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How 40+ Celebrities Celebrated Turning 40

An official over-the-hill birthday called for over-the-top ordeals for some celebrities, while others marked this milestone with more low-key occasions. Whatever your turning-40 style may be, look to the stars for inspiration:

So excited to be spending this special day with David and the kids in Marrakech! Welcome to Instagram @DavidBeckham! x vb #DB40

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WHO: David Beckham

WHAT: Social Soirée

WHERE: Marrakesh, Morocco

WHEN: May 2015

HOW: David joined Instagram on his 40th birthday and he and his adorable family shared several b-day snaps from Morocco using the hashtag, #DB40. The birthday boy was pictured sitting at a celebratory table that had been decorated with balloons, a banner, confetti, and hats, and later, with wife Victoria Beckham and friends Emma Bunton, Melanie C, and Eva Longoria. Sidenote: It was a big day for the British, as Princess Charlotte was born earlier this same day.

thanx again jd 4 my beautiful surprise party. A photo posted by Fergie (@fergie) on

WHO: Fergie

WHAT: G. L. A. M. O. R. O-U. S. House Party

WHERE: Her home in Los Angeles, California, USA

WHEN: March 2015

HOW: Fergie feted the big 4-0 with an Old Hollywood-themed surprise party thrown by husband Josh Duhamel in their backyard. The birthday girl perfectly played the part dripping in jewels in an off the shoulder gown and sporting a red lip. Food included a berry-covered sheet cake and of course, Fergie‘s own Ferguson Crest wine.

WHO: Eva Longoria

WHAT: Blessed Birthday Back Home

WHERE: San Antonio, Texas, USA

WHEN: March 2015

HOW: Eva headed to her hometown of San Antonio, TX to mark her milestone with a full weekend of celebrations. Stops included lunch at Mi Tierra Cafe, a day at Morgan’s Wonderland amusement park, and dinner over a bottle of Silver Oak wine, though perhaps the most important part of her big moment was a visit to thank the big guy — “off to Bday mass to thank God for these 40yrs!!!,” she wrote. The gratitude continued online, as Eva used the hashtag, “#BirthdayBlessings,” on all her “#FabulousForties” birthday posts.

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WHO: Drew Barrymore

WHAT: All Natural Downtime

WHERE: On the beach

WHEN: February 2015

HOW: Drew seemed to keep it simple on the day she turned 40 — smiling make-up free and soaking up the sun on a beautiful beach. Her hashtag of choice? A fitting “#forty.”

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WHAT: Political Party

WHERE: New York, New York, USA

WHEN: October 2010

HOW: “I couldn’t believe it either” is what birthday boy Matt Damon said of completing his fourth decade on Earth in 2010, but something he did believe in back then was getting fans living in New York to vote in that year’s election. In a video he filmed for YouTube, Matt said, “if there’s something you want to give me for my birthday that’s gonna really cheer me up, you can vote on election day for the Working Families Party.” You can follow his lead, since civic participation is an affordable celebratory option for any registered voter.

WHO: Victoria Beckham

WHAT: Posh Party

WHERE: London Arts Club, London, England

WHEN: April 17, 2014

HOW: In addition to soaking up the sun in an Instagram picture she captioned with “special day with my beautiful babies and wonderful husband,” Posh also partied with fellow Spice Girls Emma Bunton, Melanie C, and Geri Halliwell, as well as Chris Martin, Gordon Ramsay, and of course husband David at a private London club.

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WHAT: Surprise Scavenger Hunt

WHERE: Several US cities, including Las Vegas, Nevada, Laughlin, Nevada, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dallas, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Orlando Florida, and New York, New York

WHEN: April 2013

HOW: David Burtka pulled off the ultimate birthday surprise for NPH, sending him on a days-long experience treasure hunt more than a month before Neil’s actual June birthday. He trained with Cirque du Soleil, got pulled over by a cop to receive a clue instead of a ticket, completed a private ropes course, slept in the castle at Disney World, and eventually reunited with David to pick out fancy outfits from Tommy Hilfiger and get serenaded by his sweetie.

No place I’d rather be today. No one I would rather be with ? @billrancic

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WHO: Giuliana Rancic

WHAT: Air and Water Adventure

WHERE: RPM Steak, Chicago, Illinois, USA

WHEN: August 2014

HOW: Husband Bill Rancic whisked G, her friends, and coworkers off to Chicago by jet for the opening party of RPM Steak the weekend before the big day. The days in between were filled with not one, but two, handbag-shaped cakes, and lots of gratitude. Giuliana posted a selfie on her last night as a 39-year-old with the hashtags “#feelbetterthanever” and “#happierthanever.” Then, the celebratory week closed out with G and Bill cuddling on a boat on her actual birthday.

