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 In a few days from now will be my 49th birthday.I am in the early stages of planning a BIG party for my 50th birthday next year.Years from now,I want to look back on my 50th birthday as one of my most memorable days on earth.I've never planned a BIG party before.Please help me with as many details that I would need to know so that I can do it right.I have relatives "scattered all over the world"and I would like to get as many of them together "under one roof" as possible.I have already set up a SKYPE account, so that those who cannot be there,hopefully will be able to call me.


I am planning to have a BIG party here in Texas, and then go to New Jersey,where my siblings, some cousins and friends live.i will have a party there and then take a cruise from Baltimore or New York with my closest friends and/or relatives.I don't have to do a lot of planning for the event in New Jersey.My sister already owns the perfect venue for this event.


Some of the things that I would like to know,how far in advance should I audition bands to perform?At this time I don't know exactly how many people will be coming.I will ask my pastor if we can have the party at the church.If he approves,this will reduce my costs dramatically.What else do I need to know in planning this event?What OTHER costs do I need to know about while planning this event?Unfortuneately,I have seen too many episodes of the People's Court and other similar TV shows,where someone pays in advance for services,performers,actresses,actors etc. and ends up suing them because they did't show up.What do I need to know SO THAT I WILL NOT UP IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT?


My 50th birthday will happen ONLY once in my lifetime,so I want to avoid mistakes that would impact my event negatively. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND TIPS.IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WISH ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY,it will be on the 16th of March.


THANKS AGAIN.IF ANY OF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME TO MY PARTY,PLEASE LET ME KNOW.


 


God bless you and have a nice day.
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Whatever you do, make sure to send me first class tickets and room reservations, dates and times etc so I know what I will be doing. I have no idea of what you need to do, I have never thought about a 50th birthday party. Maybe when and if I hit 75 or even 100 I might do that. Good luck


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I had a birthday party for my 50th birthday. All my friends attended. It was held in a phone booth.

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I had a birthday party for my 50th birthday. All my friends attended. It was held in a phone booth.



and that was 30 years ago right Shetland?


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You are correct Bill. Actually I had a costume party for the big 5-0. I shaved my headed and painted it blue and went as a roll on deodrant.

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If I'm blessed to live long enough to reach that milestone, I will hopefully be able to travel back to Scotland and hang out for awhile? I still have four more years, I too will have another day older here in a few days. Happy B-Day HijoDeDios! Be safe on your day and enjoy it...

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 Thanks bill9823


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 uncledennis1. I like that.Phone booths don't exist anymore,so maybe mine will be held in  a samaller place than that.Thanks


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 I planned my husbands 50th birthday a few years ago. I went to our local Publix super market and was very impressed with the various party platters. The food was excellent and very reasonable. The bonus was the cake. I had them make my wedding cake also. I picked the food up the morning of the party. You would be suprised. It can save a whole lot of money and heartache. Catering can be very costly.

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I will come!!!!!!!!

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SSU459.Thanks for the warm birthday wishes.


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Thank-you Cecala


Catering is something that I TOTALLY overlooked.I like your idea about picking up the food at the local supermarket.When your husband had his 50th birthday part,how many people did you invite?


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THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL!!! I would love to meet you!!!


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You have to decide how casual or formal you want your party to be. Also if you are going to have any part of your party outdoors.  Are you going to have it at home or rent a hall??  Location will dictate a lot of your plans. 


You don't want to exhaust family with preparation and serving...How many hands can you count on?  That should dictate your food budget and someone better know something about timing.


We had lots of parties for hundreds back in college.  I had a couple for about 100 or so.  One year, the neighborhood moved their parties to ours because word got out it was more fun.  We had a huge backyard and tiki torches, etc.  Of course, if you serve booze better have a Plan B for guests who over-indulge.  We were close to the beach at Del Mar, warm summer night so they beat the gong and ran the conga line until the wee hours then curled up in sleeping bags.  That would be too rustic for you!


Talking of blow-outs - I remember one graduation summer party in art school for about two hundred students...A pool party at a very well-known art school...They put an enormous block of ice in the center of a kiddie wading pool on a huge table near the pool then poured quite a lot of scotch into it.  It was a giant scotch on the rocks.  They figured out the melt rate and everything. It solved the bar issue.


Somebody converted a refrigerator into a kegger for the beer.  There were BBQ stations all around.


