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Unique 40th birthday celebration ideas

April 7, 2022

Are you searching for some unique 40th birthday celebration ideas? Turning forty is a big deal after all. Without doubt it’s one of life’s most iconic milestone moments.

40th Birthday celebration ideasYet, turning forty means different things to different people. According to clinical psychologist Tricia Wolanin, turning forty should be “…a time of reflection to take stock of who you are at this time in your life, which include the values, friendships, jobs, relationships, and thoughts you hold dear,”

But for many, the prospect of turning forty fills them with dread: The gateway to old age. Some claim indifference towards the big four O, insisting that age is just another number. Others are excited at the prospect, often quoting American philosopher, Walter B. Pitkin’s, now famous phrase ‘Life begins at forty’

With ‘Life begins at forty’ What Pitkin was really saying was that after four decades of life on planet earth, we should have the experience, life skills, professional status and financial stability to really begin to enjoy life.

And, whilst some might prefer to quietly transition from their thirties, others want to go kicking and screaming!

Whatever your take on turning forty, here are a few unique 40th birthday celebration ideas, we thought you might enjoy:

Throw a party

If you’re more likely to fall into the kicking and screaming category, then why not throw a party?

sound & entertainmentPeople hold birthday parties all the time, so what makes this suggestion so special and unique? Well, we’re not talking about just any party, we’re talking about the party to end all parties!

A huge celebration that you, your family and friends will remember for ever.

Create an amazing and unique venue; marquees are bespoke designed and built for every event, they’re fully tailorable and perfect for creating very special and unique party spaces.

Hire amazing caterers and a brilliant bar supplier to ensure that your guests are well fed and watered all evening. You’ll have a choice of sit-down meal, bar food and canapes or even food stations to ensure that your party is a truly social affair.

Flair bartending 40th birthday celebration ideasAnd why have one bar when you can have multiple? There are some amazing bar companies offering beautiful, fully staffed and stocked bars for hire. Add a gin bar, a cocktail bar or both – and why not some flair bartenders too (think Tom Cruise in Cocktail!), to really get the party going!

When it comes to entertainment, hire a mind-blowing band, a DJ and some roaming performers to keep the fun flowing all night long.

Theming and décor go a long way towards making a party truly unique. Some popular themes include 1980s club tropicana, favourite films, Oscars glam, prohibition, Great Gatsby and Ibiza chic  – but there are lots more amazing themes out there to choose from. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

Take a holiday

Planning a Honeymoon, post covid honeymoon, milestone occasionAnd make it the holiday of a lifetime. Is there a place that you have always wanted to visit? Have you dreamed of a trip on the Orient express? A World cruise? Shark diving in South Africa or diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef…

Or perhaps you’d prefer a more intimate affair with your closest family and friends?

Why not hire an exclusive Villa somewhere in the sun and take your special people with you for a week, or maybe two? And for an extra special experience, consider a stay at an exclusive private island resort, such as The Brando in French Polynesia.

Invite a large group of family and friends to spend the first week with you, but why not reserve the second week for some alone time with your most special person or people? Your partner, husband, wife and maybe even the kids…

Host an amazing dinner party

A slightly more understated party option perhaps, but certainly no less special or memorable than a much larger affair.

Exclusive catering 40th birthday celebration ideasGather together the people that mean the most to you in the world and treat them to a night of incredible food, great conversation and wonderful entertainment.

Hire a private chef, or a luxury catering company. Most caterers are experienced event organisers too, able to arrange everything from the décor to the drinks, the entertainment and of course, the food.

Dinner parties can range from the simple to the sublime. They can include talks on food creation, wine tasting and pairing, menu design, food provenance and sustainability. Or even lessons, where guests are invited to share in the creation of the meal, learning and applying new techniques before sitting down and breaking bread together.

Winter party tips & 40th birthday celebration ideasEntertainment can be intertwined with service too. Food theatre is hugely popular and can range from creatively presented courses, to interactive elements such as murder mystery events, singing waiters or even celebrity guests. Or take your dinner party to the next level with a tailored, immersive dining experience; story telling at its most vibrant! Immersive dining experiences can feature carefully curated lighting, music and sound effects, alongside incredible projection mapped animations, all designed to take you and your guests on a culinary adventure to thrill both taste buds and minds!

But a dinner party must always be about the food, so ensure that you hire an experienced caterer and check the services that they are able to offer, as well as reviews and customer testimonials before booking.

Book a spa weekend

And spare no expense! You’re only forty once. Take your best friend with you and enjoy a full weekend of pampering, relaxation and great (but healthy!) food and drink.

There are many different levels of Spa package available, and costs can range hugely. A simple day package could cost as little as £50 but go all out and it’s easy to spend thousands!

It all depends on the location, the treatments, and facilities on offer at the Spa you choose. Spa treatments can range from facials and massages to body wraps, scrubs, manicures and pedicures. Spas also offer beauty treatments such as waxing and tanning.

Remember, we’re talking about your fortieth birthday celebrations here – so why not throw caution to the wind and create a complete weekend package, including accommodation and room service, that will leave you with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. You’re worth it after all.

Do…. Lots of things!

Why limit yourself to one big moment of celebration? Do lots of things that you’ve always wanted to do. Create a bucket list and start ticking things off!

How about a sky dive or a bungee jump? Abseiling, canyoning, off road driving, or learning to sail? Perhaps driving a Ferrari or a Lamborghini has always been a dream. Shark diving? Hand feeding Crocodiles (is that even possible?) or anything else that floats your boat.

What better excuse could you need than ‘I’m turning forty’? There’s nothing to say that you can’t have a party, a holiday and a spa day too…

Did you enjoy our 40th Birthday celebration ideas?

Perhaps you’re considering a fortieth birthday party and would like to talk to us about hiring a bespoke designed marquee? Or perhaps you’d like us to recommend a luxury catering company, entertainers or a bar supplier? Call 01372 459485 or email sales@inside-outside.co.uk and talk to a member of our team to find out more.

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