Happy 50th birthday wishes: golden number 50 candles on a cake

There’s a big milestone birthday on the horizon — someone special is turning the big 5-0, so naturally you want to share the best happy 50th birthday wishes!

Whether you’re looking for something humorous that pokes fun at reaching the half-century mark or sweet and thoughtful messages that speak to the heart, we have plenty of ideas that’ll work for a friend, parent, partner, family member, or coworker.

A Few Tips for Crafting a Happy 50th Birthday Card

Happy 50th birthday wishes: man happily looking at his birthday cake

Writing a birthday card is something we’ve all done, but it’s not always easy to find the right words. Here’s how to approach writing a 50th birthday message for a loved one, colleague, neighbor, or other special someone.

Include a Lively Greeting

Your initial birthday greeting is a good way to set the tone. This can be an informal “Hey!” or “Hi,” or something more formal like “Dear” followed by the person’s name. The best rule of thumb is to tailor it to the recipient’s personality and the relationship you have with them. You could even personalize this further, with a line like “To the biggest prankster I know” or “To the most cheerful neighbor I’ve ever known.”

Offer a Thoughtful Birthday Message

Next up is the star of the show — your message to the birthday guest of honor. Keep this short and sweet with a line or two about this special milestone, or write your very own poem. You could also include a 50th birthday quote or a line from one of their favorite books or movies to make it feel even more unique and special.

Conclude with a Gracious Sign-Off

Finish off your birthday wishes with a sign-off that matches your original greeting. Something like “Best wishes” works well for a more formal card, while “With love” or “See you soon!” work well for a more casual birthday greeting. Finally, end with your name or nickname — or something light-hearted, like “The best sister in the world.”

Happy 50th Birthday Wishes for Family, Friends, and Coworkers 

Happy 50th birthday wishes: flowers on top of a birthday cake

Turning 50 is one of those big milestone birthdays that is certainly worth celebrating. Here are some of our favorite happy 50th birthday wishes for friends, family members, coworkers, and anyone who loves a joke. Choose a message for your greeting card or say them out loud at their 50th birthday party.

Short and Sweet Birthday Wishes

Want to keep things short and simple? No problem. You don’t need lots of fancy words to celebrate this incredible moment! Here are some of our favorite messages and greetings for when you want to keep the wording light and tight.

  • Have a fabulous 50th birthday, [Name]!
  • Congrats on turning 50! You made it to the half-century mark in style!
  • Hope you have a wonderful birthday, [Name].
  • Wishing you a fantastic 50th birthday celebration, [Name]!
  • Have a great birthday, dear friend!
  • Wishing you a very happy 50th birthday and many happy returns.

Happy 50th Birthday Messages for a Parent

Your mom or dad is turning 50 and it suddenly seems like they’re the oldest people ever. Celebrate this special milestone with a heartwarming message or add a light-hearted joke.

  • It’s lovely to see you in such good health as you turn ancient, [Mom/Dad]!
  • Wishing you a 50th birthday filled with endless joy, [Mom/Dad].
  • Congrats on getting to 50 with almost all your (gray) hair still in place!
  • Thank you for all the amazing memories. Happy 50th birthday, [Mom/Dad]!
  • You’re the best parent in the whole world. Happy 50th birthday!
  • Sending you lots of love as you turn another year older and hit the big 5-0!

Happy 50th Birthday Wishes for Your Partner

For some folks, turning 50 simply means they’re another year older, and for others it’s the start of an exciting new chapter. Whichever way your partner thinks of it, here’s how you can show your love and support.

  • You’re the love of my life and I’m so grateful to wish you a happy 50th birthday!
  • I can’t believe you’re turning 50. Time really does fly when you’re having fun. Happy b-day, my love!
  • It’s 50 o’clock! Time is ticking. Here’s to more new adventures!
  • Let’s celebrate the next half-century together. Happy birthday, my love!
  • Wishing the happiest of birthdays to my beloved. Here’s to 50 more!
  • Thank you for your unwavering support, love, and for being the best role model to our kids. Happy 50th birthday, [Name].
  • Here’s to 50 more years of laughter together!

50th Birthday Wishes for a Family Member

Maybe your aunt is turning 50, or you’re writing to a beloved cousin you haven’t seen since the last family reunion. Whoever you’re celebrating, these heartfelt 50th birthday wishes can be easily adapted for any family member.

