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
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.
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.
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.
Red Rabbit Club
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.
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.
2. 50th Birthday Colors in Chic Combinations
Purple with Pops of Pink
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.
Red & Gold
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.
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.
Black & White — With a Touch of Gold
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.
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.
Black, White, & Pink All Over
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.
3. Gatsby 50th Birthday Party Themes
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.
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.
4. Decade-Themed 50th Birthday Parties
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.
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.
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.
5. Personalized Themes for 50th Birthday Parties
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 Few Of Her Favorite Things
“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.
Golf + Scotland + Cigars + Scotch = A Good Time
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.
Calla Lillies & Candlelight
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.
6. Food-Themed 50th Birthday Parties
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.
Brooklyn Food Tour
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Sojourn to Morocco
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.
10. Big Apple 50th Birthday Party Themes
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.
Immersed in 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.
11. 50th Birthday Themes of Flowers & Blooms
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.
Pink Peonies & More
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.
Everything’s Coming Up Roses
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.
12. Surprise 50th Birthday Party Themes
Masquerade Birthday…Masquerading as a Gala
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.
Moonlight and Roses
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.
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.
Fun Life Retrospective
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.
13. Double the Milestone, Double the Fun
Meeting of Musical Minds
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.
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.
14. Gold-Themed 50th Birthday Party Ideas
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.
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.
15. Rock and Roll 50th Birthday Party Themes
Rock N’ Roll Forever
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.
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.
16. Movie-Inspired 50th Birthday Party Themes
The Pink Party
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.
007 for the 50
“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.
Pretty in Pink Prom
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.
May the Force Be With You
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 Birthday Glamour
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.
17. Socially-Distanced 50th Birthday Party Ideas
Getting Creative in the COVID-19 Era
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.
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.
18. Art-Inspired 50th Birthday Themes
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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