If you’re looking for 30th birthday party ideas you have come to the right place.Giving someone a happy 30th birthday can be difficult for a friend or loved one (you) to plan. This time in a persons life can range from a touchy subject to a celebration of success. Consider this article a guide to lead you through the twists and turns of planning a milestone party to remember.
The 30th birthday is an exceptional milestone for each person that really deserves a grand party. But coming up with 30th birthday party ideas that can make it stand out can be difficult.
Again it is a very important age for any person since it symbolizes the start of the grown-up life. It is during this stage that people appear to become more mature, and setting into their life plans. It is usually an instance in which people stop to reflect, and your job is to make a memory that will last the next 30 years.
Feel free to look around. This is an entire website devoted to this very specific party!
Here’s our Ultimate Starter Guide, and here’s hoping to a great party!
1. You have to really consider the person turning 30
I know what you’re thinking. ’really?’ And the answer is yes. Too many times a party is thrown for the crowd or even worse the party planner. Trust me, the last thing you want after putting together guest lists, baking, decorating, and all the rest is to have your birthday boy or girl give you the old ‘I appreciate the gesture’ smile. Some of your best 30th birthday party ideas will come from when you sit down and think about what gets them excited.
Begin to ask yourself questions, and even get together with other friends or family of the person of interest, to brainstorm key criteria. I mean this is the big 3 0! Recruiting others will also come in handy once the real planning and set up begins. It is always a good idea to have extra hands when things need to be marked off the party checklist
-Do they like large groups?
-Favorite Things? (restaurants, sports teams, hobbies)
-Do they like surprises?
I know that the entire party is to ‘consider’ the person, but sit down before any party planning to consider the party he/she will actually enjoy being at. Think about creating their ideal environment rather than the best bash.
A quiet introvert would most likely not enjoy 200 people who show up for finger foods and conversation with honoree. The party extrovert on the other hand may be driven crazy at the thought of an evening with four to five close family, and a several hour conversation with parents.
2. Pick a Date (on the calendar)
This is usually the first step in organizing for a birthday party. You want a date that is close to the birthday or on it, but don’t forsake potential guests who aren’t weekday partier types. If it’s a surprise the persons actually birthday may not be the best, but if it is a themed party like at a bowling alley you would want it to be available. Although, since we have thought all of this through in step one, the date of the party should be a breeze.
3. Put together a Guest List
Make phone calls. Check the soon to be 30 yr olds Facebook friends. Get the list together. This one seems simple enough, but without anybody to invite there isn’t going to be much of a party
Bonus tip: Put together a checklist of everything that needs to be done. Be sure to include ample time to complete everything.
4. Choose a location
At this point you have your date. Now, it is very important to consider the right venue or location for the occasion. This depends on the atmosphere that the birthday boy or girl desires. Find out the magnitude (intimate or a 30th Bash!) of the party when selecting its location. Also consider the number of guests you expect to possibly attend the event. Then look for a place that can hold all you expect to attend whether it be your or a friend’s house or public place. You don’t have to be in a big city like New York or Chicago. There are tons of great party spots in any city. If the location for the party requires explicit directions or instruction for guests be sure to write them down for later.
This has a lot of ability to make the party memorable. The preferred 30th birthday party theme will reflect the person celebrating the birthday in some way, again considering the person turning 30. The things to consider may include where the person enjoys hanging out. What they enjoy doing in their spare time. What about the type of music they enjoy? Make sure to include games tailored to your theme.
Bonus Tip: Make sure you have plenty to do to fill the time. You don’t want people coming to the party, and then be instantly looking for and planning their exit. Have an engaging itinerary including toasts, dancing, and even games. We have a large list of 30th Birthday Party Games
6. Invite the people from your party Guest List
This is of course an important part. You can do this by the traditional route sending physical invitations in the mail. Store bought or personalized. The design can be done using some clip arts on the computer or by using tailor-made decorations like some artwork or the celebrant’s pictures. Chances are a 30 year old will have a friend that is good at Photoshop. You can add some birthday quotes or an embarrassing store for a personal touch. You can tweet it out or facebook it. You can even make phone calls and send texts. Whatever you do pick the right amount of time for people to put it on their calendar, but not too far in advance, because they might forget!
7. Set up/Decorate
Wow. We’ve done a lot already.
But perhaps the most stressful step is the setup of the actual party. This doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank, and can be done on a budget. It does call for ingenuity and creativity. Whether you a planning this 30th birthday for a man or a woman what they see when they come in will set the tone.
Use your imagination or head to the party store nearest you. But what every you choose be sure to set up in plenty of time before guests and the guest of honor in particular arrive, and don’t forget to set out the 30th birthday cake!
Prep time can vary greatly depending on the details (Is the party catered or did you cook, is there a band or disc jockey manning the mic, etc.) so make sure to reference your check list
Now, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is you have only begun this process, but the good news is that we have all the free resources and 30th Birthday Party Ideas you need to plan the Ultimate Party!