Ideas for a 40th Birthday in Seattle, Washington

by Sara Klein

Planning a 40th birthday party in Seattle, Washington is made easy by the myriad options available. Party planners can take advantage of both the beauty of the surroundings -- nestled between the Cascade Mountains to the east and Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the west -- and the quirky nature of this metropolis, including the world-famous Space Needle. Rest assured, there's a place in Seattle to celebrate the milestone that is a 40th birthday.

Argosy Cruises

Argosy Cruises offers a number of options for party planners. There are lunch, brunch and dinner dining cruises, theme cruises -- including the local favorite “Christmas ship” -- and tours of the harbor, Lake Union, and the Hiram Chittenden Locks. Holiday parties, weddings and other private events, like 40th birthday parties, are also an option. Argosy also offers another local favorite, a trip to Tillicum Village that includes a salmon bake and a Native American song and dance performance.

Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo is located at the south end of Lake Union, just east of the Space Needle. For family-style dining, it doesn’t get much better than this restaurant. With authentic Italian cuisine, a cheerful wait staff and portions designed to be shared, this restaurant is as comfortable and inviting as it gets. There's also a banquet menu for parties of 15 or more. Consider pairing a Buca di Beppo meal with a trip to the nearby Experience Music Project for a fun and filling 40th birthday celebration.

Jillian’s Billiards Club

Around the corner from Buca di Beppo is a billiards club that’s not just a billiards club. Jillian’s features a catering menu, private rooms and lounges, a 10-table billiards hall, more than 50 video games including Nintendo Wii and event managers to help with the planning. In 2010, package prices started at $15 per person. Any person turning 40 who loves shooting pool and/or playing games will be happy to celebrate this milestone birthday at Jillian's.

Chopstix Piano Bar

Plan a 40th birthday party with a little help from the folks at Chopstix and wow guests with a rock and roll dueling piano show and rousing sing-alongs. The staff can take care of the cake, perhaps even supplied by Seattle’s famous Erotic Bakery, and the musicians will work the guest of honor into the show.

Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight offers a dramatic, one-of-a-kind backdrop for events like a 40th birthday party. Guests can be entertained with various flight simulators, including hang gliders, lunar landings, Space Shuttle re-entry, WWII fighters and modern jets. They can even battle each other in dogfights. Catering and event planning services are available through the museum.

The Space Needle

Although Seattle is full of dramatic views, one of the best is undoubtedly found at the top of the Space Needle. With a revolving restaurant featuring 360 degree views and an event planning staff, this is a great location for groups of 20 to 360 people. There are a number of menu choices, including breakfast, brunch, plated lunch and dinner, buffet lunch and dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. No one will mind turning 40 from this vantage point.

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About the Author

Sara Klein writes and edits from her home in the Pacific Northwest. She also teaches psychology, focusing on the intersection between climate change and human behavior. Klein holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in humanities and social sciences and a Master of Science in psychology.