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

by Lane Cummings

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
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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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