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I need some ideas on a 50th surprise birthday party for my husband. There is a catch, it is on 31 December, and he is a pastor so our church service for New Year's eve will start at 22h00. Please help I want to make it special. I can have it on the 30th though.
By Elna from Johannesburg, RSA
Here's my take on a 50th Surprise Birthday Party: Invite the party boy or girl to your house. Using garden stakes, create a timeline along the path to your front door noting 10 (1 for every 5 years) special moments in his or her life. The timeline will give the person a sense that something is up, but won't give them enough time to bolt.
My husband is turning 50 on the Boxing Day! I would like to throw him a surprise party. As it's a busy time of the year, I can't think what to do for him! I might even be late to arrange something. Any ideas please?
Im not sure I know what the Boxing Day is, Are you talking about professional Boxing like the sport? As far as surprise party ideas, I would consider inviting his friends and coworkers for a private luncheon maybe. At his favorite restaurant or if you have the space have caterers come to your home with his favorite type of foods.
Boxing Day is December 26th, the day after Christmas. I believe it is an English holiday more than anywhere else.
My husband is turning 50 and I would like to surprise him with a good party. Any ideas?
By lbasque from Kitchener, ON
I just turned 50, my husband threw a Hawaii 5-O luau.
My husband is turning 50 next year and I would like to surprise him with a nice party. We have a big family with little kids included. He likes a variety of foods and he is a big comic book collector and movie buff. Any suggestions or ideas?
I am trying to organise my hubby's 50th birthday surprise. I need to keep the cost down as much as possible. There will be no alcohol because we don't drink. He loves bright colours, yellow, blues, colours that stands out.
By Rita from Christchurch
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I am going to be throwing my mom a surprise 50th birthday party and need some ideas for food, favors, and games. Any suggestions?
By Jennifer Terry from New Holland, PA
Don't forget to print some of her school pictures and hang them all over the place. Try to find some old clothes like she would have worn in her day and put those out for all to see. Play her favorite old time songs. Buy stuff like for old people: Depends, Icy Hot, big size panties, Vicks Vapor Rub, Preparation H, and those slippers like the people in the nursing home wear.) At mine, everybody wore those sponge rollers in their hair and the guys wore rolled up jeans and t-shirts and slick hair. (09/03/2009)
We did a 50th anniversary party a few years ago and I am sure you can incorporate some of the ideas for a birthday. When I sent out the invites I asked people to either mail or email me some stories about my parents or pictures they had never seen, We did make a scrapbook of them over the years and had that out for people to look at. Included the stories in there and had blank pages for people to add to at the party. We had it in a very elegant place, but still had fun passing out candies and toys for the era when they got married, paddle balls, jacks, fortune telling fish, etc. We had old fashioned candies sprinkled around on the tables.
Mom and dad even had friends from grammar school come, so I went through her old pictures and had old pictures of everyone invited. I just scanned away and then we had an ongoing Power Point running the whole time with past and present pictures including the ones her friends sent. Everyone loved seeing themselves at a younger time and remembering old friends too. It brought a lot of tears to the eye. We gave out little wedding party favors with their wedding picture on it and it was also on their invitation.
Google "fake newspapers" and you will find a wealth of information on printing out what was happening when they were born. Just remember to order two, since they may want to hang up both sides of the paper when they are done getting a wonderful laugh out of the happenings during their first year of life. It's a hoot. (09/06/2009)
For food, check with older relatives to see what was popular back then. Not sure how old these recipes are, but it gives you an idea what to look for: green bean casserole, tomato soup cake, jello poke cake.
What was one of her favorite dishes when she was growing up?
Decorations, what were her favorite games? If a board game, set one up on the main table. (09/06/2009)
A sign with the 50 and the 0 crossed out makes us feel young. Make all gifts and food for a 5 year old. Favorite candy, dolls etc. Gifts can be donated to Toys for Tots after the fun. Most of us don't want to feel older and enjoy being a kid again. Sharon (09/06/2009)
By Paul Wilson
I organized a 50th for my husband a few years ago, with a 1960/70 theme, because that's when he was a youngster. Everyone dressed as hippies, punks etc. The cake had a hippy on it. All the music and dancing was 60/70s, with first lines of songs taped around the room. The highlight was burning a bra (they did a lot of that in the 60s) on a stick, out on the patio. Good times. (09/10/2009)
I am throwing a surprise 50th birthday party for my husband, who recently retired from the Air Force. The party is this coming weekend and I need ideas for party favors for the guests. I am really crafty, but I need "quick, inexpensive" ideas for the guests.
They will be mainly former military employee's of my husband. Help. I just want to have something for them to take home. My colors are black, white, and dark lime green. It's his first party, ever!
By Ramona Worley from Charlotte, NC
My idea is to have die cast model planes as a token or party favor. They cost around ten dollars each on this website, but they are Air Force models. Other sites I've checked run higher. Maybe they will ship next day for you if you're interested.
Does your husband's former unit or department (fill in correct term) have a saying that is preferably an "in" phrase or a joke that they all recognize. Go to your local small printer (may be called "offset" printing) and see what it would cost to get notepads made up with a slogan or shield or the unit's name. 5x8 is a good size, color maybe. This is the most inexpensive guy thing I can come up with. Good luck and have a wonderful time. (10/29/2009)
I need some ideas for a theme for my mother's 50th Surprise birthday party. I don't want to use the same old sayings. Her name is April.