Turning forty is an important milestone that should be celebrated! By forty, you likely know who your true friends are and you probably have a good idea of the direction you expect the rest of your life to take. And though life may have thrown you some curve balls here and there, you made it to forty! It's a great reason to party!
Throw a Fabulous Forty Party
Every birthday is cause for celebration, but forty is cause for some fabulous festivities. It's a great opportunity to let loose and stop being such an adult for a few hours.
Some people go with colorful, festive decorations for a fortieth birthday party while others take a more comical yet somber route of decorations akin to mourning. You'll want to steer clear of "over-the-hill" references if the guest of honor is having a tough time coming to grips with advancing in age.
Use Your Space
Even if you don't have ample space for a party, or you have a too-big space to fill, you can still use the right decorations to make it festive.
Small space? Take advantage of wall space with garlands, banners and photos of the guest of honor.
Big space? Inflated balloons and hanging decorations can help fill up empty spaces and make the huge space look more celebratory.
No space? If you can't have a party but want to celebrate nonetheless, consider decorating their car or work desk with some confetti or cut-outs.
Parties for the Young at Heart
No matter what age a person is, they still enjoy being appreciated and celebrated. Unless the person having the birthday has expressly forbid any celebration, a birthday party is always a good idea.
To Surprise or Not Surprise
A well-executed surprise party will create memories that will last long into old age for the guest of honor. Pulling off a surprise party can be quite a feat and requires all guests to be able to keep a secret.
A Preference Party
Getting input from the guest of honor guarantees a great party - allow them to choose location, date, food and theme, but don't make them do any of the work.
Start Planning Early
People in their late 30s and 40s are typically quite busy with life and need a little more notice of an event than other age groups. Give guests ample notice of the upcoming 40th birthday party to make sure everyone has the chance to clear their schedule.
Forty and Fearless
Fearlessly kick down the door into the forties and get ready for a thrilling ride! There's no better way to usher in the next decade of life than surrounded by loved ones at a fun party.