Turning 50 is a big event in anyone's life - so is turning 2 or 27 and all the numbers in and around for that matter, but we're talking about 50 here. You wake up one morning and realize that you have actually existed for half a century on the planet.
If you're the reflective sort, you lie in bed and think of all the things you did, all the people you knew, and all the changes and innovations that took place in this time.
Sometimes, it feels like living in Charlie Chaplin's 'Modern Times'. Sometimes, it feels too darned complicated. So, if you are wondering what kind of a celebration you would want, here are some ideas for your 50th birthday party.
The 'Your Life As I See It' Style
Create an interesting list of questions about the life, personal traits, and career of the birthday person, and send it in advance to all the invited guests. Ask them to fill it up with their observations and bring it along with them, together with any special photos or mementos they may have.
Avoid, unless there is no other alternative, the "over the hill" theme. It's not only a cliché, it's an overused cliché. At 50, you should be doing the 'King/Queen of the Hill' routine. Also, do not go for the 'This is your funeral' theme. This is a pretty rotten option even if the person has a sense of humor.