Tuesday 26 September 2023

Best 40 Something Birthday Party ideas for Her

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Tons of DIY fun and unique 40th something birthday party ideas for women, perfect for your girlfriend, wife, partner or sister! Here you will find 41st, 45th, all the way up to 49th birthday party themes, games and activities and decor ideas she will love, even if you're looking for ideas on how to celebrate a 40th something birthday without a party, we hope these ideas will inspire you!

Revealed: our favourite EVER gift for ladies turning 40 something! 


1. Novelty diamond ice cubes for drinks πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are a must to try to make drinks extra fancy and wow your recipient and guests alike! 

2. Make some shimmery cotton candy cocktails πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Make some candyfloss cocktails, where candyfloss is placed in the cup, flute or glass, then drink poured over the top to dissolve the candyfloss within the drink. These look so glamorous and fabulous, the most magical drinks to try that are perfect for your special occasion! Adding edible shimmer will make them breathtaking.

3. Edible cocktail toppers for drinks (so much fun and amazing!) πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

You could create some hilarious photo toppers or personalise them with the recipient's name and age! These are perfect for any kind of drinks or cocktails alike and guests will adore them. 

Personalisable wafer cocktail toppers for drinks πŸ‘ˆπŸ»


4. Opt for an amazing 40ish jumbo birthday cake topper πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are amazing and are the perfect way to elevate the birthday cake for your recipient, something they will always remember!

Jumbo 40 something birthday cake topper πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Gold personalised name jumbo cake topper πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Gold glitter funny '45' birthday cake topper πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Aloha 45 golden jumbo birthday cake topper πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

5. Decorate with some personalised face party bunting πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Why not theme your party decor after your recipient!

6. Make an amazing '40 something things we love about you' board πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Such a special idea, this will also double as party decor and is a wonderful way to show your recipient how special they are to you! You could even fill it up with memories or plans you have made together.

7. Create a photo memory wall

Filled with photos of your recipient and your loved ones and family! You could even set up a giant chalkboard canvas that guests can decorate, with photos, drawings and messages! This would make an amazing photo backdrop for the party, for guests to take photos in front of.

To create the canvas backdrop for guests to decorate, grab some black paper or cardstock and staple it to a base, such as a wall, fence or giant board made from cardboard. Provide guests with some chalks and liquid chalk markers and let them decorate to their hearts content.


8. Opt for eco friendly confetti balloons πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

The zero waste and zero guilt way to celebrate a birthday in style, now there is no need to compromise style and decorative flair when it comes to decking out your party using eco friendly decor! These balloons are eco friendly and biodegrade at the same rate as a leaf, making them perfect to enjoy guilt free at your party - and even more reason to blow up more and fill whole rooms with them!

9. Edible gold flakes for their birthday cake πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

10. Edible diamonds for their birthday cake πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

11. Theme it after their pet

There is no cuter theme! Why not theme it after their furry best friend and even dress up their pup for the occasion, so they can take part and share their birthday!

12. Send some beautiful and stylish invitations 

Rose gold glitter 41st birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Blush pink glitter personalised 41st birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Neon personalised 41st birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Purple and gold personalised 42nd birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Orange and gold glitter 43rd birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Pink and gold glitter effect personalised invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Shades of blue and gold 44th personalised invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Bold pink and gold '45 and fabulous' personalised invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Colourful foil effect 45th birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Personalised photo 'look who's turning 45' invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Neon glow personalised 46th birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Rose gold ombre glitter 46th birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Golden glitter effect personalised 47th birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Golden glitter effect personalised 48th birthday invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Neutral and gold glitter effect 49th invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Smoky grey and gold personalised 49th invitation πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

13. Create an indoor 'drive thru' set up to show home movies 

Watching home movies and videos together is a wonderful way to celebrate her birthday and will be bound to result in hilarity and smiles all round! The drive thru element brings a retro feel, ten points if you also have popcorn, milkshakes and delicious snacks on hand!

14. Set up a gold custom personalised number pinata πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

No one is ever too old for a pinata! They are so much fun and sure to result in a lot of hilarity, especially when played properly with a blindfold!

