Forty – an age we all turn – and one my husband dreaded. I wanted to be sure he was able to celebrate in a way that made him enjoy it.
We have been tighter with our budget lately. Working towards saving for retirement (many years down the road), paying off debts, and just being more fiscally aware. I knew I needed to throw him a party – but also stay budget conscious!
So, I grabbed my best friend and we brainstormed all the ways we could celebrate Steve, and all that he is.
We set a plan – and everything was set. Then we actually looked at the schedule and realized there was a major event downtown – and plan a was. a no go. THE DAY BEFORE THE PARTY!
So – sitting in my hairdressers chair – frantically texting with my bestie – we laid down the most amazing party plans.
We started at our house with scotch/whisky, and food from our favorite local place The Thirsty Beaver. Wings, fried pickles, and pizza. good food for when you know there will be alcohol involved.
My friend drove her SUV, and we stayed sober to keep everyone safe. We headed out to The Axe Bar.
I was not sure what the night would be like, but – it was the most fun I think I have ever had on a low key night out.
Turning forty was definitely mentally tough for Steve, but, I think having his friends and the fun night we had made him realize that 40 does not mean over.
All in all this low key party was a fun night, and budget friendly. The food was spot on, decorations were low key, and I even created a slideshow of photos of Steve and got them playing on our TV to add to the fun.
Other ideas we had – but did not do:
skydiving – because Steve really wants to
party at our house with a band
send him and his friends away on a trip
rent out a room at a restaurant
rent fancy high end cars to drive around in
Basically – based on the budget we could have done any of these for a small amount of time – I was grateful we landed where we did.
How did you celebrate 40 – or how do you want to?
ME? when I turn forty – I want a fancy dinner, with my closest friends, and plenty of wine (read at a winery)…