Have a Blast with These 40th Birthday Party Ideas

“I’m not 40, I’m 18 with 22 years of experience”

40th-birthday-ideasBirthday parties are an annual thing and are very much looked forward by most kids and youngsters but when people reach the mature age of forty they think that their fun days are behind them and it would be better to have a quite affair with only family. But why should you spend your fortieth like this when you can do so much more!

Fortieth birthday is a big deal and most men seem to think so too. But women in general do not particularly like getting older and forty just marks another milestone of their life that they have crossed and gotten loads of extra wrinkles. So women are sensitive during this time and might be even a little grumpy so you have to be careful while planning the party; throwing a surprise birthday party and inviting a lot of people won’t get you in her good graces. Make sure the feelings of the birthday girl or boy on the occasion and then arrange accordingly.

Reserve A Hall At A Restaurant For A Surprise

If the birthday girl or boy is very happy about the day then you can give them a fun, exciting party by hiring a banquet hall and inviting all her or his friends and family and colleagues. This is for a big party which would be extravagant. You can get a huge birthday cake and excellent food for the party guests would make them content.

Rent Rooms and Go Away For The Weekend


At this age people only like to invite their family, a few relatives and close friends. But why should you have a quiet event instead of having a lot of fun. One idea that I really like and you can easily do because it is not as expensive as you would think. Find some of the best birthday getaways and spots to visit. Hire a few rooms at a quiet, faraway spot like a bed and bath for the weekend and invite your closest friends for celebrating your birthday with you without getting disturbed. You can have dances, dinners, games and a lot of fun. And you deserve a break after working so hard for a long time and get to spend your money on yourself.

Have a Picnic Birthday Party


If you are more of the stay at home kind of person then your backyard is enough for a great get together. Arrange a picnic with baskets, umbrellas and mats, and invite everyone you know for a terrific time. You can also go one step ahead and make it a barbecue party instead; children and adults love barbecue parties so it would be perfect.

Classy Ideas For Your 40th Birthday Party

If you and your friends like to sit together and have tea then a classy birthday party theme is for you. There is not much to do in such parties because they are kind of sophisticated and elegant events. There are mainly adults invited, there is a small toast and everyone has food and cake and pretty much a fine time. These parties combine show and fun together.

Bring-back-the-youth Ideas For Your 40th Birthday Party

Birthday Party in Office --- Image by © Tim Pannell/CorbisSome people love adventure and excitement and not the listening to loud music and dance excitement but actual adrenaline kind of excitement. If your friend turning forty is of this nature then you can give him or her the surprise and the time of their life. You can take the birthday person to a theme park where you can do all kinds of physical exercises and adventurous stuff. You can also take them for sky diving which in my opinion is better because of the adrenaline rush and the possibility of injury makes it even more exciting.

Hire A Bowling Alley

At the age of forty people usually have kids, friends and are close to relatives. So whenever you feel like you need to do something new or different, you could hire an activity center for the day and invite a lot of people to have fun and play games; I especially love ice skating because it gives a feeling of freedom and independence but bowling is fun too. The good thing about these centers is that they have games which can be played by all age groups so no one needs to worry about getting bored. You can have fun; eat, play and talk.

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Birthday Cake Designs for All Ages

birthday-cake designsBirthdays will never be complete without a cake that usually emphasizing how old a celebrant as they blow the candles on top of it. All ages wish not just for a delicious cake but to have an extra-ordinary cake that represents how others see them. This is a kind of gift that will not just excite ones taste buds but will also tickle their mind how a cake was baked especially for them.

Though buying a cake on pastry shop and looking for a nice cake to give for a celebrant is a hassle-free task for everyone, baking your own cake and putting lots of effort on it is the best gift that a celebrant can have from you. This may take so much time and effort for just one day, but it is truly a rewarding feeling to know that you make them happy on this special day.

Also, baking cakes will not require you too much money than buying a ready-made one so why not masters your baking abilities for this?
Considering the age of the celebrant, there are different ideas available for you to choose from. Below are some unique ways to decorate your birthday cakes that will be more appealing in your celebrant’s eyes.

Birthday Cakes for Young Kids

birthday-cake-for-kidsKids will always be kids when it comes to cakes and sweets. Make sure to select a suitable Kid’s Birthday Cake Themes when you are celebrating kids birthday to highlight their favorite color so it will be even look more pleasant in their eyes. Know their favorite cartoon characters and superheroes and put it on the top of their cake along with the candles. If your kids love sports such as basketball or baseball, why not bake a cake shaped like those balls of the game.

