J. asks from Dallas, TX on February 13, 2008
40Th Birthday Party/Event Ideas
Hi there. My good friend is turning 40 in April. Her husband just emailed to ask for help planning a special party/event for her. I think my friend would prefer a smaller, more intimate party to a party with 200 of her "closest" friends. Any unique ideas ladies? We could use your help!
K.M. answers from Dallas on February 14, 2008
My 40th birthday was last September. My husband pulled off the biggest surprise on me. My family all came in town for just a small family gathering at my home on my birthday (a Saturday). On Sunday, we were to go to a friend's house after church for fajita's on the grill because they hadn't been able to come to our home. I opened the door and walked in, because that's the kind of friends we are, there stood 60 of my best friends and family members, even my sister who had left earlier to head home. Anyway, that wasn't the best part. My friend had emailed all my friends asking them to send her a note written to me about what I meant to them. She did the most beautiful scrapbook with appropriate stickers and scrapbook stuff on every page with the letters that people wrote and pictures they sent. It took me 2 hours to read all of them. I cried all the way through. It was very touching to hear these people say the nicest and most sincere things about me. It is one of my most prized possessions. Anytime I am down, I pick it up for encouragement. My 40th birthday will be one of my best memories forever.
P.S.: Sorry it's so long.
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E.L. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2008
I don’t have any original party ideas… but as a gift, I would create an “After the party” coffee table book (shutterfly or Kodak gallery) for her to always cherish.
I did this for my Moms 60th and had a notepad ready… everyone at the party wrote a special message and I captured that in the memory album. She Loved It, especially seeing what her friends wrote about her!
T.F. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2008
40 for me was depressing. I would have hated a party. Is this a surprise? Yes, the number 40 is the depressing part because thank God I look and feel 30.
My hubby did surprise me though. I came home and had a new little sports car in the driveway to make me feel young again. So sweet!!
K.T. answers from Dallas on February 14, 2008
I might be able to help you and your friend with a unique birthday ida. I do "Spa Esacpe" parties in women's homes . It could be a "Ladie's Night In" pampering and de-stressing time or I do "theme" parties.
I come to a person's house and set up "stations" for ; hand treatment, foot treatment. mini facials, eye and lip treatments and a relaxation station as a group.
I have had Spa Escapes for a Ladie's Bible study group, a bridal shower, Frisco Thunder dance group and I am doing a birthday party next week for an Eye doctor in Plano.
There is alot of flexibility in these Spa Escapes. I would be glad for you to call me and I could answer any questions. I also have sample Spa invitations that I could e-mail you.
P.F. answers from Amarillo on February 14, 2008
I think a "spa day" is a great way to celebrate special days. You could invite a few very close friends and have a facial, mani/pedi, etc. at a spa or have a "spa" at one friend's home - just not the home of the special girl. Special food and refreshments and maybe a new pair of house slippers for each guest or a new bottle of nail polish in the new season's color. That's my idea of fun - and I'm 55. Maybe I'm getting old, but the quiet, intimate times with my dearest friends are the best. Good luck and have fun whatever your do.
D.R. answers from Dallas on February 14, 2008
L.S. answers from Dallas on February 14, 2008
I turned forty this summer, and my sister and daughter sneaked pictures out of our many photo albums from different stages in my life and created a slide show with my favorite songs from over the years added on.
Watching it brought me to tears and allowed some guests to see how great I looked years ago!! :)
Mother of two, school teacher
A.A. answers from Wichita Falls on February 14, 2008
Turning forty was fun for me. I had just found out that my first grandbaby was on the way. Instead of my friends bringing presents for me that brought them for the baby.
HOWEVER, I am sure your friend does not want baby presents. So, I had a friend that rented a trolley to drive around to local places to eat and dance. They had the trolley for 4 hours. They had a blast. They went to several different places/bars. If you are not into the bar scene you could use it for a progressive dinner. Have the trolley or limo pick her up and take her to the first house where everyone would be waiting to surprise her. Then move on to the next houses. Plan to have around four stops. The last house would be for cake/ice cream/presents.
Another idea that I love is to have a girls night. Where everyone shows up in their pjs, we eat junk food and watch movies all night long.