Below is a list of 40th Birthday Party Ideas.
Turning 40 is a big deal. Some people embrace it, while others would prefer to ignore it. So pause for a minute and consider which category the host falls into—then plan the type of party accordingly. If someone's feeling sensitive about turning 40, the last thing you want to do is plan a huge surprise party with lots of family and friends.
Many 40th birthday parties ideas center on a dinner or similar sort of gathering, such as a cocktail party or a BBQ. Therefore, it's best to concentrate on making the food and drink the main attraction. Serve food that's high quality, creative a—nd a little more special than you would normally haveperhaps with some indulgent or luxurious ingredients as a treat. And pay more attention to the food styling and presentation to make it feel more distinctive and unique.
I always think it's a good idea to create some signature cocktails in keeping with the theme of the party. Especially if you use interesting or unusual recipes. Cocktails sometimes get a bad rap because people still associate them with brightly colored, sickly sweet drinks from the 70s and 80s. But go to any upmarket restaurant or swanky party and they'll always have an amazing selection of beautifully presented well-crafted cocktails to compliment the food. So if you choose the right recipes they can be just as stylish and sophisticated as any gourmet meal.
Alternatively, if the host is a wine fan you might want to get a selection of fine wines and include an informal wine tasting in your party.
Each of the 40th birthday party ideas below contain plenty of ideas for how to apply the theme to the food, drink, styling and presentation in order to make your party feel special.
One final suggestion that I think is perfect for any milestone birthday over the age of 30, is to prepare a photo slideshow. These often work best as a surprise for the host, so contact friends and family in advance and ask them to send you photos of fond memories they've shared with the host, dating as far back as they like. Combine these in a simple PowerPoint presentation in chronological order and add captions, quotes and details (even set it to music if you like) to tell a visual story of their lives. Make sure every guest appears in at least one photo or you could even import short video clips of guests talking directly to the camera reciting stories and anecdotes and wishing the host a happy birthday. These video messages work really well if people can't attend the actual party.
The presentation can be as humorous, embarrassing, touching, or sentimental as you like—in fact a good mixture of all works really well. I guarantee that this sort of gift will be extremely appreciated and provides a great focal point at the party for everyone to share in.
If you don't find any 40th birthday party ideas you like from here, be sure to check out Party Themes A-Z incase something from a different category catches your eye. Most party themes can be adapated to suit different ages with just a little tweaking.
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Matt James is a professional party planner and owner of event agency DNA Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, DNA has won 24 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
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