16 BEST 40th Birthday Themes for Women in 2023

by Jillian Leslie on

If you’re a female turning 40, you need to celebrate this milestone birthday with the most amazing party ever!

So if you’re looking for an awesome 40th birthday party theme, we’ve scoured our site to find the 16 best 40th birthday themes for women.

They are absolutely fabulous, and are going to fill you with wonderful 40th birthday ideas for party activities, food, party decorations, and more with a female touch. Go have fun!

16 BEST 40th Birthday Themes for Women in 2023!

If you’re a woman turning 40 and want your 40th birthday party to be classy, sexy, and cool, check out these fantastic party themes for your big day.

Remember… 40 is the new 30 and it can be oh so fabulous!

And these themes can work at a special venue or in your own home.

Also, if you’re looking for the most popular 40th birthday ideas for men, we’ve hand-selected those, too!

16 BEST 40th Birthday Themes for Women!

1. Boho Picnic-Themed 40th Birthday Party

Boho parties are such an on-trend 40th birthday theme right now.

Picnics are perfect if you want a laidback celebration for your guests, that together with the whimsical vibe of a boho party creates a wonderful ambiance for a special birthday.

How about decorating your party with these easy boho dream catchers.

Boho Picnic 40th Birthday Party

2. Rustic Dinner Party 40th Birthday

A rustic themed party is a lovely way to celebrate without all the fuss of a full-on party.

Sitting around a table with the great company of loved ones and friends while enjoying amazing food can be heaven to those who’d much rather share an intimate evening.

Rustic Dinner Party 40th Birthday

3. Luau-Themed 40th Birthday

Luau parties are always so refreshing and have the ability to transport you to faraway tropical lands.

Use lots of bright colors and flowers to bring joy to your 40th! Here are some on-trend luau party ideas to give you great ideas!

Luau-Themed 40th Birthday

4. Flower-Themed 40th Birthday

If you are hosting your 40th birthday in the spring how about using flowers as your birthday theme?

Fill your party with gorgeous colors and lots of flowers and balloons and you really can’t go wrong!

If you’re looking for a beautiful party decoration, how about making this easy flower monogram letter or paper flower backdrop to hang behind your dessert table!

Spring-Themed 40th Birthday

5. Glam-Themed 40th Birthday

On the other hand, if style is more your thing then a glam 40th birthday party is a must!

Go all out with everything fashion for a sophisticated celebration with family and friends.

Glam-Themed 40th Birthday

6. Parisian Themed 40th Birthday Party

You can’t ever go wrong with a Parisian 40th birthday party theme.

Everything about it is so enchanting and romantic. Here is a collection of French/Parisian party ideas to help you plan.

What more could you want for such an important birthday?

Parisian 40th Birthday Cake

7. Chanel Themed 40th Birthday Party

Nothing says classy like a Chanel-themed 40th birthday.

Check out the party and you’ll see why you’d be celebrating in style.

Chanel themed 40th Birthday Party

8:  Pink Themed 40th Birthday Party

If you’re looking to celebrate your birthday in a more demure way, how about throwing a very feminine pink 40th birthday party!

Pink is such a feminine color to choose for a wonderful party. One color we see paired with pink is gold. Here’s our collection of pink and gold party invitations to inspire you.

Pink Themed 40th Birthday Party | CatchMyParty.com

9: Wonderwoman Themed 40th Birthday Party

What woman isn’t a superhero in her own right?

Celebrate your 40th birthday in true Wonder Woman style with a smashing superhero-themed party like this one.

Wonder Woman Themed 40th Birthday Cupcakes

10: Denim themed 40th birthday party

Take a look at the fantastic ideas at this denim-themed 40th birthday party!

It definitely doesn’t lack style and is sure to impress in a casual, chic way.

Denim themed 40th birthday party

11: Mexican Fiesta-Themed 40th Birthday Party

If you want to add lots of vibrant colors, flavors, and of course, lots of tequila to your 40th, how about hosting fun a 40th fiesta-themed birthday! We’ve got a fantastic collection of Mexican fiesta party ideas to inspire you!

