Good ideas for your husband's 40th birthday

Updated April 17, 2017

Planning a birthday for your husband can take a lot of thought and careful preparation. If it is a milestone birthday, like his 40th, it can be even more important that you plan something that will both surprise and delight him. Sometimes it can be hard to think of the perfect way to celebrate your husband's 40th birthday with him, but if you know what he likes, there are a number of things you can plan that he is sure to enjoy.

Surprise Party

Throwing a surprise party for your husband is a great way to celebrate his 40th birthday. Milestone birthdays, like the 30th, 40th and 50th, are often opportune times to throw a surprise party, so invite over his friends, both new and old, and your husband will definitely be surprised and delighted by the fact that so many friends and family members have shown up to wish him a happy birthday and have a good time. Themed surprise parties are also a good idea. For example, you can throw him a "Throwback" themed party where everyone can dress in the style of an earlier decade like the '70s or '80s, when your husband was younger, or a Hawaiian-themed party, where your husband's 40th birthday celebration is transformed into a luau.

Take Him to a Sporting Event

If your husband is a big sports fan, buying him tickets for one of his favourite teams and taking him to a game is another thoughtful way to celebrate his 40th birthday. If you wish to come along and make a day out of it, you can also have a nice birthday dinner together after the game. If sporting events are not for you, you can even buy a couple of tickets and have your husband take a few of his friends to have a "Guys' Night Out" at the game.

Golf Outing

If your husband is into golf, getting him a tee time at the local country club or golf course is a nice treat for him on his 40th birthday. As with the sporting event, you can choose to play with him, or if you don't play, you can set up a golf outing for him and his buddies to have a relaxing afternoon on the links.

Weekend Getaway

A more romantic and private way to celebrate your husband's 40th birthday would be to plan a weekend getaway for the two of you at a location that you would both enjoy. If his birthday falls during the winter, perhaps a weekend trip to a ski resort or a romantic weekend at a cabin on the lake would be nice. If his birthday falls during the summer months, a weekend trip to the beach or renting out a nearby beach house or lake house would be romantic ideas for a 40th birthday celebration, and a way to spend some alone time together.

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