Great ideas for a 30th birthday

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Although some people may view turning 30 as a depressing event, it is actually a great excuse to have some fun and celebrate. Turning 30 is viewed as a milestone birthday as the more carefree days of your 20s are behind you. Get your friends and family together or try something new and exciting to mark the occasion.

Whatever you decide, there are lots of options when it comes to planning a successful 30th birthday.

1980s Themed Party

Celebrate the decade the birthday person was born in. A 1980s themed party can include pop music from the decade, guests in '80s-themed clothes and nostalgic party games. Include the theme on the invitation along with a fun element such as a photo of the guest of honour as a baby. Ask guests to bring cassettes or vinyl records if they still own them to play or create themed centrepieces out of.

Bar Hire

For a classy 30th birthday event, hire out a bar and throw a sophisticated party. Some bars run cocktail-making classes with groups of guests. Alternatively, have a buffet or sit-down meal. Hiring a sophisticated bar is a special way to celebrate in style. Let guests know the dress code beforehand, be it black tie or casual, so they feel comfortable in their surroundings.


A 30th birthday is a good time to try something new or visit an unfamiliar place. Take a small vacation or weekend away with friends, a partner or family. From a party-fuelled weekend to somewhere cultural, where you decide to go will depend upon your taste and personality. If you plan well in advance you may decide to save early to go on a trip of a lifetime.

Garden Party

If you prefer a laid-back, no-fuss affair then a garden party is the way to go. Invite family and friends over and enjoy a barbecue and cocktails. If there are lots of children in the family that you would like to get involved with the fun then they can do so at a garden party. Appoint somebody to be in charge of the grilling, set up some games for the kids to enjoy and lots of lawn chairs for the adults to sit on.