Turning 40 is a big deal. Whether it’s to mourn the end of our 30s or to celebrate the feeling of finally hitting our stride, 40 is the perfect milestone to throw a memorable birthday celebration. Inspired by some famous faces, here’s a list of sophisticated 40th birthday party ideas for a day you’ll never forget.
6 Celebrity-Inspired Ideas for a Glamorous 40th Birthday
Party Somewhere Exotic
Take inspiration from David Beckham, who celebrated his 40th birthday with friends and family at a luxury resort just outside of Marrakech. Except, rather than booking a week off work for you and your friends, bring Morocco to your own back garden. Trade a traditional gazebos for a luxurious Arabian marquee, and fill it with coloured lanterns, sumptuous fabrics and plenty of comfortable seating. Serve up an exotic Mediterranean buffet and revel with your loved ones in the mystery of the East.
Find a Country Escape
Kate Moss turned 40 while hosting an extravagant, 4-day festival at her home in the Cotswolds. If a mini-Glastonbury is a bit of a stretch for your own garden, hiring a unique countryside property between a large group of friends might be a better option. You get a break from the usual scenery and can have all your entertainment and catering come to you. Kate arranged a tattoo artist for guests at her party, but you might want to stick to more traditional services like a bartender or chef.
Soak up the Sun
Make the most of warmer weather by hitting the beach. If you want something low-key, make like Drew Barrymore who spent her big day simply relaxing by the sea with her family. For a more memorable event, go all out and rent a boat or yacht to sunbathe and sip champagne in privacy – just remember to invite (or hire) someone who can safely navigate the waves.
Pick a Theme
If you love a bit of fantasy, follow in Chris Martin’s footsteps and throw a themed bash. Pick your favourite film, decade or colour scheme, and make sure all music, food, and decorations fit the brief. Chris decided to recreate the world of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, using playful colours and giant candy sculptures. To extend the magic, ask your guests to arrive in corresponding fancy dress and rent a photo booth with props to provide whimsical mementoes.
Be the Nightclub VIP
If hitting the town still holds some appeal for you, make your night extra special by hiring out the VIP lounge of your favourite club, like Reese Witherspoon did. The birthday cake and table champagne can flow all night, and you won’t have all the annoying 20-somethings cramping your style. Make sure your guest list is overflowing with your own VIPs (although they might not include Taylor Swift), and enjoy being the guest of honour until the early hours.
Live your Dream for a Day
If feeling like a supermodel, actress or rock star doesn’t tick your boxes, why not take the time to fulfil a personal dream? Whether you fancy being a pilot, racing driver, photographer or something else entirely, there are professional experience days to suit every taste and budget.
You only turn 40 once, so make sure to spoil yourself on your special day. There are loads of ways to celebrate, and your day should really reflect you. If you’re still not sure about getting older, then remember you’re merely celebrating the 19th anniversary of turning 21!