When making a 50th birthday speech, the speaker should speak warmly about the recipient and his or her accomplishments. They should share treasured memories of the recipient and speak well of his or her life. It is both appropriate and expected to include a few "getting older" jokes, so make sure they are in good taste and are not hurtful.
When making a 50th birthday speech, the speaker first must consider the setting. A speech given at a large reception hall, in front of dozens of family and friends, is more formal than a speech given at a local restaurant or in the recipient's home.
Then they should consider the recipient. They need to think of the memories they have shared and write down some anecdotes that present the recipient in the best possible light. It is appropriate to select humorous anecdotes, as well as stories that poke fun at the recipient, as long as the stories are not hurtful.
The speaker should structure the speech to open with a few "getting older" jokes or some classic 50th birthday quotes and then immediately move into congratulations and warm wishes for the recipient. They can share some anecdotes and memories, thank the recipient for his or her friendship and end the speech by leading everyone in a toast or in the singing of the traditional "Happy Birthday" song.