Fun Ideas for Celebrating a 50th Birthday

Turning 50 is a huge milestone; there are many ways to mark it. There are birthday parties, and there are milestone birthday parties. Sure, birthday parties are great, but a milestone party is intended to be one hundred times bigger, better and more fabulous. Nothing is off the table. From fireworks to flamethrowers, strippers to streamers, this is your excuse to celebrate being alive for half a century. Here are some ideas on what to do if you’re stuck for inspiration.

A Bar Crawl

A bar crawl is designed to start and end at a bar, where you and your crew can party all night long. The fun doesn’t end there, though. The point of a bar crawl is to get so sloshed that you end up eating a bucket of questionably-sourced chicken at the end of the night. Obviously, you don’t want to be so sloshed that you forget the night altogether, but turning 50 is a very good excuse for a big knees-up.

A Spa Day

On the other side of the spectrum, a spa day is relaxing, rejuvenating, and just plain fun. A spa day allows you to be pampered from head to toe, and it’s a great way to take a mental break from rushing around, running errands, and taking care of others. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to get pampered? A spa day is the perfect birthday surprise.


The fun part about turning 50 is that it gives you an excuse to try something new. If there’s anything you haven’t done in the past 50 years, it’s time to do it now. You’re not getting any younger, but you’re still young enough to take part in some extreme sports like skydiving. This might not be for you if you’re scared of heights, but there’s no denying this is an exhilarating experience that you’ll never forget.

A Cruise

Yes, cruises are expensive, but if you save up a little, this can be a great way to celebrate your half-a-century. By 50, most adults have enough savings for at least a short cruise, and you don’t need to travel in complete luxury to have a good time. A smaller room can still be comfortable, and the cities you will see will be more than worth the price paid. If you haven’t been travelling yet in your life, now is a good time to get out there and see as much as you possibly can.

Wine Tasting

A bar crawl isn’t for everyone – some prefer to take things a bit slower. If you have a taste for the finer things in life, a wine-tasting session is the perfect option. They say that by 50, you should have aged like a fine wine, so why not try some of those wines that they compare you to? You need an acquired taste for wine, but even if you’re not the biggest wine drinker, this is still a fun thing to do with your friends or even family.

Turning 50 can be scary and daunting. However, there are many fun ways to mark this milestone. Celebrating the milestone with friends and family is a great way to start. If you want to try something new, there are limitless things you can do. This list is only the start of what you might want to consider. There are many, many more things to do, see and experience. So, don’t be sad that you’re now closer to 100 than 0 – this is just the beginning!