York City Rooftop Lounge | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & venue: InterContinental New York Barclay

Immersed in New York

New York City, New York

Yet another way to experience the grandeur of New York is by rooftop — surrounded by the very skyscrapers that made the city famous. We appreciate how guests were seated at one long table to enjoy toasts and each other, as well as the picturesque outdoor fountain and sculpted topiaries.

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11. 50th Birthday Themes of Flowers & Blooms

Birthday Tablescape with Colorful Floral Centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Darren Ornitz Studio | planner: Marcy Blum Associates | design, décor & floral: L’Atelier Rouge | venue: Beatrice Inn

Jardin Majorelle

New York City, New York

This celebration added authenticity with its florals inspired by Marrakech’s lovely Jardin Marjorelle — a favorite of tourists and locals alike. We love the striking Ikebana-like arrangements of blooms, as well as the exotic romance of printed linen and rows and rows of flickering candles. 

50th Birthday Party With Lavish Pink Floral Centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Samuel Lippke Studios | event planner: International Event Company | florals: Marks Garden | venue: Montage Beverly Hills | videographer Vidicam Productions | lighting: Images By Lighting | décor & furniture: Revelry Event Designers | linen & chair covers: Wildflower Linen | table top rentals: Casa de Perrin | favors: Buds & Blooms LA | cake: Sweet E’s Bake Shop

Pink Peonies & More

Beverly Hills, California

This bloom-filled 50th birthday party theme looks like the absolute definition of spring. Peonies, roses, orchids, and phalaenopsis (try saying that three times fast) in all shades of pink, pink, and more pink made for an ultra-feminine and super luxurious affair. We love this 50th birthday party’s inspired, glam setting — in Beverly Hills, of course.

Glam 50th Birthday Party With Luxe Red Rose Décor | PartySlate
photographer: Pro Lux Studio | event planner: AMG Events and Visuals | floral & event design: Ruth Ridgeway Designs | venue: Glasshouse Chelsea | caterer: Orange Grill | entertainment: Gennaro Music

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

New York City, New York

Florals cascaded over tabletops, hovered in midair arrangements, and even adorned each and every place setting at this 50th birthday party. Gleaming gold chairs and chargers brought additional glamour to tabletops, as did towering candelabras. We adore the way the rose-theming carried over onto the bar — not with a mere arrangement, but in the form of a gold, laser-cut design.

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12. Surprise 50th Birthday Party Themes

Surprise Masquerade Themed 50th Birthday Party | PartySlate
photographer: Evan Perigo | event planner: Stacy Moe Events | décor: Yanni Design Studio | venue: Cuneo Mansion & Gardens | sweets table: Stacey Moe Events  | entertainment: Pasquale Esposito | rentals: Hall’s Rental Service, Inc | linens: BBJ Linen | rentals: The Festive Frog | catering: Event Espresso Catering, Bella Via Restaurant & Banquet

Masquerade Birthday…Masquerading as a Gala

Libertyville, Illinois

Step one: invite your friend to a charity ball. Step two: surprise her with a 50th birthday party celebration with a masquerade theme instead. With sleek purple uplighting, luxe gray draping, and dramatic candelabras, this 50th birthday party went big on the glamour. We especially love the custom-printed, rose-filled dance floor.

Birthday Girl Shows Off Moves on Personalized Dance Floor for Surprise 50th Birthday Party | PartySlate
photographer: Stanlo Photography | planner: KeAira Chantell Events | floral design: The Simon Design | venue: LEVEL THREE | cinematography: Bricks Group Media | stationery: Papered Wonders | caterer: Sensory Delights Catering | bartending: Pretty Tipsy Bartending | tabletop rentals: Glam Touch Rentals | cake & desserts: Déjà vu Sweets | custom décor: Ten23 Designs & Elf’s Prop Shop | entertainment: DJ Lucky C & Rainbow Circus Miami | production: MPE Event Group | trussing: Just by Design

Moonlight and Roses

Miami, Florida

Sometimes life really is all moonlight and roses. This surprise 50th birthday party dazzled guests with red and gold details. A ceiling installation of suspended red roses and orbed lighting crowned lavish tablescapes that featured ornate gold seating and satiny red napkins.

We also love the personalized dance floor — not to mention, the luxe lounge area with red velvet and gold metal elements. Best of all? A red velvet structure turned the birthday cake into an unforgettable photo op. Click to see more here.

Tropical White and Green Floral Décor and Votive Candle | PartySlate
photographer: In Depth Photo & Video | event planner, design & styling: ATELIER EVENTS, LLC | floral & decor: Edge Floral Event Designers | caterer: Occasions Caterers | rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | custom cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | entertainment: Caribbean Authentics Steel Drum Trio

Tropical Elegance

Reston, Virginia

What’s better than a tropical-themed 50th birthday party? A surprise tropical-themed 50th birthday party! This elegant and chic take on the tropics utilized a refined palette of white florals and lush greenery combined with beachy elements like rustic wooden chairs and a “message in a bottle” station for well wishes. We love the fresh take on seaside fare with a live oyster shucker.

