There's no milestone quite like a 40th birthday, and gathering friends and family to celebrate the occasion can make it a truly memorable day. Sending out funny and clever invitations to the 40th birthday party sets the tone for the event.
Over the Hill
"Over the Hill" is the common theme associated with turning 40. Custom-cut invitations in the shape of a hill can make light of the cliché. Invite guests to bring hiking shoes and backpacks to make the climb easier.
Welcome guests to witness a mid-life crisis. Briefly outline in the invitation the person's first 40 years, as well as the hysteria, paranoia and irrationality that guests can expect when they arrive.
Attach clever speech bubbles to baby pictures of the person turning 40. Exclamations such as "Where did I go wrong?" or captions like "The last time I was normal" can turn baby pictures into hilarious commentaries on turning 40.
Create a timeline highlighting the person's life. But instead of noting the usual milestones--graduations, weddings, etc.--share more quirky events such as embarrassing prom moments, first break-ups and firings.