40th birthday party menu ideas


My friend is turning forty this year on Christmas Eve. I am trying to make it extra special for him. When I was a kid i went to a 40th birthday party and the menu was related to being old. There was a menu that you chose from with apetizers, beverages, salad and main course. Each item had a crazy name that went with the food and whatever you choose for the item is what was on your plate. The only think i can remember is that one of the items you ordered was a slab of butter but it was called something else. It was a lot of fun but I can't find any of the menu ideas oline and i am not so creative when it comes to this. Any ideas or websites you know of?

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Dec 17, 2009
Dear menu theme seeker,
by: Krista

Using a themed menu at a milestone birthday celebration is a great and creative idea. I can almost hear them ordering now: I?d like the hip replacement, dentures, and heartburn with a smidge of Osteoporosis for dessert.

If that?s what you have in mind, the names for the food and beverages are endless: Calcium Supplement, Tums, Pepto Bismol, Preparation H, Denture Cream, Bifocals, Help! I?ve fallen and I can?t get up, etc.

Not exactly what you are going for? Here?s some other suggestions:

Try finding inspiration from the most popular TV shows of the 1960?s to create dishes such as Flipper fish sticks, Mayberry R.F.D. apple pie, Bonanza steak kabobs, Hogan?s Heroes sandwiches, and Brady Bunch snack mix.

Create a menu based on the top movies of 1969 such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Easy Rider or True Grit. Or, use more recent movies centered on aging like On Golden Pond, The Bucket List, Grumpy Old Men or Driving Miss Daisy.

Or, plan the menu around an actual bucket list: Pudding in a Cloud for skydiving, seafood dish for swimming with sharks, or a Chinese dish for visiting the Great Wall of China. You could even purchase custom fortune cookies with age-related words of wisdom inside.

Here are some sites that might give you some ideas:




You've picked a unique and challenging project, but I think your guests will have a blast!

Good Luck!

Krista Blaes

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