There was a band and a dance floor inside.  In one of the other rooms, in a Sixties send-up, the dance department opened a caberet and go-go'ed on high rises they built for the occasion. 


Platoons of students kept rolling in all sorts of food on enormous carts.  When the Board of Directors found out how much the students had spent on booze and food they hit the ceiling.  Glad I was just a guest!


Sometimes it's fun to pick a theme.  Since you are making such a big deal of turning 50, I think you should also have yourself coronated, Hijo. 

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We had about fifty people. It was not huge but we had fun. We mostly had the big giant sandwich subs. We had fruit trays, veggy trays,  deviled eggs. We also did the barbeque. Burgers hot dogs and all the fixins. We also had a large wing and tender platter. Beer and sodas. The best thing it was super fun and super easy:-) 

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Yeah at my 50 B party had a few friends and went and had pizza. my daughter did buy me tickets to a Nuggets and Celtics game in Denver. and yeah my Celtics lost.  Sigh oh well all B days can't be perfect. LOL  


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On the topic of picking a theme (or themes) it can be helpful to consult Wikipedia to see what else happened in 1964.


Examples:


The Rolling Stones release their debut album.


Jeopardy! debuts.


Jack Ruby convicted.


Jimmy Hoffa (Sr.) convicted.


New York Times vs. Sullivan U.S. Supreme Court ruling


Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston.


First Ford Mustang announced and produced.


For more, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964




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 I"ll be 50 in less than nine years, so it's never too early to plan for my 50th ;-)  Y'all are invited of course lol


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I had a birthday party for my 50th birthday. All my friends attended. It was held in a phone booth.


 


Isn't a phone booth used when Clark Kent changes into Superman and back? 



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 MarlyB   THANKS.I REALLY like those suggestions


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We had about fifty people. It was not huge but we had fun. We mostly had the big giant sandwich subs. We had fruit trays, veggy trays,  deviled eggs. We also did the barbeque. Burgers hot dogs and all the fixins. We also had a large wing and tender platter. Beer and sodas. The best thing it was super fun and super easy:-) 


 



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 Thanks KCecala.


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On the topic of picking a theme (or themes) it can be helpful to consult Wikipedia to see what else happened in 1964.


Examples:


The Rolling Stones release their debut album.


Jeopardy! debuts.


Jack Ruby convicted.


Jimmy Hoffa (Sr.) convicted.


New York Times vs. Sullivan U.S. Supreme Court ruling


Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston.


First Ford Mustang announced and produced.


For more, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964


Thanks for the WONDERFUL suggestions



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Yeah at my 50 B party had a few friends and went and had pizza. my daughter did buy me tickets to a Nuggets and Celtics game in Denver. and yeah my Celtics lost.  Sigh oh well all B days can't be perfect. LOL  


Very nice.Too bad that your team lost.



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Yeah but my wife and I had a great time. Can't believe how huge those guys are. They look so tiny on TV. LOL


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LOL you kin allus downscale. Hmmm...Maybe you already know some dancin' girls who will do a theme act??  In wigs???


I heard about a brisk trade in Hollywood where actors offer services as professional party crashers.  People even hire them to come to their own parties to make a scene in order to break the ice.  The crashers arrive in a loud badly-dressed group. They elbow their way up to the buffet, gobble up the treats then hit the dance floor and make exhibitions of themselves.  They grab the mike and sing off-key!


If your party is too stiff, you can arrange this little trick among a select crew of friends.  As a cop I am sure you can put a twist on it. LOL! 


A very popular Mexican custom is to bust up an adult pinata.  It's a tissue-decorated ceramic jar filled with all sorts of things adults like.  Two men operate either end of a line strung from a tree limb to a wall or roof-edge or something.  The pinata runs up and down and all over the place.  Each guest is blindfolded blind as a bat.  Each guest swing wildly with a wooden pole for some time, making a total fool of themselves.  It's not an easy target.  Then BAM!  The pinata explodes!  When it rains treats down there is a lot of hilarity everybody scrambling for the adult goodies.  That includes candy!


Annnd...Nobody turns fifty without mariachis!


Ok, lemme see...a bunch of artists had their Halloween party at their studio which was above a busy boulevard in the musty, labyrinthine offices of a defunt dental business with lots of the furnishings still intact.  They set up different themes from room to room.  It was pretty gorey and very funny.  They turned one of the examination rooms into a Shrunken Head Room with voodoo drums coming over hidden speakers.


