The Best 40th Birthday Party Ideas for Men

The Best 40th Birthday Party Ideas for Men

Are you planning a 40th birthday celebration for a loved one and need some 40th Birthday Party ideas? Turning forty is a big deal, but what’s even bigger is the 40th birthday party! Help the man in your life look forward to his milestone birthday with these fun ideas to celebrate him.

40th birthday party ideas for men

First, decide what kind of party he’d enjoy. Would he like a backyard barbeque with family and friends or a themed party featuring his favorite things? What about getting the whole crew together for a fun new experience? Whatever you decide to do, just remember to keep the focus on the birthday boy!

Party Themes

To throw an amazing 40th birthday party, it really helps to have a theme. Think about his favorite things:

Does he have a favorite movie or TV show?

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Does he love sports? Use his favorite team's colors to decorate.

40th birthday party football theme

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Does he love classic cars or video games?

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What about fishing or extreme sports?

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When you have one idea to build the party around, then it’ll be easier to come up with fun concepts for decorations and food that tie in to that theme.

The Big 4-0

Another way to honor the birthday boy and this major milestone is to embrace the number 40! Host a “Cheers to 40 Years” party and set up your own beer or wine tasting.

40th birthday party beer tasting

Decorate his favorite candy with 40th birthday stickers to use as party favors to celebrate the big 4-0.

40th birthday party favors

Ask everyone to pitch in and help create a list of the “40 Things We Love About You” for an extra special gift that you can also display at the party.

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If your guy is an adventurous one, then why not plan a fun experience to make this birthday one he’ll really remember? There are a ton of different 40th Birthday Party ideas and activities that you can make a special day out of to celebrate him.

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For guys who love an adrenaline rush, treat them to a day of adventure! Check out these ideas and find out which ones are offered near where you live.

  • Visit an Escape Room
  • Racecar Driving
  • Paintball
  • Take a Flying Lesson
  • Go Sky Diving
  • Go Whitewater Rafting
  • Take a Surfing Class
  • Go to an ATV Park
  • Zero Gravity Experience
  • Go Deep Sea Fishing
  • Go Scuba Diving

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For a more laid-back kind of guy, try one of these ideas:

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  • Go to a Beer Tasting
  • Spend the Day Golfing
  • Rent a Classic Car or Sports Car for the day
  • Watch a Sports Game
  • Go to a Murder Mystery Dinner
  • Take a Dinner Cruise
  • Play Miniature Golf
  • Visit an Arcade
  • Take a Cooking Class
  • See a Concert
  • Enjoy a Comedy Show
  • Go Bowling
  • Go to a Classic Car Show

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No matter how you choose to celebrate your loved one on his fortieth birthday, it's sure to be a milestone that he'll always remember!


Did you try any of these 40th Birthday Party ideas for the special man in your life? Leave us a comment below or show us pictures from the party! Find us on Facebook or Instagram with #distinctivs.

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