My favorite guy #birthdayweekend #I’m40 #beachsunset

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WHO: Tiffani Thiessen

WHAT: South of the Border Weekend Away

WHERE: Mexico

WHEN: January 2014

HOW: The birthday girl documented many of the weekend’s moments on Instagram, saying you know you’re on vacation when your “BFF brings pork rinds to the pool,” and, “you know it’s a party when ur friends hide ur shoes!” A special dinner party on the beach was also on the itinerary, making for an “amazing day.”

Sofia and the Shaman

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WHO: Sofia Vergara

WHAT: Charitable Chichen Itza Trip

WHERE: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

WHEN: July 2012

HOW: Sofia and a few of her Modern Family costars were part of the some one hundred guests who made it to Mexico for her special vacation. In addition to visiting the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, the group reportedly stayed at the Rosewood Mayakoba resort and drank tequila at Agave Azul. The birthday girl asked for donations to her Dreams Without Borders charity in lieu of gifts.

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WHO: Ben Affleck

WHAT: Late Night and Lazy Morning

WHERE: New York, New York, USA

WHEN: August 2012

HOW: Ben was in a celebratory spirit despite a Red Sox loss that day. He was the man of the hour at a gathering of friends and family that went into the wee hours of the night and resulted in then-wife Jennifer Garner allowing him to sleep in late the next day — “that’s the last part of his gift,” she told David Letterman.

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WHO: Jennifer Lopez

WHAT: “An Evening for Lola”

WHERE: The Edison Ballroom, New York, New York, USA

WHEN: July 25, 2009

HOW: Then-husband Marc Anthony put together this upscale surprise party, complete with a personalized marquee, possibly to return the favor for the 40th fiesta J Lo threw him the year before. Jennifer styled herself in a sexy cutout dress and braided updo to greet guests such as BFF Leah Remini, manager Benny Medina, and Ricky Martin.

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WHO: Marc Anthony

WHAT: Hot Havana Night

WHERE: The Bowery Hotel, New York, New York, USA

WHEN: September 14, 2008

HOW: Then-wife Jennifer Lopez organized a 1940s Cuban nightclub-themed party for then-husband Marc. Many guests donned fedoras to sip on mojitos, smoke cigars, gamble, and dance to the sound of a salsa orchestra at the makeshift “Havana Hotel Bar & Lounge.” J Lo even enlisted the help of some showgirls and Dita Von Teese to perform and make the night extra steamy.

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WHO: Gwyneth Paltrow

WHAT: Land and Sea Soiree

WHERE: Elio’s, New York, New York, USA

WHEN: October 2012

HOW: Ms. Paltrow welcomed pals Beyoncé, Cameron Diaz, and more to a dinner at Upper East Side Italian eatery Elio’s to fete her 40th, reportedly eating chocolate cake and enjoying piano music. The celebrations lasted longer than one day, as she also hit the sea on a private yacht with then-husband Chris Martin.

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WHO: Sean “Diddy” Combs

WHAT: A Grand Guest List

WHERE: The Grand Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel, New York, New York, USA

WHEN: November 19, 2009

HOW: The party was presented by the Diddy-approved vodka brand, Ciroc, and included quite the eclectic guest list — the mogul’s mom,  the mother of his twin girls Kim Porter, his artist Dawn Richard, as well as Kim Kardashian, Selita Ebanks, Jimmy Fallon, Derek Hough, and fellow Macy’s star Martha Stewart were all on hand.

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WHO: Pharrell Williams

WHAT: Red Hot Rager

WHERE: LIV Night Club at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, USA

WHEN: April 5, 2013

HOW: From the personalized red carpet step-and-repeat to the red velvet cartoon cake designed by artists Mina Kwon, Pharrell’s party was red hot with an equally fiery guest list that included Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, and Jennifer Hudson.

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WHO: Halle Berry

WHAT: On-Set Celebration

WHERE: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

WHEN: August 2006

HOW: Halle was happy to be working on her film Things We Lost in the Fire on her big birthday. She told reporters, “I’m not sad at all about turning 40. I’ll be on set with Benicio Del Toro, which is more than I could hope for on my birthday.”

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WHO: Kate Moss

WHAT: Fashionable Lunch

WHERE: 34 Restaurant, London, England

WHEN: January 2014

HOW: The leopard-print coat clad supermodel was surrounded by her husband, mom, and fashionable friends — including Stella McCartney and John Galliano — at her 40th birthday lunch in London.

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WHO: Jamie Foxx

WHAT: Dual December Bashes

WHERE: JET Nightclub inside the Mirage Hotel and Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada USA and The Florida Room inside The Delano Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA

WHEN: December 21, 2007 and December 15, 2007

HOW: Blame it on the alcohol! Neither venue is open for business now, but you can still get a bottle of Belvedere vodka, the brand that hosted Jamie’s Miami bash.

