Special 50th Birthday Party Ideas for a most special occasion
Those of us who have reached this milestone, already know the feeling of being torn between wanting to mark the occasion... and not wanting to acknowledge it out loud....
GET A GRIP!
This is a badge of honor! A rite of passage! This is a time in life when you can really be yourself and not care what anyone thinks about you.
I say CELEBRATE! After all, 60 is right around the corner!
Over-the-hill themes would seem to be the way to go, but we all know that 50 is the new 30! Take it easy on the jokes and gags about gray hair, stiff joints and memory lapse. We know that's what happens, we just don't need to be reminded!
-50 year old celebrants are children of the 60's and came "of age" in the 70's. Hang up posters of fun aspects of the era including music, news and culturally symbols of the day.
-If you can't find or don't have the time or cash for posters, print out images found online on standard-size paper and tape them up around the room
-If you have albums and album covers in your stash, place those around the room as well
-If you have the right equipment, play the albums with someone acting as DJ
-Stroll down memory lane and swap stories about growing up during this era
-Burn candles and incense and play Karaoke or sing "old school" songs as a group.
These 50th Birthday Party Menu Ideas won't turn back the clock but they will help create a "best birthday ever" memory for you and your guests
Nothing too fancy here, simple ingredients with big flavor---enough food to impress a large crowd. Serve with red wine or beer
Mixed Salad Greens with Garlic Vinaigrette
These flavors may put you in a tropical mood. Start off this 50th birthday party feast with pineapple punch or other tropical drinks
Honey-Lime Grilled Shrimp
Serve with crackers, flatbreads, breadsticks
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Buttery Grilled Bananas and Pineapple
Butter Lettuce and Radish Salad
Pistachio Ice Cream or Orange Sherbet
3/4 cup lime juice (from about 6 limes)
In a medium bowl, whisk the lime juice with the mustard, sugar and salt. Add the oil slowly, whisking. Stir in the basil and scallions right before serving
New Orleans Party
Creole Boiled Shrimp
Roast Beef Po-Boys
Prepare a roast beef, slice thinly and serve on French bread rolls with mayo, pickles and shredded lettuce
Strawberry and Spinach Salad
Use your favorite salad greens instead of spinach
Ice Cream with Praline Sauce
Easy Southwestern Style
Turn this lunch or dinner into a brunch by substituting a breakfast casserole for the enchiladas. Add Spanish rice (mix) with peas for an even heartier meal
Salsa and Tortilla Chips
Easy B-Day Lunch
Soup, sandwiches and salad--good for last minute surprise gatherings. Serve with mineral water, juices, smoothies or milk shakes and coffee.
Chicken Pecan Sandwiches
Also serve as full sandwiches
Purchased Cookies or Cake
Grilled Surf and Turf for the Big 5-0
Celebrate the big day outdoors. Start the night with chilled white wine or of course, champagne. And don't forget to check out these tips on preparing lobster tails.
Lime Sorbet and Crisp Cookies
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