A 40th birthday celebration is a big deal, so you need to have decorations that match the scale of the celebration. No matter what type of venue you’re decorating, there are some essential items you’ll need to use, as well as some fun extras to add to the excitement.
We’ve put together a complete list of 40th birthday party decorations to help you plan and prepare.
Essential 40th Birthday Decorations That Dazzle
Decorations can help set the tone and transform any space into an exciting and festive atmosphere.
Every birthday celebration should include these colorful décor basics:
Balloons & Balloon Weights
Every party needs balloons! You can use a lot or just a few, but be sure that your celebration has some.
Create colorful bunches of latex balloons.
Add in a metallic foil number 4 and 0 for the guest of honor to pose with.
To keep your beautiful balloon arrangements in place, you’ll also need a few balloon weights. They can be placed right on tables to add to the décor.
Hanging Decorations & Streamers
Colorful streamers and sparkly hanging decorations add depth to the party place. Choose streamers in a few specific colors to match the scheme that you’ve selected. You can drape them across the walls, hang them from doorways and light fixtures, and send them spiraling down doorways and windows.
Wall Décor Cut-Outs
Bare walls are boring, so add color and style to the party venue with wall décor and cut-outs that match the theme. If you’re just going with a basic 40th birthday theme, be sure to include large cut-outs of the number to decorate the walls.
Blowouts & Noise Makers
These fun party accessories are an absolute must for a surprise party. When the guest of honor walks in the room, guests will yell “surprise!”, and they can shake their noise makers and puff on the blowouts. It’s a great way to ramp up the energy.
Happy 40th Birthday Banner
When it comes to 40th birthday decorations, a banner is a must. Hang a 40th birthday banner in the main area of the party. It could be behind the main serving table or where the guest of honor will be sitting. You can keep it basic or have it customized to include the birthday boy or girl’s name.
Signage (Indoor and/or Outdoor)
Signs not only add to the décor, but they help out your guests, too! Create custom signs with the guest of honor’s name. Place a sign out front so guests know they’ve arrived at the right spot to celebrate. Use stylish signs inside the venue to indicate areas like food stations, gift drop-off, restrooms, etc.
40th Birthday Table Decorations are Important Too!
Tables are one of the most important parts of any party place. It’s where food and drinks will be served, enjoyed, and where guests will sit to eat and socialize throughout the event. Think of tabletops as the perfect blank canvas to create the party’s overall look and design.
Here’s what you’ll need to dress up tables with functional décor:
40th Birthday Centerpieces
40th birthday decorations simply must play up the age, no matter what theme you choose. Create a cohesive look by placing the same centerpieces on every table.
Plates (food & cake)
Whether you opt for paper, plastic, or even ceramic, you’ll want to have 2 types of plates- a smaller size for cake & desserts, and a larger dinner plate for food. Choose a color or pattern that matches the motif you’ve selected.
Cups/ Glasses/Drink ware
When it comes to drink ware, it comes down to preference. If the party vibe is more laid back, you can use plastic cups. For a sit-down style meal or a soiree in a restaurant or bar, stick with actual glasses for a more sophisticated look.
Forks, Spoons, Knives
When providing your own cutlery for the party, stick to heavy duty plastic. You can find any color to match your scheme, as well as metallic tones that mimic the look of real silverware.
Select paper napkins to match the theme or color scheme. If you’re serving a meal or offering a buffet of any kind, have both dinner napkins and beverage napkins on hand.
Tablecloths are a simple way to bring the party’s look together. Keep it simple with a solid color, or choose a fun print or design that plays up the theme.
Give tables that extra touch by adding skirting around them. You can choose a color to match the tablecloth or pick a material that adds texture, like tulle.
Place Cards & Place Card Holders
For sit-down style meals, it may be easier to assign seating for guests. Use place cards and place holders to make it easy for guests to find their spot at the table. You can create DIY place cards to suit the style of the theme.
Add some extra sparkle to tabletops with confetti. There’s a wide array of options available, making it easy to find just the right confetti that matches your décor.
Don’t forget about Serving with these 40th Birthday Decorations
Since you’ll be serving up snacks, a meal, dessert, or all of the above, you’ll need the right dishes and tools to do so properly. You can use the serving items as an integral part of the party décor, combining colors and styles to flow seamlessly with the scheme or look of the celebration.
Here are the essentials to add to your party supply shopping list:
Serving Knife (Cake Cutter)
You can choose a disposable option, but a stainless steel serving knife makes for a beautiful gift, especially when engraved. A cake cutter can be a lovely keepsake item for the guest of honor.
Choose serving dishes that match to create a cohesive look on the buffet and dessert tables.
