Even among the other big “milestone” birthdays, 50 is a big deal. After all, plenty of people cruise past 30 and 40 without a second thought. But there’s something about being a half-century old that makes a person stop and take notice.
Of course, not everyone greets their 50th birthday with enthusiasm (to put it mildly). Still, regardless of how the birthday boy or girl feels about turning 50, it’s cause for celebration as far as friends and family are concerned. Throwing a 50th birthday bash is a great way to bring people together and recognize a special person.
There’s a long to-do list when you’re organizing this type of party, but one top priority is sending out invitations. You can always order premade invites, but these days it’s easy to customize using templates or even create your own. Whatever form your invites take, this article will help you come up with the perfect 50th birthday invitation wording.
It may be an extra-special birthday, but the basics of writing a good invitation still apply. There are just a few key points that are particular to 50th birthday party invites:
1. Use “over the hill” jokes with caution. Anyone turning 50 has to expect a little teasing. In fact, it might be awkward if no one tried to crack a single “old fart” joke. Still, before you include such jokes in your invite, pause to think about how the guest of honor might react. In many cases, gentle teasing is the best option.
2. Keep your secrets. If it’s a surprise party (as many 50th birthday parties are), make that fact as clear as possible in the invitation. Remember that anyone who has contact with the guest of honor could potentially spill the beans. The chances of keeping your secret improve when you use prominent and emphatic language to drive home the point.
3. Send your invites early. For a big birthday like this, some guests may be willing to travel long distances to attend. Of course, it’s easier to make travel plans if you know of the event well in advance. If you can’t get your invitations done early enough, consider calling or emailing important invitees to give them a heads up.
Even with the above tips, you might be hard-pressed to come up with your own wording from scratch. Fortunately, it gets a lot easier when you look at some actual examples. Feel free to use the following wording samples as templates, or just browse them for ideas.
50th Birthday Bash
In Honor Of
Saturday, February 9, 2018 at 8 pm
The Nelson Home
1234 50th Street SW, Lakeville
RSVP to John Nelson (123-4567 / email@example.com) by Feb. 1)
No Gifts – Your Presence is Present Enough!
You’re Invited to a 50th Birthday Potluck For
Please Bring Your Favorite Dish to Share
Juanita is Turning 50!
Let’s Help Her Celebrate 5 Decades in Style!
Yes, Greg Berman is Officially an Old Fart
Join Us As We Celebrate His Five Decades on the Planet
Not As Much Fun As the Mile High Club
But Still Pretty Awesome
Join Us As We Come Together to Celebrate
Ann Holton’s 50th Birthday
Welcome to the Club, Ann!
Half a Century!
Now That I Have Your Attention, Please Join Us For A
50th Birthday Party
In Honor Of
Join Us For Wine and Appetizers in Celebration Of
Joan’s 50th Birthday!
Join Us For a Fabulous 50th Birthday Party Honoring
But He Still Hasn’t Had His Fill
Join Us For Beer and BBQ As We Celebrate
Rick Cohen’s 50th Birthday!
Brandon McKay is Turning 50!
Join Us For Cocktails and Conversation to Mark the Big Day
Leslie Black is Turning 50!
Please Join Us For A
Surprise 50th Birthday Party
Did We Mention It’s a Surprise? Don’t Spill the Beans!