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WHO: Susan Downey

WHAT: Bay Area Bash

WHERE: Cavallo Point, Sausalito, California, USA

WHEN: November 2013

HOW: Robert Downey, Jr. planned a weekend-long party for his wife at a luxury resort outside of San Francisco. The family-friendly affair included spa appointments, hiking excursions, games, fireworks, and a special dinner that was decorated with personal pictures of the birthday girl and was followed up by dancing and fun in a photo booth. Famous friends Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, and Justin Theroux made the trip. Before everyone took off on the final day, RDJ made arrangements for a food truck brunch!

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WHO: Jennifer Aniston

WHAT: Private House Party

WHERE: Beverly Hills, California, USA

WHEN: February 2009

HOW: Jen welcomed close friends Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Chelsea Handler, Jennifer Meyer, Tobey Maguire, and Sheryl Crow to her home for an intimate celebration that lasted well into the evening. Then-boyfriend John Mayer reportedly serenaded the birthday girl — you can have him do the same for you, just play this YouTube video at your own party!


WHO: Tori Spelling

WHAT: Mexican Dance Party

WHERE: Mexico

WHEN: May 16, 2013

HOW: Tori took the milestone head-on, saying on her blog, “while I could be spending my day in denial, instead I’m on a beach in Mexico celebrating the occasion with my whole fan and my bestie. Because hey, I’m proud of all I’ve accomplished in these 40 years. In fact, I can’t wait for the next four decades.” The TV star also revealed she has a history of wearing white for big birthdays, and while she broke out a colorful bikini for this one, her latest special occasion called for a dance session with her little ones on the hotel bed — watch the adorable footage here.

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WHO: Jay Z

WHAT: Caribbean Surprise

WHERE: The Dominican Republic

WHEN: December 2009

HOW: According to People, wife Beyoncé was behind the 1940′s-themed surprise party, which came complete with fireworks and 50 of the birthday boy’s closet friends.

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WHO: Alyssa Milano

WHAT: Surprise ’80s Prom

WHERE: The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, California, USA

WHEN: December 14, 2012

HOW: Child star Alyssa didn’t go to her own prom dance growing up, but she more than made up for it at her promtastic 40th birthday — official prom portraits, corsages, balloon arch, and all. The enviable sweets bar boasted a variety of candy, cassette tape-shaped sugar cookies, macarons, mini cupcakes, and cake pops, all in the evening’s blue and white theme.

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WHO: Heidi Klum

WHAT: Hat Party

WHERE: A friend’s home

WHEN: June 2013

HOW: Known for her crazy Halloween costumes, it’s fitting Heidi was feted with a party that incorporated dressing up, though this time, it was all about the toppers! Ms. Klum and her girlfriends engaged in a hat competition and ate hat-shaped cakes for the balloon-filled occasion, but the sweetest part about it all was the molds of her children’s hands that she was gifted.

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WHO: Alyson Hannigan

WHAT: Mother-Daughter Disney Date

WHERE: Disneyland, Anaheim, California, USA

WHEN: March 2014

HOW: Alyson Hannigan, who shares her March 24th birthday with daughter Satyana, spent the day with her eldest little on at the Happiest Place on Earth. Ahead of the big day, the How I Met Your Mother star sweetly tweeted, “Thank you 30′s. You couldn’t have been better!!!” but followed that up a few days later with the funny, “HOLY BLEEP I’m 40!!!”

Stargazer Tip: If you do Disneyland on your big day, make sure to get a special birthday pin from City Hall on Main Street so that park workers and guests know to give you well wishes all day long!

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WHO: Bill Rancic

WHAT: Pool Party

WHERE: Azure Luxury Pool at The Palazzo, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

WHEN: May 7, 2011

HOW: Bill ditched his boardroom suits for a swimsuit at his 40th birthday pool party under the sun with wife Giuliana Rancic.

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WHO: Jenny McCarthy

WHAT: Bold Burlesque Bash

WHERE: Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

WHEN: October 31, 2012

HOW: Just before turning the big 4-0, Jenny bared it all again for Playboy. Even though that’s not an option available to everyone, and while the Vegas club the blonde bombshell partied at is no longer open, you could pose for your own sexy shoot and schedule a party at any of the celebration-worthy places inside the same hotel.

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WHO: Carmen Electra

WHAT: Lady’s Night at a Gentleman’s Club

WHERE: Crazy Horse III, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

WHEN: May 5, 2012

HOW:Jenny McCarthy’s Singled Out successor also marked the major milestone in Sin City. Carmen went with a sexy sequined dress to celebrate her April 20th birthday a few weeks later at this famous strip club on The Strip.

