On the lookout for utterly distinct 50th birthday party ideas fit for such an occasion? At Peerspace, we get it! A 50th birthday is one of those once-in-a-lifetime milestones that should be celebrated with great gusto – specifically, with a truly memorable party.
To you, that might mean a quiet get-together over a fancy dinner, an upscale soiree at a pop-up venue, or a rager at a chic new nightclub. (Hey, 50 is the new 21, right?)
This is the time to be extraordinary as it’s not just a regular birthday, and one of these 11 unforgettable 50th birthday party ideas is bound to please you and your guests. Just select the one (or more!) that best matches your personality, and get down with your bad self and your closest friends.
1. Book a Peerspace venue
All over the world, folks are renting out their gorgeous creative spaces to revelers. Hosts on Peerspace provide clean and exciting venues ranging from mansions to production studios to private art galleries. Check out the options in your city and throw the party of your soon-to-be 50-year-old dreams.
So what types of spaces could you book for your 50th birthday bash? Here are some of our favorite options:
- This downtown private room in Baltimore, MD with a bar, games, modular seating, a large-screen TV, and catering
- This minimal West Town retreat in Chicago, IL with an open layout, chic minimalist decor, a full kitchen, and speakers
- This beautiful Soho venue in London, UK with eclectic decor, on-site staff, A/V equipment, and a kitchen
- This modern transitional mansion in Los Angeles, CA with a tropical backyard, a kitchen, a bar, a grand piano, and golf course views
- This modern industrial loft in Ballard, Seattle, WA with a chef’s kitchen, a dining area, a lounge space, and a sound system
- This charming loft in Little Italy, NYC, NY (pictured above) with a chef’s kitchen, a dining area, a furnished outdoor patio, and a projector
You get the idea! There are literally thousands of other Peerspace bookable venues at which you can host a truly unforgettable 50th birthday party. All spaces are owned by local hosts who strive to make your birthday everything you want it to be. Reach out to them through the venue’s listing page with any questions and requests and they’ll be happy to help in any way that they can.
Amazing venues and personalized service? That’s what you can expect from Peerspace. It’s a surefire way to celebrate a 50th birthday that befits the milestone.
2. Gather at a museum
Many museums have upscale private rooms dedicated to hosting events like birthday parties. So, if regal is the route you want to take for your soiree, you might consider calling local museums to see if they offer such a venue. Any museum will work, but you’ll earn bonus points by booking a specialized museum that reflects the birthday person’s interests.
Peerspace has plenty of bookable museums to make your quest that much easier. Head to our platform to find interesting options near you for a more customizable experience.
3. Gazebo get-together
For one of those more intimate, yet unforgettable, 50 birthday party ideas, rent a gazebo at a nearby park or garden. Decorate it with the guest of honor’s favorite colors. Or, go with the classic black and silver “Over the Hill” motif that so often adorns these milestone birthdays. From the structure, you can serve food and beverages as appropriate, or the gazebo can be where the dancing and DJ’ing take place. Partygoers can spill out onto the grounds or just stay under the shelter of the gazebo itself.
We love the idea of hosting your party at this elegant retreat space in Scottsville, VA. Besides its lovely lakeside gazebo, you and your guests can also make use of the spacious event barn complete with a caterer’s kitchen and stone fireplace.
Check out these 13 awesome outdoor birthday party ideas to see how much fun a party under the stars can be!
4. Bar bash
Taverns, pubs, breweries, distilleries, and cideries are all great options for a birthday party of such caliber. Drinking establishments are already set up for gatherings. In fact, they provide ample space to move around, music, and often arrangements with a food truck or caterer.
Even if the birthday celebrant doesn’t imbibe, most bars have a wide selection of mocktails to accommodate any liquid diet. And maybe there will be karaoke where you can show off your rendition of “Dancing Queen,” “Sweet Caroline,” or another song that dates them to a T.
Book a suitable Peerspace venue brimming with ambiance and amenities like a karaoke machine, bar staff, and meal options. One such option is this cocktail party suite with a speakeasy vibe in Santa Monica. It’s an upscale space complete with a karaoke system, a bar, a sound system, Roku TV, bar games, and optional catering.
