50th Anniversary Barbie Birthday Party Ideas

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr Google

Barbie celebrated her 50th anniversary in 2009, still standing at the top of the charts in doll sales. Mattel reports that three Barbie dolls are sold every second. Little girls across the world have played with the fashion doll, dressed her and indulged in various companion products such as Barbie computers and cameras, cars, dollhouses, dude farms and fashion items. A 50th anniversary Barbie birthday party can incorporate many ideas.

Barbie Career Party

Barbie has had more than 100 professions according to Eric Clark’s story in the Dec. 29, 2008 edition of “The Telegraph.” Guests coming to a Barbie’s 50th anniversary birthday party can choose from many different professions for costume ideas. Some notable choices include Barbie as a pediatrician, television chef, Marine sergeant, astronaut, presidential candidate, flight attendant or dude ranch owner. Decorations include pictures of Barbie in her various professional settings. Each costumed Barbie guest can play “What’s My Line” to allow other attendees to deduce the correction profession.

Cultures of Barbie Party

Barbie appeared in many cultural costumes during her 50-year lifespan. The Dolls of the World collection includes ethnic costumes from countries all over the world, including China, Japan and many cultures in North and South America. The collection includes festival costumes such as Oktoberfest, Kwanzaa and Mardi Gras. Guests can bring their costumed Barbies or work together to create original costumes using fabric scraps and fabric glue.

Barbie Makeovers

The Barbie hairstyle salon allowed girls to style Barbie’s hair and give her great new looks. Invite your guests to be Barbie and come to a party where they can be treated to the latest in hair and makeup styles. Set out curlers, makeup and hair accessories for the girls to use or treat them to a trip to a real salon. If they go to a professional salon, invite moms to come along to approve the styles and real alterations. The guests might bring pictures of Barbies with the hairstyle they most want to emulate. Alternatively, several Internet sites have hairstyle options where the girls can create virtual dolls with custom hairstyles.

Big Sister Party

Barbie Millicent Roberts has several siblings that include Skipper, Stacie, Kelly and Tutti. Invite female siblings to attend a birthday party together as Barbie and whichever sibling is the appropriate age. Alternatively, invite teen mentors with their young proteges for a Big Sister Barbie and Skipper party. The sisters can enjoy a tea party and read books together, engage in crafts, watch a fashion show, have a makeover session or watch movies together.

Barbie Masquerade

Throw an adult Barbie masquerade ball and invite the guests to come as their favorite Barbie special edition character. Guests can choose real-life individual people who appeared as Barbie dolls such as Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra. Guests may also choose to come as fictional characters from any of the movie or fantasy collections. This themed party could include dancing, dinner and other adult activities.

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