50th Birthday Party Ideas in Daphne, Alabama

by Alane Michaelson

A person's 50th birthday is a major milestone, and it should be celebrated in style. The best birthday parties incorporate the person's interests and hobbies, so keep that in mind when planning the party. Daphne, Alabama, is a small town on Mobile Bay, and there are many unique ways to throw a 50th birthday bash in the area.

Dinner Parties

If the person of honor is a foodie, throw a dinner party at a nearby restaurant. Invite close friends and family to a fine dining establishment to celebrate, especially if there are nearby restaurants the birthday boy loves or wants to check out. Some suggestions include Daphne restaurants Bimini Bob's (biminibobs.com), which features fresh seafood grilled over a pecan wood fire, and Manci's Antique Club (manci.net), which has a collection of antiques and was featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." There are many establishments near Daphne, so do not limit yourself when selecting the site for your celebration.

Large Celebrations

For large celebrations that can include children, grandchildren, friends and more, rent a hall to host your party near Daphne. Large banquet facilities offer catering and buffet options for as many as 300 guests, and allow you to decorate for any theme. Daphne-area banquet halls include Fitzpen Place (fitzpenplace.com), which is about six miles from Daphne and features facilities for indoor and outdoor parties. The Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores (originaloysterhouse.com), which is about 37 miles from Daphne, features seafood and a view of the Gulf Coast.

Extreme Celebration

For daring types, nothing is more memorable than celebrating a 50th birthday by jumping out of an airplane. There are several skydiving businesses near Daphne, and one of the closest is Emerald Coast Skydiving (emeraldskydive.com) in Elberta, about 30 miles away. The birthday girl can go for a tandem jump so she is tethered to a licensed skydiver during a free-fall from more than 10,000 feet in the air. Hire a camera crew to record the jump and ensure the birthday girl's big celebration memories can be enjoyed for years to come.

Low-Key Celebration

For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground and may not enjoy a crowd, mark the 50th birthday by playing golf. Daphne's Lake Forest Golf Course (lakeforestpoa.com) features two courses, a putting green, practice bunker and practice range. Lake Forest's Lake 9 course includes nine holes with a par of 35, and Forest 18 has 18 holes with a par of 72. There is also a restaurant, the 19th Hole Grill, adjacent to Lake Forest's golf shop. You must be a member to visit some of these golf courses, so plan ahead before the big day.

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