Making your husband's 30th birthday special requires a bit of planning, but let San Francisco guide your ideas. The city is full of amazing destinations that work as a backdrop for your special event. Whether you are celebrating as a couple or with a group of friends, take advantage of all the city has to offer.
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San Francisco hosts a number of highly rated restaurants that appeal to even the most seasoned foodie. For an intimate dinner, choose a chef's tasting menu at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. For a group activity, select three or four restaurants and hop between them, ordering several appetizers and drinks at each. Choose places your husband hasn't been to before. If your group is large, call ahead and explain you'll be bringing a group in for apps and drinks. The restaurant can save you bar space or a private room and have appetizers ready when you arrive. Schedule restaurants at least 90 minutes apart.
Rent a private space and throw a grand 30th birthday party. Most bars and clubs in the city have a private party room that can hold groups. The Hive in Nob Hill offers 1,600 square feet of space, allowing you to design any themed party you want. Bring in your own food or hire a caterer. Tell your husband you're taking him to an art show and surprise him when the room is filled with his friends.
Explore all San Francisco has to offer with a scavenger hunt through the city's museums, cafes, parks and boutiques. For a fun twist, have your husband's friends stationed at each end point with the next clue. By the end of the day, your husband will have a large group of friends to help find the last destination, preferably a restaurant or bar where the birthday boy can celebrate. Choose places that have sentimental ties for your husband or that he has always wanted to visit. A quick hunt could include the Cartoon Art Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, the Little Skillet (enjoy chicken and waffles while you're there) and Tall Stories mystery bookstore before ending the search at Andalu or Foreign Cinema. If you don't have the time to plan your own, several companies throughout San Francisco, including San Francisco Treasure Hunts and the Go Game, can set up a private birthday hunt.
Leave the City
Within a couple hours of San Francisco lies a variety of California destinations for a romantic birthday getaway or a group celebration. Since the 30th birthday is a milestone, your husband certainly deserves a weekend getaway (without the kids perhaps). Sonoma County offers a host of wineries just two hours north of the city. Book a wine tour in a limo for you and your husband, or consider a party bus for a group. If you've had your fill of wine, head to a romantic retreat in Big Sur for a romantic birthday weekend.
Be a Kid Again
Let your husband tap into his inner child! Bring a group to the Tactile Dome at the Exploratorium in San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts and spend a few hours in the dark. Taste deep-fried Twinkies (or anything else) with Frito pies at the restaurant Butter, which is adults only, but every child's fantasy. Rock out on the pier at the Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco. These simple ideas allow your husband to act like a kid again, while enjoying a private party with his adult friends. From ice cream parties to bouncing on trampolines, other kid-friendly birthday party themes with an adult twist also work well for a 30th.
If your husband is a Giants fanatic, consider hosting a birthday party during a game. If his birthday falls in the off season, that's no problem. Reserve a ballpark tour. The behind the scenes tours include a meal served by local restaurants. While there is a birthday package, the other tours also work well for a 30th birthday party (see the Resources).
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