Little boys who love gadgets will surely melt their hearts for an iPod shape cake. This will never be hard to bake since iPod have a rectangular shape so you won’t need too much effort to shape it. Just create the design of iPod’s buttons and screen and it will be perfect. For little girls, princesses and castle will always be a great image to look at during this early age. Add some flowers and butterflies for a more fairytale effect on your masterpiece.

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Birthday Cakes for Teens

birthday-cakeTime will pass when our babies will soon be teens and once in a while, it is not bad for us to make them remember those years where they once been a baby. Bake a bunch of cupcakes and put it in layers full of printed old photograph showing their early childhood days. Let them be tease by their friends on how the time changed them. Just make sure that photos involve will not bring embarrassment to our celebrant, and the room will surely be filled with chuckles and laughter.

For bigger occasions like debuts, why not give your teens a rewarding gift as they turn this early maturity in their life? You can try to have a simple cake with a special item inside such as real jewels for girls and awesome car key for boys – that would be a big surprise gift for sure!

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Birthday Cakes for Adults

birthday-cake-designsFamily and work are the main things that are keeping our person in adulthood stage of their life so busy. With this reason, make sure to let them enjoy their time during their birthday by baking cakes showing how busy they are nowadays. Bake a cake with a shape of a laptop by producing two layers of rectangular cakes, one for the keyboard and the other for the screen. You can send a personalize birthday message to the celebrant with the use of icing or frosting to write on the laptop’s screen.

For those adults who are going solo and loves to party, why not bake a cake shape like a beer mug. This will represents the celebrant’s love for beer while hanging around with friends during parties. This is done by cutting a bake cake with the shape of a mug and using the excess cake as the handle. Decorate the cake with white frosting and add a yellow icing to represents the beer. Add another layer of white frosting on the top of the beer to look like the foam of the beer.

Birthday Cakes for Elders

50th-birthday-cakesPutting too many candles that represent the age of an elder people will only make our celebrant to lose their breath – by candle blowing! Best way to design a cake for an elderly people is to emphasize their age by shaping the cake itself. This is done by baking two rectangular or square cakes and cut it to a shape of the corresponding combined numbers of their age.

Most elders are conscious about their health so just simply add the frosting and eliminate too many sweets on it so they can enjoy eating your cake with no worries.

Birthday Gifts for Teens

happy-birthdayWhat could every teenage girls wish to have with their birthdays? Every great party comes with extraordinary gifts. Of course! It’s every teenage wish to have really good gifts. Made it be just a gadget, a trip, or the trendiest items. To help you with what fits the most to whom you are giving a present with here’s some consideration:

  • The trendy girl whose attention is more about dressing up and looking so into fashion.
  • The Techy teen who spares money and saves to buy the latest gadget
  • The “DORA”-like, who adores travelling and experiencing everything in the world.
  • Or the simplest type; who appreciates simple things or does not look at the value.

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For Trendy Teens

If your giving on a trendy girl, make sure you’re updated to what’s new. She’s the type who looks for new one. Electronics can never be wrong and the coolest one spells it all. Look for the unique design that caught attentions. Here are good samples:

  • Smartpen – where anything works for you anytime, anywhere using a WiFi Smartpen or the convenience of Echo Smartpen. Both are designed for everyone’s pleasure that technology has to offer to any teens especially the students. Giving this could probably make your receiver shout for joy.
  • Cute Laptop, Cellphone and Gadgets Accessories – Most of teens spend time in front of their computers busy with some stuff. Unwrapping something that would make their gadget look a lot prettier would surely create a great shape of smiles on their face. Find something that has to connect with their sense of fashion and style.
  • Fashionable Headphones and Earphones – best option to give to a teen music lover. A pair of unique fashionable headphones for sure is a good choice. Its colour, design and uniqueness are good key points. Choose what best fits to whom you’re giving and never choose the one you think is boring.
  • Passion for Fashion – One great choice for a dress-at-your-best teen is a highly fashionable handbag. Fabulous dresses and accessories are highlighted as well. They sure love dressing up and look good, so wrapping a good set of makeup is also great. Brush set, nail art kit and polishes, make up guide and books are also a great choice. And oh! Trendy jewels and accessories are top choices as well.

