Unique 40th Birthday Party Ideas

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Unique 40th Birthday Party Ideas
The 40th birthday celebration lends itself to a humorous or formal event. (40th birthday 1 image by daniellecolla from Fotolia.com)

Celebrate a 40th birthday with a bash that the birthday lady or gent will never forget. Plan the party around the favourite activities and personality of the celebrant. Choose a theme, venue and activities enhanced with good food and music. For a unique 40th birthday party, focus on the person you are honouring.

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Choosing a theme will jump-start plans for the 40th birthday party. Wow the birthday celebrant by selecting a theme that would make him happy. Base the theme on things that are near and dear to the heart of the soon-to-be 40-year-old. Possibilities are endless, with movies, sports, garden-party, heritage, charities, hobbies among the options. The theme is then incorporated into an ideal venue with tasty food and personalised activities.


Gather guests together to surprise the birthday lady at a restaurant, theme park, spa or cottage at the lake. Arrange for a ski-diving lesson at a local airport with an outdoor barbecue at the city park. Book a deep-sea fishing trip for the 40-year-old man and his best friends. Take a hot balloon ride, go whale watching or on a river cruise ending with a starlight clam bake with friends and family.

Food and Activities

Good food is as important as the venue for a unique 40th birthday party. Host a pig roast at a home luau party or cater a sit-down dinner. Celebrate the birthday and heritage of the 40-year-old with cuisine from his family's country of origin. Hire a live band or disc jockey who will feature music that supports the theme of the party. The birthday cake or dessert can be a highlight of the party. Order a custom-made cake that is delicious and fits the theme, such as a football field with a featured 40-yard line. A Halloween costume party for adults can feature a graveyard cake with headstones that reads, "Here Lies Youth" or another humorous message.

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