40th Birthday Party Ideas

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40th Birthday Party Ideas

Here at Freedom we believe that 40th Birthdays should be embraced and celebrated.

We know that there are 2 crucial aspects when planning a birthday. What to do, and who to spend it with. Now we can’t help you with the latter (unless you want to invite the Freedom team along), but we can certainly help with the former. With 100's activities in over 50 locations, we really do have something for everyone. Ranging from single activities to full packages, you can do as much as you want.

With our online payment system, you need not fear about having to pay for everything yourself. Just a small deposit secures the booking, giving the rest of your group the opportunity to make their own payments in instalments. With numbers not confirmed until 6 weeks before, you are free to invite however many people you want... hey just think of all those presents.

There's no shortage to what you can do to celebrate your birthday in style, however if you're looking for a bit of 40th birthday party inspiration, check out what others have done to celebrate.

It's worth highlighting, that no longer are birthdays restricted to an intimate meal at your local restaurant. Over the last 18 months, overseas' birthdays have become the new big thing. Check out some of our fantastic European destinations: 40th Birthday Abroad.

40th Birthday Party Ideas by a Professional Event Planner

1. Rent a house a couple hours away
2. Host a small dinner party
3. Hire a private chef
4. 40 Years of Memories Photo Book
5. Liven Things Up with Party Games
6. Karaoke party your heart out
7. A Summery Garden Party
8. Go wine tasting
9. Enjoy a Getaway
10. A Michelin-Starred Private Dining Experience
11. Volunteer for something you care about
12. Hire a party house for the weekend
13. Host a Games Night
14. An Afternoon Tea Experience at The Shard
15. Book a private room at your favourite restaurant
16. Host a casino night
17. A Private Group Baking Class
18. A Murder Mystery Experience
19. Host a Costume-themed Party
10. Have an at-home spa day

40th Birthday Themes And Ideas

Here are some 40th birthday themes and ideas:

Roaring 20s

Throw a Great Gatsby-inspired party with flapper dresses, feather boas, and champagne.

Casino Night

Set up a casino-style party with poker, blackjack, and other games of chance.

Wine Experience

Host a wine tasting party with a variety of reds, whites, and sparkling wines.

Beach Bash

Have a beach-themed party with sand, beach balls, and tropical drinks.

Masquerade Ball

Create an air of mystery with a masquerade ball where guests wear elegant masks and dance the night away.

Hollywood Glam

Roll out the red carpet for a Hollywood glam-themed party with movie-themed decorations and costumes.

Sports Night

Have a sports-themed party where guests dress up in their favourite team's gear and compete in games like cornhole or beer pong.

Karaoke Night

Rent a karaoke machine and let guests belt out their favourite songs.

Around the World

Celebrate with a travel-themed party, featuring food and décor from different countries around the world.

Decades Party

Choose a decade from the past, like the 70s, 80s, or 90s, and have guests dress up and party like it's that decade.

Remember, the key to a successful 40th birthday party is to make it personal and reflective of the person's interests and preferences. So, tailor the theme and activities to the birthday person, and have fun!

Planning a 40th Birthday Party: Party Idea Basics

Here are some basics to consider when planning a 40th birthday party:

Party Guests

Make a list of everyone the birthday person would like to invite, including family members, best friends, and colleagues. Consider the party's size, location, and budget.

Date and Time

Choose a date and time that works for the birthday person and the guests. Avoid scheduling the party on a holiday or other major event that may conflict with guests' schedules.


Choose a venue that suits the party's theme and budget. Depending on the guest list, you may choose to host the party at home, a restaurant, a banquet hall, or a park.

Theme and Party Favors

Consider the birthday person's interests when choosing a party theme and party decorations. This could be a specific fancy dress party for their milestone birthday.

Food and Drinks

Decide on the menu and drink options. Depending on the party's size and budget, you could cater the food or cook it yourself. Make sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic drink options for guests who don't drink alcohol.


Choose entertainment that suits the birthday person and the guests. This could be music, games, or activities that everyone can participate in.


Send out birthday bash invitations at least a month in advance with all the details, including the date, time, location, dress code, and RSVP information.

Cake and Gifts

Don't forget to include a birthday cake for the birthday girl or birthday boy, and consider asking guests to bring a small gift that reflects the party's theme or the birthday person's interests.

By keeping these basics in mind, you can plan a memorable 40th party that celebrates the milestone and the person's life.

Why You Need to Make an Effort

Your 40th birthday is a significant milestone in your life and a great reason to celebrate. Here are a few reasons why you should make the effort to celebrate your 40th birthday:

Reflect on your accomplishments

Your 40th is a great time to look back on all that you have achieved and accomplished in your life. It's an opportunity to appreciate all the hard work, dedication, and accomplishments that have brought you to this point.

Recognize your growth and maturity

By the time you reach 40, you've likely gained a wealth of life experience, knowledge, and wisdom. You've learned from your successes and failures, and you've likely become more self-aware, confident, and mature.

Reconnect with loved ones

A 40th party is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and loved ones who you may not have seen in a while. It's a chance to celebrate your life with those who have been a part of it, and to create new memories with them.

Embrace the next chapter of your life

Your 40th birthday is also an opportunity to look forward to the next chapter of your life. You have many years ahead of you, and this is the perfect time to set new goals, make new plans, and celebrate the opportunities that lie ahead.

A Surprise Party?

Overall, a surprise party can be a great way to celebrate a loved one's 40th, but it's important to plan carefully and take the birthday person's personality and preferences into account. Make sure to communicate clearly with all the guests to ensure the surprise is not spoiled.

Some people love surprises, while others may not enjoy the lack of control that comes with a surprise party. Make sure you know the birthday person well enough to judge whether they would appreciate a surprise party or not.


How do you make a party fun?

Even the most party-pooping guest (there is always one) will be in the party groove when the drinks are flowing and you kickstart the games. A party weekend isn't complete without some brilliant activities and games to break the ice and turbo charge the shenanigans.

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