  • Turning 50 is a special occasion, and I’m so glad we get to celebrate alongside you. Happy birthday, [Name]!
  • Thank you for all the unforgettable memories growing up. Here’s to toasting you on your 50th birthday!
  • Wishing the best cousin in the world a very happy 50th birthday.
  • Oh, brother/sister! Congrats on turning the big 5-0!
  • There’s no [relation] quite like you! Hope you have the best birthday ever.
  • These have been the most incredible years, haven’t they? Here’s to many more!

Happy 50th Birthday Wishes for a Dear Friend

Your best friend or childhood pal is turning 50 soon and you want to celebrate the moment with a sweet message. Here are some of our favorite ways to honor this amazing person in your life.

  • Happy 50th birthday to the best friend that anyone could ever wish for.
  • Besties for life, even when we’re turning old and gray!
  • Turning 50 already? Here’s to the next chapter of life with me by your side forever!
  • Sending you love, hugs, and plenty of awesomeness as you celebrate turning 50!
  • We’ve been on an incredible journey together, and there’s still so much more to enjoy. Happy birthday, my dear friend!
  • Wishing you the biggest and best birthday celebrations as you turn half a century old!
  • Happy 50th to my closest confidant and partner in crime! Love you so much!
  • Fabulous and 50 — yes, that’s you! Happiest of birthdays!

Birthday Messages for a Coworker

The workplace is buzzing with birthday celebrations for a coworker who’s turning 50. When it’s time to write in the office card, or you want to send your own digital card, here’s some inspiration on what to say.

  • Wishing you a happy and restful 50th birthday. You deserve it!
  • The office wouldn’t be the same without you. Hope you have an amazing 50th birthday, [Name]!
  • It’s been an honor to spend so many amazing years working alongside you. Have the best birthday ever!
  • Sending you birthday wishes as you turn 50!
  • Thank you for all the incredible work you’ve done over the years. Have a wonderful 50th birthday!
  • Happy birthday to the best coworker I could ever want!

Funny 50th Birthday Wishes for a Friend or Family Member

For loved ones with a sense of humor, you can’t go wrong with a funny birthday message. After all, reaching the half-century mark is a major milestone — it means you’re officially old! Honor your friend or family member’s funny side with one of these light-hearted birthday greetings.

  • Congrats on making it to 50, old friend! (And I do mean old.)
  • Gray hair? Don’t care! You make 50 look fabulous!
  • Some people age like fine wine, but even if you turn to vinegar, I’ll still love you. Happy birthday, [Name]!
  • The upside of turning 50: You’ll soon be eligible for all those senior discounts. Here’s to reaching this milestone!
  • You have plenty of years of experience, so why aren’t you wiser at this point? (Just kidding!) 
  • While some people gain wisdom with each passing year, you simply get older. Have the best birthday ever, old pal!
  • Happy birthday to my oldest (literally) friend! You’re one in a million! 

Pair Your Greeting with One of These 50th Birthday Cards

With all this greeting inspiration flowing, you’ll soon be looking for the perfect place to share your happy 50th birthday wishes. Fortunately, Greenvelope is where you’ll find an excellent collection of birthday cards that you can customize to match the occasion.

Customize one of our birthday card templates, or use another greeting card as the foundation and transform it into a personalized digital card by changing the layout, fonts, colors, and wording. We also have photo cards where you can add your favorite photo of the birthday guest of honor.

Take your digital card to the next level by adding a birthday gift card to one of hundreds of different online outlets. To help you find the perfect match, here are a few of our favorite birthday cards for turning 50.

1. Minimal Sun Card

Minimal Sun Card

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Remind your loved one that they’re taking another trip around the sun with this lovely minimal birthday card. It’s available in three gorgeous color palettes, or you can work with our designers to add your own colors or alter the permanent wording.

2. It’s Your Birthday! Card

It's Your Birthday! Card

Design: Signature Greenvelope

If your friend or family member is having a big celebration or loves to party, this playful birthday card is a winner. Choose from one of our brightly colored options, with plenty of space on the reverse for your birthday greeting.

3. Birthday Bestie Card

Birthday Bestie Card

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Send a hilarious or sweet birthday message alongside your favorite photo of the two of you with this photo birthday card. We love the metallic effect text and the chic card design.

Celebrate Someone Special with These Happy 50th Birthday Messages

Turning 50 is a big moment, so it’s no surprise you’re looking for a birthday message that conveys how exciting and memorable it is. Use this guide to help you craft your own happy 50th birthday wishes and bring a smile to your loved one’s face.

Remember, you can customize one of our birthday card designs with your birthday greeting and send it off within moments. Here’s to 50!