A 40th birthday is a huge milestone and the celebration should reflect that. The last 39 may have been a blur, so make this one count!
How can you really be sure your guy will enjoy his party? Easy - throw a birthday party that suits his personality.
Whether you're planning a party for your husband, your boyfriend, a family member or best bud, making the party about the birthday boy is the most important thing.
That’s where this guide comes in. At Candy Funhouse, we've scoured the web for the best birthday party ideas out there and organized them by personality type – how handy is that!
Each personality type has a brief description to help you identify your birthday boy. These descriptions include insights into what makes certain personalities tick and what they hate, which will definitely help you plan the perfect party for your special someone.
You’re guaranteed to find suggestions that will make any kind of guy happy.
Ready to get the party started? Let’s get to the festivities.
Plan a Perfect 40th For A Guy Who Enjoys The Extravagant Life
I am: A man of the world. I enjoy the finer things in life - expensive wine, nice wristwatches, and fancy cars. People know immediately upon meeting me that I am a man of refinement. My inspiration comes from Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Jay Gatsby, and other old-school top dogs.
My priority: Showing off my superior taste.
I hate it when: I'm forced to hang out in dirty, cheap, or inferior environments.
Ballers want to experience the best of everything, with no expense spared. Hopefully, your 40th celebration has a BIG budget! Think champagne, filet mignon, and ostentatious displays of finery and generosity.
40th Birthday Ideas for Artistic and Creative Guys
I am: A unique and colourful renaissance man. I love doing things my own way and I live a very do-it-yourself lifestyle. Whether it's music, painting, theatre, a new business, or home improvement, I'm always creating something new. I love spending time on my projects and making the world a better place.
My priority: I want to get my hands dirty and add my own spin to life!
I hate it when: Everything's homogeneous and store-bought.
To please a creative guy, make him feel appreciated for the kooky flair he adds to your life. Nourish his creativity with outdoor concerts, public theatre performances, and interesting and exotic food and drink.
I am: A family man through and through. When I'm not working to support my family, you'll find me wrestling with my kids or planning fun-filled family outings. I also love spending time with my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by my loved ones and enjoying our family traditions together.
My priority: I want to invest in my loved ones.
I hate it when: My family is having fun without me!
A family man is easy to please - just invite all the relatives over and be sure to have lots of delicious homemade food available. This type also loves family-oriented outings like zoo trips, amusement parks, and mini-golf.
Spot-On Party Ideas for the Geeks and Gamers in Your Life
I am: The biggest nerd you know. Whether it's Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Dungeons and Dragons, comic books, or Lord of the Rings, I know way more about it than anyone would ever need to. I love cosplay, fantasy novels, the latest video games, and anything else that offers an adventurous escape from everyday life.
My priority: I want to enjoy the escapism of my favourite fantasy worlds.
I hate it when: My friends and family dismiss my interests.
Geeks are easy to please. They want to enjoy their latest nerd hobby with their closest buddies. They love costume parties, movie nights, and over-the-top themed parties. You may need to ask them for direction when it comes to their fandom of choice, but they'll be more than happy to provide the information you need to throw an amazing party.
I am: The ultimate superfan. It can be football, baseball, basketball, soccer - I don’t care! I live for the thrill of the game and I spend most of my time watching, playing, and talking sports. Nothing makes me happier than being at the game, a tailgating party, or just binging on sports all weekend from the comfort of my lucky chair.
My priority: I want to cheer my favourite team, player, an athlete on!
I hate it when: Responsibilities get in the way of sports.
Jocks want one thing - sports, sports, and more sports. Give them what they want and don’t hold back! Make them feel like a star quarterback on their 40th by surrounding them with their biggest fans and catering to their every wish.
Enjoy a Trip to Your Favorite Sporting Event USA / Europe
The Best Ways to Celebrate a Birthday For A Travel Loving Guy
I am: An outdoorsy, adventurous traveller! I live for my favourite flannel, the smell of wood smoke, and a weekend spent in the great outdoors. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the No Service signal pop up on my smartphone as I travel to a new and unique locale.
My priority: I want to connect with nature and enjoy novel experiences.
I hate it when: I'm forced to follow strict schedules and spend my days indoors doing repetitive tasks.
To make a nomad happy, give him what he loves best - the outdoors! Whether you're grilling at the beach or spending a weekend at a secluded cabin on a lake, just be sure to get him outside somewhere new and he'll be on cloud nine.
Top Birthday Ideas for Guys Who Love Wild Parties and Living It Up
I am: The life of any party I attend. Whether it's screaming into a karaoke machine, taking body shots, or backflipping off the bar, you'll always find me at the centre of the action. I love to push the envelope, question the status quo, and turn up with my best friends.
My priority: I want to have FUN!
I hate it when: I'm expected to be on my best behaviour.
To throw a party animal's dream 40th, think great booze, loud music, and a crew of fun-loving friends. A pool party, house party, or bar crawl would all be great choices for this loud and crazy personality. Just be sure to have plenty of ibuprofen, bottled water, and movies on hand for the inevitable hangover the next day ;)
Clever Birthday Party Tips for the Intellectual Guy in Your Life
I am: A lifelong learner and true academic. I love to think deeply about the big questions in life. Nothing makes me happier than delving into subjects like science, philosophy, religion, my fellow man, and life itself - whether on my own or in lengthy discourses with my friends.
My priority: To ponder the mysteries of the universe.
I hate it when: People aren't interested in my questions.
A scholar's 40th birthday party should reflect this significant milestone in his lifelong quest for knowledge. Make sure he feels appreciated for his deep insights and supported in his latest search for answers, whatever it might be. This type enjoys intimate parties with educated friends.
Pop a Bottle of Wine and Enjoy a Viewing Party With a Cerebral Film
Boost His Ability to Focus, Learn, and Memorize with Better Sleep
You're Ready to Party... but don't forget the treats!
There you have it a jam-packed list of birthday ideas to celebrate with your special guy. Whichever personality he fits most with, don't forget to order the gift bags and takeaways from Candy Funhouse! We also have THE BEST online candy in bulk and in regular sizes, for you to incorporate as a candy buffet! Candy is loved by everyone, and your guests will be super thankful you have it there to make the party even sweeter!
We'd be super happy to know which idea you liked the best. Please let us know in the comments below.