Wouldn’t you rather make that special someone’s 40th Birthday about him or her having a Birthday, rather than about him or her being one year closer to “over the hill?” After all, 40 is the new 30, and this Birthday is not to be undermined by the importance of the big 5-0, which seems to be the one people usually go all-out for.
This site offers all of the decorations appropriate for a rockin’ and rollin’ 40th Birthday bash - centerpieces, balloons, confetti, Birthday crowns, Birthday beads and even buttermints! These decorations express sentiments ranging from “40 Years Young” to “Oh no, the big 4-0,” so regardless of the Birthday man or woman’s thoughts on turning forty, everyone is covered!
The color schemes in these decorations are gender neutral and feature, purple, yellow, red and green the most prominently. This makes it easy to match solid colored paper plates, disposable cups, and plastic cutlery to round out the party décor. For that special person in your life who is turning 40, whether friend, family, or even foe, you can throw a fun, decorative party, making him or her feel “40 Years Young” regardless of prior trepidations over the big 4-0!
40th Milestone Party Ideas
So, you have some awesome 40th Birthday Decorations
, but decorations are not all that is required to have a great party. What else can you do to make this party as special and stand out as the special someone celebrating their 40th Birthday deserves?
- Make a life collage. Get a tagboard and write out the person’s name at the top, along with “40th Birthday” in big bubble letters, maybe in his or her favorite colors. Underneath that, draw a line separating that top section from the rest, which should be bland. Make 8 vertical lines evenly spaced apart. At the top of the first one, write 0 - 5 years, the next will say 5 - 10 years and so on in increments of 5 until you reach 35 - 40. There should be one blank column. At the top of this column, write “The Future!” and be sure to include the exclamation point. Pin this up on the wall.
Then, nab a couple photo albums from the special someone having the birthday and pick out photos from when he or she was 0 - 5, 5 -10, and so on, at least 5 from each category. Make color copies of these photos and trim them down so that the focus of the photo is obviously the 40th Birthday person. Be sure that you have a way to keep track of which photo belongs in which column. Put the photos in a box or Tupperware to keep them safe.
When guests arrive at the party, they should pick a few photos, write their initials on the back, and use tape to attach the photos in whichever category they think that the photos belong in. Then, in the future category, they should draw or write a message about their wishes for the future for the person whose 40th Birthday is being celebrated. They should initial this message too, so it can almost serve as a guest book for the party.
Sometime during the evening, use your answer key, however you formulated it, to check and correct the placement of the photos in their categories. Whoever got the most right can get a prize - so this activity serves not only as a game, but also, the Birthday man or woman has a fun and sentimental souvenir from their 40th Birthday Party.
- A fun way to combine the need to feel young with the undeniable fact of turning 40 is to juxtapose childlike and more mature decorations together. For example, draping a chandelier, or any kind of hanging light with the “Happy 40th Beads of Expression” makes for a colorful modification on a symbol of elegance. Filling the “Be Girly Martini Glass” with bright colors jellybeans provides not only a snack, but also a welcome splash of color! Also, an over-sized teddy bear wearing the “40! How the @%# did I get that old?” hat is sure to bring a smile to anyone celebrating their 40th Birthday!
- A 40th Birthday is as uplifting as you make it. One great way to remind the Birthday man or woman that his or her life is not over because he or she is 40 is to stress the promise of the future. Just like the special column on the collage, have some of the guests prepare toasts about the better things about getting older - having more time to pursue hobbies, watching their kids grow, taking vacations, even silly things like senior discounts at their favorite restaurants. If the special someone isn’t settled into their skin enough to laugh about turning 40, it is likely that a party won’t make much difference, but a 40th Birthday Party celebrating the fun, and love in the person’s life will certainly help them move in that direction.