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Special 30th Birthday Party Ideas and Themes to Smash It

Your 30th birthday is a landmark event that deserves a special celebration. If you’re still searching for the perfect party theme, we’ve selected 7 options that are suitable for any size of gathering.

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These 30th Birthday Party Ideas will Make Things Perfect

You know who’s coming over, have all the drinks prepped, balloons or other decorations, and a nice place to rock it? Here are a few 30th birthdays ideas on how to take this to the next level.

No need to settle with just one, you can use more of these themes and have a blast.

Without further ado, here’s what we’re proposing.

1. The End of My Roaring 20s

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Celebrate your 30th birthday with a theme that creatively marks the end of your roaring 20s. Guests should dress in their best 1920’s inspired outfits and your decorations should reflect the opulent excess shown in The Great Gatsby.

If you need some music to set the mood, there’s a Roaring ’20s playlist on iTunes that’s perfect for the occasion.

2. 30 Years of Awesome

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Some things only get better with age! Celebrate all that you’ve accomplished and all that the future will hold with a 30 Years of Awesome party that includes casual chalkboard signs and lots of old photos.

3. You’re Golden

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This 30th birthday party theme is all about the sparkle! Use as many metallic elements as possible to tie together the food and decorations.

If you’re on a budget, spray paint thrift store finds gold to make your own centerpieces and cake stands for this golden 30th birthday extravaganza.

4. Dirty Thirty Birthday Ideas (Camping Party)

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The “Dirty Thirty” theme is quite popular, but this cute twist on an old favorite turns the celebration into a camping party.

Rustic decorations and easy to eat finger foods make this casual party a hit with any nature lover looking to spend time with his or her friends and family.

5. Adult Sleepover (30th birthday party ideas for him)

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Sleepovers aren’t just for kids. Have an adult-only version to celebrate your milestone birthday, complete with Stout Beer Ice Cream Floats, plenty of pizza, and your favorite Netflix movies.

As an added bonus, the adult sleepover party theme gives you the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a pair of cute new pajamas and some comfy yet stylish slippers.

6. 30 Wishes Balloon Release


For this 30th birthday celebration, guests write wishes on note cards attached to helium balloons, then release the balloons from a central location. 30 Wishes would be an excellent theme for a family-friendly birthday party, since guests of all ages would enjoy writing notes for the balloons.

Use the 30th birthday balloon release photos from Catch My Party for inspiration, but feel free to customize the colors to suit your personal tastes.

7. Party in a Box

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By the time you turn 30, there’s a good chance many of your friends have migrated to different cities and are busy with their careers, spouses, and children. If getting together in person isn’t possible, The Sweetest Occasion suggests that you create a party in a box kit for each guest that’s filled with silly photo props, confetti, candy treats, party favors, and other goodies.

Mail the party kit to their home address, then ask them to send back pictures of their celebration. Post all the images in an album on your favorite social media site so you can reminisce together about the good times you had in your wild and crazy 20s.

8. Drinks with friends

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For a memorable 30th birthday celebration, consider a wine tour, a beer tour or a cocktail party with friends on a rooftop bar. A wine or beer tour could take you to several different vineyards or breweries, allowing you to sample a variety of different drinks and learn about the brewing process. Alternatively, a rooftop cocktail party could provides a more sophisticated atmosphere, where you can sip on delicious cocktails while taking in stunning views of the city skyline. You could even add a touch of luxury by hiring a private bartender or mixologist to create bespoke cocktails for you and your guests. Whether you choose wine, beer or cocktails, these options are perfect for those who enjoy good company and good drinks.

9. Cooking with friends, maybe desserts?

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Cooking desserts with friends is a fun and delicious activity that’s perfect for those who love to spend time in the kitchen and have a sweet tooth. Not only does it provide a great opportunity to bond with friends, but it also allows you to learn new recipes and techniques that you can use for future dinner parties or special occasions.

Imagine gathering with a group of friends in a cozy kitchen, surrounded by the sweet aroma of freshly baked treats. You could choose to make anything from classic chocolate chip cookies to elaborate cakes and pies, and the possibilities are endless. Together, you can share tips and tricks, swap stories, and laugh while you mix, measure and bake your way to a delicious dessert spread.

Not only is cooking desserts a fun and engaging activity, but it also provides a sense of accomplishment when you see your hard work come to fruition. And of course, the best part is getting to enjoy your creations together at the end, while making sweet memories with your friends.

