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50th birthday party advice (Read 3556 times)
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50th birthday party advice
Jun 27th, 2011, 2:39pm
 
Hi
I posted this on another party forum, but maybe I should have posted it here instead.  Sorry for the repeat.
My DH and I are going to throw a party for his 50th birthday early next year.  His vision is a party that starts around 2 or so, and goes until 10 or 11, or whenever the clubhouse says we have to be done.  There are a lot of people he wants to invite.  He would like to have enough food for the entire day.  To me, this is not practical at all, but I don't want to put a damper on what he wants.  I've told him that I would have absolutely no idea how much food to make or order.  I'm sure we'll make a list of people so we can do an email e-vite.  So I guess my question is mostly about the food.  I would appreciate any other thoughts on throwing a big 50th b-day bash!
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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #1 - Jul 2nd, 2011, 9:11pm
 
I agree with you - that will be a long party.  If you have a lot of people you will have to provide a large amount of food for that time period.

You could do snack items in the afternoon and dinner items and a cake at night.  

It is great that your husband wants to celebrate so long, but most people are likely to either come early and leave early or come later and stay later.  By condensing the time, he may have a better turn out.

As far as food goes, if you wanted to provide the food, maybe you could enlist the help of close friends to help you out.  Maybe they have a recipe that your husband has enjoyed at gatherings at their home etc.  

Good luck with your planning!
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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #2 - Jul 20th, 2011, 1:07pm
 
Thanks, CarolinaGirl.  I like your idea on how to plan the food, it we were have such a long party.  I think I will talk him out of that, though!
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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #3 - Jul 26th, 2011, 3:29am
 
Good luck with your planning!
Thanks for CarolinaGirl's share.. Smiley
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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #4 - Aug 18th, 2011, 8:46pm
 
Glad I could help! Smiley
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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #5 - Nov 1st, 2011, 1:18am
 
After a man is 50, you can fool him by saying he is smart, but you can't fool him by saying he's pretty. Good luck for your party.

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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #6 - Feb 27th, 2012, 12:40am
 
The 50th birthday is often referred to as the golden birthday. Use this to create themed party that takes the color gold as far as possible. Not only should the decorations, plastic silverware, and cake be gold-colored, but try to do as much as possible with the rest of the room as well. Put gold-colored sheets over the furniture, cover the windows with gold reflective paper and make sure all the presents are wrapped in gold wrapping paper. Albeit this may cost like payday loans, it will be worth it. Remember, the 50th birthday is a big one-half a century, a real landmark. Wink With regard to the food, anything will do as long as it will be delicious. Smiley
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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #7 - Mar 14th, 2012, 9:23am
 
If he really insists on a longer party - and it is his birthday so we have to listen to him (partially).

If you want to ensure people will come and stay for the day. Make that known in the invitations - it's a day long event. You can even plan different games or events throughout the day - this way people have reasons to be there at the beginning and stay until the end.

When it comes to food, it starts after lunch from what you said, so just have a buffet style table full of different snack foods for the first couple hours. Then have a formal dinner and cake. After dinner while there is maybe dancing etc, you can put out some more desserts and some coffee - but at this point people may be leaning towards the bar Smiley

Hope this helps!
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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #8 - Jul 6th, 2012, 6:14am
 
The idea is to invite people that the person has not seen in many years, such as a favorite teacher, coach or long-lost childhood playmate.

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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #9 - May 24th, 2013, 8:58am
 
If you want to stretch the food consider casseroles and one pot dishes. They can go a long way and last a long time. Such as lasagna, chili, etc.

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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #10 - Jun 19th, 2013, 1:49am
 
cheers for the helpful advice, guys. have a 50th b'day party for a relative coming up in a few months time and we're looking for suggestions. Smiley
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Reply #11 - Aug 10th, 2013, 4:22am
 
Send the party invitations 3-4 weeks in advance.  and Gave a surprise party .. because Surprise parties are always in style!
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Re: 50th birthday party advice
Reply #12 - Dec 20th, 2013, 4:14am
 
Very nice ...best of luck for planing.
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