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30th Birthday Ideas: How to Celebrate Turning 30

Turning 30 is a huge milestone, so stop dreading it and instead embrace your 30s by throwing a big birthday bash. Your 30th birthday party is a great opportunity to gather your friends and loved ones to celebrate life together. There are many 30th  birthday ideas to explore, ensuring you have a special experience. 

In this post, we’ll explore a wide range of ideas for 30th birthdays, including themed parties, outdoor parties, adventure parties, and more. Make your big day special and memorable by choosing an idea that suits your personality. Keep reading to get inspired and start planning your celebration. 

Themed 30th Birthday Party Ideas

Among 30th birthday ideas, themed parties reign supreme. What better way to celebrate your 30th than hosting a themed party where guests can dress up and be transported into a specific era or atmosphere? Here are a few themes that will make your party memorable for years to come.

1. Host a rock-and-roll party

Set the stage for a rock-and-roll 30th birthday party with classic rock memorabilia, vinyl records, and guitars. A black and red color scheme screams rock and roll, while a live band or curated playlist sets the mood. Encourage guests to dress as their favorite rock stars and serve classic diner-style food like burgers, fries, and milkshakes. 

2. Throw a pajama party

What better way to welcome your 30s than a throwback pajama party? Transform your space into a cozy slumber party with oversized pillows, plush blankets, and fairy lights. Everyone can wear their favorite pajamas, onesies, and slippers to get ready for a relaxing evening. Set up a movie marathon with all-time favorites or play group games like charades. The perfect foods for your pajama party include pizza, popcorn, and cookies with milk. 

3. Enjoy a casino night

Decorate with glamorous gold and black decor featuring playing cards, dice, and casino signs. Invite guests to dress in formal attire to create a high-end atmosphere. Set up different gaming stations and offer prizes, such as a cookie gift basket, for those with the most winnings at the end of the night.

4. Organize a murder mystery

Add some mystery to your 30th celebration by hosting a murder mystery dinner. Assign each guest a specific character involved in the plot and provide accessories and props to create an immersive experience. This is a great fall birthday party idea to go along with the spirit of the season. 

Create a mysterious atmosphere with dim lighting, candlesticks, and even crime scene tape. For food, you can consider a buffet or plated dinner with themed dishes reflecting the setting. 

5. Celebrate the decades

A classic for a 30th birthday is throwing a decade-themed party. Choose your favorite decade, whether that be the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, or early 2000s, and encourage guests to dress up accordingly. Play pop culture trivia games from each decade and set up a photo booth with fun props. Decades parties are full of nostalgia, allowing you to serve your favorite dishes, snacks, and treats from earlier times. 

Relaxing 30th Birthday Ideas

Turning 30 is a great opportunity to treat yourself to relaxing and soothing experiences. As you leave your 20s behind, consider these relaxing ideas for your 30th birthday. 

6. Have a paint-and-sip night at home

Invite your friends for a refined and artistic evening of paint-and-sip at home. Set up a “sipping” station with a variety of wines and non-alcoholic beverages to sip throughout the night. Follow a guided painting tutorial together, or let everyone create their own masterpieces. You’ll enjoy a peaceful night of good food and quality company. 

7. Unwind with a spa day

A spa-themed party is the perfect way to pamper yourself and celebrate your 30th birthday in style. Prep with various spa treatments, including facemasks, manicures, foot soaks, and more. Create a relaxing ambiance with soft lighting, soothing music, and comfortable seating. Serve spa-inspired drinks like infused water and herbal teas. Offer a mix of bite-sized snacks and treats, such as brownie bites, fruit platters, and charcuterie. 

8. Go on a yoga retreat

Whether you book a yoga retreat package on location or host a yoga-themed party at home, prepare for a rejuvenating birthday experience. Incorporate meditation and relaxation exercises and serve healthy, nourishing meals and drinks to contribute to overall wellness. 

friends enjoying a picnic at night while having a 30th birthday outdoors


Outdoor Birthday Ideas for 30th

Take your 30th birthday party outdoors by hosting a grill party, hitting the beach, or watching a movie in the backyard.

