My husband will be turning 40 in March and I am in desperate need of celebration ideas. It doesn't necessarily have to be a party, but I can't let this big event go by unnoticed. I stay home with our two year old and don't work so I don't have a huge amount of cash at my disposal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
GRL611 from Philadelphia
Can you get someone to watch your 2-year old for a few hours, either as a favor or a tradeoff. Is there someplace local that he really likes to go? Do you get together with other people a lot socially? Perhaps you could plan a potluck surprise party, with a couple of people he doesn't see often but would like to. Maybe a movie with coffee and dessert out afterward. (01/15/2009)
This is a great idea for any birthday of importance, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, etc. and it's free! I like to write a list called "40 things I love about you". ( or 50 things if they are turning 50, or 70 things if they are turning 70) I write fond memories I have of the birthday person. You can list qualities you admire about the person or sweet memories you have about the person.
Be specific and write details, it makes it more meaningful. I've done this for lots of different people in my family and they were all deeply touched by the time, effort, and kind words. It's always been a huge success! It does take some time. I would recommend you write 10 a day rather than sit down and try to come up with all 40 or 50 at once. It's much easier to do it in small doses. Have fun. Be creative. Make them laugh. Make them cry. You will enjoy it too! Lee in FL (01/16/2009)
Every time one of my siblings has turned 40, we have had a sit down meal with my parents and all the spouses. I am one of five, so we had about 12 adults. We had no kids at the meal. We cooked a nice meal and had a cake. It always turned out nice and it is great getting together with my brothers and sisters. You could do the same for you husband and his family. This was not very expensive, since it was just a meal and I always got food on sale.
I think time spent with loved ones is the most important thing. Now my oldest sister is coming up on 50 and we will probably start it all over again! Hope this helps. (01/27/2009)
My mom had a surprise birthday party and she didn't have a clue. Except, you are more creative than my dad, so anyway. We had kabobs and a ballroom dancer cake (with Barbie) because she ballroom dances. We had a picnic. Don't plan any games, just invite tons of friends. (02/03/2009)
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