50th Birthday Celebration With Personalized Wall Art and Wine Barrel Tables | PartySlate
photographer: Angela Garbot Photography | venue: The Flower Firm | caterer: Amazing Edibles Catering

Fun Life Retrospective

Chicago, Illinois

This surprise 50th birthday party theme aimed to please the birthday girl, with photos from her life which created a retrospective while a live event painter captured the current celebration. Guests enjoyed a cake that convincingly resembled tree bark carved with messages, a s’mores bar, and a Good Humor ice cream truck. We adore the signage representing meaningful Chicago mainstays.  

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13. Double the Milestone, Double the Fun

50th Birthday Party With Soaring Ceilings and Impressive Staging | PartySlate
photographer: Suzanne Delawar Studios | event planner & décor: Carrie Zack Event | decor: Jose Graterol Designs | venue: Fontainebleau Miami Beach | rentals: AFR Event Furnishings | 

Meeting of Musical Minds

Miami, Florida

This double milestone birthday party — celebrating a 21st and a 50th — proved that music can bridge the generational gap. We love the play on words, with band UB40 playing live and t-shirt, hats, and more swag emblazoned with “UB21” and “UB50.” The luxe lavender lighting created a club vibe.

Birthday Party With Blue Furnishing, Blue Uplighting, and Geometric Décor | PartySlate
event planner: Gourmet Advisory Services | decor& design: Dejuan Stroud, Inc. | venue: CNVS Events | catering: Neuman’s Kitchen | lighting, audio & video mapping, AV Workshop | music: Harris Lane |

Double Milestone

New York City, New York

Aqua hues flowed from tabletops to walls adorned in immersive projection mapping images. Navy velvet lounge areas provided luxurious gathering spots for guests of this double milestone party, celebrating a 50th and a 60th birthday. We love how bright white florals pop against the gorgeous monochromatic blue scheme.

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14. Gold-Themed 50th Birthday Party Ideas

A Couple Walks Through the Dance Floor with Dancers Surrounding Them | PartySlate
photographer: PS Photography and Films | event planner: Creative Touch Party Design | design, décor & floral: Xquisite Events | venue: The Country Club at Mirasol | entertainment: Motiv8 Events | bakery and desserts: Earth and Sugar | invitations & print: Carla Hagan Calligraphy and Design

Glittering Gold

Palm Beach, Florida

This 50th birthday party was all things elegance, luxury, glamour, — and gold. Golden tones were carried from the signage and sequined pillows to the tabletops on chargers, chairs, and even gorgeous gold-tipped white roses. We especially love the engraved Maker’s Mark bottles that doubled as place cards and the gleaming gold dance floor.

A Rose Gold Bar with Shelving in the Background and Pink Florals
event planner & designer: Jackie Bressler Events | venue: The Oceanic

Rose Gold

Pompano Beach, Florida

Tables covered in deep-red velvet and topped with crimson roses were the perfect backdrop for glamorous rose gold accents. We love the shimmer of the sequined rose gold cocktail tables and the custom bar in the same hue. Don’t miss the carved ice display and the fun cake with a likeness of the birthday girl in tree pose atop its turquoise icing — and gold candles, of course. 

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15. Rock and Roll 50th Birthday Party Themes

Shooters with Personalized Card Stock Overtop | PartySlate
photographers: Madison Fender & Jeremy Garretson | florals: Sag Harbor Florist | design & catering: Art of Eating Catering | friday venue: Topping Rose House | saturday venue: Private Hamptons Estate | DJ: Party King Entertainment | tent: Nassau Tent | rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting

Rock N’ Roll Forever

Bridgehampton, New York

This Rock ‘n’ Roll-themed celebration rocked it through an entire weekend with a Friday night fantasy welcome party followed by a tented affair on Saturday. We adore the attention to detail like the seating by band name and the custom-designed concert tickets that each guest received. 

A Women Blows Out the Candles to Her 50th Birthday Cake and a Man Stands Beside Her with a Microphone | PartySlate
photographer: Max Serota | planner & décor: NYLUX Events | venue: White Street | caterer: Distilled NY | graphic design: Amy Glaser Graphic Design

Rock Redux

New York City, New York

This birthday girl celebrated her milestone alongside family, friends, and a great cover band playing her favorite Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, and Beatles tunes. A black, white, and red color scheme was carried through every chic detail, from the clever quote-printed napkins to the wow-worthy custom cake we can’t stop talking about.

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16. Movie-Inspired 50th Birthday Party Themes

The Pink Party 50th Birthday
event planner: AJ Events | venue: Mandarin Oriental, Boston | rentals: Dazian; PEAK Event Services

The Pink Party

Boston, MA

This 50th birthday party was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend” scene in the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The tented affair was the perfect combination of a red carpet moment and 50s-era glamour. Crystals and chandeliers brought a diamond aesthetic to the beautifully-draped tent.

