40th Birthday Party Celebration Ideas

Need some 40th birthday party ideas? We’ll, you’ve come to the right place, because here at Idea Haul, we are all about ideas! In fact, we have more than 50 fun and fabulous 40th birthday party ideas and suggestions to help you get the party planning process started. After all, turning 40 is a major birthday milestone and needs to be celebrated accordingly. It’s not every day that we get to crowd a cake with 40 candles.

So, whether you choose to have a large or small birthday party hosted at your house or take everyone out on an amazing 40th birthday party adventure, your party goers are going to have fun and your soon to be 40 year old friend or family member will be grateful for the effort you put into the planning.

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Here are some 40th birthday ideas to help inspire your planning:

  • Great Gatsby themed party
  • Have a Margarita themed party
  • Take a harbor cruise
  • Have a game night
  • Plan a Gone with the Wind movie party theme
  • Plan a wine & cheese party
  • Rent some powerful telescopes and have a night under the stars party
  • Build your birthday party theme around The Godfather movies
  • Plan a Casablanca themed party
  • Plan a Titanic themed party
  • Have an Indie Film festival party with the best Indie films on Netflix
  • Have a wine tasting party
  • Hire a professional mixologist to craft custom drinks for your friends all night long based on their favorite ingredients.
  • Have a charity party where you do something good for the community
  • Beach volleyball
  • Plan an old sitcom themed party – 90210, Mash, Cheers, Friends, Saved by the Bell, etc. (or a show that was popular when the birthday boy or girl was a teen)
  • Go play golf
  • Host the party at an indoor sky diving facility
  • Host the party at TopGolf if you have one in your area
  • Plan a fashion-oriented Coachella themed party
  • Have a 60’s themed party
  • Have a 70’s themed party
  • Have an 80’s themed party
  • Have a disco themed party
  • Create a high school Prom theme
  • Have a softball game
  • Plan a Toga party
  • Go on a Pub Crawl
  • Have a ghost hunt themed party
  • Have a girl’s only spa party
  • Create an Amazing Race party where everyone breaks into teams to conquer challenges
  • Host your party at a hotel resort
  • Host the party at a sporting event
  • Have a costume party
  • Plan a Hawaiian theme and Luau
  • Have a country line dancing party
  • Plan a Mardi Gras theme
  • Rent a portable backyard movie screen and projector and have your own backyard movie party
  • Celebrate in the park
  • Plan your party at a dude ranch or have a rack cook-out
  • Go retro and host the party at a roller skating rink
  • Plan a cool pool party
  • Host the party at a facility that offers cooking classes
  • Have a sock hop party
  • Go bowling
  • Host the party at a rock climbing facility
  • Host the birthday party at a theme park
  • Have a retro beach BBQ party
  • Have a murder-mystery themed party
  • Have a salsa party where everyone makes their own salsa (and dances to salsa music)
  • Build your birthday theme around the Oscar’s, complete with the red carpet and paparazzi
  • Go out to a concert
  • Plan a masquerade ball
  • Create an around the world theme with foods, deserts, etc. representing other countries

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