40th Birthday Party Ideas
By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner
Get ideas for party invitations, surprises, decorations, food & drink, and styling.
If you're tired of the same old clichéd party ideas, and are looking for something more inspiring or just a little bit different, this site is packed with original and creative party ideas. I'm Matt James, an award-winning professional event planner who has produced events for many celebrities including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stella McCartney, among others. On this site I'll share professional tips, advice, and trade secrets—that anyone can do—in order to add some creative touches to your party or celebration; whatever your budget.
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Below is my ultimate list of 40th birthday party ideas with lots of tips and suggestions for both men and women, including ideas for 40th birthday decorations, 40th birthday invitations, 40th birthday gifts, and even some 40th birthday games.
So many 40th birthday party celebrations take the predicatable and obvious default option of just slapping the number 40 on everything; balloons, banners, paper plates etc. I've got to tell you, I hate this approach. It's lazy, unimaginative, and all those store-bought 40th birthday party decorations just look cheap and tacky.
If you're going to go to the effort of planning a milestone birthday party for someone, you've really got to make some effort so that it's as personal as possible. Therefore, the ideas below are all about celebrating the person, not just their age.
It's fine to include references to the big 4-0 in your decorations—in fact many of the ideas below do—but don't just rely on all those generic sentiments like "40 Sucks", "40 Rocks" or "Over the Hill". Instead, make the person you're celebrating the focus; who are they? what are the personality traits and quirks that everyone loves about them? what are their tastes and interests? All these things will make for a far more meaningful and memorable celebration.
Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field 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, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
40th Birthday Party Ideas
by an award-winning professional party planner