When Jennifer Aniston was making plans for her 50th birthday, she thought she might just go on a trip. But her friends said no, go on a trip but have a party too! She really made it memorable by having a guest list that intrigued the world. Considering how their marriage ended, no one ever would have thought that they would see Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston celebrating anything together, but it happened. “Jen spoke to Brad briefly. At one point she hugged him and thanked him for coming,” an insider explained, as MTO News reports. The guests at the party were equally surprised and we can’t say that we blame them. The source noted that they “were surprised to see Brad there and were making a big deal of it.”
The insider added, “But it didn’t seem like that big of a deal to Jen. The invite went out to a ton of people and he accepted. She was happy he was there, but that was it. She was busy making the rounds and excited to see so many people near and dear to her.”
She had a star-studded event and there were plenty of people wishing her a Happy Birthday who weren't even at the party. Check out these 20 celebs who celebrated Jennifer Aniston turning 50.
20 Brad Pitt Surprised Everyone With His Appearance
When Brad Pitt stepped out of an SUV and entered the Sunset Tower in Los Angeles, he and Jen must have laughed about how surprised the world was going to be. Of course, now we have to wonder if this is the beginning of the two of them getting back together. Brad brought her a birthday card and the two hugged it out. All seems to be forgiven between the two and the world is asking what this means. At the very least it means that she has found some closure and obviously still cares a lot about him.
“Brad seemed to have fun and everyone loved seeing him. He was catching up with old friends and enjoyed himself,” the insider told MTO News.
19 John Mayer Also Made An Appearance
It’s still hard to believe that these two dated, they just seem so different. We saw them hit the red carpet together but it was a relationship that didn’t last very long. John Mayer would also have had to deal with seeing an ex at the party, as Katy Perry was invited to Jen's birthday bash. It seemed to be the place where exes collected! But Mayer and Aniston have stayed on good terms since their break up and when it came to her milestone birthday, she wanted people there that meant something to her.
It was a night where a lot of people had to put their feelings aside in order to allow Jen to have the night that she wanted.
18 Justin Theroux Posted A Loving Message
Justin Theroux was one ex who was not invited to Jen's 50th birthday party. But he made a point to post something on his social media for her birthday. He posted this photo with the caption, “Happy Birthday to this fierce Woman. Fiercely loving. Fiercely kind. ....and fiercely funny. [Love] you B.”
The two don’t keep in contact and don’t see each other. It might have a lot to do with the fact that Aniston wasn’t at all heartbroken over the breakup. As Celebrity Fix reports, she said,
"I don't feel a void. I really don't. My marriages, they've been very successful, in personal opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness doesn't exist within that arrangement anymore."
17 Gwyneth Paltrow Was Invited
Gwyneth Paltrow was also in attendance, which might have been a little uncomfortable for Brad to have two of his exes in the crowd. Gwyneth posted pictures on her social media from a photo booth that Jen had at the event. “Happy birthday (last night and tomorrow) to #jenniferaniston our ray of sunshine, example of perpetual goodness. We love you so much and you make 50 LOOK [fire emoji],” wrote the Goop founder.
Katy Perry actually called Gwyneth and Kate Hudson out on social media for posting the pics because apparently there was a rule at the party that stated NO SOCIAL MEDIA. But Gwyneth apparently had permission from the birthday girl.
16 Courteney Cox Was There For Her Best Friend
Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston have been best friends forever. Jen has even stayed at Cox’s home for periods of time when she was going through breakups and needed to disappear. The two have a strong bond and Court is someone that Jen can count on. Of course, she made an appearance at the birthday party and also posted this gorgeous photo on social media.
"The world definitely got brighter the day this girl was born," the actress captioned the post. "Happy birthday sweetheart! I Love you!" One thing is for sure, Aniston has a lot of great friends in her life.
15 Reese Witherspoon Loves Her Sunshine
How gorgeous do these two look together? These two have a long history in Hollywood as well. They met when Reese Witherspoon appeared on Friends as Rachel’s sister and that was the beginning of an awesome friendship. The two are currently in the process of creating another TV show together.
