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100 Happy 50th Birthday Wishes


Are you looking for the best way to wish someone a happy 50th birthday? Well, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the best 50th birthday wishes for everyone in your life to help them celebrate that big milestone whether they are ready or not!

Best 50th Birthday Wishes

  • May you wish on every single candle, and may all 50 of them come true for you.
  • Without you, my life wouldn’t be as complete. Thanks for simply being you, and I wish you nothing but the best as you hit the five-decade mark.
  • Here’s to 50 years of being the best you…and an incredible 50 more!
  • The secret to staying young is make-up… make up an age, then stick with it!
  • If you were a dog, you would be around 213 years old today. So, don’t feel so bad about your age. At least you’re aging like a human, right? Happy 50th!
  • You’re older today than yesterday but younger than tomorrow, wishing you a happy 50th birthday!
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  • You have been the same awesome person for five decades. Here’s wishing us five more!
  • They say too much of everything is bad, but I beg to differ with that statement since too much of you, my sweet friend, is heavenly. Have a lovely 50th birthday.
  • Happy birthday! You’re halfway to the end of the end!  In the meantime, put your feet up and enjoy the rewards from all the hard work you put in during your 20s, 30s and 40s. Congrats!
  • Happy birthday! I can’t wait to see what you do with your next 50 years.
  • Happy 50th birthday to a true troublemaker. Don’t you dare get old on me!
  • Have a great 50th birthday! Too young to die and too old to Rock n Roll!
  • Fired up! Happy Birthday!
  • I’ll bet you were hoping no one would notice you were turning 50. Well, no such luck! Happy birthday!
  • Happy 50th birthday to someone who’s awesome at any age.
  • Don’t think of it as your 50th birthday. Think of it as the 30th anniversary of your 20th birthday.
  • Happy 50th birthday! Oh, and if you wake up feeling like crap tomorrow, it’s not a hangover – that’s just what it’s like being old.
  • Welcome to 50, an age when you’re still young at heart, but other body parts are starting to falter.
  • You know, they say that age is really all in the mind. The key is to prevent it from trickling down into your body. Happy birthday!
  • Your 40’s are behind you now, which means that you’ve probably got your midlife crisis out of your system! You can relax now. Happy Birthday!
  • It’s your 50th birthday? Not too late to get up to some mischief!
  • You look good for 50. Scratch that, you look good, period. Happy birthday!
  • Every birthday of yours is a reminder for me that I’m not the oldest person here! Happy 50th birthday!
  • If you can still blow up all your birthday balloons without passing out, then you earn the right to still feel “young” at 50. Happy 50th birthday.
  • You almost have as much grey hair as me! Happy 50th birthday!
  • They say 50 is the new 40. However, it should be noted that they often lie. Happy Birthday!
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  • I hope you already saved enough money for retirement because it’s time that we spend a good chunk of it today!  Happy 50th birthday!
  • Happy birthday! And thank you so much for turning 50 before me!
  • You might be prehistoric, but at least you’re not extinct! Happy 50th birthday!
  • You’re not old! …oh, no wait, actually you are, sorry about that.
  • It’s OK to light the 50 candles on your birthday cake now; I’ve already alerted the fire department.
  • You’ve reached that golden age where your train of thought usually leaves the station without you. Happy 50th!
  • Don’t grow up… It’s a trap! Oh, you did! Happy birthday, in that case!
  • Middle age… when “happy hour” is a nap! Happy 50th!
  • You’re older today than yesterday but younger than tomorrow, happy 50th birthday!
  • 50 isn’t old if you’re a tree. Happy birthday.
  • At your age, people expect you to be calm, dignified and sober… Disappoint them. Happy Birthday!
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  • Cheers on your birthday. One step closer to adult underpants.
  • Just wanted to be the first one to wish you happy birthday so I can feel superior to your other well-wishers. So, happy 50th birthday!
  • With 50 years comes wisdom…and wrinkles.
  • Turning 50 is a piece of cake and a few extra candles.
  • Hope you have a blast on your 50th birthday! Just don’t overdo it – at your age, partying too much can be dangerous.