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WHO: Portia DeRossi

WHAT: Onscreen Honor

WHERE: Burbank, California, USA

WHEN: January 2013

HOW: Wife Ellen DeGeneres put together a special video re-enacting Portia’s life to help her welcome the new decade — watch it here for ideas on making your own fun birthday flick!

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WHO: Kid Rock

WHAT: Hometown Homecoming

WHERE: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, USA

WHEN: January 2011

HOW: It technically may have been a working birthday, but Kid Rock did get a visit from famous friend Sheryl Crow, who joined him onstage. Martina McBride and Rev Run were also reportedly at the performance as well.

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WHO: Shaquille O’Neal

WHAT: Ballin’ in Vegas

WHERE: LAVO Lounge, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

WHEN: March 17, 2012

HOW: The basketball star wore his sunglasses at night to take over the DJ booth and dig in to a basketball-shaped cake.

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WHO: Jason Priestley

WHAT: Vegas Get-Together

WHERE: Tabu Ultra Lounge inside the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

WHEN: August 28, 2009

HOW: The former 90210 heartthrob had wife Naomi and fellow screen star Kristy Swanson by his side for this get-together inside the MGM Grand — Tabu is no longer in business but the hotel has plenty of other places to throw a party.

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WHO: Gabrielle Union

WHAT: Bangin’ East Coast Bash

WHERE: Miami and the Dream Downtown hotel in New York, New York, USA

WHEN: October 2012

HOW: New decade, new ‘do — Gabby debuted bangs at her pair of parties: one in Miami where Will Smith freestyled his classic hit “Summertime,” and another in New York where she and fellow revelers dined on filet mignon and Rocky Mountain Devil’s Food Cake.

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WHO: Stella McCartney

WHAT: Glitzy Night in LondonTown

WHERE: London, England

WHEN: September 13, 2011

HOW:  Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Hudson came out to spend time with birthday girl Stella, who wore a glittery navy gown for the occasion.

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WHO: Mario Lopez

WHAT: Funny Flashback

WHERE: Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

WHEN: October 2013

HOW: Mario shared an adorable baby pic for his 40th, but offline, he his wife, and some friends headed to the desert to celebrate the milestone. The group bounced around the Wynn’s many fine restaurants and clubs, including Andrea’s, Botero, and XS Nightclub.

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WHO: Jennie Garth

WHAT: Friendly Reunion

WHERE: The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, California, USA

WHEN: April 2012

HOW: Jennie was joined by Beverly Hills, 90210 costars Shannen Doherty and Ian Ziering to promote her reality show at the time. The stars three daughters were also there to help her cut into a massive birthday cake.

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WHO: Jada Pinkett Smith

WHAT: Big Screen Tribute

WHEN: September 2011

HOW: Husband Will Smith reportedly pulled out all the stops to produce an hour-long video about Jada’s life.

Very… Today.

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WHO: Peter Facinelli

WHAT: Getaway With Gratitude

WHERE: Mexico

WHEN: November 2013

HOW: Peter and his girlfriend reportedly made the most of the amenities at the Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit resort for his 40th. A couple days later, he made his appreciation public by wearing a T-shirt with the word “grateful” on it in a picture he posted to Instagram.

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WHO: Kristy Swanson

WHAT: Sweet Sin City Soiree

WHERE: LAX Nightclub inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

WHEN: January 9, 2010

HOW: Kristy’s night out was a sweet one — she received a huge birthday cake and a kiss from husband Lloyd Eisler.

That dude & Desi.

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WHO: Nas

WHAT: Cross-Country Clubbing

WHERE: New York, New York and Las Vegas, Nevada

WHEN: September 2013

HOW: The rapper re-named his 40th birthday his “40th Anniversary,” which was divided into four fun parts: night one was a Hennessy-filled party in NYC, night two included bottle service, cigars, and an album-shaped cake at Marquee in Las Vegas, part three involved more cake and a champagne toast at Tao Beach at the Venetian, followed by part four, which was dinner at Tao Asian Bistro and an appearance at a boxing afterparty.

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WHO: Criss Angel

WHAT: Business and Pleasure

WHERE: LAX Nightclub inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

WHEN: December 19, 2007

HOW: The magician marked his 40th birthday at a club located inside the same hotel where his popular Criss Angel Mindfreak live performance illusion show took place. Raven-Simone was one of the famous faces in attendance.

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WHO: Jeremy London + Jason London

WHAT: Hurricane Sandy Benefit

WHERE: Skybar inside the Mondrian Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA

WHEN: November 9, 2012

HOW: The twin actors made their moment on the West Coast more about those dealing with the after effects of the East Coast superstorm.

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