Simple & Elegant Centerpiece Ideas for a 40th Birthday

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Simple & Elegant Centerpiece Ideas for a 40th Birthday
Simple elegance for your centrepiece for a 40th birthday celebration (birthday cake image by Pershing from

Simple and elegant birthday centrepieces for a 40th birthday party do not have to be overly expensive. With some advance preparation, the centrepiece can be part of the decorations to add to the beauty of the table and the festivities, and even become part of the party itself.

Candle-Based Centerpieces

A 40th birthday centrepiece featuring two large number candles and 40 candles in a colour theme, or assorted colours, makes the table bright and cheerful. Candles can range in size from tall tapers to small votive candles, or even floating ones.

Flower-Based Centerpieces

Forty of the birthday celebrant's favourite flowers arranged in a bowl, vase/s or a display with greenery make a memorable centrepiece. Candles can be added to the centre of the display, as can a special Mylar balloon saying "Happy 40th Birthday." Moreover, an edible bouquet of 'flowers' made from pineapple, melons and other sorts of fruit is a unique touch.

Balloon-Based Centerpieces

Balloons might be part of either a candle-based or flower-based centrepiece, as previously discussed, or a centrepiece in their own right. Create a bouquet of balloons with the number 40 on them, an array of coloured balloons, or perhaps one special Mylar balloon with a bouquet of matching balloons around a colour theme. Commercial balloon weights in a variety of themes can help keep the balloons in position at the centre of the table. There are also balloon weight centrepieces available, which tend to be very inexpensive. The weights come in a vase, and each have the number 40 on them.

Photo-Based Centerpieces

This is an elegant idea that family and friends of the birthday celebrant can organise together. Using either prepackaged photo centrepieces or making their own, participants can create a photo display of milestones in the birthday girl's life, such as fist birthday, high school graduation, wedding day and so on.

Cake-Based Centerpieces

There are a wide variety of custom-designed cakes to suit all tastes and budgets. Cakes can be combined with the flower, candle, balloon and even photo centrepiece ideas above. The cake can be decorated with number candles, and with 40 candles, according to taste, budget and colour scheme. Some bakeries can render photos onto sugar or candy plaques to place on the cake.

Anyone handy at cake decorating could also create a "Game of Life" for their loved one, with either notes of the birthday person's milestones right on the sheet cake, or photos inserted into the cake with placecard holder pins. A multi-tiered cake will be an even more opulent centrepiece for the occasion, decorated with candles and anything from simple ribbons to fancy icing, with a number 40 candle at the top, or a large chocolate 40.

Theme-Based Centerpieces

In addition to the 40th birthday theme, party planners might also want to pick up on the hobbies and interests of the birthday person. For men, ideas might include a mini-race track with 40 cars as candle holders, or 40 golf balls used in the same way. For women, the cake could be decorated to look like a quilt if quilting is the birthday girl's hobby, or the candle holders could be teddy bears or crystal or some other collectable she enjoys.

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