40th Birthday Party

posted on 12/20/13

1973 saw the launch of Skylab, the premiere of the Exorcist, and the Watergate scandal that led to the impeachment of Richard Nixon. The events of 40 years ago seems like ancient history, but if you were born in that year, the time probably feels like it has gone by in an instant. Where do the years go? Some people don’t feel 40 at all, but instead refer to themselves as being “21 with 19 years of experience”. These people are sad souls who you should refrain from inviting to your big 4-0 celebration.


The year of your birth, 1973, was an excellent year for music. With so many rock-solid hits being churned out, it would be wise to create a playlist celebrating the 40th anniversary of these songs:

“Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
“Money” by Pink Floyd
“Piano Man” by Billy Joel
“Angie” by The Rolling Stones
“Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John
“The Joker” by Steve Miller Band
“20th Century Boy” by T.Rex
“Jolene” by Dolly Parton
“Jungle Boogie” by Kool and the Gang
“No More Mr. Nice Guy” by Alice Cooper
“Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” by Al Green
“Tequila Sunrise” by The Eagles


In order to properly enjoy the festivities on your 40th birthday, you’re going to want to get some decorations. This is a milestone birthday, so it is important that no one forgets how old you are turning. To best accomplish this, you will need the number 40 on virtually every decoration in the room. A giant banner, coupled with some “over the hill” balloons will fill the space with reminders. For the food table you can get a 40th birthday cake topper, as well as 40th birthday plates and napkins. If anyone at the party asks you how old you are turning, it will be because they are blind or illiterate.


This party will require alcoholic beverages to keep your guests moving and grooving. This can involve any number of liquors in the gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, or tequila families. Regardless of what type of spirits you choose to imbibe, you will need some sort of vessel to get them from the bottle to your mouth (at least for the first half of the night). Pick up some novelty shot glasses that have funny sayings written on the sides like “Got prune juice?” and “At my age happy hour is a nap!” Once again, I cannot stress enough how critical it is for you and your guests to constantly be made aware of your advanced age and rapid descent into decrepitude.

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Here is a list of some famous people also celebrating their 40th birthdays this year:

Kate Beckinsale (Actress, Total Recall)
Neil Patrick Harris (Actor, How I Met Your Mother)
Kristen Wiig (Actress, Bridesmaids)
Seth MacFarlane (Actor/Writer, Family Guy)
Portia de Rossi (Actress, Arrested Development)
Rose McGowan (Actress, Charmed)
Dave Chappelle (Actor/Writer, The Chappelle Show)
Adam Scott (Actor, Parks and Recreation)
Neve Campbell (Actress, Scream)
Tori Spelling (Actress, Beverly Hills 90210)
Mario Lopez (Actor, Saved By The Bell)
Tyra Banks (Host, America’s Next Top Model)
Heidi Klum (Host, Project Runway)
Mos Def (Musician/Actor, Cadillac Records)
Nas (Musician, Stillmatic)
David Blaine (Magician)

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