5. Come dancing
Like the Kinks song suggests, it might be nice to host your party where the big bands used to play. Granted, today’s 50-year-olds aren’t likely to listen to that particular genre of music, but they still like a swinging good time.
Suss out a club or dance hall that plays the kind of oldies – er, goodies – that the birthday person most prefers, and two-step the momentous night away. It’s probably been a long time since they went dancing, and this is the perfect opportunity to get the party started.
Be sure to check out our 8 great dance party ideas to get the momentum going!
As with wines, most people grow more … shall we say “palatable” … with age. Since this date marks the half-century vintage of the guest of honor’s life, it’s only fitting to host their unforgettable 50th birthday party in a vineyard.
Peerspace can help you find one that comprises old-growth vines, just to stay consistent with the theme. Rent the tasting room if you have lots of family and friends in attendance and enjoy an evening of fine wine, tasty bites, and good times.
7. Comedy club
Laughter, as they say, is the best medicine, and it can certainly take the sting out of huge milestone birthdays like the 50th. It’s even better if the birthday person has a favorite comic who’s performing nearby.
Book ahead so all the party-goers can sit together, and if the guest of honor likes to be part of the act, make sure to request tables in the front rows.
8. Amuse yourselves
Kids at heart deserve a chance to play too, especially on their birthdays.
Make it a memorable 50th by getting minor whiplash on a new-fangled waterpark slide, testing out your new eyeglasses prescription on the impossible arcade games, and eating junk food until your gastric issues act up. You are, after all, now 50 years old.
As a backup plan, you could rent out a roller-skating rink for equal parts amusement and potential for exciting ankle injuries.
Making it a surprise? Then you need to see these 11 cool surprise party ideas!
9. Destination birthday
What a great opportunity to join the jet set than to scoot on over to a relatively nearby beach or ski resort! A truly memorable fiftieth birthday party would take place in Aruba or in Aspen, right? How about a real luau on a Hawaiian island? If it’s in the budget, spend your big day with your closest buddies or your family in an exciting new setting. Even just taking a stroll or dining out in new environs makes a lifetime’s worth of memories.
Find your private destination anywhere in the world by using Peerspace. Our retreat spaces include mansions, tropical oases, beachside escapes, and so much more.
10. Fancy feast
Is there a restaurant the birthday person has always wanted to try? Plan ahead and get a reservation to surprise them with the dinner of their dreams. The big 5-0 only happens once in a lifetime, so order the champagne, caviar, lobster, or whatever else will make them feel ultra-loved.
Alternatively, throw the party at a 1950s diner for the thematic value. Peerspace offers you access to several retro diners that will make your guests feel like they’re heading to the sock hop in their finest poodle skirts.
11. Stay in
There’s always the staycation option for a celebratory get-together. Make it an unforgettable 50th birthday party by inviting surprise guests from out of town, having the event catered, or decorating in an extra special way. Hire a DJ or even a band, if you have the space and the budget.
Here are a few theme ideas you might sprinkle in for added value: a masquerade party; black and silver with an “over the hill” motif; or a murder mystery game night. The guest of honor will be thrilled to be so loved.
Bonus: A 70s party, baby
Anyone turning 50 in 2023 was born in 1973. Celebrate all the amazing style and culture from the early 70s by having a 70s-themed 50th birthday party! First, book a party venue on Peerspace that’s dripping with 70s style. T
hen, suggest costume ideas for guests and food ideas to your caterer. And if you’re hiring a DJ, be sure they know these top 70s hits to keep guests boogying on the dance floor all night long. Of course, once you book a Peerspace venue, you can ask the host to help arrange the food and DJ music for you. You need to head down to the thrift store and try on some bellbottoms, after all!
Our 70s photoshoot ideas will introduce you to several colorful and eclectic 70s-inspired places that you can rent on Peerspace. 50th birthday party ideas like these are some of the most fun to put together!
Peerspace brings all your 50th birthday party ideas to life
A 50th birthday doesn’t have to be a sad time. In fact, with the right venue and a few of these 50th birthday ideas, it’s going to be downright amazing. Peerspace is happy to help you with both, as well as make it easy to connect you with your venue’s helpful host. First-class venues and service to match are what Peerspace is all about.
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