The dream party post made me think of 40th birthdays (or any milestone for that matter). How do you plan to celebrate your next milestone birthday and or your S/O’s next big milestone?
My DH and I are 2 years away from our 10th anniversary and 40th birthdays. We dream about going back to Hawaii (sans kids), Spain, or Italy. I’m not sure we can swing that expense, but I hope to go somewhere with him that year.
My parents want to throw us a party, so maybe in the summer (it’s between DH and my birthday) we can have a swim party at my parent’s house. They have a nice yard/pool and we could invite our closest friends/ family.
nectarine / 2262 posts
My husband already passed 40, but we didn't do a party for him. I kind of wish we had. He LOVES having people over, entertaining, socializing, etc. and he would just love something like that at our house.
We have a 2 year old and I'm about to give birth to baby #2, so it's kind of on the backburner now. I just feel like there is no way I can get my house cleaned up, get everything together to host people, etc.
More than anything I'd love a kid free vacation (or even a weekend trip!) but unfortunately, we don't have family that are able or willing to watch our kids for that long, so I see that never happening I'm so jealous of people who can do that. My husband says "we can just find some of our friends to watch them for a weekend!" but honestly it's not that simple.
squash / 13208 posts
I'm not a birthday party kind of person but we aim to do a big trip every 5 years for our anniversary
cantaloupe / 6017 posts
I'm planning to host a party for my husband. All of his best friends live far away, so I'm hoping to use the occasion for a reunion. I haven't quite figured out how/where to accommodate everyone but I've got a few ideas- maybe renting a tent for the party at my parents house where there is a lot of land, and encouraging camping. I'm not sure I can afford a venue AND catering, so I'd likely do that kind of a thing and then hire someone to roast a pig or bring a food truck or something.
I'd also like a party for myself, but I'm thinking something smaller with close friends- like a fancy dinner out and a couple hotel rooms so that we can drink. I'd like to be able to host my friends, instead of asking them to pay.
I've also been dreaming about our 10 year wedding anniversary which is in 4 years. By then our kids would all be fine to leave with family, so maybe we will take our first kid-free trip!
pomegranate / 3904 posts
For my dh’s 40th last year I threw him a party at a local brewery. For my 35th in June we are going to Las Vegas, and I’m pumped!
wonderful pea / 17279 posts
Given that I enjoy DH more around his friends and family than mine having a party for me wouldn’t be terribly fun. For my 40th I’d love a mini trip to NYC. We would go to an art gallery & “splurge” on a piece. We would go see a play and do some touristy things I have never done like the Statute of Liberty. Lots of spa treatments. My bday weekend is also our anniversary weekend, so I have shot at this happening.
DH’s ideal birthday is probably a Marvel movie marathon with his favorite foods. He’s getting a house party!
pomelo / 5554 posts
My husband and I turn 40 next year - I was thinking maybe a weekend in Vegas. We’ve never left the kids overnight, though, so we’ll see.
persimmon / 1286 posts
DH turns 40 in a year. Planning to do a 3-4 night trip just the 2 of us and assuming my parents will watch the kids (DS will be 4.5 and baby will be 6 months).
If he wants a party, he can have one, but most of his friends are spread all over the country so I don't really see it happening.
nectarine / 2521 posts
@Alba4: For my 40th we are planning to do a luxury safari in South Africa, a dream of mine. My parents will keep the boys, but they will be 8 and 4 by that time.
We just had our 10 year anniversary, but my gift was a baby, ha.
persimmon / 1367 posts
My best friend and I are doing a tropical all-inclusive vacation for our 40th birthdays next year!
We entertain all the time and love doing so, so every birthday gets a big party!
persimmon / 1286 posts
Also, for my 40th, (in 4 years) I want to do a big trip, maybe with the whole family. My dad turns 75 around the same time I turn 40 so trying to plant the seed for all of us to go to Hawaii (also my nephew will be graduating college in California a few months before our bdays, so maybe piggyback it on to that). We should all be well!
wonderful pea / 17279 posts
@Tanjowen: now that sounds amazing!!
pomegranate / 3127 posts
DH's last big birthday was a party at a restaurant with all the family. He picked out the music so we could dance. This is totally his thing so he really liked it. We also took off work the day before to wander around the city and catch a concert.
Mine is coming up soon. I don't like parties, so hopefully it'll just be us and the kids. We won't make any definite plans other then "going out somewhere," so no one else can just decide to pop in. I've already told my mom we're not celebrating this year, and it didn't seem to cause drama, so hopefully no one will pressure me into having people over.
clementine / 911 posts
For my husband's 40th birthday, we went on a long weekend trip to Vegas with his best friend and his wife (no kids). It was our first vacation alone since our daughter was born, and we had a great time.
For my 40th, we're going on a big trip with my family (including kids) that will include a cruise and a day at Magic Kingdom. Honestly, I'd rather do something more like what we did for my husband's birthday, but this is just how it worked out. I am excited to take our daughter to Disney for the first time. She will have just turned 3, and I think it will be magical for her.
Our 5th wedding anniversary is also this year. Originally, we thought about going back to the resort where we went on our honeymoon. However, with one big trip already planned and some expensive repairs to our house that came up unexpectedly, we had to scale that trip back. We're still getting away without kids (yay!), but we're just going to do a long weekend in Nashville instead.
grapefruit / 4464 posts
This post makes me think we should do something for our ten year (dating) anniversary coming up in less than a year. I would love to take a long weekend trip to Iceland - we've always wanted a shot at seeing the northern lights - but I'm not sure whether we would be able to get family to watch the LO, as we're already using them to cover daycare breaks (the daycare we chose for next year has SO MANY breaks and professional days...) If we can't, we'll probably just do a nearby weekend trip with the LO.