40 Birthday Party Ideas When Turning 40

40 Ways to Celebrate Turning 40

If you have the big 40 coming up, make sure to mark the milestone with something special that you’ll look fondly back on!

Everyone likes to celebrate birthdays differently, but we all know that turning 40 is a big deal. This is the year that a lot of people go big or go home whether that’s a weekend group activities or a expensive holiday. No matter what you’re into, there’s a variety of special ways to make your 40th birthday party one to remember. If you need a bit of inspiration for 40th birthday ideas, we’re here to help. Below is a simple list of 40 ways to celebrate turning 40. We’d be surprised if you can’t find something to tickle your fancy!

1. A Spa Day

Everyone deserves a pamper everyone once and a while – but especially for a birthday! If you’re looking for a way to remember turning 40 without all the balloons and booze, a spa retreat might be the perfect experience. Relax and spend a care-free day/weekend rejuvenating as you hit the special mark of 40.

If some R&R has peaked your interest, why not have a look at our mobile pamper party for groups big or small.

2. A Makeover

On a similar vein to pampering, a makeover is also a great way to celebrate your milestone birthday. Get the girls together or just spend some quality alone time getting your hair and make-up done, even if it’s not for a particular occasion.

We can provide an excellent makeover and photoshoot experience so you can capture mementos of your 40th glamourous makeover.

3. Buy Yourself Something Nice

More often than not we push aside things we want to spend money on more responsible, practical things. Your 40th birthday bash is the perfect time to splash the cash on an item you’ve always dreamed of.

4. A Holiday

Booking an extravagant holiday is probably one of the most popular ways people all over the UK choose to spoil themselves on their 40th. Soak up the sun in the Maldives, head to the Bahamas or just relax at your favourite retreat in Spain!

5. Go to Your Favourite Restaurant

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to celebrate without missing out, your absolute favourite restaurant is a must. It doesn’t have to be somewhere fancy, just order your favourite dishes with your loved ones to mark the occasion.

6. Re-Connect with Family

It just so happens that when you turn 40, it can be a time of self-reflection. This might be the ideal time to reach out to estranged family members and strengthen relationships.

7. Skydive

It might be a cliché, but lots of people use their 40th birthday as an opportunity to do something crazy! And what’s crazier than jumping out of a plane?

8. Make a Bucket List

Making a bucket list is both easy and exciting. Once you hit 40, think about all the experiences you might want to do and places you want to visit, write them down and make them happen!

9. Find a Fitness Hobby

Getting fit at 40 isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking to become your best self when you hit that age then a fitness hobby might be a great start. Try Zumba, start running or even just join a hiking club.

10. Have a Girls Night In

Simple yet effective, a girls (or boys) night in might be exactly what you need to ring in the first 40 years of your life. Relive the fun of high school sleepovers but with some wine, good cheese and cheeky films.

11. A Theatre Visit

A theatre visit is the perfect three things for a special birthday – exciting, unique and glamourous! Without being too pricey, you can dress up to go and see an iconic play in the likes of The London Palladium or The Globe Theatre.

12. Visit Somewhere New

Hop on a plane or take a road trip to somewhere that’s always peaked your interest, whether that be a day trip or a week away.

13. A Cruise

There’s no more epic way to spend your 40th birthday than a cruise! Sail the seas in true luxury and make memories on board.

14. Go to a Concert

You’re never too old to enjoy some riveting live music. Feel the bass in your chest and find a musical concert that excites you.

15. Go to Vegas

One of the most popular ways to celebrate a 40th birthday party is to jet off to Vegas and try to win a small fortune in between all the glitz and glam.

16. Buy a Pet

Who doesn’t love a furry companion? If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pet, mark your 40’s as the best decade with your new friend.

17. Make a 40’s List

Similar to a bucket list but with the help of Google. See heaps of ideas for experiences, activities and achievements to tackle that are perfect for the decade of your 40’s.

18. Treat Yourself to Something Sparkly

If the phrase “diamonds are a girls best friend” is one that you can truly relate to, then now’s your chance to splash some hard-earned cash on eye-catching jewellery.

19. Plan a Party!

Sometimes the simplest celebrations are the best. Host a house party with all your closest friends and family for the turn of the decade.

20. Have a Personalised Birthday Cake

An impressive and delicious cake is the perfect accompaniment for a house party. Wow your guests and treat your stomach to a sweet treat.

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21. Book an Experience

We have a lot of experience with experiences! In the UK alone you can book over 250+ different days out and once in a lifetime activities.

See some of our activity weekend ideas here.

22. Go to the Beach

A classic British celebration is going to the beach. This is an especially good idea if your 40th birthday bash falls in the summer months.

23. Dine 3-star Michelin

Turning 40 is as good a time as any to branch out in the way of cuisine. There’s plenty of 3-star Michelin restaurants around the UK to sink your teeth into.