15. Set up an afternoon tea themed spread

The best birthday treat at home!

16. Throw a karaoke night

There is nothing more fun than karaoke - it will bring everyone together and ensure everyone has the best time! 

17. Temporary tattoos for guests as party favours πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are personalised and tailored to the occasion, they would make perfect funny party favours for guests! 

18. Display cupcakes in a '40 something' formation

To make a beautiful statement display! You could even make a cupcake '40' pull apart, cupcakes lined up in a '40' formation, with icing or frosting joining them together. This will make the perfect statement centerpiece for your party and be sure to be the main attraction!

19. Make cupcake toppers of their face πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Find a funny picture (or lots) and print to make hilarious cupcake toppers! This is an amazing DIY 40th something birthday party table decor idea that your recipient will be sure to love and will result in a lot of hilarity at the same time! You can even order some ready made if you are short on time.

20. Make sugar cookies of her face with this personalised photo cookie cutter πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

 This is possibly the coolest thing ever! A cookie cutter that you can personalise with your recipient's face, based on a photo of them! You can now make sugar cookies of your recipient, perfect for their birthday and sure to amaze them and make them laugh in equal parts, so perfect! 

21. Create flower infused balloon displays 

Entwine your balloons displays with pretty flowers for the most beautiful look! You could even opt for some gorgeous pearlescent eco friendly balloons or eco friendly confetti balloons to make a gorgeous statement! It's not every day you turn 40 something! A beautiful balloon display will make your recipient feel like a starlet.

22. Try a special message plate surprise

This is such a good trick! Get your hands on a plain white plate or dish and some plate decorating pens or paint - even the kinds kids often use to decorate a plate for Grandma. You can create a really cute design - and then be sure to follow the instructions to let the paint or ink set - it is often recommended to pop in the oven for a certain time. Once it is completely dry, you can set about preparing a meal or party spread and dish it out on to the newly decorated plate. You could even cleverly cover each section of the plate with a different food - just make sure every bit is covered with food so that it looks like an every day white dinner plate. Wait til your recipient starts eating to reveal the cute surprise! They get to keep the memory and relive it every time they use the plate for a meal! It's such a cute surprise idea and you can get really creative with the design and message you choose to give. 

23. Make a 3D '40 something' photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Why not make an amazing 3D '40 something' photo collage, by creating the base out of cardboard, then covering with some paper mache layers and finally decorating it with all kinds of special photos representing special memories! This also makes for a beautiful party table centrepiece that your recipient will really love and will get guests talking too, the perfect ice breaker and decor in one. If you are short on time you can also order one ready made!

Custom 41st birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Custom 42nd birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Custom 43rd birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Custom 44th birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Custom 45th birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Custom 46th birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Custom 47th birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Custom 48th birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Custom 49th birthday photo collage πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

24. Gift her a fabulous birthday sash πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

To make her chuckle and feel fabulous on her special day!

Happy Birthday rose gold glitter sash πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Gold glitter Birthday girl sash πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Pink rose gold glitter 45th birthday sash and crown πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

25. Gift her a set of wax melts πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

The cutest and most thoughtful gift for her special day! These come all beautifully presented in a pretty box and look so special and smell incredible! 

26. Personalised party table confetti πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

27. Gift her a five senses gift

These gifts are extra special and make for the most memorable gifts!

28. Everyone comes dressed as your recipient at one point in time

Such a fun birthday party dress code idea, create a 'recipient themed' dress code, where everyone attending must dress in her style! Bring back and recreate some of her most iconic style moments, from earliest years to present, for her birthday!

29. Set up a cardboard cutout of their favourite celebrity

So much fun - whether it's her favourite celeb or fictional character, this is such a fun surprise idea that will be sure to make her laugh!

30. Serve ombre macarons with edible glitter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

There is nothing fancier than macarons, they make for the perfect birthday treat! Why not sprinkle with some edible glitter to make the whole experience even more magical, they will look too good to eat!

If you liked these ideas definitely also check out these Best 40th Birthday Party ideas for Men and Best Creative Leaving Party ideas!

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