Are you or someone you know turning the big 4-0 soon? You may be a year older, but no one is ever too old to have fun! Do you envision an over the top shindig with family, friends and co-workers or a laid back celebration? There are so many options to consider when party planning. Check out our 40th birthday party ideas for inspiration and guidance!

Surprise Party

This one will take a lot of advanced planning, but could be as elaborate or as low key as desired. Host it at your home or an Indianapolis event venue such as a bar, restaurant, banquet hall, country club, park or a number of other attractive local options! Remember that not everyone loves a surprise. If the birthday gal or guy tends to be more reserved, consider other party options.

Go Boating

If you are lucky enough to be celebrating during the spring or summer months, think about renting a boat for the day or even a weekend. The size of the boat will determine how many people will be able to enjoy the festivities. Renting a pontoon boat is great if you want to spend the day with a small group. If your group is larger, you can even rent a double decker pontoon boat with slide that holds 24 people. Stock the cooler, bring along snacks and a simple lunch, some tunes and plenty of sunscreen!

1970’s Party

Celebrate the decade in which the birthday honoree was born. Instruct guests to don 70’s garb, book a local 70’s cover band and be sure that your décor includes a gleaming disco ball!

Pub Crawl

Invite your guests, rent a party bus and enjoy a night on the town! If the birthday individual is fond of dancing hit up nightclubs, check outpubs for the sports nut or even breweries or wineries for the connoisseur.

Casino Night

Host your own gambling get-together complete with full-size blackjack and roulette tables manned by professionals. You could go all out and hire cocktail servers as well. Consider serving a Las Vegas buffet-inspired spread filled with the birthday guy or gals’ favorite fare.

Amazing Race Party

Inform guests to gather at one location to complete a task in order to receive their first clue. There can be 3-4 people per team or teams can be kept to couples. After the first clue is received, a scavenger hunt ensues in which you will be traveling to various locations to pick up items and obtain additional clues. Tasks could involve things such as counting the fire hydrants on one street and reporting it at a coffee shop drive-thru speaker to receive the next clue. Cap off the evening with dinner at a predetermined restaurant where the discussion is sure to turn to the day’s earlier shenanigans!

No matter what type of 40th birthday party you choose, if family and friends surround you, you’re sure to have a wonderful time! If you need help planning the perfect bash, Snappening offers a comprehensive list of event planners that are sure to create the ultimate celebration!

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