24. Get a Tattoo

This might be some people’s idea of hell! However, a meaningful tattoo is a long-term way of remembering your 40th birthday.

25. Re-live Your Childhood Memories

With 40 years of experience behind you, it can be nice to celebrate your 40th birthday by re-living your childhood memories like photos, videos or experiences.

26. Take a Road Trip

You don’t even need to make a plan for this one. Hop in the car with a few days off and see where the road takes you around the UK or abroad.

27. Go on a Shopping Spree

If buying one designer item isn’t special enough, go all out with a huge shopping spree. We suggest heading to shopping centre’s to get the most out of your spree.

28. Karaoke!

When the clock strikes 40, radiate with confidence and sing your heart out to your favourite tunes!

29. Make Memories with Your Kids

If you’re blessed with a big family – make sure those kiddos are involved! No matter what age, you can easily incorporate all the family with a party, holiday, trip to the zoo and more.

30. Spend a Weekend Away

When it comes to celebrating the decade that’s just been and decade to come, it might be nice to get away from it all.

31. A Day at the Races

If you’re looking to get your glad rags on, a day at the races is the perfect celebration. We’re based in Chester and see thousands of people in heels, dresses and fascinators heading to the races each year!

32. A 40’s Themed Party

This concept is simple, but best organised by someone else but yourself to avoid the stress before your birthday shenanigans.

33. Buy Something Designer

There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself once in a while! Mark the end of your 30s with a designer item that you’ve been craving, whether it be a handbag, a pair of shoes etc.

34. Put Together a Memory Scrapbook

This is more of an idea for friends and family to do for you. Get everyone together and go through some of your favourite pictures to stick in a scrapbook as a memento.

35. Go on a Hot Air Balloon

Looking for an experience to remember? Try a breathetaking hot air balloon ride with a loved one.

36. Visit a Vineyard

We don’t know about you, but we’ve always associated vineyards with older, classier ladies. Your 40th might be the perfect chance to broaden your wine horizons and get a bit tipsy in Italy.

37. Invest in a New Hobby

There’s no bad time to dive into a new hobby when you have spare time. Whether it be rock climbing, knitting or anything in between it’s a great way to keep your mind active and keep learning.

38. Buy Yourself Flowers

Self-care is one of the most important things in life to keep us happy. Especially on your 40th birthday, why not make your own dreams come true with a bunch of your favourite flowers?

39. Hire a Naked Butler or Stripper!

Sure to give your party guests a surprise, treat yourself to some eye candy for the celebrations with a naked butler or stripper. Have a half-nude dude serve all your drinks or just go all out with a strip show.

40. Do Something Creative

One of the best ways to make memories is to get your creative juices flowing with a crafty workshop! We have it on good authority that birthdays are a hoot when you add something creative like a mobile flower crown making or a cheeky life drawing class at home.

The Best 40th Birthday Decorations & Accessories?

They key to making the most out of your 40th birthday celebrations are some great decorations and accessories. Including 40th birthday decorations and accessories into your special day will help memories last longer for all those involved, make the birthday girl/boy feel extra special and provide an epic backdrop for photos!


40th birthday balloons are a super easy way of sprucing up a birthday party! They make a big bold statement and look amazing in photographs. You can even deflate them at the end and keep them as a memento if you fancy it!

Shit I'm 40 Balloon - £2.52

Shit I'm 40 Balloon - GlitterBalloons

Rose Gold Balloons Hello 40 - £3.23

Rose Gold 40th Birthday Balloons - PartyTouchesUK

Gold Foil 40th Birthday Balloons  - £1.85

Gold Foil 40th Birthday Balloons - MyPartyAvenue

Blue 40th Birthday Balloons - £2.42

Blue 40th Birthday Balloons - PartyTouchesUK

Cake Toppers

There’s no birthday party without a birthday cake right? So, make sure you bag yourself a 40th cake topper to make your cake the best it can be. 40th birthday cake toppers come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Hello 40 Cake Topper - £8.50

Hello 40 Cake Topper - JaimeLynnUk

Happy 40th Birthday Cake Topper - £5

Happy 40th Birthday Cake Topper - JaimeLynnUk

Forty Cake Topper - £8.50

Forty Cake Topper - JaimeLynnUk

Acrylic Personalised Cake Topper - £7.99

Acrylic Personalised Cake Topper - AlfieAlexander

40th Birthday Checklist

Simply save the image below or screenshot it to have everything you need for your 40th birthday party celebrations all in one place! Use it as a checklist or send to your family and friends so they don't forget anything!

40 Ways to Celebrate Turning 40 Full List

Has this list of 40 ways to celebrate turning 40 inspired you to start looking? We can help with a whole host of activity weekend ideas. See our group locations to find the perfect place to celebrate this milestone birthday.

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