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Playful & Vibrant 40th Birthday Celebration

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40th birthday party ideas

This 40th Birthday Celebration for the lovely Amy of Living Locurto is so colorful & playful… doesn’t it just look like a blast?! She wanted to celebrate this milestone birthday with her girlfriends, so they enjoyed a night of dinner, drinks & dessert in her backyard followed by an outdoor screening of the movie Bridesmaids. FUN!

I had the pleasure of meeting Amy in person at a Michael’s event in Dallas that we attended earlier this summer, and this vibrant, upbeat party definitely reflects her personality! In addition to the fabulous cake (WOW!) and all the bright colors and patterns, I love the personal touches like the photos hanging from the branch centerpiece and around the tree. (Added bonus: I spy a shot of her that was taken at our Wonderlandia party!)

40th birthday party ideas

Read on for lots more colorful pics, including the following print of a quote that is just SO very wise, don’t you think? ;)

40th birthday party ideas

40th birthday party ideas

40th birthday party ideas

40th birthday party ideas

40th birthday party ideas

40th birthday party ideas

40th birthday party ideas

40th birthday party ideas

40th birthday party ideas

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Amy…

“I wanted to celebrate turning 40 with my girlfriends. It’s not very often that we can get together, so I wanted it to be a special night for them with a beautiful table and gifts for everyone! We enjoyed dinner, drinks and dessert in my backyard, then watched the movie “Bridesmaids” outside with my projector after it got dark. It was a blast!

TABLES
I did everything myself. Yes, I moved 30 chairs, about 5 tables and made most of the decor. My friends are SO worth it!! I found some pretty vases and candles half off at Michaels, then bought grocery store flowers and paper lanterns for my table. I love bright colors so pink, orange and purple were a no brainer for this girly girl!

My table centerpiece was branches from a tree, spray painted black with silly photos of myself. I wrapped the glass vase with ribbon to hide the bottom which had rice in it to hold the branches. I also designed little wine glass labels for each friend.

FAVORS & GIFTS
This party was all about celebrating my friendships. It’s not very often that I see many of these women, so I wanted it to be a special night. Each guest was surprised with a beautiful hand-stamped heart Vintage Pearl necklace on her plate. I love The Vintage Pearl! Check out their lovely jewelry here.

Gussy Sews made the most awesome party favors ever!!! Aren’t the bags adorable, fun and bright? She made these especially to match my party colors. I love seeing them all together.

DESSERTS
It’s not a birthday party with dessert! My friend Christy from C-Star Cakes made me the MOST amazing cake ever!! Thanks Christy for doing such a wonderful job! I also bought simple mini cupcakes and added pretty flags to them.

It’s not a 40th birthday without a little silliness! Guest could help themselves to some gum and atomic fire ball candy!

My girlfriend made the best Sangria! Of course I had to have cute signs to go on the table as well. :-)

DECORATIONS
The party decorations are my FAVORITE part of planning parties!! I saw a picture tree on Pinterest from a wedding and thought it would be perfect for a milestone birthday party. I attached little sayings and photos of my friends. Some from long ago and some new. I even made a chalkboard sign for the menu. Super easy!”

Vendor Credit
By | 2018-02-12T13:41:07+00:00 October 12th, 2011|Adult Birthday, Bridal Showers|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.