It’s said that 40 is the new 30. And you probably didn’t let your 30th pass without a big celebration (if you did, it might be time to make up for it). Pay your 40th birthday the same respect because you’re about to enter a whole new chapter of your life.

Welcome a new decade that’ll be full of good food, great friends, wine and all kinds of new adventures. Set the tone for this incredible journey and start thinking about 40th birthday ideas in the Adelaide Hills that you can include in your celebrations. No doubt you’ll want to celebrate with a party and invite your nearest and dearest. So we’ve got some ideas that’ll be the perfect addition to your 40th birthday function.

1.   Delicious food & sentimental slideshow 

You can’t go wrong with a good spread of food. A good function venue will have a team of chefs to serve up quality dishes – whether you want canapes, a BBQ, a formal dinner or a grazing platter they’ll be able to cater for you. Then turn up the music, have a bit of a boogie, and don’t forget to create a slideshow of photos, so your guests can take a walk down memory lane with you.

2.   Turn it into a weekend away 

Round up your besties and closest family and turn it into a weekend getaway. Chances are, the idea of kicking back with no work, going to a restaurant (or five), and picking a couple of main activities sounds good to you. Think about what you all love to do. Play golf or head to a brewery? Or ladies, plan a pamper day with a visit to the spa or a shopping district. The Adelaide Hills has it all.

3.   A girl’s night or poker playing 

Host a fun poker night for the guys to enjoy. Don’t forget the beer, whiskey, the chips, and the game. This is a novel way to let your hair down ‘with the mates.’ For the ladies, why not plan a rom-com night with the best tear-jerking movies, popcorn, wine (of course), and a cheese board. Because hey, who says we should have outgrown The Notebook.

4.   Go wine tasting 

Speaking of wine, you can tag a tour of the best cellar doors onto any birthday celebration. The choices are endless in the Adelaide Hills. Make sure you organise a bus to bring your group around to vineyards like Landhaus Wine, Pike and Joyce, Bird in Hand, Nepenthe and Shaw + Smith. Expand your palette and visit local distilleries and breweries, such as Sidewood, Gulf Brewery, and Ambleside Distillers.

5.   A fun, novel game 

Pick an entertaining costume theme (like dressing up in clothes from your birth year) and plan a scavenger hunt around the Adelaide Hills. Your guests have to take pictures of signs, advertisements and anything they see with the number 40 on it. You’re never too old to run around like a child again.

Celebrate your 40th birthday with us

The Adelaide Convention Centre allows you to do everything in one place. We have the venue, the event staff and chefs, and on-site accommodation. There are certain moments in life that deserve the very best, and your 40th birthday is one of them.

Five-star caterings, endless views of the Adelaide Hills, and great rooms that are a short drive to the region’s best wineries and eateries…  you’ll want to make a weekend out of it.

Find out more about the event spaces we have available. With indoor and outdoor options, you can celebrate with us, year-round. We hope these ideas in the Adelaide Hills will help you have a great 40th birthday.

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