43. Volunteer for a Good Cause
In lieu of gifts, ask your loved ones to give up their time to a cause that’s dear to your heart instead. It could be volunteering at an animal shelter, tutoring kids or helping build a home. You can even volunteer virtually these days. It’s a great bonding experience that you—and others—will be sure to remember. (And you can still go out for brunch after.)
44. Go to the Movies
Rent out the theater to make it a big event…or not. Watching a double bill at home also sounds like a great way to spend an evening. Pass the popcorn.
45. Arrange a Fetching Floral Bouquet
Flower design is an art form, but luckily, you can master it with a helping hand. Research classes near you and get ready to transform your home with your beautiful handiwork.
46. Make It a Costume Party
Dressing up isn’t just for Halloween, you know—and in case you missed it, masks are so in right now. (Psst: Here’s where to find N95 and KN95 masks online right now.) Pick a theme (your favorite film, a moment in time, whatever) or let your guests dress up however they choose.
47. Throw a Golden Bash
Fifty is known as the golden jubilee year, so go all in on the theme by getting shimmering decorations, serving sparkling wine, donning your finest gold gown and whipping up these champagne doughnuts. (And if someone wants to gift you a gold necklace, well, who are you to stop them?)
48. Go Bowling
This throwback activity just might become a new favorite with friends and family. Up the fun factor by making personalized bowling shirts to celebrate the birthday gal.
49. Host a Cocktail Party
Throwing a dinner party is a lot of work. But a sophisticated cocktail soirée, on the other hand, can easily be thrown together with the help of some day-before planning (and perhaps that virtual mixology class you treated yourself to).
50. Check Something Off Your Bucket List
Skydiving? Snow tubing? Adopting a puppy? Whatever’s on your bucket list, just go for it.