“What a joy to work with this talented lady every day! She is gorgeous, hysterical and lights up the whole world with her sunshine,” wrote the Legally Blonde star, who is currently filming an untitled project with Aniston. “Happy Birthday, Jen! Also how does your hair look that good every day?? Seriously.”
14 Katy Perry Arrived Via Motorcycle
Katy Perry showed up to the birthday party on a motorcycle with her beau Orlando Bloom. She may know Jennifer Aniston but she’s clearly not as close to her as Kate Hudson is. Aniston made it clear that she did not want to see party pictures on social media, especially since she doesn’t partake in social media to begin with.
So when Hudson posted party pictures, Perry barred her teeth but to Perry’s embarrassment Hudson posted, “Got permish” with a wink emoji, making it clear that she was on a different level than Perry. Ouch. There seems to be a pecking order involved, sorry Perry.
13 George and Amal Wouldn’t Miss It
You might be surprised to find George at the party since he’s best friends with Brad Pitt, but you might have forgotten that George and Jen go way back. When George Clooney was starring as the handsome doctor in the TV show ER, he also guest-starred on Friends as a doctor.
That was at the beginning of Jen and George's friendship and the two have remained good friends over all these years. It also gave Brad Pitt someone to hang with for the whole evening so that there was no awkwardness between him and the guests. George, of course, brought his gorgeous wife along with him.
12 Kate Hudson Loves A Celebration
As mentioned earlier, Kate Hudson is the one who started the social media war by posting pictures of the party. Her and Aniston go way back to when they starred in the movie Mother’s Day together. They clearly remained good friends since then and the party videos are pretty awesome, all you have to do is go to Kate's social media page to scope them out.
“Love these ladies,” Kate wrote alongside a photo booth GIF of herself, Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow smiling and goofing off for the camera. “Celebrated this beauty last night,” Hudson added. “Happy Bday JA! We all love you sooo!”
11 Derek Blasberg Took A Group Photo
Photo booths are the best when you can get a large group of people inside for a picture.
Here we have Courteney Cox, Derek Blasberg and even Katy Perry being a little weird and having fun. Blasberg posted this photo on his Twitter page with the caption, “There were old friends and new friends and actual Friends and everyone was overjoyed to celebrate this perpetual ray of sunshine: Happy birthday, Jen!”
All these people have one thing in common and that’s that they all think that Jen is sunlight personified. There must be something about this girl that has everyone loving her so much.
10 Dolly Parton Brought A Gift
Jennifer Aniston is a huge fan of Dolly Parton and the two got to work together on the movie Dumplin’. She did get an invite to the party and by the sounds of it she was thrilled to go. She told Entertainment Tonight that she was getting ready to celebrate the birthday girl, saying,
“She is having a party [for her 50th birthday]. I have been invited. I am going to try to go! I am just going to go to her house and eat her food and drink her wine and say ‘Happy Birthday!’ I do not have time to get her a present. I am busy!” Then she added, “No, I will think of something.’”
9 Jen Meyer Celebrates A True Friend
Jennifer Meyer became a famous jewelry designer for the stars after she married actor Tobey Maguire. Sadly, the two split in 2017 but she still thinks he’s the best thing in the world. They have two children together so it’s a good thing that they can get along. Meyer has made a lot of celebrity friends, including Aniston, thanks to her jewelry line and she has a lot of cool items if you check out her social media pages.
For Aniston's birthday, she created a birthday post on social media, saying, “Last night celebrating our beautiful Jen. WE ALL LOVE YOU SO MUCH.” She apparently also got permission to post pictures.
8 Robert Downey Jr. Wouldn’t Miss It For The World
Robert Downey Jr. is the one that took credit for putting Justin Theroux and Aniston together, though maybe he doesn’t feel too cool now. But you can’t win them all. Downey met Theroux on the set of Tropic Thunder and stated, “He and Jen fell in a real, legit fashion,” Downey Jr. told Us. Aniston has remained friends with Downey and he attended her birthday party.