Hidden speakers are a great thing.  Ever danced in the dentist's office?


There was fake Fortune Teller in the Jungle Room telling all sorts of nonsense to make people laugh.  There was a rock band improvising all sorts of tunes.  I joined them with a special percussion instrument someone thrust into my arms.  A big standard metal mailbox.  The door made a great creak n' crash into the mike.  I kept the beat and pretty soon took the lead and we jammed off that for quite a while.


Only problem, bachelors handled the food.  Never let bachelors handle the food.  You will get eighty bags of chips and a few bowls of stupid dip.


Hijo De if you do decide to have yourself coronated, decorate your throne so you can see it two blocks away. Be sure to have the right music!  You have plenty of time to consider your robes, scepter and crown.  Hopefully you will have bearers in huge head-dresses bringing in the roast pig!


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 MarlyB   THANKS.I REALLY like those suggestions


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Just had my 50th birthday two weeks ago. Didn't plan anything special. I don't get into big celebrations for birthdays. My wife, on the other hand, did manage to put together a well-planned day for me. It culminated in a dinner with my closest friends (15 or so) at one of the finer restaurants in the area. It was low-key enough for me but special enough to be memorable.


Happy birthday in advance. Put aside the plans for the big one next year and enjoy this one.


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Just had my 50th birthday two weeks ago. Didn't plan anything special. I don't get into big celebrations for birthdays. My wife, on the other hand, did manage to put together a well-planned day for me. It culminated in a dinner with my closest friends (15 or so) at one of the finer restaurants in the area. It was low-key enough for me but special enough to be memorable.


Happy birthday in advance. Put aside the plans for the big one next year and enjoy this one.Happy belated birthday to you.The 49th birthday celebration went very well.My wife and I and a few friends gathered together at one of the local restaurants for dinner.There were about 11 of us,including my wife and I.



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LOL you kin allus downscale. Hmmm...Maybe you already know some dancin' girls who will do a theme act??  In wigs???


I heard about a brisk trade in Hollywood where actors offer services as professional party crashers.  People even hire them to come to their own parties to make a scene in order to break the ice.  The crashers arrive in a loud badly-dressed group. They elbow their way up to the buffet, gobble up the treats then hit the dance floor and make exhibitions of themselves.  They grab the mike and sing off-key!


If your party is too stiff, you can arrange this little trick among a select crew of friends.  As a cop I am sure you can put a twist on it. LOL! 


A very popular Mexican custom is to bust up an adult pinata.  It's a tissue-decorated ceramic jar filled with all sorts of things adults like.  Two men operate either end of a line strung from a tree limb to a wall or roof-edge or something.  The pinata runs up and down and all over the place.  Each guest is blindfolded blind as a bat.  Each guest swing wildly with a wooden pole for some time, making a total fool of themselves.  It's not an easy target.  Then BAM!  The pinata explodes!  When it rains treats down there is a lot of hilarity everybody scrambling for the adult goodies.  That includes candy!


Annnd...Nobody turns fifty without mariachis!


Ok, lemme see...a bunch of artists had their Halloween party at their studio which was above a busy boulevard in the musty, labyrinthine offices of a defunt dental business with lots of the furnishings still intact.  They set up different themes from room to room.  It was pretty gorey and very funny.  They turned one of the examination rooms into a Shrunken Head Room with voodoo drums coming over hidden speakers.


Hidden speakers are a great thing.  Ever danced in the dentist's office?


There was fake Fortune Teller in the Jungle Room telling all sorts of nonsense to make people laugh.  There was a rock band improvising all sorts of tunes.  I joined them with a special percussion instrument someone thrust into my arms.  A big standard metal mailbox.  The door made a great creak n' crash into the mike.  I kept the beat and pretty soon took the lead and we jammed off that for quite a while.


Only problem, bachelors handled the food.  Never let bachelors handle the food.  You will get eighty bags of chips and a few bowls of stupid dip.


Hijo De if you do decide to have yourself coronated, decorate your throne so you can see it two blocks away. Be sure to have the right music!  You have plenty of time to consider your robes, scepter and crown.  Hopefully you will have bearers in huge head-dresses bringing in the roast pig!


HijoDeDiosMRM says ...



 MarlyB   THANKS.I REALLY like those suggestions


I live in Texas.Mariachis are a MUST!!



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Yup mariachis make for a whale of a good time


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