Easy 50th Birthday Party Ideas



I recently hosted a 50th Birthday party for my friend Christine.  We had a fun girl’s night with lots of laughs, an assortment of appetizers and cocktails.  I consulted trusty Pinterest to help me plan for the party, but was a little disappointed in that I just didn’t see anything that wowed me.  I also made a trip to Party City for inspiration, but once you turn 40 everything is Over The Hill and in black.  I wanted this party to be fabulous, personal and rustic glam.




There were six of us which fit perfectly at my table.   I tried to use things that I had on hand for my tablescape.  I also borrowed a few items from friends. I started with a white tablecloth which I miserably attempted to iron.  The wrinkles are part of the rustic glam factor.  I then layered a burlap runner over it.  I have an obsession with burlap right now.


#birthday tablescape




DIY photo display


I had a few pictures of Christine from high school that her husband shared with me.  I printed them out on card stock and attached them to glass vases with glue dots.  I had some black and white argyle ribbon that I also attached to the vase.  Coincidently the ribbon paired nicely with my chevron black and white napkins.   I wanted to keep things simple in terms of a color scheme so I  stuck with black and white and used mercury glass candlesticks and votives for the glam factor.  I used white candles in the vases and the candlelight gave the table a nice ambiance into the wee hours of the night.


50th Birthday burlap pendant banner


I created a burlap pendant banner to hang on my pot rack which was inspired by Pinterest.  I simply made a triangle on the computer and printed it out as my template.  I cut the triangles out of burlap and hand wrote fab 50 with a black sharpie marker directly onto the burlap.   I used a glue gun to attach the burlap triangles to some twine.


#vodka bar




I set up a  DIY vodka bar so everyone could mix their own cocktail. I had an assortment of vodkas and juices to choose from as well garnishes such as: maraschino cherries, limes, lemons and olives.  I bought little bamboo appetizer skewers at Party City and made mini pendants to attach to them that said fab 50.  I’ve included a chart for setting up your own vodka bar and a recipe for an Island Cake which was a popular choice among our group.


#DIY-vodka-bar-chart#Island Cake cocktail


Island Cake
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 2 oz. cake vodka
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • maraschino cherries for garnish
  1. Stir vodka, pineapple juice and orange juice in a glass filled with ice. Add maraschino cherries or other fruit to garnish your drink.


#birthday napkins


I think these napkins express the theme of my party best.  “I’m not aging, I’m evolving.”  I have a few more years until I reach fifty, but I’ve heard 50 is Fabulous and so is Christine!  I was glad I could be a part of her celebration.

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  1. Christine McGovern says

    It was a fabulous birthday! Thank you for the b-day wishes!Everything was perfectly decorated. On the table with my pictures and candles, Dawn scattered words that represented me! One was Long Island Lolita! And we used the “blunt ” card all night to describe a lot of us and our stories!! Great memories and laughs ! Thank you, my dear, thoughtful friend Dawn!

    • says

      Glad I could be a party of your birthday celebration. I took the photos before we did the cards, but I’m glad you liked them. They were a good conversation piece.

  2. diane Fulgham says

    ok rushed home to see this blog !!!!!!! Love all your idea’s :) I can’t wait to copy the vodka bar :) love it!!!! I can’t understand why you don’t think you are creative … You are awesome!

    • says

      Thanks Di, I appreciate your kind words. Looking back at my photos I would have added a little something to put on top of the plates, but I was in a bit of a hurry.

  3. says

    First of all, wrinkles are ALWAYS glam. Second, there are those glue dots again (the burlap on the bookshelves)… Third, look at how cute the birthday girl is! Fourth, I love, love, LOVE the vodka bar and mason jars!!!!! Great job! I’m sure Christine was honored! <3

  4. says

    That is perfectly rustic glam!! I think you should pitch to party city that you design a whole line for them about how to throw a 50th birthday party. I’m certain there is a market for it!

    I love the burlap over white linens, too.

    • says

      I love your thinking Stacey. That would be a blast. I would have no idea where to start, but I appreciate your confidence in me :) Maybe one day!

  5. Angela says

    DAWN! YOU are FAB!!! Beautifully done! I know your friend must have been wowed! I love your ‘rustic’ tablecloth!


  1. […] The burlap didn’t even stay up for 24 hours.  In hindsight, I was fine with it because I needed a more contrasting color.  The burlap just blended in with the bookcase.  I haven’t attempted another makeover, but I’ve used the burlap for several other projects here and here. […]

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