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40th Birthday Party Ideas

Here are some winning 40th birthday party ideas you can play at home, hall, designated indoor area or the great outdoors. Great for a the whole family and friends.

40th Birthday party ideas and themes are even more 'significant' than your 30th. It can be said that life certainly begins at 40. And remember 40 is the new 30, so really you're still a spring chicken...kind of. Surprise birthday parties are always special and even that get away out of town time with friends can also be amazing. There are plenty of ideas, themes, games and activities to do on your or someone else's 40th birthday party. Read on and we will give you some great ideas for 40th birthday party games, themes and even the food.

Planning and Preparation

Invitations: Design, make or craft personalized birthday invitations to your or someone else's birthday explaining:

who: Your name

why:Your 40th Birthday Party

when: Date of the Birthday Party

where: Where the party will be held

What: to bring and or to expect in terms of food, drink, costume and present

and to have and RSVP so you know who will likely attend.

People feel special when they receive a personalized invitation through the post. If you need to find out guests addresses, ring their spouse, friends, family members and at the last resort them. There are plenty of websites and software programs that help you make up your own.

Send these out three weeks prior so parents can get babysitters for their kids.These are great 40th birthday party ideas for invitations.

For Winning Party Games

Make sure you check out other ideas from the 30th birthday party ideas and even the party games for a 40th or even the adult party games page. Also Check out the free printable game.

The Cake

A great 40th birthday party idea for a cake can be on any subject, theme or idea relating to the birthday star. If he or she is into sport you can have a cake decoration of a symbol or item associated with the game. If they are prissy, then a nice princess cake will do well. You can even go for ghosts, horses, anything which reminds you of them. Make sure there is a huge 40 in the middle just in-case anyone for which significant birthday it is. Colorful cup cakes would work just as well.

Possible Cake Wording

  • Over the Hill
  • Happy 40th Jill
  • Happy Naughty forty
  • Young at Heart
  • Hot and 40
  • cougar
  • Midlife License

You can even pre-order it from a cake shop,or have a friend make it or even make it yourself

Food to Serve

  • You can organize everyone to go to a restaurant and celebrate your birthday there. It is nice when your friends or family buy you your drinks and or food.
  • You can organize a birthday party dinner at your house. You can hire a teenager to either cook for you and or serve and do your dishes. It saves on your time and energy.
  • At your dinner you can start off with finger food, then have pizza delivered and have your own special dessert with the birthday cake.
  • Have professional caterers make your food three courses if you like.
  • Have a pot luck, where everyone brings a plate of their own and shares. Check out the 40th birthday party games, where a game challenges the guests to make a great dessert with set ingredients.

The 40th birthday party ideas for food is endless. Enjoy!!

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Make sure you have them ready at least one week before the party. Set aside a day with some friends or family to help put up the decorations. There are plenty of good shops online and offline to find decorations. Did I forget to tell you find decorations with the number 30, big and bold!!

Decorate the room in photos of the birthday girl or guy.

Balloons, streamers and banners with the words Happy 30th Birthday goes down a treat. Decorate archways into the house and in the main rooms.

You can even hire strobe lights and or a mirror ball for that extra glam feel.

These are great 30th birthday party ideas for decorations will be great for you or someone else's party.

40th Birthday Party Ideas and Themes


Hire a magician who will have a few adult tricks up their sleeve for the birthday party gal or guy

Birthday Year

Commemorate the birthday they were born, by wearing outfits appropriate to the year. Quizzes involving the year of birth can be played as part of the games.

Beach Party

Organise a beach party and have everyone dressed as though they are going to the beach. You can actually go to the beach for a skinny dip at night if you're brave or have a fun time at home. This could also become a great pool party.

Pub Crawl

Yes you are allowed to have a few drinks at a few designated pubs organised by yourself or your friends.You can hire a bus to take everyone over. Ensure everyone gets home safely, but then again you're 40, you're more 'ahem' responsible now.

Covers Band

Hire a band who will cover hits from the era of the birthday stars childhood. Have everyone up for some dancing lesson of that era too.


Organise a couple of gambling games for the guests. Poker is a great choice.

Movie Theme

Have everyone come as a famous movie star

For even more fun for your family and guests, do check out the 40th birthday party games that will make your party shine.


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