Celebrating the Milestone Fortieth Birthday
Paperia | December 2014
Welcome to the second installment in our series about milestone birthday celebrations! We’ve previously discussed 30th birthdays, and today we are on to the big 4-0!
At forty, people are really hitting their stride in life. Many will have identified their professional calling and have made progress down a career path. If they’re lucky, perhaps they’ve even enjoyed an accomplishment and an advancement within that realm. Oftentimes by forty, people who intend to marry and have families have begun that pursuit. And, if they do have children, they’ve likely experienced the singular joy of parenthood, which adds depth and meaning to one’s life unlike anything else.
After years of schooling, the proverbial “paying one’s dues” as an entry-level employee, and navigating the world of dating and relationships, it’s no wonder that forty marks a great milestone. Forty year olds have undoubtedly developed a comfort in journeying through life, yet so many great moments still lie ahead of them. Therefore, forty is simultaneously a destination and a beginning. And, it certainly deserves a party.
Here are some possible themes for a 40th birthday party:
- Get out the sombreros and moroccos, fill the piñata, and stock up on tequila and taco seasoning, because it’s about to get hot, hot, hot! An adult fiesta party is the ultimate homage to FUN. Consider giving out miniature bottles of hot sauce with labels reading “Still HOT at 40!” on them as favors. Use little potted cacti as centerpieces and decorations. Invest in a special margarita blender so that the cool cocktails are flowing all night. With bright colors, loud music, and spicy food, this is one 40th birthday party your guests will not forget.
- Grabbing your guests attention with a fiesta invitation will not be difficult! Select a bold, colorful style adorned with a Mexican fiesta banner strewn across the top to add that southwestern flair. The text might read: “Hip, hip ole – it’s Marie’s 40th fiesta grande!”
Forty & Fabulous
- Pull out all the stops with a “Forty & Fabulous” themed soiree. Perhaps this celebration will be at your home, a swanky lounge, cosmopolitan restaurant, or cozy room at a country club. The idea here is that everything is as fabulous as it possibly can be: top shelf liquor, fancy foodie bites, butlered appetizers, skirted tables, live music, and, of course, night-on-the-town cocktail attire.
- To communicate the fanciness of your “Forty & Fabulous” bash, you might use a thick, elegant stock with a script font and chandelier motif. Or you may pick a shimmery stock with rhinestone embellishments that pop from the page. A standout invite will be the perfect precursor to your formal fete! Just make sure to include a note about the dress code, should you feel the venue alone will not communicate it.