9. Host a BBQ 

A BBQ makes for the perfect summer party. Set up the backyard with comfy seating, a cooler of drinks, and fun games like cornhole or horseshoes to keep guests entertained. Grill up a variety of meats and vegetables and offer classic sides. While the BBQ dishes are the main star of the event, don’t forget about dessert. Birthday cookies are a simple and tasty treat for outdoor parties. 

10. Cool off with a pool party

Bring the fun to the pool with inflatable floats, pool noodles, and tropical decorations. Play water games like volleyball or water polo and boost the mood with a fun summer playlist. Serve a poolside picnic, tropical drinks, and frozen treats to keep everyone cool. 

11. Organize a picnic 

For a casual and fun outdoor birthday party, organize a picnic. Bring classic games like frisbee or badminton and pack a selection of sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Don’t forget various desserts for a sweet finish to a fun day outside. 

12. Throw a beachside gathering

Take the party to the beach for a day filled with sun and water fun. Compete for the best sandcastle or set up a beachside bonfire with marshmallow roasting. A beach-themed menu and chilled beverages ensure guests are well-fed and happy. 

13. Plan a backyard movie night 

Take the cinema experience outdoors with a backyard movie night. Set up a projector and hang string lights or lanterns for ambient lighting. Serve classic movie snacks like popcorn and candy, along with other finger foods and beverages. 

Travel Ideas for 30th Birthday

Who says you have to celebrate your birthday at home? Browse through these birthday ideas for 30-year-olds to get inspired. 

14. Go camping 

Round up a few friends for a trip into nature. Pick a destination from your bucket list to start planning your camping getaway. Activities may include hiking, fishing, or stargazing. It can be tricky to pack a birthday cake along for a camping trip, so consider an easier birthday dessert like a cookie cake or an assortment of cookies. 

15. Take a road trip

Grab your pals and hit the open road. You can plan a short or long road trip with unique sights and stops along the way. Make sure to stock up on all the road trip essentials, including a fun playlist, cozy clothing, and your favorite snacks. 

16. Travel abroad

Turning 30 is a big deal, so why not plan a trip abroad? Plan a destination 30th birthday party to go big for your special day. This type of party requires more coordination and planning, but it's worth it to visit a foreign destination with your family, closest friends, or partner. 

17. Get away on a cruise

Another way to plan a trip for your 30th birthday is to take a cruise. Cruises are great because everything is planned for you. Simply show up, choose your favorite activities and excursions, and enjoy the ride. 

group skydiving over the ocean for a 30th birthday idea

Adventure Ideas for 30th 

For the adrenaline seekers out there, plan an adventure-packed 30th birthday party. Choose a unique and adventurous activity to make this birthday extra special. 

18. Go skydiving 

Take your celebration to extreme heights by planning a skydiving adventure. This party choice isn't for the faint of heart but can make for a life-changing experience. It’s best to save the refreshments for after the jump.

19. Host a paintball match

An exciting 30th party and birthday idea is to take your group paintballing. Choose from different scenarios, such as capture the flag or team-based missions. Afterward, head over to your favorite restaurant and enjoy reliving your paintball glory. 

20. Reserve an escape room

Work as a team to solve puzzles and “escape” within the time limit. Escape rooms are an interactive party option that gets the whole group involved. Afterward, share a meal or refreshments to commemorate your experience together. 

21. Soar in a hot air balloon

Fulfill a life-long dream by booking a hot air balloon ride on your 30th birthday. This is an intimate and exhilarating idea for celebrating your birthday while enjoying breathtaking views. 

Tips for Hosting a 30th Birthday Party

Thoughtful preparation will help you host a 30th birthday party in no time. Here are a few tips for hosting: 

  • Select a meaningful theme for yourself (or whoever the birthday person is)
  • Plan well in advance to give guests time to RSVP
  • Personalize the decorations 
  • Create a signature drink menu 
  • Provide delicious snacks and treats, such as popular cookies
  • Provide party favors, such as goodie bags or custom logo cookies

Celebrating Your 30th Birthday in Style 

When exploring ideas for your 30th birthday party, choose a theme or activity you love. There are many ways to celebrate in style, from adventurous activities to relaxing spa days—the choice is all yours. 

With all the planning and details you have to take into account, let Mrs. Fields help lighten the load with our assortment of cookies, gifts, and desserts. A delicious cookie is the perfect finish to an amazing 30th birthday party.

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