He is also very good friends with his Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow. Aniston has also admitted over the years that she finds Downey to be “dreamy” and we couldn’t agree more.
7 Ellen DeGeneres Loves Birthday Parties
Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston have been friends for a really long time. We have seen her appear on Ellen’s show so many times that we have lost count. DeGeneres is a big fan of getting invited to her favourite celebrities' birthday parties and she was certainly in attendance at Jen’s 50th birthday. She took to social media to wish her friend, writing, “Happy birthday to my BFF, Jennifer Aniston. She’s not on Twitter, so if you see her, will you tell her I did this?”
It’s still hard to believe that Aniston isn’t on social media but she is from the generation who became famous without it, so why deal with the nonsense if she doesn’t have to?
6 Some Friends Co-stars Made An Appearance
Lisa Kudrow was another Friends co-star that made it to the birthday party. These two have been friends for a long time and although they don’t see as much of each other as Courteney and Jen do, they do try to stay in touch. It’s nice to see that the girls are sticking together but none of her male co-stars made an appearance at the party and we wonder if they were even invited.
Jen's clearly a lot closer to her female co-stars from the show. It was a night to remember for Aniston and it looks like 50 hasn’t looked better.
5 Sandra Bullock And Jen Are Close
Sandra Bullock was another mega-star that was in attendance at the party and she brought her man with her. We didn’t realize that there was a connection between Sandra and Jen but apparently they go to dinner together often.
Sandra Bullock recently interrupted an interview that Jennifer Aniston was giving with Dolly Parton for their movie, Dumplin’. Aniston even calls out Bullock for not drinking the beverage that she brought to the party which makes it the coolest interview interruption in history. Aniston sure has some major friends and it must have been a great party with so many leads attending it.
4 Jon Hamm Came To Party
Jon Hamm was another actor that made the guest list for Jennifer Aniston’s party. You know you have made it in Hollywood when you find yourself on a guest list like this one. Aniston is single now so why not have handsome, eligible men at her party, right? Hamm has made it in the industry and came from a place where he was always seen as the older guy.
“I came in the Dawson's Creek era; it was all about tiny guys who looked like teenagers, and I haven't looked like a teenager ever. So I was, like, auditioning to be their dads. At 25,” he recalls, as Elle reports.
3 Kevin Bacon Sent His Wishes
Kevin Bacon was not at the party but he was among the many celebs that wished Aniston a happy birthday. These two go way back to the beginning of Aniston’s career when she starred in the movie Picture Perfect. The two worked on the movie together and have remained friends.
“She looks great,” Bacon says, as Us reports. “I haven't seen her for a long time. We had a really fun time making that movie. It was a gas to act with her. She's a great talent, and I wish her the best.”
Isn’t he just the sweetest?
2 Patty Jenkins Thinks She Looks Great
Director Patty Jenkins has worked with Aniston over the years and the two have remained friends. She was also on the guest list for the part and also posted about how great she thinks Aniston looks, and we couldn’t agree more.
Jenkins says Aniston’s secret to looking so great at 50, as Us reports, is that “she's incredibly healthy and incredibly disciplined and such a hard worker. She has a regimen that's strict but lenient so she's always taking care of herself, always having a great time. She's really someone admirable.”
Aniston has always been someone that lives a healthy lifestyle and that is likely why she looks so amazing all the time.
1 Angelina Jolie Was DEFINITELY Not In Attendance
Angelina Jolie was supposedly taken by surprise that Brad Pitt attended Jen’s birthday party. Given their history, we can see why.
“Angelina is [surprised] that Brad went to Jennifer’s birthday party,” a source told Hollywood Life. “She was aware they were back in touch, but didn’t realize they’d gotten that close again. It brings up a lot of tough emotions for Angelina but she’s not dwelling on it. As hard as it is for her to know that Brad and Jennifer are hanging out, she knows there’s nothing she can do about it and she is choosing not to focus her energy there.”