You’ll need serving utensils to go with each dish. Disposable options make cleanup easy, and you can also choose colored utensils to go with the décor color scheme.
Take the birthday cake and make it spectacular with a cool cake topper. Choose a figurine or item that you know the birthday boy or girl will love or one that they’re sure to get a kick out of.
Flowers as 40th Birthday Decorations are a Nice Touch!
Flowers make for the ideal decoration for any party, and they’re especially beautiful at a 40th birthday bash.
Not only do they add color, texture, and depth to tabletops, but each of these varieties has a special meaning. You can choose which to use in the décor based on color and look, as well as what they represent.
Select the best one to match the birthday honoree:
- Calla Lily represents magnificence & beauty
- Hydrangea means gratitude & heartfelt emotions
- Chrysanthemums symbolize optimism & joy
- Pink stargazer lilies represent prosperity & wealth
- Snapdragon means strength & graciousness
- Gladiolus symbolize strength & integrity
- Birds of Paradise represent joy
- Orchids symbolize mature charm & refinement
- Gerbera represents cheerfulness
- Purple Iris symbolizes wisdom & compliments
Light Up the 40th Birthday Bash
Any party venue can be quickly transformed with the right lighting. Lighting adds ambiance and can be used as a part of the 40th birthday decorations to achieve a specific type of atmosphere.
Here are a few fun lighting options to consider using:
Flameless LED Candles
A simple and safe way to add to add candlelight to tables is with flameless LED candles.
Bring a magical glow to the tabletops with fairy lights. They add a soft glow to centerpieces and floral arrangements.
Mini lights can be used on tabletops, around signs, and hung around windows and doorways. They add a bit of sparkle to any space.
String lights are fun and playful, and they come in a wide variety of designs and colors. You can go classic with white, or jazz things up with multicolored or single colored strands. They’re perfect for outdoor parties after dark.
Uplighting is a must for venues without natural light, or evening hour parties.
Led Light Curtain
For fun lighting on a specific wall or doorway, hang up an LED light curtain.
You don’t have to be a Kid to Enjoy these fun 40th Birthday Decoration Ideas
Who says that 40th birthday decorations have to be sophisticated? Even though the birthday guy or gal is turning 40, they can still be a kid at heart!
These décor ideas add a lot of lighthearted fun to an already silly and superb celebration:
Big Head Cut Outs
Big head cut outs on sticks make for a hilarious party accessory. You can print out just a few, or have one for each guest. They also make great photo booth props.
Photo Cone Hats
Cute cone party hats are a must at kid’s birthdays, but why not enjoy them adult parties, too? Create personalized hats by printing them with photos. One fun idea is to use a childhood photo of the birthday boy or girl.
Grab a blindfold and a small bat and get ready to laugh. A custom piñata is a cool way to tie in the party theme and have guests get silly. Everyone will enjoy reliving the fun from their childhood of busting open a candy-filled piñata.
More 40th Birthday Decorations to Consider
To give your party that extra special touch for the guest of honor, go beyond the décor basics.
Here’s a few other fun 40th birthday decorations you may want to add to the mix:
Envelope Box for Birthday Cards
An envelope box is a perfect way to collect cards and keep them safe. You can create a DIY box with wrapping paper and ribbon to match the color scheme of the party.
Hang up a creative garland using photos of the birthday guy or gal. Choose photos from the past and present to show how they’ve changed over the years. It’s a fun and interesting way to personalize décor.
Create a beautiful poster using favorite photos of the guest of honor. You can ask friends and family who will come to the party to send you copies of their faves beforehand. Then the photos can be assembled on poster board to create a truly touching display that everyone will enjoy seeing.
A very cool and sophisticated way to decorate a party with photos is by using photo luminaries. They add a charming and personal touch to tabletops.
A guest book is a great way to collect memories and have a keepsake from the party. Guests can share a favorite memory or birthday wish for the honoree.
Photobooth or Scene Setters
Set up a photo booth or use a scene setter to create your own photo booth area. Just add a few silly props like oversized sunglasses, feather boas, leis, etc. so that guests can goof off for their photos.
Dessert or Buffet Table Backdrop
Make the main food table the focal point by adding a backdrop. You can dress it up with balloons, a scene setter that matches the party theme, streamers, etc. Get creative and have fun transforming an ordinary serving station into a decked out feature wall with food.
Sound the Party Horns!Celebrating the big 4-0 can be tough for some people, who may feel a little anxious about getting older. However, with a great celebration to remind them of how aging doesn’t have to be difficult, they can look forward to all of the fun that lies ahead. Throwing a party complete with loads of awesome 40th birthday decorations is the best way to celebrate the start of a new decade in their lives.
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