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50th Birthday Party Planning to Celebrate Life

Written by Jim Smoot

There are some occasions that deserve to be celebrated in a special way. While it may be popular to decorate the party in black, 50th birthday planning can be so much more. It can be a time to celebrate the life of the honoree, and not reminding them of the end of their life.

That isn't to say that you can't have fun with your 50th birthday party planning, but the end of life should not be the focus of any party. Instead, take the opportunity to remember all of the accomplishments of the person, and to let them know what they mean to you.

One of the more popular ways to do that is through the use of pictures. There are several options you can choose from, it all depends on what you are the most comfortable with. You can go with the traditional photo album, or you can put together a digital slideshow.

If you have a lot of photos, it may be less trouble to just put together photo albums to celebrate the 50th birthday of the guest of honor. You can have the photos organized by year, and create a visual timeline of his or her life, or you could group the pictures by topic, such as "Vacation Photos," "Family Photos," "Church Photos," etc. It depends on the types of photos you have available.

If you decide to put together a digital slideshow you could do a similar grouping, or let the computer show photos randomly. Popular programs like Microsoft PowerPoint make putting slideshows together very easy to do. Once the slideshow is completed you could set up a computer on a side table that will keep the photos displaying throughout the evening.

Another way to honor the life of the person is to video tape the memories of family and friends. If you contact these people far enough in advance you could have them record their messages and email the messages to you. You can then put the videos together and play them during the party.

If you don't feel like you are able to do that, you can record party guests memories during the party. After the party is over you can take the recording and have a DVD made that you can give to the honoree.

Take advantage of the opportunity to remember life and accomplishments when doing your 50th birthday party planning.


About the Author: Jim Smoot has been a successful caterer and party planner, and he knows what it takes to put together a great party. To learn more about 50th birthday party planning, go to his website at and sign up for his free 10 day mini-course teaching you how to plan a great party without all of the unnecessary stress.

Have a GREAT 50th Birthday Party!