Fortieth birthday party, celebration and gift ideas. Happy 40th Birthday!

How to celebrate your fortieth birthday

Whether you feel ready for it or not, your 40th birthday is looming and you might as well enjoy it!


40th birthday celebrations!Your birthday won’t be this big for another ten years, so make the most of it. If you want to travel, the whole trip can be one long celebration. If you are staying at home, don’t settle for celebrating just on the day. If your birthday falls at the weekend, at least make a whole weekend of it. If your birthday falls during the week, you have a good excuse for celebrating on the day and again at the weekend. Either way, you may wish to have two parties, one for family and one for friends or one for old friends and one for new friends – however your social circles divide. You may get more fun out of this than one big party, though one big one can allow you to splash out more and hire that space you have always wanted to party in.

Spring clean your life

For many, turning 40 is a wake-up call, a time to assess where they’ve got to in life and to measure their achievements against their youthful dreams. This can be hard but it is also very positive. If you rather drifted through your thirties and have been brought up short by facing forty, this is a good thing. These days, 40 is barely even middle aged, in the literal sense, as people in Britain are living longer and longer. If you are not where you wanted to be by this time, you have still got a clear twenty-five to thirty years or more to make things happen and to enjoy yourself before you even think about slowing down.

Take advantage of taking stock of your life and make the changes you have been wanting to make. Your thirties may be for investing and enduring but once you hit 40, you need to look at things in a different way. If life has not turned out the way you wanted it to, you can do a lot to improve things. Are you happy in your relationships? In your job? With your social life and hobbies? With your body? If not, don’t feel helpless and depressed: do something!

Celebrate your 40th birthday by implementing whatever changes are necessary to make you the happy, fulfilled person you would like to be. Perhaps you could treat yourself to a session with a life coach. Or find inspiration from someone like Mary Bowman, whose blog 52 Ways to Improve Your Life is designed to nurture new beginnings.