50+ Creative And Fun 40th Birthday Party Ideas For 2022

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Your loved one is going to complete 40 years of their life, and you are excited to celebrate it. That’s when our list of 40th birthday party ideas can be of your help, and you can raise a toast to their achievements and successes. 40 is the age when most of us make an identity, have some goals set, and get a new perspective on life. We have curated a list of some interesting ideas for delicious food, drinks, and good music so that you can make your special one’s big day memorable. However, before making plans for the party, take into account the likes and dislikes of the guests.

Fun 40th Birthday Party Themes

A theme-based party makes any celebration organized, exciting, systematic, and professional. Examine our list of 40th birthday party theme ideas.

  1. Comedy nights:A great theme can be stand-up comedy, funny speeches about the birthday girl/boy, or recalling funny memories. While making jokes about the birthday person, take care not to hurt their feelings. Reminiscing about some strange and foolish deeds during childhood causes a wave of laughter at the party. This joyful celebration energizes the birthday boy/girl for their upcoming
  1. Appreciation time: This is an excellent time to reflect on the journey of the person celebrating their 40th birthday and an appropriate time to commend the birthday boy or girl for fighting life’s battles with grit and perseverance. These memories are precious to people in their 40s. Invite classmates, coworkers, cousins, and anyone else who has been in the thick and thin with the birthday boy or girl. These are the people who have witnessed the journey of the birthday celebrity from zero to hero. Invitees may speak about the jolly good and helping nature, professionalism, intellect, loving and protective nature of the birthday person. This theme will be remembered for many years to come.
  1. Dancing to the rhythm: Dancing to the favorite beats of the birthday person can be a lot of fun. So let your hair down and dance until you sweat to make everyone feel energized and lively. Favorite songs and music lift the spirits and inspire new memories.
  1. Food and drinks: “Good food makes a good mood.” You can organize buffets, barbeques, picnic setups, food stalls, and live counters. You can arrange the choicest of food from continental to intercontinental. Cocktails and mocktails are an integral part of food-focused parties.
  1. Dress code and color code themes: Everything about this party should make the birthday boy/girl feel special. You can select a superstar theme, Halloween theme, a vampire or zombie theme, a 1980s theme, or a Hollywood theme. Choosing light colors for the dress code adds a professional touch to the party, while funky bright colors are appropriate for casual celebrations. You can choose blue, black, or grey color codes for men’s birthday parties, while pink, white, or yellow colors are appropriate for women’s birthday parties.
  1. Restaurant hopping: Exploring new restaurants can be fun! Eat a starter at a famous restaurant and dessert at another. Have your favorite tea and relax at the old pizza joint. Don’t settle for one when you can have it all.
  1. Recreating 20s moments: Make a list of things you did in your twenties that you remember fondly. To relive your youth, try recreating them at a birthday party. Inviting childhood friends and recalling memories can take one on a trip down memory lane. This can make you feel unique and spry.
  1. Never have I ever: Trying new things can be exciting and provide a real adrenaline rush for the birthday person. List the things they’ve never done before but have always wanted to try. Then challenge them to do the tasks.
  1. Yacht party: This sounds like something adults would do! Throw a lavish yacht party and enjoy the perks of getting older. Living your dreams is the most extraordinary feeling you can have as you mature and grow towards success.
  1. Trivia games: 1980s party games such as guessing the celebrities born in 1980 or “who am I” are entertaining games that keep everyone entertained while they ponder over the questions posed.
  1. Pizza party: Pizza is an all-time favorite dish. Bake-your-own-pizza parties are a recent craze. Hold pizza-making contests and make-it-from-scratch pizza challenges. Arrange pizza crusts, unbaked dough, various assorted toppings, and cheese. Maintain a wine and veer counter to complement the hand-made pizzas.
  1. Binge-watching a series: Set up a projector or rent a home theater, and arrange for some snacks to munch on or popcorn tubs to dig into as you binge-watch the birthday boy/favorite girl’s series.
  1. Cruising: On your 40th birthday, go cruising with your favorite group of people. Relax on the deck and enjoy the salty breeze. Take in some vitamin sea and soak up some sun. Rejuvenate on the 40th birthday with a relaxing but exhilarating experience.
  1. Surprise birthday video: Create a birthday video to wish the birthday boy/girl heartfelt messages. Compile the short personalized videos into a single video and play it at the birthday party. Allow the emotional rush to sink into everyone’s heart as they adore and cherish the messages for the rest of their lives.
  1. Photobooth: Set up a photo booth at the party. Arrange birthday props and take amusing pictures in the photo booth. Allow your best memories to be captured in lenses!
  1. Eco-friendly party: Is the birthday girl/boy a nature lover? You can organize an eco-friendly birthday party by planting plants, sowing seeds, collecting garbage and plastic from a nearby trekking point or hill.
  1. Go tripping: Plan a 40s special trip with your closest friends and family. Explore the unknown, live in the moment, wake up to sunsets, and drink in the twilight. Grill your barbeque and dance by the bonfire. Take a road trip or choose a landscape rail trial.
  1. To-do list: Make a to-do list before your 50s. Include activities that you’ve always wanted to try. Take advice from close friends and family, and then do at least one thing on your 40thbirthday to feel motivated.

