Once in a while your best friend turns 40. (OK, maybe not once in a while, maybe once in a lifetime.) And when you’re a person that loves to throw parties and you love to blog about parties and your friend loves cute parties too, you know you’ve got to throw a fun 40th birthday party for that friend. I have to admit though, there’s pressure when you want to throw a really cool party for your friend and you are doing it alone when you are used to tag teaming parties for her. But I LOVE how this party for Danetta turned out and I hope you have a friend turning 40 soon too so that you can throw this party. It was a BLAST! Here’s our 40th Birthday Party-40 is a Blast Party!
Traditionally when someone is “old” we celebrate with black to symbolize that the birthday girl or boy is old or over the hill.
I thought it would be fun to take that black theme and add bright and fun colors to it. No one has to mourn being 40-40 is a BLAST! Right? So I threw in a bunch of bright colors with the black and made it super fun and cheerful.
40th Birthday Party Ideas:
(One note-throughout this I’ve included affiliate links straight to Amazon so that you can shop easily. At the bottom of the post I have a whole supply list with affiliate links.)
And as long as we were running with the 40 is a Blast theme, I decided it would be fun to make this a full blown birthday party-just like you would with a kid’s party-and just have a ton of fun. Adults need to have fun too right?
Danetta had decided she wanted the party to involve the whole group (we invited couples) going to a local spot called Blaster Tag (hence the BLAST theme). It’s like a laser tag arena. Two teams battle it out with Nerf Guns for an hour-similar to laser tag, just with Nerf Guns. We split up, boys vs. girls and battled for that hour (wish I could say that the women dominated, but…). It was seriously a blast.
Then we headed back to Danetta’s house for dinner and the rest of the party. This is where the cute parts got to come into play. Want to take a peek?
Here’s what the invitation to the party looked like:
Here’s one you can use if you would like for your own party. Just open in an editing program like PicMonkey and add your own text to the bottom. If you aren’t familiar with how to do this, we’ve got a tutorial here. It’s super easy!
Right click and save this to your computer and then open it and start adding text!
Now let’s break down the party pieces.
I started with a cute backdrop for the whole spread. To make this I grabbed two pieces of black foam core board and taped them together in the back.
I also grabbed the B, L, A, S, and T wooden letters at the craft store along with bright colored card stock. This let those letters pop out from the board a little, but you could also just cut them out from card stock and not use the wood, like I did with the other letters.
I then cut all of the letters and numbers out with my Cricut machine and added them to the backdrop with a glue stick. For the BLAST letters, I simply traced the wooden letter onto the card stock and then used scissors to cut around it and glued the card stock on with a glue stick. These letters I glued to the back drop with hot glue.
Now remember that I was running with the “kid party” have a blast kind of theme, so I did all of the traditional party stuff, including party hats. (Which I was pleased to see everyone wore through the party.) I added cute tags to the front. I printed them on sticker paper. You could also print on normal paper and then glue or tape them on.
These tags were also used on cute suckers for the party as well. How fun are these?
We want to make sure you can use these tags for your party too! Here’s a PDF with them on it that you can print:
For food we had ordered catering from a local restaurant, but I had to add some fun with the utensils and paper ware. I used a different color for each utensil-fork, knife, spoon and a cute straw, then wrapped it in a black napkin and tied it with orange ribbon.
I also got pink and orange plates and pink and purple cups to add color to the table.
Danetta loves Dairy Queen cakes, so I ordered her one from there. I had them write 40 is a Blast on the cake (in multi color which stressed them out!).
One more fun way to add color to the table was to have a big candy dish full of gum balls. And I have to admit, I love chewing these. For the 10 seconds that they are all sugary.
Now, you never get to a kid’s party these days without going home with party favors right? So we had to have favors for this party too! And how cute are these bags with the fun tags?
Here’s the tags for you to use:
I did some fun and goofy things in the favor bags to be like a kid’s party. You’ve got to have party blowers right? Also bubbles, glow sticks and suckers. And a cute little container of gum balls (see that up close below).
Gum balls in fun tubes are so cute!
I’ve got the cute 40 tags for you too!
Here are the letters for you to use:
I also hung up some fun signs around her house and had balloons in all the party colors. Here’s some signs if you would like to use them:
And finally, the entertainment for the party!
When I walked in to set up and Danetta saw this I think she thought I was a freak:
But yes-we played Pin the Tail on the Donkey at the party! And you know what? Everyone had fun! The winner got a gift card to Danetta’s favorite soda place.
And we played a Danetta trivia game. I came up with some favorites questions. People had to write down their answers, then Danetta answered them and if they had the correct answer they got a point. This was a HUGE hit!
Here’s some ideas of favorites to ask about:
- Favorite TV Show
- Favorite Store
- Favorite Dessert
- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
- Favorite Hobby
- Favorite Soda
- Favorite Movie
- Favorite Restaurant
Really, you can ask anything, but those were some good ones we did.
So it turns out that turning 40 IS a blast when you have a fun party like this! At least I think so-I guess you’d have to ask Danetta. 🙂 I’m still in my 30s.
Now, to make this so easy on you, here are some links to the products we used so that you can just order a lot of what you need!
- Party Hats
- Piñata & Candy
- Party Blowers
- Favor Bags
- Gum Balls
- Gum Ball Tubes
- Pink Plates
- Orange Plates
- Pink Cups
- Purple Cups
- Purple Knives
- Blue Forks
- Green Spoons
- Black Napkins
- Orange Ribbon
- Sticker Paper
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey
- Black Foam Core Boards
- Colorful Card Stock
- White Card Stock
- Curling Ribbon
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