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30th Birthday Ideas

Many 30th birthday ideas revolve around a big party or celebration. Turning 30 is a big milestone and a 30th birthday party of some kind is a wonderful way to celebrate the occasion amongst friends. You can plan a theme party, an intimate dinner party, or even a surprise party to mark this milestone.

Thirty is an age where people often stop to ponder where they've been and where they are going. It is often a time of transition from singledom to being more family-focused. It can also be an interesting time in one's career marked by a move from junior to senior level positions. Use this idea of "where have you been?" and "where are you going" to make the 30th birthday party about a journey.

Here are a few options for 30th birthday party ideas that focus on a journey. They're also great 30th party ideas for that guy or gal who loves to travel and see the world. These activities can be planned by the guest of honor or by a close friend or relative.

  • Destination Party: Is there someplace that the guest of honor has always wanted to travel? A destination party is a great idea for a 30th birthday party. Start by figuring out who you'd like to attend, then look at schedules to figure out the best dates to go. Some fun 30th birthday party ideas for groups include relaxing on the beaches of the Caribbean, a golf trip to Arizona, a ski trip to the Rockies, wine tasting in Napa, or an exciting weekend in the Big Apple! Wherever you decide to go, you will make countless memories that will be sure to last a lifetime!
  • Day Trips: Sometimes we don't even know what's in our own backyard. Gather a group together and explore ideas for a 30th birthday celebration in your area. Maybe it's an hour drive to visit a lobster shack in Maine, or a two-hour ride to a five-star spa in your state. Additional sites that are worth exploring include zoos, museums, farms, amusement parks, and theaters. Either way, you'll spend quality time with the guest of honor and they'll get to explore a new place for the day. If you have time, travel roads off the beaten path and dine on local cuisine.
  • Travel Themed Party: If you have a smaller budget or shorter timeframe for the 30th birthday celebration, host a travel-inspired party. 30th birthday party ideas for a travel themed party including creating decorations using old maps and travel guides. You can also build a gift registry that includes items like new luggage, travel books, and travel gadgets. Or, ask guests to chip in and get the guest of honor a plane ticket to someplace special. For the menu, select items from a certain region or sample items from around the globe.

All of these fun 30th birthday ideas will create a fun journey for the guest of honor that they will remember for years to come. If the party or trip is not a surprise, use these ideas to brainstorm places to visit for your party, then narrow it down to the best 30th birthday ideas. Let the guest of honor choose their favorite!

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