ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

30th Birthday Party Ideas: Themes, Supplies, Decorations, Gifts, and More

Updated on January 14, 2016
randomcreative profile image

Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

Source

Before my 30th birthday, I brainstormed a lot of ideas. It seems like an occasion that's worthy of a good party. Clearly I'm not the only one with that philosophy because there are a lot of great 30th birthday party ideas out there. I've found a variety of party themes and other ideas for food, décor, gifts, and greeting cards. Whether you are throwing or attending the party, there is something here for everyone. Happy celebrating!

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Party Themes

Great 30th birthday party themes include:

  • An 80's flashback party. Yes, the references are becoming less relevant, but some people turning 30 do still remember the 80s. There are so many fun possibilities for this. 80s party posts that I found included fashion, video games, toys, cassette tapes, classic 80s movies, and classic 80s songs. It is so hard to limit yourself, and there's really no reason to not include all of your favorites. Personally I'm really leaning toward the cassette tape idea right now because I am still nostalgic about mix tapes.
  • Grumpy Old Men Day: This is a perfect guy party idea. Have fun thrifting for the best old man clothes that you can find and let the guys dictate what activities they want to do for the day.
  • Leaving the Roaring 20's/Heading into the 30's: This is such a creative theme. Maximize the potential that is there for the costumes and dancing.

Source
Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Other Decor and Food Ideas

I found a handful of additional great ideas for a 30th birthday party that don't fit into any particular theme and can be incorporated with just about any of them. They include the following:

  • Photo collage in the shape of the numbers 3 and 0.
  • Flags on toothpicks that have "30" on them for cupcakes, planters (could be a party favor or just décor), etc.
  • Party hats with "30" or "thirty" printed on them. I love the font in the photo on the right for the word thirty on the hats.
  • Take 30 balloons. Have each guest write an inspirational message for the recipient. Release the balloons together.
  • A matches display in the shape of the numbers 3 and 0 that you can light all at once.
  • Cookies or other food in the shape of the numbers 3 and 0.

Marianela receives her birthday cake - Royal Ballet LIVE

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source

Gift Ideas

If you are attending a 30th birthday party and want to bring a gift, you certainly don't have to bring a 30 themed gift. If you are interested, here are some fun options to consider.

  • 30 Sucks! Personally this is not my favorite, as I don't see anything particularly bad about turning 30. It's one of the most prevalent ideas online, though, so I figured I should include it. You can customize your 30 suckers and "30 sucks!" sign for them any way that you like.
  • 30 Rocks!: The less popular but just as good alternative to the 30 sucks gift is to make a 30 rocks one with Pop Rocks candy instead of suckers.
  • 30 Photos. Get 30 helium filled balloons and 30 photos of the birthday boy or girl, one from each year of his/her life. Attach one photo to each balloon. The blog post I included with this idea customized the photos to look like old Polaroids.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Birthday Card and Scrapbook Ideas

If you are making a card, full scrapbook, or scrapbook component yourself, here are some fun messages and ideas to consider:

  • "Don't feel bad about turning 30...never mind, I can't think of anything reassuring to say."
  • "30 fingers and 30 toes belonging to those who love you so" with hand prints and footprints. If you have 2 kids, you can make this with them. If you have 3 kids, use their prints.
  • "You're never too old to do goofy stuff." -Ward Cleaver
  • "Partying like rock stars in our 20s wasn't that great, right?" (I got this from JulieAnnArt.)

Some 30th birthday party fun.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • joedolphin88 profile image

      Joe 

      4 years ago from north miami FL

      I have a few years to go so even though I like this hub I'm going to not think about turning 30.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)