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What Flowers Do You Send for a 50th Birthday?

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Flowers are versatile. Beyond their different shapes, hues and smells, flowers are used to send various messages from “I’m sorry” to “Congratulations.”

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For birthdays, flowers can make a great gift. And for milestones like 50th birthdays, flowers can be perfect. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the best 50th birthday flowers.

Before we get into the details of choosing the right 50th birthday flowers to celebrate your loved one, it’s essential to keep this in mind: Know your recipient. Do they like large, centerpiece arrangements? Are they allergic to certain flowers? Do they have a favorite flower or color? A neutral or simplistic bouquet or arrangement can be an excellent choice if you’re unsure.

Red Roses

Red Roses

What to Consider When Choosing 50th Birthday Flowers

1) Color

Milestone birthdays usually have a color scheme. Fifty is commonly known as the golden age, so gold is a color that many incorporate into party decor. Other complementary colors for 50th birthday party decor include red, silver, and purple.
While flowers don’t come in gold or silver hues, there are several options you can use for a 50th birthday flower arrangement.

Red flower options can include:

  • Roses
  • Lilies
  • Carnations
  • Tulips
  • Poppies
  • Zinnias
  • Daisies

And some common purple flower options are:

  • Pansies
  • Crocuses
  • Geraniums
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Zinnias

Add silver and gold elements to your 50th birthday flowers by placing them in a gold or silver vase or container. Or add gold or silver inserts to the arrangement. You could also incorporate yellow flowers as a gold element to complement the silver, red, and purple tones. Other complementary flower colors could include oranges, creams, and pinks.

2) Seasons

The season of the birthday can play an important role in the type of flowers you choose.

  • Winter

Common winter blooms can include amaryllis, poinsettias, or winterberry holly. These festive flowers usually come in red varieties, making them a perfect addition to a 50th birthday flower bouquet or arrangement.

  • Spring

Spring and summer bring more flower variety and availability. During spring, you may see tulips, lilacs, azaleas, and more.

  • Summer

Zinnia, lavender, poppies, and daisies could make up your summer birthday bouquets. Lilies and roses are also excellent summer options.

  • Fall

Dahlias, daisies, mums, and other classic fall flowers come in a variety of warm tones that are sure to complement any 50th birthday party decor.

Though we mention seasonal blooms, it’s important to note that some floral providers may offer flowers that aren’t in season in your area. If you’re considering including non-seasonal flowers in your 50th birthday flower arrangement, use a flower provider that sustainably sources its blooms from around the globe. A bonus? If the birthday person cares about sustainability, sending them an arrangement from an eco-friendly provider can be an extra treat.

Traditional Flowers

While there are traditional 50th birthday colors, that doesn’t mean you have to stick to them when picking out 50th birthday flowers. If the person you’re gifting the flowers to likes dahlias or roses, include those blooms in your bouquet or arrangement.
But, if you’re not sure what kind of flowers to get someone or they don’t have a favorite flower, you might want to include these in your birthday flowers.

Fifty is commonly known as the golden age, so gold is a color that many incorporate into party decor.


Roses come in a variety of colors and are a flower that has many uses, from saying “I love you” to “I’m glad we’re friends.” Roses aren’t just limited to romance. Include red, yellow, pink, or cream roses in a birthday bouquet. (Or, choose a rainbow of roses.)


Like roses, orchids come in an array of colors. Common colors used for 50th birthday celebrations include blue and purple.


Carnations symbolize love, happiness, and luck, the perfect sentiment for flowers for a 50th birthday.

¿Bouquet or Arrangement?

You might be wondering which you should choose for your 50th birthday celebrations. A bouquet is a collection of flowers, usually without foliage, given to someone who already has a vase or container to display them in.An arrangement is a group of flowers arranged inside a container like a vase, basket, or box. Unlike a bouquet, a flower arrangement is a ready-made gift. Also, an arrangement doesn’t need as much care (a bouquet should be cut, arranged, and watered before it's displayed.)

Whatever 50th birthday flowers you choose, keeping the person’s preferences in mind as well as the color scheme they like, will be sure to create a happy birthday.

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