Whether your co-worker looks forward to turning 40 years old or dreads this birthday like another pointless office meeting, decorate her cubicle in the style to match her attitude. Gather a few colleagues to decorate the space before she shows up to work or while she's on break. Keep the decorations work appropriate and leave the cubicle functional for the day's work.
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Life's Over at 40
If your co-worker can take the joke, turn his cubicle into a dark and gloomy graveyard signifying that the good life ends once you hit 40. Create tombstones for his "youth," "looks" and "memory." Include the dates these desired qualities died. Cover his cubicle in black butcher paper, hang black party streamers and blow up black balloons. Have coworkers can sign their condolences on his "Sorry You Turned 40 Today" banner.
Celebrate the year of her birth with decade decorations. If she was born in 1975, for example, select groovy 1970s decorations. Hang a bead curtain in her cubicle entrance, exchange her desk lamp for a lava lamp, turn on a disco ball and tack peace signs on those cubicle walls. Add a tie dye pattern to her 40th birthday sign.
If you want to lightheartedly focus on what's ahead instead of what has "died," decorate his cubicle in "old fart" style with over-the-hill decorations. Hang pairs of reading glasses, adult diapers and fake teeth around his work space. When he sits down at his desk, he should find it littered with prescription bottles and prunes instead of his vending machine snacks and cup of coffee.
Forty is the New 30
Supermarket magazine covers are always proclaiming "40 is the new 30" with pictures of sexy 40something celebrities looking healthy and happy. If your co-worker is feeling a little down about turning the big 4-O, cheer her up with pictures of all the fit and fabulous 40-year-olds in the world including actors, musicians, politicians and thinkers. Find positive quotes about turning 40 or getting older to tack on her bulletin board. Hang colourful streamers and balloons, and make 40 sound exciting.
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