25 Unique 40th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas

Spending four decades with your other half is a major milestone and calls for a bash. To help you make the celebration grand, we bring you some unique 40th anniversary party ideas.

As you have shared most of your life with your partner and you both have become an indispensable part of each other’s lives, your 40th anniversary should be an occasion to celebrate your togetherness, and the party should be filled with lots of laughter.

No matter how you wish to celebrate the auspicious event—with a quiet family event or a crazy party with several events—we have some cool ideas for you. So, start sending out the invites to the people you love.

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25 Unique 40th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas

Four decades of love and togetherness must be celebrated in the best possible way. These 40th wedding anniversary ideas will help you throw a memorable party.

40th Anniversary Party Ideas

If you are planning to celebrate the special day in a big way, you can check out these ideas.

1. Memory reels

Memory reels, 40th anniversary idea

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When you spend 40 years in your loved one’s company, you have created some beautiful memories together. Make a video of your memories and add some music to it. Ask your relatives to contribute as well.

2. Wedding cake

Creating a replica of your wedding cake for your 40th wedding anniversary party can be an excellent idea. You just need a good picture of the original one. Many bakeries offer to remake the cake in the same way.

3. Photo Memories

If you want to relive all the amazing moments of your life, you can opt for a photo memory party. Use all the pictures you have with your partner to decorate the party areas. Your relatives could contribute to the picture inventory too.

4. Red theme

What better way to celebrate your Ruby anniversary than including red in the party? Sparkly red glitter, red balloons, centerpieces, tablecloth, china, candle votives, and flowers can really set the mood. Keep the red wine flowing too.

5. Renew vows

Your 40th anniversary is the perfect day to renew your wedding vows. Many couples prefer to do this on their 50th anniversary. However, you can set a new trend by doing it on your 40th.

6. Poem

After 40 years of togetherness, you may have some romantic things to say to your partner on the special day. Write poetry in red ink and dedicate it to your partner and your relationship. You can read out the poem at the party and even display it for everyone to see.

7. Family quilt

Family quilt, 40th anniversary idea

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Over the years, you have had a close group of near and dear ones. Some are immediately related to you, while some are friends who become your family. Take the pictures of your closest people and get them together to make a family quilt.

8. Wish tree

Make a wish tree that is decorated with some things from your bucket list. Decorate it with red ribbons and ornaments. You can add pictures of your previous anniversaries and also add air tickets or gift cards for your partner and yourself.

9. Memoirs

Every family member has been a part of your life in some way. Ask each one of them to write a page of memoirs for you. They can read out their special memoirs and make the event more intimate. You can also compile them into a scrapbook and display them.

10. 70s party

A 70s theme is a great idea for your 40th wedding anniversary. Wear red and ask your guests to wear red too. Flared pants, mini dresses, tartan trousers, and 70s music is a great combination. You could even create a dance floor right in your living room.

11. Special gifts

Gift your partner ruby jewelry or cufflinks. A ruby ring, pendant, necklace, or watch for your love is a good gift. If rubies or gemstones are not to your tastes or out of your budget, you can gift deep red candles or even a Kitchen aid.

12. Flowers

No anniversary is complete without flowers. So, deck up the party area with special red roses on your 40th wedding anniversary. These roses represent your undying love for your partner and also match the anniversary theme. If your partner isn’t fond of roses, gladioli or carnations are good choices too.

13. Ballpoint

Gift ballpoint pen on 40th anniversary

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We are not talking about the cheap ones available in the market. Your 40th wedding anniversary gift needs to be something special. Get a Swarovski Ballpoint pen or other branded pens for your partner, if they like writing or journaling. This can be a great addition to their office supplies as well.

40thAnniversary Celebration Ideas For Parents

Your parents have struggled a lot to make you what you are today. It is time for you to reciprocate their love.

14. Belgian beer tasting

Belgian beer is one of the most famous beers in the world. The Flanders red ale is perfect for your parents’ 40th anniversary. Take your parents to a beer tasting festival where they can sample some of Belgium’s traditional foods too.

15. Red wine tasting

If your parents are wine connoisseurs, you can take them to a wine tasting place. They can spend a day in the vineyards and sample wines with a guide. The idea of liquid rubies on your 40th anniversary is a perfect one too.

16. Iconic perfume

Some perfumes come packaged in red bottles and are perfect for your parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. You can get a custom-made one from the manufacturers with your parents’ names engraved on the bottle.

17. Spa day

There is no better way to celebrate a special occasion than spending a day at the spa. So pamper your parents on their wedding anniversary at a spa and let them spend a rejuvenating time.

18. Vintage wine with newspaper

Gift them a newspaper dating back to their wedding day. This is the perfect gift for your parents to remember their old days and indulge in nostalgia. There are companies that give you customized packages containing your parents’ favorite wine with the original newspaper.

19. City tour

Gift a city tour to parents on 40th anniversary

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Give your parents a ticket for a city tour. This will allow them to spend some good time with each other and visit all those places they visited in their youth. A grand city tour ending with a quiet dinner is the best way to spend a 40th wedding anniversary.

20. Manicure and champagne

What could be more decadent than spending time pampering yourselves while sipping on some great champagne? Gift a manicure and champagne package to your parents to spend a happy day in each other’s company.

21. Canvas music art

Who knew someone’s wedding song could turn into something romantic? Get your parents’ wedding song printed onto a canvas for wall art. These sheet lyrics can be printed in red color to match their 40th wedding anniversary theme. You could also include the actual lyrics to the song.

22. Collage canvas

Collage canvas, 40th anniversary idea

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You can get customized photo collages on canvas to gift your parents. Use the number 40 as a template and add pictures to it. You could add their names and the date of their wedding on the canvas as well. This can make great wall art in your parents’ living room.

23. Personalized clone showpiece

Gift your parents personalized clones and surprise them. They can use it in their car or display it on a shelf. These clones are cute, customizable, and quite affordable too.

24. Air ticket

Your parents must have had some traveling plans over the years that they could not complete due to some reason. Get them tickets to the place they have wanted to visit for a long time. This can be the best gift they received in life.

25. Family tree

Make or get a customized family tree and add your pictures to it. Ask your relatives to contribute as well. This can be a cool addition to your parents’ home, where you can display it on the walls.

Forty years of togetherness is a dream that most people wish to fulfill with their special someone. And you have crossed that milestone, so it deserves to be celebrated. Don’t shy away from expressing your love to your partner and celebrate your big day with your friends and family in a grand manner. Use these 40th-anniversary party ideas to throw a memorable party and enjoy the day to the fullest. Don’t forget to capture these moments as memories to look back upon.

Infographic: 40th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Ideas

If your dear ones are about to complete 40 years of marriage, you ought to make this occasion an unforgettable one for them. This infographic brings you some exciting suggestions to honor your special couple’s four decades of love and togetherness.

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Key Pointers

  • Four decades of togetherness is a great feat that should be celebrated.
  • Learn unique 40th wedding anniversary party ideas based on different themes.
  • A city tour or air tickets to a special destination are some ideas you can try.
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