Affordable birthday celebration ideas for men turning 30

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Affordable birthday celebration ideas for men turning 30
Make his 30th birthday a blend of youthful fun and grown-up interests. (Birthday No.1 image by Martina Taylor from

Turning 30 marks an important time in a man's life--he's generally moving up in his career, he's starting to settle down and he may even be married. Celebrate his birthday by organising an event that highlights something that is important to him. Make plans with friends and family to turn his birthday into a memorable night blending grown-up interests and a fun-loving, youthful vibe.

Retro Party

Honour the decade in which the birthday boy was born with a party at home that features everything from the 1980s. Ask guests to come dressed as an '80s celebrity (Madonna, MC Hammer and Miami Vice can provide inspiration). Activities might include "Guess that Theme Song" where a snippet of an '80s TV show's theme song is played. Have a Rubik's Cube contest, break dancing contest or '80s music karaoke. Play Trivial Pursuit (1980s edition) and Jeopardy---both hits of the 1980s. Classic music and movies from the 1980s are a must. If you can get your hands on an old Atari system, the birthday boy and his pals will enjoy revisiting those classic games.

Affordable birthday celebration ideas for men turning 30
Bust out the break dancing moves at an '80s party. (Breakdance Collection 1 image by Infs from

Poker Party

Invite several of his closest friends for a poker night that doubles as a birthday party. Decorate with twinkle lights, enlarged pictures of face cards and gold stars. Light jazz music in the background sets the casino mood best. When guests arrive, hand out poker chips and board game money. Let guests play card games for cool prizes or bragging rights. Ensure there are plenty of finger foods to eat as well as mixed drinks served in fancy glasses.

Affordable birthday celebration ideas for men turning 30
Set up enough tables for all the guests to play, then designate dealers. (poker - a pair of aces with poker chips 5 image by Andrew Brown from

Heritage Party

Let his 30th birthday party celebrate who he is and where he came from with a cultural heritage party. Center the party's theme around his ancestry, including music, food and decorations. For example, a German heritage party could include colourful flags, a beer tasting table, German music and plenty of sausages, sauerkraut, potato pancakes and pretzels. For dessert, serve apple strudel, black forest cake and cinnamon pretzels.

Affordable birthday celebration ideas for men turning 30
Honour his Mexican heritage by decorating with the colours of the Mexican flag. (flag button mexico image by Andrey Zyk from

Pub Crawl

Toast the birthday boy's next decade of life and get to know the local watering holes with a pub crawl. Appoint a designated driver and map out the locations of at least 6 cool bars and pubs in the area. Give the party some organisation with a pub scavenger hunt that the birthday boy must complete. Ideas include three matchbooks from three different bars, an empty mini bottle, 3 different brands of beer caps, a signed business card, a coaster with a bar logo and a take out menu. After the items have been collected, the birthday boy gets to open his presents. At a pub crawl, everyone pays for their own drinks, plus covers the birthday guest of honor's drinks, so it's affordable to all.

Affordable birthday celebration ideas for men turning 30
Raise a glass to celebrate his 30th birthday during a pub crawl. (Pub image by Raulmahón from

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