  • Don’t let aging get you down… it’s too hard to get back up again! Happy birthday, 50-year-old!
  • Happy 50th birthday! And remember: You’re never too old to act like an idiot.
  • If your candles cost more than your cake, then definitely you are getting older.
  • If you’re the new face of 50, then it’s going to be an amazing year. Happy Birthday, dear friend!
  • 50 cheers to 50 great years. Now, let the real party begin my Friend!
  • My friend, You have so much to be proud of at 50. Congrats and enjoy!
  • We’ll be friends ’til we’re old and senile… and then we’ll be new friends!
  • Friend, I watched you create a great life with a beautiful family. Congratulations on 50 amazing years!
  • To my best friend, You don’t look a day over fabulous! Happy 50th birthday
  • Fifty never looked so good as it does on my best friend!
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  • Five decades of being your wonderful self. Happy birthday, buddy!
  • Happy 50th, bud! How does it feel to be the world’s oldest kid?
  • You’ve now got half a century of learned knowledge and wisdom! That would be great… if you could remember any of it.
  • Happy 50th birthday!  I couldn’t decide if you needed a walker or a cane, so I just got you this Amazon gift card instead.
  • I would make a joke about how you’re getting really old, but I didn’t want to hurt your feelings. Then again, you probably won’t remember any of it since you’re getting so old. Happy 50th bday!
  • Best wishes on your 50th birthday. I’m so proud to have you as a friend… even if you are old.
  • You look incredible for 50! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, my friend.
  • Happy birthday to my best friend! Ready for another trip around the sun with you.
  • Hey, Friend! You’re the youngest 50-year-old I know!
  • 50-years-young and at the top of your game. Can’t nobody tell you nothing!
  • Happy 50th Birthday to one of my most special friends!
  • 50 is only a number when you’re forever young. And you, my friend, have such a youthful spirit.
  • Wishing the happiest of birthdays to the kindest friend I know. I hope you have a fantastic 50th birthday today.
  • Friend – Congratulations on your 50th birthday! What a prime opportunity to stop and reflect on how much you have achieved in so little time. You are an inspiration to all of us. May your future be bright and full of wonders.
  • Sure, everyone remembers you on your birthday. But a true friend remembers you on the days after too!
  • Wishing you the very best on your 50th birthday. Enjoy the attention on your special day, you deserve it my wonderful friend.
  • Though we couldn’t be with you today, we’re raising our glass and wishing you the happiest of 50th birthdays! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends.
  • The older we get, the brighter our birthday cake becomes. See? It’s all filled with burning candles. Have fun blowing it all! Happy 50th!
  • Happy 50th birthday! I’m so grateful for your friendship and all the fun we’ve shared over the years. Here’s to many, many more!
  • Happy birthday. It took you 50 years to look this good!
  • Congratulations on five decades of sheer awesomeness!
  • Wishing you a fun-filled, fancy fifth on this fabulous day!
  • Fifty is the new awesome. Happy birthday!
  • Hope your 50th year is your favorite year so far!
  • Happy 50th birthday, sweetie! If we gotta grow old, let’s do it together!
  • Sincerely wishing you life’s finest things at 50.
  • 50?! YOU?! I demand a recount! Happy birthday!
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  • Forever be beautiful, inside and out. Happy 50th birthday.
  • The first 50 years of childhood are always the hardest.
  • Now you’re as sexy as two 25-year-olds. Happy 50th birthday!
  • Happy birthday!! You only look as old as the last selfie you took.
  • I’m so proud to have you as a friend… even if you are old.
  • Congratulations on being born a really long time ago.
  • I hate to remind you of your old age, but… you’re fifty! Happy birthday!
  • You’re like a fine wine, you keep getting better with age.
  • With age comes patience. Thanks for waiting for my belated birthday wish.
  • If gray hair is a sign of wisdom, then you’re a genius! Here comes the 50th birthday!
  • 50 is fun, fabulous, and absolutely fantastic. It’s your time in the sun.
  • Every year of life is a gift, even 50.
  • Life is a book and your fifties are the chapters when it all starts making sense.

