40th Birthday Party Ideas

May 19, 2011

A cupcake with candles on it for a 40th birthday.I am throwing a 40th birthday party and am looking for funny prize ideas for game winners. For example, dinner for two (then you give them a box of mac and cheese, that serves two), a chance to win $100,000 (then give them a lottery ticket), or a new car (winner gets a match box car).


By Karen


May 23, 20110 found this helpful

A new designer outfit = a yard of fabric, spool of thread and hand needles; new mixer for the kitchen = wooden spoon; bouquet of flowers = dead roses or just stems (? not great but all I could think of); set of living room furniture (bed room, dining room) = miniatures from the craft store for dollhouses; washer and dryer = metal washer and a kitchen towel; a box of diamonds = a box of cards with only suits of diamonds; portrait of a US President = $1 bill; a $100 bill = an invoice/bill for $100 for services rendered; exercise equipment = a square block with instructions to place on floor, walk around it 6 times [thereby having walked around the block 6 times], a large rubber band for stretches, a cotton swap tinted black for a dumbell/barbell weight.


Please post what you do come up with since this is a great idea.

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May 3, 2011

I'm having my 40th birthday party in July and my theme is a Runway Diva/or just a Diva. Any ideas on centerpieces or decorating?

By Wanda


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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

The Dolly Mamas are a lot of fun. Here is a link to their site and you will fall in love with them in a heartbeat.

Another site if the mama's are a bit too old is this one


Both are too cute!
Happy Birthday!

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April 19, 2009

I am planning a 40th birthday party for my mom, and need help with ideas. I want it to be a dressy occasion, something fun and very memorable. I have a color scheme (teal and purple, her favorite colors).

I've hired a DJ, and have a location with a dance floor, tables and chairs, but I'm not sure what else to do, such as games, and how to make sure everyone has fun and stays interested. I'm obviously not 40, so I'm not sure what would be especially appealing to this age group. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


By Holli from Portland, OR


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April 23, 20090 found this helpful

Depending on the time of day, there are a lot of things you can do food-wise without spending a bundle. Chips and dip, tortilla chips and salsa, etc. A gal I know heats cocktail wieners with BBQ sauce, then skewers them on toothpicks. Not expensive, but adds a touch of class.

For music, the "oldies" like the Eagles, BeeGees, Fleetwood Mac (I confess, I liked Barry Manilow). whatever music your mom likes... on a borrowed stereo or CD player.
Gifts? Again, when I was young and newly-married and broke, I used a small notepad and colorful pen and wrote a coupon book for those little favors my first hubby liked. Maybe your mom would appreciate coupons for you to take her out to dinner, or come in to cook for her, or clean the fridge. Even a home manicure-pedicure might be appreciated, if your mom's fashion-conscious.


btw. I think your mom's lucky to have a thoughtful kid like you!

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April 19, 2009

My husband will be turning 40 in March and I am in desperate need for celebration ideas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

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January 13, 2009

I really need ideas for my sister's 40th birthday, she's not very adventurous so that rules a fair bit out, but I'd like it to be memorable and special.

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