10. Throw a 90’s inspired party

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Throwing a 90s inspired party is a perfect way to take a trip down memory lane and relive the iconic decade with your friends. From the fashion to the music, the 90s had a unique and unforgettable vibe that makes for an amazing party theme.

To start, you could send out invitations featuring bright neon colors, geometric shapes, and references to popular culture of the time. Encourage your guests to dress up in their favorite 90s fashion, whether it be overalls, flannel shirts, or platform shoes.

You’ll want to create a playlist of 90s music that will keep the party going all night long. Think classic hits from artists like Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and Nirvana. You can also set up a karaoke machine and let your guests belt out their favorite tunes.

When it comes to food and drinks, go for the classics: Dunkaroos, Pop Rocks, and Tang.

11. Boards games night

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A board games night is a great way to spend quality time with friends, challenge your mind and have fun. Just make sure to choose games that everyone enjoys, offer some snacks and drinks, set the mood (create a cozy and inviting atmosphere by dimming the lights, lighting some candles, and playing some relaxing background music), add some friendly competition and take breaks as needed.

12. Go to Vegas

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Celebrating your 30th birthday in Las Vegas with friends can be a fantastic and unforgettable experience. Vegas offers world-class entertainment, luxurious accommodations, world-renowned dining, and thrilling gambling options. The city has an endless array of entertainment options for everyone, including top-notch shows, concerts, and some of the best nightlife in the world. Whether you prefer hitting the dance floor at a popular nightclub, enjoying a show by your favorite artist, or taking in a magic or comedy show, there’s something for everyone.

Vegas boasts some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, with stunning rooms and suites that will make your birthday feel like a true celebration. From the iconic Bellagio to the extravagant Wynn, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. The city is also a foodie’s paradise, with celebrity chef restaurants and Michelin-starred eateries serving up some of the best cuisine in the world. From steak and seafood to international flavors and gourmet desserts, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

13. Spa day

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A spa day can be a wonderful way to celebrate your 30th birthday with friends. It offers an opportunity to relax, unwind and de-stress while bonding with your friends. Spending quality time together while indulging in some much-needed self-care is a perfect way to celebrate your birthday.

There are several spa treatments to choose from, including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and body treatments. You can customize your spa day by choosing the treatments that you and your friends prefer. You can also choose a package that includes multiple treatments and amenities, such as a sauna or hot tub.

Many spas offer a variety of services designed specifically for men, so it can be a great idea to include the guys as well. This way, everyone can enjoy the relaxation and pampering that a spa day provides.

Additionally, you can also opt to include other activities such as yoga or meditation classes to further enhance your experience. You can also enjoy a healthy lunch or snacks during the day to keep yourself refreshed.

14. Luau themed party

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A Luau-themed party can be an excellent idea for a 30th birthday celebration. The Hawaiian theme can create a fun, relaxed, and tropical atmosphere that your guests will love.

You can decorate your party with tropical flowers, tiki torches, and colorful lanterns to create a genuine Hawaiian feel. You can also set up a photo booth with fun props like flower leis, grass skirts, and coconut bras to add to the festive atmosphere.

For food and drinks, you can serve Hawaiian-style dishes such as poke bowls, kalua pork, and huli-huli chicken. You can also make tropical cocktails, like Mai Tais or Pina Coladas, or serve non-alcoholic drinks like pineapple juice and coconut water.

To add to the entertainment, you can hire hula dancers or fire performers to put on a show. You can also have a limbo contest, hula hoop competition, or a conga line to get your guests up and moving.

15. Go on a picnic

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Going on a picnic offers an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and soak up some sunshine while sharing good food and company. You can plan your picnic in a local park or reserve, or even go on a hike. To make your 30th birthday special, you can prepare a variety of delicious food, such as sandwiches, salads, and snacks like cheese and crackers. You can also bring along some refreshing drinks like lemonade, iced tea, or even some chilled wine. For dessert, you can pack some cookies, fruit, or even a birthday cake.

Picnics are also an excellent opportunity for group activities like frisbee, board games, or even a group hike. You can also bring along some portable speakers and play some music to create a relaxing and fun atmosphere. Overall, a picnic can be a simple yet enjoyable way to celebrate your 30th birthday with friends and create lasting memories in the great outdoors.

30th Birthday Ideas from You

Now over to you. How was your 30th birthday party?

We’d love to hear how you rocked, so don’t be shy and leave a comment in the box below to inspire people your age or approaching the 30s.