How to Decorate for a 40th Birthday Party

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How to Decorate for a 40th Birthday Party
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Turning 40 is considered to be a milestone birthday. For some, it means they are now "over the hill," although this concept seems quaintly dated by people who are over 30. As people live longer, stay healthier and retain their looks at 40 and beyond, it may not have the same negative significance as it did in the past. The 40th birthday party decorations should be positive, uplifting and celebratory, not derogatory. Celebrate the positive aspects of reaching this milestone birthday when you choose your decorations. Decorate with other objects that remind guests some things just get better with age.

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Things you need

  • Wine corks
  • Stencils
  • Paint
  • Craft cork
  • Photos
  • Sewing needles

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  1. 1

    Create a large banner which reads, "Better With Age: Happy 40th Birthday." Unroll a large roll of paper and. Use letter stencils and paint the make the words. Use the favourite colours of the one celebrating his birthday.

  2. 2

    Cut out place mats or entire table coverings made out of thin craft cork. Copy photos of the birthday celebrant. Choose photos from when he was younger as well as more recent photos. Stick sewing needles into the ends of wine corks, leaving a short amount sticking out, to make a big wine cork tack. Press the cork tack into the photos to attach them to the tables.

  3. 3

    Repeat the number 40 wherever you can. For a party with a dance floor, make 40 foot prints that look like they are dancing around the floor. Sprinkle confetti in the shape of the number 40 on the tables and the floor.

  4. 4

    Print out photos of famous people and movie stars who also turn 40 during the year of the party. Search for stars by birthday at (See Resources). Attach the images to a wall, with a photo of the birthday guest in the middle. Make a banner on the top that reads, "In Good Company."

  5. 5

    Create another wall where decorations relating to the person's birth year can be noted. Important events on the person's birthday and during their birth year can be found at the History Website. See the Resources section for a link. Create decorative themes related to those events. For example, use rockets and moons if the person was born in the year when we landed on the moon. Incorporate pop culture icons from the year as well.

Tips and warnings

  • Take a positive approach when decorating, and consider the phrase, "Life begins at 40."

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