40th Birthday

A vast majority of the population dreads turning 40, but having a 40th birthday can be an enjoyable, fun occasion. A 40th birthday doesnt make you old or over the hill and should not be a day to dread.

Parties, dinners, trips, nights out with friends and quiet evenings at home with movie rentals and delivered food are all great ways to ring in a 40th birthday.

Another great idea is to request that friends and family send cards to the birthday honoree and present them all at once in a gift box.

A twist on this idea is to request scrapbook pages instead. Provide friends and family with a page and perhaps even some supplies, and have them add a photo or two of themselves with the birthday honoree and a message or memory alongside the photo.

Either of these ideas will make a great 40th birthday keepsake.

Birthday Parties and Dinners

Another great way to celebrate a 40th birthday is with a party or by inviting friends and family out to a great restaurant. An easy way to keep track of guests is to send an Evite or design an invitation and e-mail to invitees. Guests can then ask questions or RSVP by e-mail also.

Parties can be potluck, BYOB or themed to add a fun aspect for the guests.

Potluck and BYOB parties cut down on preparation, leaving the guest of honor with less stress and work to do beforehand. Guests bringing food and drinks also add to the variety of the party.

A slideshow of photos of the guest of honor can make a great mid-party activity and will be a great conversation piece.

Barbecues are quite popular for celebrating 40th birthdays also. Low stress and crowd pleasing, barbecues are relaxing and easy to organize. Guests can lounge outside or play games like horseshoes.

40th Birthday Trips and Vacations

While parties and gatherings are great for some people, other people may prefer to celebrate their 40th birthdays with trips or getaways. A birthday is a great time to visit family, or to spend time with family or alone with your spouse on a trip.

A 40th birthday is a great time to take a romantic trip with a spouse or significant other. This can be a relaxing escape from work and other obligations, and if you have kids, friends or family members will most likely be willing to care for them as a birthday present to you.

Relaxing resorts or tropical locations are great choices for romantic getaways, and spa treatments and room service can round out a nice, enjoyable 40th birthday trip.

Relaxing 40th Birthdays at Home

Another popular 40th birthday option is to have a quiet evening at home with family. Many people prefer to pick out their favorite meal, choose a movie to watch or a game to play with family members and sit back at home relaxing: no chores, no cleaning and no obligations.

Presents can be opened, and a great addition to the low-key 40th birthday at home is a fun, decorated cake or another favorite dessert.