Wording Samples for a 50th Birthday Invitation

by Tamiya King

A 50th birthday is a milestone that deserves a celebration that is completely customized for the guest of honor. So, if you're planning the event for a loved one, it's a good idea to use the theme of the party or your family member's personality to word the celebration's invitations.

Festive Invitations

If the guest of honor has an outgoing personality and wants a big party for his birthday, begin the invitations with something like "It's the biggest event of the year! We're celebrating five decades of witnessing (guest of honor)'s bright smile, charming wit and sparkling personality!" Use a firecracker or martini glass as the invitation's backdrop to fit the party theme, and include important details, like the time, date and location of the event.

Proper Invitations

A proper or formal 50th birthday invitation is appropriate for a loved one who wants a banquet-style dinner. Purchase gold-colored invitation paper, as the 50th birthday or anniversary is associated with gold, or choose paper with a gold border. Begin the invitation with phrasing such as, "The honor of your presence is requested at (guest of honor)'s 50th birthday celebration." Write out the date and time completely, such as "on Sunday, the tenth of July, two thousand and eleven, at six o'clock in the evening."

Rhyming Invitations

Add a couple of rhyming lines at the beginning of the invitation to give guests the impression that this 50th birthday celebration will be casual and enjoyable. For instance, if your loved one prefers an outdoor, laid-back celebration, write something such as "'We're having a cookout, since (guest of honor)'s so thrifty, so let's fire up the grill, 'cause she's turning 50!" Be sure to include the time, date, location and RSVP information so you can confirm the guest list and ensure there's enough food.

Timeless Invitations

Turning 50 often signifies a new phase of adulthood for many individuals, and the birthday celebration can include elements that denote that the guest of honor has a timelessly positive effect on his friends and loved ones. Begin the invitation with something like, "Like wine, (guest of honor) just gets better with time. Join us for a birthday celebration and wine tasting featuring wines from (guest of honor's birth year). Include the necessary party specifications, and ask certain individuals to say a few words at the party letting your family member know how special he is.