For Techy Freaks

The Techyteens always look for the newest gadget. Giving them up to date items will surely make them go crazy. Look for the cool and the newest, because they for sure are following what’s the latest. Best samples are iPads, Tablets, iPods, or Smartphones. These are teen’s must-have. Following what the latest is really expensive, you have to really earn a lot so you can buy what’s hot. With these new gadgets, who would say no for a gift like this? However if you have issues with your budget, worry no more. Alternative gadgets are available in the market today. In choosing good quality at cheaper price items you just got to be keen enough because tough choice comes from a wise mind.

For “DORA” Explorers

Are you giving to a teen whose time is more spared on travelling? Well a trip gift doesn’t have to be ignored. They can still enjoy exploring at their age. It just had to be safe, reachable, and cost-worth. Places for teens are those that best suits them and should be fun, learning and interesting. Most places that fit them are parks, museums, and beaches will do. It would surely make them remember their birthday and the one who made their birthdays special like you. Moreover, if you will give gifts like this don’t forget to keep them reminded about “SAFETY FIRST” and your travel idea is what would best matters.

For Simple Teens

The last one is the type who appreciates anything: give her book she’ll read it, give her dress she’ll wear them. Bring her anywhere she’ll enjoy it. Give her stuff she’ll keep it. Give her anything she’ll use them. This is the easiest person to give presents to. She’ll all appreciate things like: Stuff toys, perfumes, books, dress, shoes, everything. You just had to be creative. However don’t get her wrong, don’t just give her, treat her as someone special, and that you are giving her something special as well.
And hey, sentimental presents are good too. There are a lot of things need not to buy but to make and pull out the most creative mind out of you like scrapbooks that keeps sentimental memories. That for sure will draw a different yet sweet smile on the face of the teen girl you are giving.

Choosing gifts don’t really have to be expensive; creativity and sincerity is the key. Take time to know who you are giving to. Categorize her, and your job of choosing what to gift will be a lot easier. Be keen, be wise and nice.

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Great 80th Birthday Gifts

80th birthdayTime and attention speak our love louder than words can say. This is especially true for people turning 80. The 80th birthday is a very big event in one’s life which deserves a one-of-a-kind gift. Reaching the age of 8 decades is never an easy feat. Hence, celebrants deserve nothing but the best on this important milestone in their life.

Looking for this one-of-a-kind gift is rather difficult to do. What gift can best speak our love for our 80-year old love one? No matter what the gift is, careful thought should be invested in choosing the kind of gift that spells care and affection to the recipient. The following is a top ten list of best birthday gift ideas that you can offer to the aged friend or family.

Best Gift Ideas for 80th Birthday

family-portraitFamily Portrait

It is always touching to the heart of a person to see the family extending. To do this, you can prepare pictures of every member in the family arranged in a family tree or placed in picture frames. You can also do a painting or pay somebody to paint the family tree portrait of the recipient.

Nostalgic Item

Things that he/she have used and enjoyed in his/her past years can be used as birthday gifts. These nostalgic items can bring back loving, fun, and good memories of the olden moments. Choose something that is still available today like a copy of CD of his/her favourite movie, favorite music album, or magazine.

Hobby Box

Find out the hobby of the special person of the day. Gifting him/her with things that he/she can use in his/her hobby will surely bring him/her happiness in his/her birthday. If he/she still enjoys gardening, give her some gardening tools or a pot of her favorite plant or flower. If he/she finds joy in collecting some items, like stamps or coins, add his/her collection with your special gift.

sports-birthday-giftRecreational Gifts

Persons at this age usually have bicycling, bowling, or golf as their recreation. Find something useful connected to their recreational or sports activities to give them during their birthday. A recipient who loves to play bowling can be given a film on this sports for him to enjoy watching. Audio books about their favorite recreational activity or sports can also be given as 80th birthday gifts.

Gifts for Necessity

80-year olds already have difficulty accomplishing even small tasks and chores that they still like to do. Help them cope with this difficulty by giving them practical gifts such as flashlights, magnifying lens, or extra batteries. They would also appreciate it very much when they are given things to help them get in touch with friends and relatives like a pad of paper for writing letters, pens, or greeting cards.

Relaxation Gifts

Their age makes them easily susceptible to weariness and aching muscles. A touch of relaxation can be wrapped with a gift containing soothing hand and body lotions, medicinal ointment for the tired muscles, body scrub or spray, or an ice pack. A CD of their favorite music can also relax their mind from a tiresome activity. Or, better yet, give them a light massage during their special day. If you can’t do this, hire someone who is good at body massage to rejuvenate them.

