This is it, the big 3-OH! You’ve finally made it to the next big phase in your life – your 30th birthday. Whether you’re sliding into this new chapter with a cheer or anticipating it with feat, the time has come to seriously consider your options for your big dirty 30. Strap yourself in and get ready to party with our list of 30 ideas for your 30th birthday party.
Time flies when you’re having fun. You’re suddenly 30 years young and it’s time to celebrate. Gather your nearest and dearest for a 30th birthday to remember. Whether that’s an intimate dinner or a hair-raising adventure, there are endless amounts of epic party tips and inspirations. To help you get planning here are a couple of unique 30th birthday party ideas.
1. 30th Birthday Idea: Sailing Day
Sail into your 30th’s with a day at sea. What better way to celebrate your milestone than being on the water with your loved ones. Warm up in the sun as you sip champagne and beer with your closest friends and family. Wander ashore to an island for a beach picnic and swim or have nibbles and drinks onboard as you sail around the bay.
2. 30th Birthday Idea: Decadent Dinner
Step into your 30s with a decadent birthday dinner. Firecue’s heartwarming South American fire grill is the perfect pairing for an intimate birthday celebration. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and nibble on mouth-watering dishes in our private function space. With exclusive access to a bar, dance floor and bathrooms, you and your guests will never want to leave. This is one of our 30th birthday party ideas that always pleases the crowd.
3. 30th Birthday Idea: Helicopter Charter
Kickstart your 30th with a hair-raising flight over South East Queensland. For the adrenaline junkie at heart, an open-door scenic helicopter charter is the perfect way to bring their 20’s to a close. For something, a little different organise a charter and tour to the vineyards for a long destination lunch. The birthday girl or boy can show up in style whilst the rest of the party awaits their arrival.
4. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Go somewhere you’ve never been before
Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or you’ve never set foot out of the country, take a trip to somewhere exotic and get lost exploring a whole new world. You can thank us later for this 30th birthday idea.
5. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Host a photo night
Did someone say “blonde tips”? Prepare to giggle and cringe with a best-of showcase of every snap from the nineties and noughties that you tried to bury.
6. Do a cocktail making class for your 30th Birthday Party
You’re a proper grown up now and that means it’s time to stop pretending vodka and pineapple juice is a cocktail. Grab a few friends and learn to make something a little more creative – and then drink a whole lot of them! This is a great 30th birthday party idea that is sure to please the crowd.
7. Shop ‘til you drop for your 30th Birthday Party
It’s probably time about time to retire those boob tubes you’ve had since you were 17 – so why not just update your entire wardrobe (and shoe shelf), while you’re at it.
8. 30th Birthday Party Idea:Throw a 1930s themed party
Flappers, dappers and Humphrey Bogart – what’s not to love about the 1930s? Get all dolled up and ready to jitterbug.
9. Go for a nudie run for your 30th Birthday Party
Not for the faint of heart, shake off those inhibitions and dare to bare with a dash down the street (maybe not yours) in your birthday suit.
10. 30th Birthday Party Idea:Have a makeover
Start the next chapter in your life’s journey with a whole new look! Whether it’s changing up your hair colour or treating yourself to some designer threads, turn the page (and a few heads) on your birthday.
11. Connect with some old friends on Facebook
We all lose touch with people over time – why not rekindle some old friendships and reminisce over good times had? Facebook makes it easier than ever to find that 3rd grade bestie!
12. Spend a day at a spa for your 30th Birthday Party
Prepare for your big night of 30th birthday party celebrations with a little pre-party pampering and book in for a long massage and some relaxing treatment at a day spa.
13. Hire a hotel room for your 30th Birthday Party
Go big or go home! Why not treat yourself to some fluffy slippers and a 5-star snooze in a luxury hotel. Hello room service?
Have a degustation dinner at the fanciest restaurant in town
You only turn 30 once, so what better excuse to indulge at that expensive restaurant, bar or venue you’ve had on your to-do list forever? 12 course dinner, here we come.
14. Get a tattoo for your 30th Birthday Party
Sorry mum! Commemorate the big 3-Oh with a little ink. Just remember, while portraits of your nana may seem like a great idea at the time, it may back fire on your next blind date.
15. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Photo booth
Give your birthday snaps a super personal touch with your very own photo booth at your 30th birthday party! Just remember to bring along lots of fun props and prepare for some laughs.
16. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Plan a flash mob
Surprise your guests and delight a few strangers with your very own choreographed flash mob! There’s no better feeling than those 15 minutes of YouTube fame!
