Show everyone just how fabulous 40 really is with a celebration that is uniquely you. Struggling to pinpoint the perfect 40th birthday ideas for your special day? Sit down with a good friend or your sweetie and discuss your ultimate 40th birthday party ideas — no idea or theme is off limits this year. Maybe Mardi Gras has always been your idea of a great bash. Create a 40th birthday party with a Mardi Gras theme, from masks to beads and King cakes. For a family-style gathering, have a backyard barbecue complete with red-checkered tablecloths, lawn games for all ages and the guest of honor's favorite barbecue treats. Other theme options could include an elegant dinner party for adults only or girl's night with cocktails, a chocolate fountain and several "chick" flicks.
Shop for 40th birthday party supplies and decorations to complement the event's theme. While essentials such as cups, plates, utensils and other tableware are needed, you can mix and match these items to make the table settings pop with color and design. Don't be afraid to mix metallics with solid colors to add a bit of glitz to the table or other décor. When shopping for 40th birthday party decorations, keep in mind the guest of honor's personal style for colors and other décor choices. Surprise the guest of honor with a personalized lawn sign or banner, designed specifically for the party. An oversized, personalized birthday card is another fun item to include and even it becomes even more special when everyone from the party signs it.