A Man in a White Tux Stands Next to a Cake and Women in Bikinis Surround Him with Bottles | PartySlate
photographer: Emily Harris Photography | event planner & design: Jackie Bressler Events | florals: Ociana Group – Miami | caterer: Silver Sac | jazz trio: Samantha Natalie Music | DJ & lighting: Party Pros | photo booth: ShutterBox Photo Entertainment | blackjack: FL Casino | ice luge: Style Ice | rentals: Unearthed Rentals, Atlas Event Rental | linen: Over The Top Rental Linens

007 for the 50

Boca Raton, Florida

“James Bond” is short-hand for all things cool and classy, so it makes perfect sense to take an icon of manhood as celebration inspiration. We appreciate the attention to detail that went into elements like a bar constructed entirely of ice, hanging crystals, red uplighting, and, of course, Bond-worthy girls clad in bikinis to feté the guest of honor.

Two Cassette Tapes with Pink 'Save the Date' Printed on Them and Pink Confetti Surrounding | PartySlate
photographer: Cavin Elizabeth | event designer: Haute Fetes | desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking | stationery: Designer Whimsique 

Pretty in Pink Prom

San Diego, California

John Hughes captured the angst of a generation with his movies, and Pretty in Pink was an iconic flick for teens everywhere. We love all of the ways the party theme was expressed, from the recreation of a high school prom (complete with guests donning 80s-style prom dresses) to the florals, table décor and more in all hues of pink. 

Outdoor Tablescape With Sputnik Lighting for Star Wars 50th Birthday Party Themes | PartySlate
photographer: Kelli Hayden | planner: Bluebell Events | design & floral: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | venue: private residence | caterer: Good Gracious! Events | rental: Town & Country Rentals | lighting: The Lighter Side | linen & charger plates: BBJ Linen | lego mini figurines: Mini Fig King / Leandervention | cigar bar: El Cañito Cigars | cake: The Butter End Cakery | valet: ABS Valet Service | video: custom made productions | paper goods: Occasion To Celebrate

May the Force Be With You

Los Angeles, California

The force was strong at this 50th birthday party, indeed. Sputnik overhead lighting transformed dinner into a cosmic (not to mention, gorgeous) dining experience. Moreover, click to see how Star Wars figurines accompanied each personalized place card.

While you’re enjoying this outdoor birthday bash, you’ll find so much more than just Star Wars décor. We’ll give you a hint: There’s Andy Warhol prints, Lego jello shots, and a lavish balloon entrance installation.

50 Shades of Gray-Themed Gray Birthday Backdrop With Metallic Balloon Installation | PartySlate
photographer: Krista Mason Photography | planner & gift boxes: Bob Gail Events | décor & linen: R. Jack Balthazar | venue: private residence | catering: Giacomino Drago | cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | backdrop & printed goods: Prim & Pixie | balloons: Bonjour Fete | photo booth: Pixster

50 Shades of Birthday Glamour

Beverly Hills, California


Both as a novel and movie, 50 Shades of Grey took the world by storm. We love how this celebration brings a personalized twist to this popular series with a “50 Shades of Gigi” birthday party theme. The birthday gal Gigi celebrated her birthday in luxe style with al fresco dining and dramatic views of Los Angeles.

Discover some of our favorite elements from this memorable celebration. You’ll find custom birthday gift boxes for guests, pj party favors with personalized embroidered pockets, masquerade photo props, and so much more.

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17. Socially-Distanced 50th Birthday Party Ideas

Friends in Masks Pose at Touchless Photo Booth For 50th Birthday Party | PartySlate
photographer: Torey Hayden Tucson | planner & floral: Atelier de LaFleur | venue: private residence | outdoor movie theatre & photo booth: A Social & Co. Tucson | caterer: Charro Vida

Getting Creative in the COVID-19 Era

Tucson, Arizona

COVID-19 couldn’t stop this 50th birthday party from being a stunning and memorable event. If anything, the era of social-distancing has forced event professionals to get creative. We love how this backyard bash features custom face masks, temperature checks, and a touchless photo booth.

Click to see other creative elements like margarita icy pops, succulent décor, individually-wrapped catering, and a late-night movie screening.

Socially Distanced Backyard Birthday Party With Masked Staff and Entertainment | PartySlate
photographer: Belathée Photography | planner: Urban Art & Design | floral: Sag Harbor Florist | venue: private residence | caterer: Rich-Pinto Catering | entertainment: On The Move | cake: Cakes by Andrea

Micro Gets Memorable

Bridgehampton, New York

As guests entered this micro backyard birthday party, they were greeted by masked staff with trays of face masks and branded hand sanitizer bottles. From there, friends and family made their way to the al fresco dining table where they were able to enjoy custom place settings and picturesque pool views.

Discover how the party continued with pill bottle treats and masked marching band-style entertainment. You won’t be disappointed.  

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18. Art-Inspired 50th Birthday Themes

Pop Art 50th Birthday Party at Offshore Navy Pier in Chicago, IL
event planner: Creative Consulting Specialists, Inc. | décor: Revel Decor | venue | caterer: Offshore Rooftop & Bar | production & lighting: Frost Chicago | band: Magnificent Events | talent: Stage Factor

Pop Art

Chicago, IL

This 50ish birthday celebration took the colorful style of pop art as its inspiration and built a totally memorable party around it. From the bright graphics and bold colors, this party featured surprises at every turn (including the fireworks that ended the night).

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