I reached my own 40th birthday…well, a couple of years ago, so I’m really excited to see more of you celebrating this important milestone. I shared a sneak peek 40th birthday label a few weeks ago, and since then I’ve worked with a few others looking for the right words to express the perfect sentiment for this big birthday bash.

If “Fun, Fierce, Fabulous 40” doesn’t fit your soon-to-be-40 friend, maybe “Flirty, Feisty, Fearless 40” is better? Or “Foxy, Frisky, Fantastic 40”? (Isn’t this fun?)

Here are 25 words that go with 40, the perfect fortieth birthday ideas. Forty and…
fabulous
famous
fancy-free
fantastic
fashionable
fearless
feisty
festive
fierce
fiery
fine
fit
flirty
flowery
foxy

frank
free
fresh
friendly
frilly
frisky
fun
funky
funny
phenomenal

You could pair one of these words with Forty—try Fabulous, Fantastic, Fierce, or Phenomenal. Or combine two or three for your fantabulous friend.

If you’re throwing a party, maybe you’d rather call it the Fortieth…
fandango

fête
fiesta
festivities

You could even combine words from both lists to invite people to a “Fantastic Fortieth Fiesta.” Or a “Funky 40th Fandango.” You get the idea!

Have you celebrated the big 4-0 or planned a 40th birthday party for a friend? How would you describe turning 40?