My 40th birthday was coming up fast, suddenly I was faced with making a decision on whether or not to celebrate this age changer. Should I have a party or should I just let it pass and no one would be any wiser to this supposedly older me! For me I think any excuse is a good excuse to have a party, so I tried to not think about the age of it but the thought of celebrating with some friends.
It was just two weeks away when I finally decide to have a party, which really doesn’t seem like much time to organize such an event. Now a days with modern technology and the use of social media, within 10 minutes I had the invitations sent out. This was after a few messages back and forth with some advice from a friend of how I could make it a party to remember.
It was decided, I would have a Hollywood themed dress up party with a bonfire, weather permitting. I am fortunate enough to live on a large property out in the country, sticks, boonies, whatever you like to call it. So having a bonfire seems to go with every party gathering we have, except in Summer of course. I decided on the Hollywood theme as I figured it would give all the guests easy options for dressing up.
Mind you it took me a few days to even decide who I would dress up as and then I was still having second thoughts about my decision. I was tossing up between Audrey Hepburn and Julia Roberts. So I decided to go to the shops to find an outfit and whichever I found first, black or red dress, I would dress up as this actress.
The decision ended up being Audrey Hepburn as I quickly found a beautiful long flowing black dress with a bit of bling around the neckline. It was a close friend that suggested I go and see Caz from Face It Make Up & Beauty to get my hair and make up done for the night. So I made the call and amazingly Caz fit me into her schedule at such short notice.
It didn’t take long for me to find decorations with the Hollywood them, it seems everyone is having these parties. I found bits and pieces on e-bay only ordering from Aussie suppliers as I needed to know they would arrive before the day. I also found some fantastic items in Big W and a local party shop, so it didn’t seem to take long to find everything I needed. It is a good idea to have a list of what you want or need so nothing gets forgotten.
A friend offered to help me out with making the cake. She made a really delicious Kahlua mud cake and if she ever gives me the recipe I will certainly pass it on. We decided on decorating it using the Hollywood theme and my choice of character Audrey Hepburn. It was a lot of fun working it all out with the icing and two tiers, it was very close to disaster at times but in the end it turned out to be something I loved and we had so many laughs together making this creation.
Then we made some jelly shots using this recipe: Vodka Jelly Shots, which we stored in the bar fridge until the party. It didn’t take long for the party day to roll around. After spending most of the morning tidying up whatever had not been done already I left home for my appointment with Caz to do my hair and make up.
I couldn’t believe the amazing transformation Caz did on me, check out the pic below. I was really impressed! Some of my friends were gob smacked when they saw me complete in my outfit, saying they almost didn’t recognise me. If you get a chance check out her Before and After shots she has performed on her clients, they are amazing! She is so professional and her prices are very reasonable and affordable for the average person, no need to be a celebrity to acquire her services!
Before I knew it everyone was arriving and yes they were all dressed up! We had the likes of Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Sydney Bistrow, The Mad Hatter & The Queen of Hearts, Ricky Bobby, Mrs Lovett, Blues Brothers, Cowboys, Cleopatra, and King Kong. Thankfully he didn’t eat anybody but performed some great tricks with his nostrils and shots. I won’t go into detail, I will leave that up to your imagination. Though if there are any requests I can always post the video for you to watch.
It was such a great unforgettable night with memories to last a lifetime. So good in fact that my head hit the pillow at about 4am, something I would have done when I was a lot younger and rarely do these days. I would definitely recommend doing something special for your 40th if you are considering it. You will only turn 40 once in your life and I certainly did not feel like I was turning 40.
I don’t completely agree that 40 is the new 30, I think it all has to do with the individual and how they are living. Your happiness, contentment and how you enjoy where you are. I certainly feel a lot younger than 40, not how I expected to feel at this age. I think more people are getting married and having children later in life whereas it was more common to be in your early 20’s previously. Maybe it is also that we live in a world of modern technologies where we have the ability to keep in touch with the younger generations. It all seems to be working together to close the gap between ages and generations.
Turning 40 is definitely not the end of the world, I don’t have one foot in the grave and I certainly am not over the hill like many would have you believe. So party on like your 30, even if at the end of the night you feel like 50, and you will always be remembered for your 40th.