Time-Off Day Gift

Spend a day with the birthday person and let him/her take time off from doing his/her usual work or chore. This will be a precious gift for him/her which serves as a loving and self-less act to help ease out the load of work he/she carries. You can offer washing the dishes, cleaning the pantry, washing and drying the clothes, and any other chores he/she needs to do that day.

birthday-scrapbookPersonal Message Book

Encouraging and loving words can do mightily to lift up their spirits. Their birthday will be filled with so much color and meaning when they receive more than just the material things that money can buy. One of the things that they need the most at this stage of their life is loving affirmations from the family and friends. Prepare a personalized notebook, diary, or birthday scrapbook and ask friends and family members to write dedications and happy birthday wishes to the beloved birthday celebrant.

Documentary Film

Though this can be a costly gift, it renders time, effort, and personal touch to the gift. This can be done by doing a biography of the recipient by filming an interview of family and friends. You can include achievements and successes made and achieved by the birthday celebrant. The documentary film can be presented during a party or be given privately for the family to watch together.

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Birthday Party

The presence of family members and friends during their 80th birthday will be a heart-warming occasion for the birthday celebrant. He/she needs to be reassured of the support and care of their loved ones. A party can bring old and familiar faces and ties together and makes him/her feel well-loved. A surprise birthday party will be great! Design the party base on his/her interests or favorite things and make him/her the star of the party.

Kid’s Birthday Party Venues

kids birthday partyNothing defines a birthday celebration other than where it is held. The delight in the eyes of children and even in adults is priceless every time they host parties in their preferred place. For children, holding parties at unique venues puts their fantasies into reality and allows them to live their dream roles even for a day. Living their story lives for a day is enough for the memory to be etched in their minds and allow them to relish the wonderful experience every time they celebrate their birthdays.

Usually parents would pay it forward and assure their children of living better lives than the ones they had. This of course includes celebrating their birthdays year after year. Giving a new experience year after year is perhaps the ultimate goal of every parent in planning their child’s birthday. So now, parents can get fun filled and unique ideas on prospective places that they can celebrate their children’s birthdays especially for surprise birthday party.

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Hitting the Lanes

A great fun-filled and balanced venue to host a child’s birthday is a bowling alley. Ideal for older kids, these lanes would definitely cater not only children but also to accompanying adults as well. Sports activities also encourage healthy competition among peers as well as provide both mental and physical exercises for children. Take note though that anyone below 9 years old might not be able to lift the ball so younger children, steer clear of these lanes.

Park without Rides and Cars

Though it has no relation to theme parks or car parks, outdoor parks provide the same amount of fun. The vast open space provides an area for fun-filled activities designed as energy release for energy filled children. Aside from the wide space, parks are also hassle free because you need not worry about the mess the children may make. No risk of broken decors, house ornaments as well. Just make sure that children are closely supervised so as to prevent any accidents or untoward incidents from happening.

Storming the Fire Precinct

A trip to the Fire Precinct can be a refreshing idea to host a birthday party. Children regard people in protection as heroes. Imagine the glee of children spending time with their idols and perhaps affirming that they also one to be firemen when they grow up. Sliding down the fire pole or climbing up the stationary fire truck is an experience definitely worthwhile for children. Furthermore, taking pictures of children wearing firemen gear would also add value to their trip.

Rediscover the Past, Present and the Future

Educational birthday celebrations put different twist to learning. Hosting a birthday party at a museum adds learning value to the fun-filled experience. Scout for interactive museums for national history, natural science or planetariums etc. that give a healthy dose of science and history without the traditional classroom setup. Children at a young age are like sponges thus this will be an opportune time to educate children on the richness of history and natural science without them realizing it. Furthermore, different learning styles are reinforced in museums making easy absorption of information for children.

Feel Good: Celebrate in a Fast Food

Fast Food chains are not only known for their fast food preparation but also their quick-fix concepts during preparations. In addition to a ready play place and function room, fast food chains have party packages including party favors, banners with happy birthday wishes and mascots. Sometimes, the celebrant just has to bring himself/herself to the venue and the rest is taken care of. In addition, if you are celebrating on a tight budget, you can never go wrong with reasonably priced value meals to give you much savings. Make sure you are buying a birthday Cake with kids birthday Cake theme to make the birthday something great

Like any celebration, it’s the celebrant that is the main attraction during birthdays. Find ways to arouse the interest of the little ones and at the same time, make the party value-added with a twist of learning.