40th Birthday Party Ideas For Men

Attendees at a 40th birthday party are mature men. The celebrations should allow them to reveal their inner boy. Here are some 40th birthday party ideas for men.

  1. Boozing: Birthday parties for men aren’t complete without alcohol. You can set up a minibar with a wide variety of drinks. Tasty appetizers to accompany the hard drink and various cocktails will elevate such parties for men. The food should, of course, be the birthday’s boy choice. After a night of drinking, people can become emotional and pour their hearts out.
  1. Go fishing: Fishing is a man’s all-time favorite pastime. Ensure you have all the necessary equipment, such as hook, weights, and floats. You’ll need to be patient while waiting to catch a fish.
  1. Game night: Show your gambling skills and have a great time that you will remember for the rest of your life. Deep thinkers may engage in a chess match, and some may demonstrate their dartboard prowess.
  1. Karaoke: Get the speakers and microphones ready and show off your singing talent as you sing along to the karaoke. Music is known as the healer, so sing along and enjoy the birthday celebration.
  1. Racing: Men and their adrenaline rushes are inextricably linked. Racing games can be enjoyable for adventure enthusiasts. Organize a bike race, car race, or cycling marathon. Boys may experience some 20s moments such as competing and racing.
  1. Workout challenges: This is yet another excellent idea for feeling energized in your 40s. Challenge one another to do 20 pushups, ten burpees, or 20 crunches. In addition, this fitness-focused celebration can include challenging skipping or yoga asanas.
  1. Hikes: Hiking is a popular activity among travelers. Gather all the necessary equipment, ensure safety precautions, put on your sports shoes, and go for a hike. Age is just a number, and you are as young as your heart tells you to be.

40th Birthday Party Ideas For Women

Women are a combination of elegance and boldness. Flowers, food, music, jewelry, cosmetics, and fashionable clothing make up the inner core of a women’s party. Here is a list of 40th birthday ideas for women.

  1. Cooking class: Schedule a cooking class for your ladies’ group. Take some baking courses, and you’ll be able to bake your birthday cake. Attempt to arrange all the necessary ingredients, as well as separate working desks for each.
  1. Wine tasting and grape stomping: Wine is a woman’s best friend! So, how about going to a good winery or brewing company to taste some fine wines? Arrange grape stomping because it is an excellent fun activity to create eternal memories.
  1. Girls’ night out: Get dressed as divas for the night out, or relax at home in pajamas. Give each other’s makeup and share your secrets! Make sure the party location is safe because you may get drunk on a girls’ night out.
  1. Spa sessions: Girls and spas are inseparable. Relaxing and rejuvenating hair and body spas and foot massages and facials are perfect for enjoying birthday celebrations for women. You can also choose a sauna bath as a perfect birthday activity, get all the toxins out of the body, relax, and feel the calmness of life.
  1. All-girls trip: When was the last time you went for an all-girls trip? What better way to travel with your favorite girl than on your birthday. Choose a location based on your preferences, such as a quiet leisure destination or a party hub. Book the tickets and hotel accommodation before your journey.
  1. Yoga sessions: Rejuvenating yoga sessions can be arranged to strengthen the core of the body. You can hire a good yoga teacher. You need to ensure that there are enough places for activities.
  1. Tea party: A tea party is an excellent choice to celebrate birthdays. Share all the gossip while drinking your favorite tea. While chatting with your girl, indulge in your favorite hot drink. You can choose a tea cafe or arrange arranged it in the backyard, lawn, or balcony.

40th Birthday Party Decoration Ideas

The birthday party decoration should be done well, keeping in mind the tastes of the birthday celebrity. Use light shades of favorite colors for decoration. The exquisite, sophisticated, and neat decoration scan appeal to all the attendees.