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Short Birthday Wishes, Happy 10th Birthday Wishes, Happy 16th Birthday Messages and Happy 18th Birthday Messages.

Happy 50th Birthday Messages

  • You’re not old! …oh, no wait, actually you are, sorry about that.
  • Congratulations on being born a really long time ago.
  • Age is but a number that you don’t have to reflect on the outside.
  • Welcome to 50, an age when you’re still young at heart, but other body parts are starting to falter.
  • The world is a much better place for having had you in it for the last 50 years. Here’s to wishing you many happy returns
  • Celebrating 50 years might take a while. Let’s get started!
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  • With age comes wisdom…and wrinkles.
  • Turning 50 is a piece of cake and a few extra candles.
  • You’re like a fine wine, you keep getting better with age.
  • You’re 15,600 days old, but who’s counting?
  • Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years. Happy 50th birthday!
  • What goes up but never comes down? Your age. Happy 50th birthday!
  • Count not the candles…see the lights they give. Count not the years, but the life you live. Wishing you a wonderful time ahead. Happy 50th birthday.
  • Cheer up! You’re another day older every day.
  • May the joy that you have spread in the past come back to you on this day. Wishing you a very happy 50th birthday!
  • You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime. Happy 50th birthday!
  • Happy Birthday! You know, you don’t look that old. But then, you don’t look that young, either.
  • You are definitely fifty if you notice that all your sentences start from ‘When I was younger…’.
  • Everything you have worked for begins to fall into place when you turn 50.
  • Every year of life is a gift, even 50.
  • As Helen Hayes says, age is not important unless you’re a cheese. Here’s a cheesy birthday wish for you, though.
  • You are definitely fifty if you notice that all your sentences start from ‘When I was younger…’.
  • Everything you have worked for begins to fall into place when you turn 50.
  • You have accomplished so much these past 5 decades and so many more opportunities as headed your way.
  • Take a deep breath and step on through. This is your new chapter.
  • Cheers and beers to 50 years.
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  • Look forward to all that this next decade has to hold.
  • At least you’re not as old as you will be next year.
  • The older you get, the older I feel. So please stop getting older.
  • There is still so much life to be lived at the ripe age of 50.
  • It’s great to have a friend to grow old with… glad you’re first.
  • Here’s to maturing like fine wine. Happy 50th birthday!
  • Let’s celebrate your aging with this cake.
  • See age as the gift that it is and you will always be grateful on your birthday.
  • Your birthday is the first day of another 365-day journey. Be the shining thread in the beautiful tapestry of the world to make this year the best ever. Enjoy the ride.
  • The best years are still ahead of you. So, make the most of today. Happy 50th birthday.
  • Sending you a hundred wishes so that you get everything you could hope for this birthday. Happy 50th birthday!
  • Best wishes on your 50th birthday! I would make fun of you for being old, but I’m afraid you might toss your dentures at me and hit me with your cane!
  • Congrats on turning the big 5-oh. You’ve accomplished so much in your life, and to think, you’re just getting started.
  • Happy birthday! And remember you’re not 50 …you’re 28 with 22 years of experience.
  • No one would ever guess that you’re 50 years old, and with the right incentive, I won’t tell! Happy birthday.
Hiker by ocean with messages for 50th birthday card
  • Happy birthday. If your next 50 years are half as good as the first, you will have had a pretty amazing life.
  • A wise man once said, ‘Forget about your past, you cannot change it’. I’d like to add, ‘Forget about your present, I didn’t get you one’. Happy 50th!
  • You know, I would be a lot more excited about you turning one year older if I was in your will. Happy birthday!
  • This year, I wish for even more time together with the greatest person I know. Happy 50th birthday to you, bestie!
  • A wish for you on your birthday, whatever you ask may you receive, whatever you seek may you find, whatever you wish may it be fulfilled on your birthday and always. Happy birthday!
  • I would have planned a big 50th birthday party for you, but who would’ve thought that you’d make it this far?
  • Don’t get all weird about getting older! Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us!
  • Time to start crossing things off that bucket list.
  • Just be grateful you’re not fifty in dog years.
  • You have accomplished so much these past 5 decades and so many more opportunities as headed your way.
  • Go ahead…cake my day.
  • Some only dream of big 50th birthday cakes. Others bake it happen.
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  • Happy belated 50th birthday! Butter late than never.
  • What do you call your 50th birthday? Your BEER-thday.
  • Turning 50 is nothing to WINE about.
  • Have a GRATE birthday. Hope that’s not too CHEESY.
  • Feliz cumpleanos. Have a FLAN-tastic 50th birthday!
  • Dim sum-body say it’s your 50th birthday?
  • It is your 50th birthday, you BATTER believe it!

So there you have it! Hopefully, we were able to help you find the best 50th birthday wish you were looking for.

Now get out there and help them celebrate turning 50!

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Laynni Locke

I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

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