Surprise Birthday Party Ideas

birthday-celebrationWhen talking about birthday parties, everybody knows that close friends and families of the celebrant will really make an effort for the celebrant to be happy. Especially if the planned birthday party is actually a surprise, you could just imagine how satisfying it is for the birthday planner to see the surprise face yet thankful and happy of the celebrant. So if you are one of those who are planning for a surprise party, below are some of the best birthday party ideas.

Every birthday should be day to be cherished and be grateful that they have reached another year. If the birthday happens to one of your close friend or family member, you are partly responsible to make her day really special and also to the people who are close to her. If you are planning to give a surprise party you must do it according to her age, habits, likes and dislikes and some other personality traits.

Surprise Birthday Ideas for Kids

Most of the time kids loved to daydream being as one of the characters of one of his favorite movies. Thus, if you really want to surprise him, try to make your party closer to his daydream. Make sure that he will not forget all his favorite themes like what he loved to play his favorite toys, colors, music, and food and don’t forget to invite his favorite friends. Because he is a kid, they are eager to open and see the present they got for their special day. So, make sure that he will not be disappointed to the gift. You make this a surprise by hiding your present somewhere he usually hide, like his cabinet, front room, and other part of the house. By time he discover the gifts, this is the time you will surprise him with more presents and celebrations.

Surprise Birthday Ideas for Parents

But then if the party is for your parents, it will be totally different. Remember that they are the reason why you happened to be in this world, so to effectively surprise them you can act as if you do not know that it’s their special day. If the birthday happens in weekdays, you can pretend that you’re sick and that you need stay to stay at home. If they are working, then that’s the time that you will setup your surprise birthday party. You can make a banner with your parents’ picture and some happy birthday messages from your siblings and other family members. Then, when the celebrant returns home, you can surprise them with the party you planned. Make a speech of how much you are appreciative.

Surprise Birthday Ideas for Her

If the celebrant is your better half or someone special, your surprise party idea must be romantic and sweet. That includes favorite stuff, foods, flowers, sweets and birthday gifts for her. Gifts can be in a form of effort like love letter, handmade ones and birthday cards or material things such as jewelry, gadgets, etc.

Surprise Birthday Ideas for Him

Want to surprise him on his birthday? That may sound easy but for some, it’s really difficult. But if you know the guy that much, thinking of ideas to surprise him must be a piece of cake for you. Be romantic. You can be naughty and teasing too. Some romantic birthday gift ideas for him as also welcome like cooking dinner, preparing a romantic date, a getaway, etc.

So I really wish these surprise birthday party ideas will do wonders for you.

Birthday Messages for Boyfriend

happy-birthdayToday was pretty lethargic. I spent most of my time browsing the web and looking for something that will capture my interest. 15 minutes have passed but I still couldn’t find the things I’d really like. So I logged out and turn off my computer. The next thing I did was to check my cell phone and text my friends.

In my very recent post, I blogged about my friend who’s looking for some suggestions and ideas about her boyfriend’s birthday. And speaking of her, she was calling me. So I answered. She said that she was able to come up with an idea on how she can make her boyfriend’s birthday extra special. She said she’s up to cooking for him but at the same time, she wants to make a romantic birthday card for him. The problem is she isn’t good with words, according to her.

So I asked her, what now? She was asking for help about writing card messages for her boyfriend. I told her I am not good with words either especially if I don’t know or I am not close to the recipient. So I just suggested that I will give her some samples. So by time I am typing this post, I am thinking of some happy birthday wishes that she can use for her boyfriend’s birthday card. Here are some of the ideas I’ve came up to:

You are a best friend
You are a fan
You are my protector
You are the only one
Happy birthday to you, sweetheart.

Since I met you,
My world has never been the same
It became colorful
It became so alive
Thanks for coming to my life
Happy Birthday, baby!

Let’s celebrate your big day together
Let’s make it special and worth remembering
Happy birthday to you and I love you so much darling!

There’s one person who will receive extra TLC from me today
He is so special and he’s celebrating his birthday
His name is ____ and my love for him will never fade
Happy birthday to you and I love you so much babe!

You are kind and humble
You’re real and sensible
I just can’t imagine my life without you
Coz I truly love you so.
Happy birthday baby!

I am not sure if these would be great or suitable for her taste but I tried my best. Hopefully she gets what she really wants for her boyfriend’s birthday. She must be really in love with him. And by time I’m done writing those birthday messages, it’s time for me to do the cooking. So, till next time!