How To Make A 40th Birthday Party Special While On A Budget

It’s usually around the 40th birthday that people start feeling that midlife crisis. When you’re in your 20s, it seems like there is going to be plenty of time to fulfill your dreams and desires for your life.

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Then you hit 40 and realize the time went too quickly and you didn’t do nearly as much as you’d wanted. Which can be quite stressful.

And that is why so many people need to have a special birthday celebration for this milestone birthday. What happens when you have a friend or loved one about to hit that mark but you have a small budget?

In this article, I will go over several ways you can still throw that special somebody a birthday to remember even on a small budget.


Get some swag

Even if you plan on a small party without too much fanfare, some personalized clothing or other gear will make it special. Monogram shirts are great because they can be worn all year so you get more bang for your buck.

Make sure that if you get clothing that it is not just a one-time thing and they can continue to wear it afterwards. The same goes for things like keychains, lanyards and any other type of thing that you want to personalize.

In addition to that, the clothing should be something that they actually want to wear. Don’t buy them a hoodie if you’ve never seen them wear one for instance.


Have a potluck dinner party


Are you and your friends foodies?

Then your friend or loved one probably would love to have a dinner party. If you’re on a budget then this might be out of reach. Unless you have everybody chip in with the cooking.

If you have everybody bring a plate, then the perfect dinner party needn’t cost you too much money and you can stay on budget.

Plan out the menu in advance so you have the proper balance of appetizers, entrees and desserts. You’d hate to have too many desserts and not enough main dishes, for example.


Bring the bar home


Everybody knows how “just a few drinks” can end up costing a ton of money. Instead of going to a bar and spending a fortune, bring the bar home.

By that, I mean that you can do everything you would normally do at the bar in your own home. Invite a few friends and ask them to bring their own alcohol to really cut down on the expense.

Then do things like karaoke, set up a trivia game or set up a dartboard and have a tournament.

You may even prefer this even without the cost savings being considered. You don’t have to wait for drinks, you don’t need to deal with people that aren’t in your party and you’re in control of how much booze is in the drinks.


The best part though is that it will end up a birthday to remember without breaking the bank. 


Jessica Alexander

Jessica Alexander

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