17. Learn to dance for your 30th Birthday Party
You might have been born with two left feet but it’s never too late to teach a more mature dog some new tricks. Sign up to a sexy salsa class or learn how to tango – arriba!
18. Jump out of a plane for your 30th
Go on, live a little! Nothing is more exhilarating than jumping out of a plane at 30,000 feet – except maybe that first sip of the cocktail waiting for you on the ground.
19. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Hire a limo
Stretch out in serious luxury and arrive at your party in style, because nothing says you’re aging gracefully quite like your very own chauffeur.
20. Run a marathon for your 30th Party
Well why not? You’re still in the prime of your life – celebrate your youth while you’ve still got it and get fit while doing it!
21. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Do a shot (or 5) for old times sake
So you’re a little rusty when it comes to partying, but you’ll be back in the saddle in no-time. It’s as easy as 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, FLOOR!
22. Give it your all at karaoke for your 30th Party
Load up all of your favourite tracks from the past three decades and battle it out on the microphone with your mates. Bonus points for duets or co-ordinated dance moves.
23. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Take a helicopter ride
Unlock your inner James Bond and take to the skies with your very own private tour of Brisbane.
24. Learn about good wine for your 30th Party
You’re 30 now – it’s time to leave the cheap casks on the shelf where they belong. Head to a wine tasting and start learning the ins and outs of real vino – even if you don’t learn anything, at least you’ll get a free drink out of it.
25. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Kiss a stranger
Get up to some frisky business and steal a smooch from a beautiful stranger – just make sure you get permission from your better half first.
26. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Get artistic
Unleash you inner Picasso and get creative with a very grown up art class (including plenty of wine) – or even better skip straight to #25.
27. 30th Birthday Party Idea: Pose for a life drawing class
The body is a beautiful thing, so why not flaunt what your mamma gave you and pose for a life drawing class? If all else fails, it will make for a great story to tell at your 40th.
28. Volunteer at an animal shelter for your 30th Birthday
While we would like to pretend that this one has something to do with taking the moral high ground, we both know that all we really want is an excuse to cuddle some adorable kittens.
29. 30th Birthday Party Idea:1930s movie marathon
Feeling a little ancient? Spend a night watching a few of the classics, from Gone with the Wind to The Wizard of Oz, and you won’t feel quite so old in no time at all.
30. Make a time capsule
Lock away a little piece of history with a cool time capsule. Ask all of your guests to bring along something special or write down a message, seal it up and lock it away until your 60th birthday bash!
31. 30 days of 30!
Why just stop at one night? Set yourself a challenge to do thirty interesting things over thirty days – just be sure to document it on Facebook for everyone to see!
Book The best 30th birthday venue!
You’ve got the dress, the games and the killer theme, so there’s nothing left to do except nail down the perfect 30th party venue so you can focus on remembering all the words to “Ice, Ice Baby”.
32. Playlist Ideas For Your 30th Birthday Party
Everyone has a dancing queen or king within them, and what better time to crank the tunes and bust a move than on your birthday? Get your dancing shoes on and let your hair down as we give you our ultimate birthday party playlist with the top ten songs to get you and your guests boogying on your special night.
33. Twist and Shout by The Beatles
An oldie but a goodie, it’s hard not to swing your hips to this classic. Best played at the beginning of the night to encourage people to get moving.
34. Let’s Dance by David Bowie
“Put on your red shoes and dance the blues”. Another timeless tune, no party is complete without a track from the forever legendary and iconic Bowie.
35. Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
Possibly one of the most recognised bass riffs of our time, there won’t be a single person sitting this funky smash out. Extra points go to the person who plays the best air guitar!
36. I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You by The Black Kid
This upbeat indie rock song will ensure everyone is bouncing when the catchy chorus kicks in.
37. Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader
A global hit that is impossible not to sway and smile to, this cheery song gets people of all ages off their seat.
38. You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees
The first hit that launched the Bee Gees into their disco era and a friendly reminder to your guests. Brownie points for reaching those high notes.
39. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
The late disco diva with several dance classics, this one will have everyone dancing, but let’s leave the singing to the master with the incredible pipes.
40. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty by KC & The Sunshine Band
Recognised by everybody, this booty shaking jam will have you wearing out your dancing shoes (and your twerking moves) in no time.
41. Dance Wiv Me by Dizzee Rascal
Adding some hip-hop in for a healthy mix, this upbeat track accommodates those who are more prone to a foot-tap than a full blown, sweaty, choreographed routine.
42. Dancing Queen by ABBA
This dance anthem goes without saying, really. Just look at those jazz hands!
If you have a birthday looming and want to get your guests grooving, our ultimate birthday party playlist is sure to fill the dance floor.