40th Birthday Party Ideas40th birthday party ideas can range from elegant to extremely casual and fun. Here you’ll find them all. It takes 40 years to create a celebration this spectacular; you’re right on time!
Ways to Celebrate the BIG 4-0
Whether you’re turning 40 or planning a 40th birthday party for someone special, a party theme is a great place to start. Why?
Themes make party game choices easy and more entertaining for your guests. They also make decorating lots of fun and create a memorable celebration.
There’s a large selection of adult birthday party themes on this page, but you’ll there are dozens creative themes that can be made into great birthday party ideas.
Ideas like the Bucket List Party, Forty (or Fifty) in Florida, Hawaiian Luaus, are just the tip of the iceberg!
Looking to recapture youth? The Child’s Play, Adult Style party brings childhood back.
Discover how martini mixers combine with childhood games like our free printable "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" game to make a hysterical evening!
See how each guest can get their own birthday wish with individual birthday cakes topped with their own birthday candle!
Or, maybe you’re looking for something upscale, such as a dinner party or wine tasting party. Here you’ll find recipes, complete menus, downloadable wine tasting sheets and so much more!
Perhaps 40 is about celebrating more than just a day, but a "life". See my ideas for making 40 your best year!
Finally, play up 40 like never before with adult birthday party games that are great for celebrating this milestone birthday! Try birthday charades or Gender Bender, you’ll laugh out loud as your friends
act out fun phrases designed especially for the big 4-0!
40th Birthday Party Ideas
|birthday charades, left and right birthday game, Party Talk conversation starters and more!|
|movie theme party is perfect for an easy going, fun party that will ensure tons of laughter!|
|retro party theme page for the "Come As You Were" party theme and similar themed party ideas.|
|casino night party theme, group party games, party game ideas, and a slew of visitor contributed games as well!|
On one of my milestone birthday’s, my Dad told me, "Jenny, this year will fly by ... next thing you know, you won’t even remember it!" My thoughts? I wasn’t going to let that happen. I decided to keep a digital video diary of my entire year...make a movie, and play it at my next birthday party. What a hit!
I have a friend turning 40 in a few months. She has decided to join with some of her high school friends (who are also turning 40) to run a full marathon. (That’s 26 miles, 42.2 kilometers!) She’s never run a marathon before, but turning 40 is the perfect reason for her to do it!
She (along with lots of help) is planning a group 40th birthday party at her home the next day! They’re all sure to be on flying high on life and excited to share their accomplishment at the party.
For my recent 40th birthday, I created a bucket list. I liked it so much, that I themed a party around it. See my bucket list party ideas for details.
The great thing about a bucket list is that you celebrate your birthday all year long by doing the things on your list! It’s a life changer. And, it’s one of the best party themes for turning 40!
More 40th Birthday Party IdeasThink "pin the tail on the donkey" is one of those 40th birthday party ideas that’s hard to pull off? So did I, until I did it!
Read the details that made this one of the best birthday parties ever! The success of this party is proof that fantastic adult party ideas can come from the simplest of party games!
How to carry a theme through your entire event:
It’s a great idea to combine more than one theme. Just make sure all the ideas are cohesive. For example, you can combine the 1960s posh theme from above with an elegant dinner.
Set your table with vintage dishes, have guests dress in their finest retro attire, and start the evening with a classic cocktail, such as a gimlet or a daisy, recipes you’ll find on our adult birthday party ideas page.