Last Updated on May 17, 2022
There are plenty of reasons to look forward to your 30s. Once you realize what a great decade lies ahead of you, celebrations for your 30th can really kick off without the dampening fear of “becoming older.” You are certainly in the right place to grab the best tips and make your birthday party the most amazing bash ever!
1. Hold a Karaoke Night
You don’t need to have the voice of an angel. It’s more important to get silly and free with your best friends. Have fun and laugh, sing your favorite hits – even if you produce more false notes than a counterfeit syndicate!
2. Throw a House Party
This is a great option if you would rather spend the cash on food and decorations than splurge on an expensive venue. Invite your crew to your castle and zing them with great snacks, music, and fun activities.
3. Explore Nature
A lot of people in their 30s seek to reconnect with the stillness and beauty of nature. If you want to celebrate this milestone birthday with earthy friends, then consider a weekend (or even a few hours) of hiking, camping, a picnic, or exploring iconic natural sights.
4. Book a Boutique Experience
If you don’t feel like staring at mountains or sleeping in a tent, that’s okay. Some people appreciate the finer things in life and if that’s you, a boutique bash is a must. Book a weekend at a luxury hotel or hold a spa day at a really good facility. The idea is to feel pampered and special, so choose a place and activity that will give you royal treatment.
5. Book a Private Dinner
This is a great option if you want to close off your special day with a fantastic meal at a restaurant. Select a private room for the best experience and you can even make it a formal black-tie event if you want to enter your 30s in style!
6. Want Some Cheese with that Wine?
If you want something more intimate and low-key than a restaurant, then you can also hold a cheese and wine night at home. You can get fantastic ideas to hold a cheese and wine evening and wow your guests with a decadent spread of dairy and drinks.
7. Give Back
You can ask your guests to make non-financial donations to you for a charity. In other words, they can bring bags of pet food to your party which will then be donated to your local pet shelter. You can also ask for donations for other types of charities that you support.
8. Hold a Movie Night
If you cannot get enough of Netflix or other streaming platforms, agree on a theme for the night with your guests and then watch movies in that genre. Popular choices include horror movies, adventure, fantasy, and the films of a particular actor.
9. Hit an Amusement Park
You may be turning 30 but there is no reason to neglect your inner child! If you love the thrills of an amusement park, grab your family, friends or both and head on over to the nearest rollercoaster! Indulge in snacks, go on rides, and take plenty of photos!
10. Go Clubbing
If the club scene makes your heart beat faster – and your friends love it too – then you can pub crawl or wear out the dancefloor of one particular club. Either way, remember to pick a designated driver and to watch the cocktails! You don’t want to ruin the evening by feeling sick on your 30th birthday.
11. A Tarot Reading
Do you want to see what the future holds? A thrilling way to peek behind the mysterious curtain of time is to go for a tarot reading. You may or may not believe in astrology and the tarot, but have fun with it. You can even hire a psychic to do readings for your guests at your party.
12. Indulge in a Dream Purchase
Buy yourself a present! But not just any old gift. Pick something that you have always wanted but never bought – because it wasn’t strictly necessary or a little over-indulgent. Throw those cares out the windows and mark your 30th birthday with a dream come true.
13. Paint Stuff
If creativity calls to you at this time, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this artistic drive in your 30th bash. You can book the ever-popular “paint and sip” where you and your friends receive painting lessons and a glass of wine. You can also hire a face painter to give your guests fun looks or cover yourself in neon patterns for a black light party.
14. Attend a Concert
Book concert tickets to your favorite rock star or band. You can also choose to celebrate your birthday by going to the theatre or another show.
15. A Murder Mystery
Solving an imaginary crime is making a huge comeback at parties and even corporate team building events. If you feel industrious, you can plan your own murder mystery and clues to hand out to your guests. But if you want to be a part of the thrilling confusion and speculation, you can hire a company that specializes in murder mysteries and escape room parties.
16. Do Something Daring
You can also celebrate this new era by leaving your comfort zone. Do something that expands your horizons and brings new courage you never knew you had. Popular examples include ziplining, skydiving, rock climbing, even trying horse riding for the first time. You know what your own challenges are!
17. Go Cupcake Crawling
Yes, this weird-sounding suggestion is not only a real thing but also delicious. The idea is to visit different upscale delis, restaurants and bakeries and to enjoy a small high tea, lavish cupcake or another elite treat at these establishments.
18. Get Wild with Weapons
If high tea is not your thing, head on over to the weapon’s range. There are plenty of companies that offer anyone the chance to shoot at targets – bullets or arrows. Another hugely popular choice is ax throwing.
19. Book a Helicopter Ride
Zoom over to an exotic location and experience the world as you’ve never seen it before. Some of the best helicopter rides are in Hawaii but you can find them in nearly all cities and countries.
20. Create a 30 Fun Things Calendar
In the 30 days leading up to your birthday, this calendar holds special things for you to do. Decide what these things are but some top ideas include self-care, travel, fun activities, small gifts, and doing volunteer work.
21. Add Loud Balloons
Loud balloons? Yes, as in, big and bold. You can get two balloons that spell out 3 and 0 and hang them together. Choose a color that is festive like gold or silver. You can tie these balloons to the gifts table, near the entrance or outside if the party is outdoors.
22. Host a BBQ
Invite the entire family and all of your favorite friends to grill and just chill. You can hire a venue or hold the barbecue in your backyard. Make it a casual or themed event! A barbecue is versatile so you can even add games or just sit around a small bonfire and talk.
23. Host a Fright Night
Love that spooky feeling of the paranormal? There are plenty of options to make your 30th a little creepier than most other birthdays. Hold a movie night and only watch scary films or book a ghost tour and visit real haunted places.
This suggestion is a welcome one if your life is hectic and you feel a bit frazzled. Instead of hosting a wild party, your 30th can become the day when you meditate, get a massage or relax at a spiritual retreat.
25. A Guest Message Book
Guests at weddings normally sign a visitor’s type book and leave well-wishes for the new couple. But there is no reason why you cannot have your own birthday book. Ask your guest to please leave a note and you can always read the book and remember your amazing 30th birthday and the wonderful people who shared it with you.
26. Choose the Right Music
It doesn’t matter if you’re having a wild house party, a black-tie event or a relaxed backyard grill. Your 30th will need a musical ambience to set the tone and make your guests feel at ease and happy. Take your time to select the best tunes for your special day!
27. Review Your Life
This is a more personal activity and just for you. Don’t look back on your life with regret. Look forward with that twinge of excitement in your stomach and write down 30 things you want to accomplish in the future.
28. Give Away Gift Bags
Fill gift bags with fun party favors and hand them out to your guests. You can also make up gift bags that contain bathroom or hygiene essentials and deliver them to a local women’s shelter or homeless shelter.
29. A Photoshoot
Have fun with your selfie skills at different locations and outfits, together with your friends or alone. You can also hire a professional photographer to create a stunning portfolio of you and the loved ones sharing your 30th with you.
30. Backyard Olympics
If your family and friends are active and competitive, you can hold different “sport” activities that are hilarious, fast-paced, and packed with prizes.