If you love everything cactus, fiesta, and paper flowers then this party is perfect for you!

Mexican Fiesta-Themed 40th Birthday Party

12: Retro 80’s Themed 40th Birthday Party

The 80’s definitely left a mark in any 40-year-old so how about going back in time with a retro 80’s themed 40th birthday party?

There’s so much to go with. Just pick out your favorite stuff from the 80’s, such as tapes, neons, bricks, and graffiti.

Retro 80's themed 40th Birthday Party

13: Rustic Themed 40th Birthday Brunch

Here’s another rustic brunch 40th birthday celebration to take a look at. This can be a wonderful way to celebrate, again without all the fuss of a full-on birthday party.

It’s the ideal solution for an intimate get-together with delicious food.

Rustic Themed 40th Birthday Brunch

14: Garden Themed 40th Birthday Party

A garden-themed 40th birthday allows you to be out in the open air with your family and friends and enjoy some sun and warm weather.

For some wonderful ideas on how to throw a 40th birthday party in your garden, you have to check out this beautiful party!

Garden themed 40th Birthday Party

15: Kate Spade Themed 40th Birthday Party

Kate Spade parties just ooze style so how about picking one as your 40th birthday party theme?

They are pretty simple to decorate. You need some black and white stripes and lots of pink flowers. Here are some Kate Spade party inspirations from our site!

Kate Spade Themed 40th Birthday Party

16: Donuts & PJs Themed 40th Birthday Party

Turning 40 doesn’t have to make you feel old. Here’s a great way to celebrate with your gal pals!

Celebrate your birthday by hosting a donut themed 40th sleepover. In fact, use our adorable free donut birthday party printables to decorate.

Just don’t forget to invite your best friends! And here are some of the best donut party ideas from our site.

Donuts & PJs Themed 40th Birthday Party | CatchMyParty.com

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40th Birthday Party Inspiration FAQs

What types of activities should I have at my 40th birthday?

Hire a massage therapist or manicurist to come to your party for a spa day.
Hire a sommelier or mixologist and host a wine tasting or champagne tasting.
Arrange for a private chef to come to teach everyone how to cook or bake something special.
Host a movie night in your backyard. Lay out blankets for people to sit on and screen your favorite chick flick.
Host a murder mystery party and ask your guests to dress up.
Host a poker night or casino night and add some Vegas glam touches.
Host a casual outdoor BBQ and make is casual with burgers, chips and other snacks, and of course birthday cake.
Hire a DJ or create a playlist on Spotify to play your favorite tunes. You can also set up a karaoke machine and let your guests be the entertainment.
Photo booth or scavenger hunt: Set up a photo booth with fun props or organize a scavenger hunt around the party venue or neighborhood.
Play fun party games like Twister, lawn bowling, or horseshoes.
Dance party: Hire a DJ or create a playlist of the birthday woman’s favorite songs and dance the night away.
Remember, the goal is to create a fun and memorable experience for the birthday woman and her guests, so choose activities that will be enjoyable and engaging for everyone involved.

What types of food can I serve at my 40th birthday party?

Finger foods and appetizers keep it casual and easy. Serve cheese and crackers, vegetables and dip, sliders, mini quiches, and a fruit tray.
A charcuterie boards are super trendy right now. Stock it with meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts, and dried and fresh fruits to create a delicious assortment.
For dessert, birthday cake, cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets are a must for any birthday party.
For drinks, offer a range of beverages, from non-alcoholic options like sparking water with fruit, as well as cocktails or wine for those who want something more.
If you’re thinking of to serving a full meal, consider offering it buffet-style. This way you can offer a full menu of options but keep it relatively easy.
And finally, don’t underestimate people’s love of pizza!

How to throw a 40th birthday on a budget?

Host your party at home, at a park or a community center.
Keep the guest list small. Focus on inviting only close friends and family.
Find reasonably priced 40th birthday party favors or DIY your own.
Use one of our free party printable collections from Catch My Party to save on decorations.
Keep food light and simple by only serving hors d’oeuvres. Or go casual and serve pizza. Everyone loves pizza!
Buy a grocery store birthday cake and add some DIY decorations.

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