The Material Mom takes a break from her world tour to help her husband blow out 40 candles

By Pete Norman
September 11, 2008 10:10 AM
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If you own a pub, you might as well drink there. That is exactly what Guy Ritchie did to celebrate his 40th birthday Wednesday night.

Ritchie, part-owner of The Punchbowl, chose it as the venue for his low-key party – a far cry from the over-the-top bash he threw for his wife Madonna‘s 50th b-day last month.

Still, a scrum of at least 20 paparazzi greeted Madonna and her husband of seven years when they arrived together at the traditional pub in London’s posh Mayfair district.

Film director Ritchie turned and gave a thumbs-up to the photographers as they entered.

Their daughter Lourdes, 11, and son Rocco, 8, also attended the party. Meanwhile, a nanny for son David carried the Malawi-born boy (who turns 3 later this month) into the venue. Sporting Ugg boots, he wore a tartan top and matching pom-pom hat, in honor of his father’s Scottish heritage.

Madonna and children left well before Ritchie – and that was a good thing.

While most British pubs close between 11 p.m. and midnight, Ritchie’s party raged on until the early morning. (To prevent a licensing law infraction, the bash continued on behind closed doors in what is commonly called a “lock-in.”)

The birthday boy – who’s rarely seen smiling in public – headed out at 4 a.m., jumping for joy and grinning broadly at the waiting photographers.