How to Word an Invitation for a Semi-Formal 50th Birthday Party

by Lane Cummings
Turning 50 indicates half a century of wisdom and experience.

Turning 50 indicates half a century of wisdom and experience.

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Certain birthdays represent milestones in life, such as turning 18, 21, 30 and 50. These birthdays mark experiences lived through and thresholds reached. Turning 50 indicates a person has the wisdom and knowledge of half a century lived. Throwing a birthday party for someone turning 50 means you and other special people in your honoree's life can celebrate the important milestone together. If you're having a semi-formal birthday event, you need to communicate this on the invitation so guests are aware of what to expect.

Items you will need

  • Invitations
  • Pencil
  • Fine-tipped pen
Step 1

Write a quote about growing older in pencil: for example, "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing'' by George Bernard Shaw.

Step 2

Write the basic facts of the event, such as place, date and time. The location of the event should indicate that it's semi-formal, such as an upscale bar and grill. However, add an extra note about the dress code, such as "Semi-formal attire."

Step 3

Add extra information the guests will need to know, such as whether they may bring children, or if you wish to request that guests not bring gifts. (If you're throwing a party for yourself, you may want to be explicit that you don't expect gifts with a statement such as "Please don't bring a gift; your presence in my life is gift enough.")

Step 4

Reread your invitation and go over your writing with a fine-tipped pen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select an invitation that reflects the tone of the event. Because the event is semi-formal, the invitation should have a semi-formal tone. For example, an invitation with an understated picture of a cake, or a record player playing music, are all appropriate. The image should be festive but have a slightly elegant tone to it.

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