30th birthday party ideas for women

Updated November 21, 2016

Turning 30 calls for a celebration. Women who have reached this milestone often have established themselves in a career or family, or are well on their way. Throw a surprise party for the birthday girl that suits her style, whether that is laid-back and casual, adventurous or high-class. If you are planning your own party, choose your guests, set a budget and have fun.

Dinner Party

Plan an elegant dinner party for your 30th with a few of your closest friends at home. Use your finest china and ask for help in the kitchen so you are not struggling over your own birthday dinner. If this is daunting, order takeout from a local restaurant. Extend the party by setting up a chocolate fountain for guests to enjoy with glasses of wine and conversation.

Another dinner party idea is to rent out a room at a restaurant or hotel. Invite the maximum amount of guests for that facility. Enjoy being waited on during the meal. Decorate a special chair with streamers and balloons to open your presents in after dinner.

Childhood Fun Party

Celebrate your third decade like a child. Plan a 30th birthday party at a child-centred facility. Rent a party room at a laser tag, mini golf or pizza and arcade place. Invite adults only and enjoy playing like a kid again. Decorate with balloons and party plates designed for a 3-year-old to bring in the third decade.

Alternately, you could invite your guests to meet you at the local zoo. Share a picnic together before touring the zoo. Have the birthday girl wear a party hat or tiara throughout the zoo.

Birthday Getaway

Gather a group of girlfriends and get out of town. Choose a relaxing destination like a spa, or be adventurous and sign-up for a white-water rafting trip. Setting up a trip for your 30th birthday will be a way to commemorate this milestone. Other ideas for girls-only getaways include: parachuting, camping and yoga retreats. Simply staying in a hotel and taking advantage of the pool, hot tub, in-house bar and time to talk is another choice.

Memory Lane

Set up a surprise birthday party by gathering photos and items from the birthday girl's life. Set up stations that honour the different stages she has gone through. Start with her as a little girl. Place photo albums from her childhood on a table along with favourite toys. The next station would be the teen years. Locate her yearbooks and items she loved in high school. Have other tables set out to show her college years, career path or marriage and children. The idea is to give her a "This is Your Life" experience.

Invite guests to come prepared to share how they first met the birthday girl. Hire someone to record the party so she can relive the memories.

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