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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


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!

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.

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.

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. :-)

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+00:00October 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.


  1. Linnette October 12, 2011 at 6:14 am

    “40 and still HOT!” YES indeed!

    Love this party so much–the color combos are my favorite.

  2. Amy @ Living Locurto October 12, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Thanks so much for the awesome feature Jen! Your website and party ideas inspire me all the time, it’s a pleasure to be seen here:-)

    Oh and thanks Linnette! LOL! I hope I say 50 and Still HOT someday:-)

  3. MonogrammedEverything! October 12, 2011 at 6:48 am

    TOOOOO CUTE!! Love it, nicely done!

  4. Courtney {pizzazzerie} October 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

    amazing! I love it all! the colors pop + amy looks FABULOUS! girl, what is your secret!

  5. KM October 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

    This is absolutely lovely! You can almost “feel” what a fun night it was just by looking at the bright, colorful pictures. Great job!

  6. Mindy October 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

    ok, I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes to throw myself a party :) Coulda fooled me with the beautifully arranged grocery store flowers. Love the fun candy sayings!

  7. Ashley of The Simplifiers: Event Planning November 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Awesome birthday parties aren’t just for kids. Thanks for reminding us of that!

  8. Stewardess March 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Oh yes… 40 is still beautiful!
    What a lovely theme!

  9. Sara June 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I am planning a surprise 40th birhday party that is being held outdoors. I just adore your 40 blows idea with the bubble gum and the still hot at 40 with the atomic fireballs. The quotes in picture frames are very clever and would love to purchase however they are not very masculine. Do you have any that are so I can print for free or purchase? Its so nice to see such talent displayed on the web….you truely have a gift!

  10. Kim September 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Random!! But where did you find a tutorial on that picture tree??? I need to make one!!! Can’t find directions.. :)

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