  1. Photo display: Old childhood photos of the birthday celebrity can be displayed on the party wall. You can arrange pictures from childhood to the 40th birthday with creative captions. For example, childhood photos may have captions such as fairy, lolly dolly, cutie pie, prince/princess, and angel. In contrast, pictures during younger days can have captions such as naughty nuts, blooming beauty, smarty, on the moon, and intelligent.
  1. Flowers: Flowers are an excellent choice for decorations. Arrangements can be scarcely placed or choose the flower background of the birthday cake cutting stage. Flowers can enhance the decoration and add elegance, charm, and fragrance to the ambiance.
  1. Balloons: A birthday without balloons is incomplete. Set the color codes in balloon decoration according to your birthday theme.
  1. Lanterns: Hanging lanterns enhance the party decor. Light up the lanterns and feel the magic of light. Lanterns are best for outdoor or lawn parties.
  1. Candles: Place some great scented candles to enliven the birthday party. A candlelight walkway can be arranged for the birthday girl/boy’s entry.
  1. Greeting cards: Display greeting cards and personalized messages is a good decoration idea. You can arrange in a spare corner, or you can clip and hang the cards along a rope or stick the cards to form a wall of greetings.
  1. Glasses: You can set fancy glasses or personalized glasses with names to add personal style to the party. The tower arrangement of cut glasses can enhance the beauty of the drinks tables.
  1. Food stalls: The arrangement of food and drinks is part of the decoration. Salads cut in bird or animal shapes and vegetable decorations may accompany table decorations. You can keep stylish napkins on the tables for guests to use.
  1. Curtains: Color code matching curtains can be used as a backdrop decor idea. All decorative cloth hangings and curtains must be stain-free and spotless.
  1. Fairy lights: The fairy lights are a decoration that is never out of style. Fairy lights are an excellent way to take your decor to the next level of elegance. In addition, you can use the fairy lights to create the name of the birthday person. Alternatively, the lights can be placed around the cake to draw attention to the birthday cake.

40th Birthday Party Games

Games are always an excellent addition to birthday parties, keeping the guests entertained. In addition, you can give out exciting prizes for winners to make the party more memorable.

  1. Housie: This is a classic party game. Housie doubles the fun of the party by involving everyone in the celebrations. Ensure that there are enough pens or pencils for guests.
  1. Musical chairs: This game needs a sufficient number of chairs for participants. It is necessary to arrange the speakers to play the music.
  1. Pictionary: Create a drawing area and play Pictionary. The most enjoyable aspect of this game is guessing incorrectly, and the competitive nature of groups takes it to a whole new level.
  1. Spin the bottle: Daring the person to do what is asked is always entertaining. Make the person complete the dare or tell the truth.
  1. Murder mystery games: Mind-boggling games such as solving mysteries are excellent choices. Form groups to solve the mystery and brainstorm ideas.

40th Birthday Party Food Ideas

A party is incomplete without good food, which merges with the idea of celebration. Here are 40th birthday party food ideas.

  1. Starters: Pay attention to the starters on the menu. When planning starters, consider the tastes of vegetarians and non-vegetarian guests. Starters are ideal for an inclusive alcohol party. Grilled, fried, barbeque chicken, cottage cheese, and vegetables are some of the best starters. In addition, a beach party may include seafood, such as crabs and fish.
  1. Snacks: Snacks such as popcorn, chips, and corn are ideal for passing around during the party. Snacks are a must for a movie-themed party. In addition, specially designed serving cones, bowls, or glasses can elevate the presentation.
  1. Drinks: Choice of mocktails and cocktails have an impression on the guests. It sometimes plays a vital role in presenting the classiness of the party.
  1. Birthday cake: The birthday cake is the most critical part of the birthday celebration. The birthday boy/girl should choose the flavor. The number of guests determines the size of the cake. There are several options to choose from, including a photo print cake, seasonal fruit cake, death by chocolate cake, theme cake, designer cake, eggless cakes, butter cake, cheesecake, and pound cake.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a 40th-year birthday called?

Although the term “Ruby Jubilee” is generally used to refer to someone celebrating 40 years of marriage, sometimes people also refer to a 40th birthday as a Ruby birthday.

2. Is 40 considered over the hill?

Given the recent alterations in life expectancy (which is nearly 80 years), some people consider that when they turn 40 years (half of 80), they are at the top of the hill (mostly the average midpoint of one’s life). From here, it is generally believed that a person is moving closer to old age.

Birthdays are an exciting event for people belonging to all age groups. Celebrating your loved one’s 40th birthday is a big feat, as it allows them to look back and appreciate the struggles, happiness, and sorrows that they had to go through to reach where they are today. They are finally at a place where they always wanted to be. Considering their likes and dislikes, arrange themed parties with interesting decorations, games, and different kinds of food, so they enjoy to the fullest with their near and dear ones.

Key Pointers

  • Theme-based parties can make the 40th birthday celebrations more organized and systematic.
  • Games and karaoke can be fun, and you may choose them according to the birthday person’s interest.
  • Spa sessions and a girls night out can be fun for women at a 40th birthday party.

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Shikha Thakur

Shikha is a writer-turned-associate editor at MomJunction. Having done a certification in Relationship Coaching, her core interest lies in writing articles that guide couples through their courtship to marriage and parenthood. She also specializes in baby names. Being a postgraduate in Human Resources from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, she likes understanding people and their relationships. This reflects in her relationship... more