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40th Birthday Ideas
Your 40th is one of those landmark birthdays that calls for something extra special. However you choose to celebrate, make sure your 40th birthday party is every bit as fabulous as you are. Our luxury marquees come in a range of inspiring themes, and we can supply gorgeous and cohesive furnishings to make your party tent as glamourous or refined as you’d like it to be.
Luxury Birthday Marquees For The Ultimate Wow-Factor
We have 10 awesome tent themes to choose from, but we love everything bespoke so tell us your 40th birthday party ideas and we’ll make it happen. Take a look at some of our favourite marquees below for the ultimate 40th birthday bash. Prepare to be dazzled.
Bombay Boudoir Bonanza
Designed the year Elizabeth Hurley married in India and Bollywood-mania took hold in England, the Bombay Boudoir adds a touch of pizzazz and the exotic with its mirrored burnt orange and pink linings. If you are summoning up images of Arabian Nights or a Bollywood Bonanza for your 40th, the Bombay Boudoir is perfect for you. Our Bombay boudoir is glamourous, mysterious and full of exotic surprises with an explosion of colour.
Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40 after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely. - Christian Dior
Dancing and music play an important part in any celebration, and there is no better time to go vivaciously big and bold on colour and entertainment than for your 40th birthday party. How about getting your party started with dance performers - Bollywood or Bhangra (a Bollywood infusion of a classical and Western form of dance)?
Ruby Red Arabian
The Queen celebrated her 40th year on the throne with a ruby jubilee, so incorporate rubies into your own birthday with our predominantly ruby red, bohemian patchwork Arabian tent. You’ll feel as if you have stepped inside a decedent velvet cocoon to be transported to the warmth of the Arabian Desert, as you wine and dine the night away. Why not travel to an exotic place reminiscent of an indulgent hideaway in the Arabian Peninsula?
Inspired by the famous French Dance hall and cabaret Moulin Rouge, our La Rouge tent is a lavish backdrop for a fabulous 40th birthday party. Uniquely luxurious and fun, La Rouge is the perfect party marquee for a dramatic and ritzy birthday do.
Viva La Fortieth!
One of the most recent addition to our tent collection, inspired by the Mexican love for a good fiesta, and perfect for those spring and summer celebrations, is the Viva La Fiesta! Go to town with matching parasols with the Viva print, deckchairs to complement the theme too and incorporate some street food, a samba band and carnival dancers for a full blown fiesta theme.
The tent name can even be incorporated into the celebration as a 'Viva La Fortieth!'
Let us manage your 40th birthday event from start to finish
Are you planning a party? Not only do we have the best tents, furniture, props and décor, but we can share our expertise in helping you plan your party too and love a good excuse to create a memorable experience for guests of a ‘proper’ party!
The Little Extras That Make a 40th Birthday Party Special
The finishing touch to any outdoor event in the summer – especially a birthday party – is outdoor furniture and lighting.
Take a look at your brochure for some fabulous examples of how we can make your party that extra bit special.
Our wow-factor décor and tents will create a jaw-dropping spectacle for your 40th birthday bash. We love an excuse to create props and furniture so if there’s something we don’t have let us know and if we love it we’ll make it!
The party was absolutely fantastic and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone that attended. Guests felt really relaxed in the Bombay Boudoir interior and commented all night – I especially loved the ceiling lamps!
Bryony Worthy ★★★★★
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40th Birthday Party faqs
Planning the ultimate party for your 40th birthday, or as a surprise for a loved one is a fabulous idea. There’s no better time to throw caution to the wind and celebrate in style, than when hitting the big four-oh. Full of wisdom and no longer worried about what other people think, reaching 40 deserves a big celebration.
Planning a big party isn’t as easy as you might first think. There is rather a lot to plan, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But, don’t be put off. We are here to help. Take a look at some of our FAQs, and if you need further advice, simply give one of our expert party planners a call. We want your 40th birthday party to go like a dream.
