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Tips and Ideas for Celebrating 40

Turning forty can be a huge turning point in someone's life. It's a time for celebration and a time for change. Generally people are more mature and are reaching some serious goals in their life. The best way to honor this time and change is to throw a party. It doesn't have to be the ordinary small gathering with friends and family, but rather a nice time to get together and to celebrate someone growing older and becoming prepared for the years ahead. If you're looking for ideas to honor someone or perhaps it's your own birthday, there are plenty of options to throw a wonderful event for the 40th birthday.

Setting a Budget

The first part is deciding what kind of party you would like to have. If you're throwing a party for someone else, it's really important to take into consideration their personality and what they would like. If they are a very quiet and shy individual, it's probably not a good idea to invite the whole neighborhood. They would most likely like something more close knit with only family and friends. On the other hand, if your friend is more outgoing and would love to have a giant gathering with everyone they know, that's totally okay as well. If this is your own party, you should know about how many people you feel comfortable with. Send invitations well in advance so that all of your guests know when the party is and if they can attend. This will also give you a general head count so you can continue planning.

Another step in the planning phase would be deciding on a budget. This can limit what services you may order and how many guests can be invited. If you choose to have a catering service or entertainment, that's going to cost more than just a family night in with pizza. Decide before you begin looking at event ideas to make sure that you're not getting ahead of yourself. Set a strict budget, preferably for each category, and then move on from there.

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Party Venues

The venue is also a decisive element when planning for a 40th birthday party. If you have a restricted budget, hosting the party at someone's house is a much better option than say a five star restaurant. Other options include a public park or maybe even the beach. If you wish to go all out, you can look for the fancy restaurants, hotels, and clubs to hold the party. Generally these services come with something extra such as catering or decorations, but it's always a good idea to check with the company and double check all of the details.

Food and Beverages

The menu is likely to be an essential party of planning the party. If you're headed out to a restaurant, that will be taken care of. However, if you intend to have the festivities at your home, you have to decide what you're going to serve. You can have some basic items such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips. Or perhaps you could have a potluck dinner and ask all of the guests to bring their own favorite items.

If you're headed out to the park or a beach, plan ahead how you're going to get food there. If you decide to hire a catering service, they will take care of that for you. But if you intend to bring food from home, make sure to pack coolers and stuff like that to preserve the food as long as you can. If you want to make some recipes and snacks yourself, there are plenty of options to choose from. Online blogs and Pinterest are great resources to find cheap and easy to make snacks to keep your guests full and happy.

You can also choose to have a dessert party. Cupcakes, pies, and sweets are all great options to serve to your guests. Everyone can have a great time munching and getting together. Alcohol and treats go very well together. Every grocery store carries plenty of good muchies if you're looking to pick something up quickly. If not, you can preorder from any bakery or even make some yourself. Some family recipes are great to show off and please your guests.

40th Birthday Party Themes for Men

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Now that you have the some of the basic steps planned out, you can begin looking for exact ideas for your party. Feel free to mix and match any of the examples and really make it your own It doesn't have to be a cookie-cutter idea, but rather something fun to celebrate. There are a few different examples for men and women.

The first idea is to choose a theme. If you want to make this a unique night, make everything related to a theme. If you're going to the beach, you can make it a luau. Have everyone wear Hawaiian shirts, sandals, and flowers. You can even find a place around town that serves similar food or simply have a cookout.

If you're looking to throw a party for a man turning forty, you can make a theme around one of his favorite hobbies. It can be sports related, golf, or even drinking. Either way, there are a ton of decorations and ideas available online to help further the theme.

40th Birthday Party Themes for Women

For the ladies, you can throw a bold party celebrating turning forty. You can have fun colors such as hot pink, white, and black to show off. Having a bar is a great way for you and your guests to get loose and relax. Cocktails are a great drink of choice for everyone. Margaritas also work really well for everyone and most guests can make their own so you won't need to hire a bartender. Another idea for women is to have a burlesque theme. These can be a cute idea for small gatherings.

Themes for Everyone

A way to make the party fun is to make it a surprise. This is a great way to show them that you really care and that you want them to have a good day. Get together with some other friends and family and let them know that you're planning a party. Pick out a date and decide on the guest list. On the day of, try and get the person out of the house so that you have some time to decorate and get everything together. Then when they get home, you can surprise them with the party of their dreams.

Taking a more formal approach to your party is also an option. As previously mentioned, you can choose to book a club, hotel, or a restaurant. For this option, it's best to keep your guest list small and intimate. This is great for anyone who really wants to take their age seriously and celebrate it with their closest friends and family. Sending out some fancy invitations can help your guests prepare in advance for what to wear. You can help them by asking them to wear formal attire.

If you're someone who wants to make things fun and light-hearted, you can have a barbecue at your house. This keeps things less expensive and it allows you to have a wider range of people present. Pinterest is a great place to begin looking. It's also a nice way to incorporate your theme into everything.

Other ways to get creative with the party is to choose a fun and different venue. Some examples could be a bowling alley, museum, a bar, or even the movies. It can be a nice place to get together for everyone and most places will have food and entertainment available.

Other 40th Birthday Celebration Ideas

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This is a momentous occasion and you'll want to celebrate your birthday with a huge bang. This means you can do something you've never done before. Maybe you could climb a mountain, travel to another city, or even skydive. You can bring some friends and family and have them come with you or you could choose to keep things very small. This is a great way to make some lasting memories and to really bring your new age.

It's always a nice idea to incorporate some of the past into your party. You can have plenty of pictures to show off how you've aged through the years. Other options would be to have pictures of other family members who are going to attend. This is a great way to include everyone into the party and it's a great chance to reminisce. It'll bring up some old memories and it's sure to bring some laughter as well. If you have everything digital, feel free to make a slideshow to show to your guests.

In the end, turning forty is a big deal. It's a time to take things seriously while having some fun with it. Throwing a party is an excellent option to enjoy this turning point in life. There are so many fun ideas to make the day personal and unique for you and your friends and family. Having a festive theme, a special venue, or a life changing activity are all different ways to celebrate this big day. Overall, it's a day to make some special memories and to enjoy getting older.

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