Already dreading the birthday card that reads “Lordy, lordy, look who’s 40”—probably accompanied by a bouquet of black roses? Thinking about life over the hill as the beginning of a mid-life crisis or the slippery slope into old age?

Snap out of it, party girl! You’ve still got it! A milestone birthday like 40 isn’t what it used to be. It’s all about embracing how far you’ve come and the vibrant years ahead! Whether you’re officially entering “the middle ages” or planning for a frenzied friend, explore Indianapolis’ many options for a 40th birthday party that’s far from a coming-of-age statement.

Alright, alright. So you don’t want a big party.

Celebrate with a few close friends! A smaller group of guests opens doors to some beautiful private group dining options at Indy’s restaurant venues. Snag a group reservation at your tried-and-true favorite restaurant or an Indianapolis-area restaurant venue that’s new in the area… and we’d say a 40th birthday is worth a little splurge! Some of the Circle City’s classiest restaurant venues with private dining rooms, include:

But don’t stop there! Snappening is great resource that can help find that perfect Indianapolis restaurant venue.

A birthday party at home—adults only!

Wonderful food and good company at home make for the perfect “grown up” party you’ve needed in the midst of your kids’ crazy schedules and work. For a more casual gathering, try a wine-and-cheese party, potluck dessert party, backyard barbecue or poker night. A murder mystery dinner is sure to intrigue guests as well!

Another year older, no less adventurous.

Stick with the small group idea, but head to a fun event such as an Indianapolis Indians, Indianapolis Colts or Indiana Pacers game, a camp site close by, or spa day with the girls. Give the guest of honor (that could be you!) the chance to do something they’ve always wanted to experience. Even a hot-air-balloon ride or skydiving excursion is accessible right here in Indy – and could make you feel young again! Racecar driving at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a rock concert or rock climbing are also guaranteed to keep you young.

Celebrate your 40th birthday in Indianapolis with an event that embraces life! Excited for the big day yet? Share even more great ideas for celebrating milestone birthdays with the Snappening community on Facebook or Twitter! We’re all for a good time! Look towards our Birthday Party Bliss board on Pinterest for more birthday inspiration.