Where is an ideal place to throw a 40th birthday party?
Finding the right venue for your 40th birthday party can be a daunting task. A marquee is the perfect backdrop for creating a party venue to wow. We’ve worked in some great places. We’ve reviewed two below to give you a flavour of what is possible but ultimately, if at all possible – for the most intimate atmosphere, without restrictions, a party marquee at home will be the best for celebrating with your friends, in the place that is most personal to you.
However, if this is not possible, for more of the venues we’ve loved working at, see our venues page.
Eridge Park is an idyllic, historic setting for a party. Popular for wedding receptions, this venue is also perfect for private parties. There are 5 licensed outdoor event areas set in breathtaking grounds. Our marquees look fabulous here. It’s even possible for guests to camp in the ancient woodlands. We have amazing bell tents and boudoirs you can hire for a full-on glamping experience. Set two miles south of Tunbridge Wells this place is easily accessible from London and for guests anywhere in Sussex or Kent.
Kenwood House, on the edge of Hampstead Heath, is a perfect tranquil oasis in London and a real hidden gem for hosting something a little bit different in the big smoke. Kenwood House now has a new marquee site set in its pretty flower garden. It’s a stunning place to throw a refined do.
What should be on a 40th birthday party to-do list?
With so much to think about, it’s always a good idea to have a definitive to-do list when planning a party. At Arabian Tents, we are experts at thinking of just about everything when it comes to parties. Here’s our list of top things you’ll need to do:
- Decide on your budget and the number of guests
- Create a spreadsheet for keeping track of costs, and schedules as well as invitees
- Organise some helpers to keep you on track
- Set the date
- Research and book the venue
- Choose your themed marquee
- Book entertainment and music. If needed, ask for our contacts in this field.
- Pick your caterer. Again, plenty of recommendations possible here if needed. And for a feel-good factor, why not lay on vegan or vegetarian food to demonstrate your consciousness and care.
- Organise the bar (either through sourcing your own alcohol and getting advice from us regarding bar staff, or by hiring a bar company to do it all for you)
- Organise portable toilets if you need them (roughly every 60 people need access to one toilet although you may not want to open your house in which case a trailer unit can be hired)
- Arrange a photographer, cameras or a photo booth. See our list of exceptional photographers to assist with this element.
- Think about all the little extras – decorations, cake, lighting, heaters or fans, party favours
- Pick your outfit
- Send out your invites
What are suitable themes and colour schemes for a 40th?
A 40th birthday party needs the wow factor. You’re fun and young and you want to make this a party with your friends to remember. Fun, decadent themes with rich colour schemes create instant wow-factor and make for the perfect back drop for celebrating in style. Take a peek at our Bombay Boudoir, Arabian Tent, Purple Palace or our La Rouge option. We think you will agree your friends will love partying in those!
What should I ask guests to wear?
If you’ve decided on a theme, make that clear in your invitation. Invite guests to join in the party spirit and dress up in the appropriate theme. Dressing up can really bring some fun to the party, but it’s not for everyone, so don’t make it a prerequisite. Though be clear about your expectations. Is it casual dress, formal or all-out glamour?
What suggestions should I make on a 40th gift list?
More and more people are taking the bold step of making a gift list for big birthdays. Once confined to weddings, a gift list for a birthday can feel like a bold and presumptuous request. However, as we get older we tend to have most of the things we need, which makes the job of choosing a gift harder and harder. Don’t be afraid to give your guests some idea of the things you want. Most people will be grateful for some guidance. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Experience day vouchers (it’s time you did the sky dive!)
- Gift vouchers for a favourite clothes store
- Mini-break with friends
- New luxury luggage bags
- Theatre tickets
- Massage, facial or spa day
- Something personalised (jewellery, photobook etc.)
Or for a feel-good factor, suggest donations to your favourite charity or community group.
Blogs about 40th Birthday Party ideas
We have collected blogs and websites from around the web which share our passion for throwing the perfect party. Take a look at them here.