30 Unique 30th Birthday Ideas to Help You Celebrate in Style

Babba C Rivera—30th Birthday Ideas
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Whether you're not too big on birthdays or you designate a "birthday month," turning 30 is likely going to be something that you'll remember for years to come, so it's worth celebrating how you see fit. If this new decade is around the corner and you're trying to figure out how to ring it in, we put together some 30th birthday ideas to help you mark the day with a little or a lot of fanfare. Turning 30 may be intimidating, but by making it an occasion—and keeping some perspective—it's bound to be just fine. These possible parties cover budget-friendly choices, moderately pricey picks, and splurge-worthy affairs, so you can decide which option sounds right to you. 

Read on for our best 30th birthday party ideas.

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Order a Round at Your Favorite Dive Bar

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This option is casual, fun, and destined to bring your closest friends out for a good time. Best of all, no one has to spend a lot of money.

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Rent a Karaoke Room

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Split the cost with your invitees and get ready to belt out your favorite tunes. If you want something more budget-friendly, you can get a karaoke machine and host at your home.

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Throw a House Party

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Ask your friends to help with a potluck buffet, and then put a playlist together that will have everyone on their feet. Make sure there's a cake involved!

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Book an Escape Room

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This is always a fun idea if you have a small group of friends who are willing to work together. Whether you beat the clock or not, head to a bar after to celebrate.

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Spend the Day Outdoors

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If you prefer to start a new decade with some fresh air, invite friends on an excursion that culminates in a feast afterward. Find an easy hiking trail, spot a place to go mountain biking, or rent a few kayaks.

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Book a Luxurious Stay at a Boutique Hotel

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Find one with a bar and restaurant in-house so you can spend more time relaxing and less time on the go. Better yet, order room service and stay in your robe all night.

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Grab Tickets to a Concert

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You could either see your favorite headliner as they travel through town, or investigate an up-and-coming band that seems promising. Whatever it is, make sure to dress up with friends before you go.

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Make It Black Tie

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We’re talking suits and stilettos, jazz in the background, and plenty of hors d’oeuvres. Champagne toast totally necessary.

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Reserve a Private Room at a Restaurant

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Whether you have a favorite spot or you've been meaning to try a popular menu, this option should make eating out feel more special. A birthday cake dessert is a given, too!

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Celebrate at the Beach

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Is there anything more calming than sand between your toes or floating in the sea? Enjoy some serious fun in the sun and get away from the business of life for a bit. Lounging by the beach is the perfect thing to do on your birthday.

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Rent an Airbnb for the Weekend

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Who says you need to go out of town to have a vacation? By booking an overnight stay at a nearby Airbnb—hopefully one that has a pool or hot tub—you can still feel like you're on a getaway with your closest pals.

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Have a Wine and Cheese Night

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Research the perfect pairings for wine and cheese, or wine and anything really, on a site like Wine Folly. If you want to go all out, offer wine flights to your guests.

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Road Trip to a Close Destination

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Hit the road for a destination that's at most two hours away. Maybe this place has a famous diner or a beautiful museum, or perhaps it's full of beautiful local shops.

If you're in Los Angeles, you can hightail it to Ojai or Santa Barbara, and if you're in New York City, opt for somewhere in the Hudson Valley.

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Host a Movie Night

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Whether you rent out your own theater at the cineplex or camp out inside someone's at-home movie room, one thing is for sure: You get to pick the flick. In addition to popcorn, have candy and wine on hand.

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See a Sporting Event

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The perfect moment of your birthday might just happen when your team scores the winning point. And there's nothing wrong with indulging in concession stand eats, either.

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Host a Tea Party

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Attend high tea at a luxury hotel or throw your own tea party at home, complete with cucumber sandwiches and bite-sized sweet treats. To make it feel more like a celebration, opt for champagne with your tea.

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Go Abroad

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Have you always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower on your 30th? Or maybe you've dreamed of celebrating in Bali? Now is the time to go. Invite a close friend or significant other to join you, and make this dream happen. 

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Run a Marathon

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What better time to accomplish a goal than on your 30th birthday? Make sure you're training for this one ahead of time!

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Fly to Another City

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If you want to get away but it isn't the best time to head overseas, try exploring a different city in America. Book a stay in New Orleans for the party scene, hit up Nashville to go line dancing, or visit Jackson Hole for outdoor adventures.

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Go Skiing

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All you winter babies, listen up. If you're lucky enough to live close to the slopes, you can make this a day trip. If not, recruit a couple of your friends for a weekend getaway.

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Spend an Entire Weekend at a Spa

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Get a facial, book a massage, show off a manicure, and spend an afternoon going in and out of a steam room. Now that's a relaxing way to celebrate.

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Go Horseback Riding

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Whether you're a seasoned pro or have never ridden a horse in your life, your 30th birthday is the perfect opportunity to try. Hit a scenic trail and stop for a picnic halfway.

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Hire a Private Driver to Explore Different Wineries

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What better way to commemorate 30 than at a vineyard? It may also be worth it to book a hotel stay nearby so you and your friends can savor the day.

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Have a Game Night

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Board games, card games, anything goes. Make sure you have lots of snacks and drinks on hand, and pick a killer playlist ahead of time.

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Host a Catered Party at Your Home

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If you don't want to cook on your birthday, hire a caterer. Make an entrance in that pricey-but-perfect outfit you deserve.

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Go Camping

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Spend a night under the stars with your best friends. If camping isn't your thing, find somewhere to go glamping.

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Go on a Pub Crawl

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Pick your favorite neighborhood and organize a pub crawl. Each of your friends can choose a favorite bar, or you can surprise them all with a planned itinerary.

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Visit an Amusement Park

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Grab a group of friends and drive to the nearest amusement park. Ride your favorite coasters, indulge in cotton candy, and take lots of selfies to remember the day.

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Have a Dinner Party

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Want to keep it low-key? Invite a few of your closest friends and host an intimate dinner party. Dress up or keep the attire casual depending on the vibe you want.

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Host a Themed Party

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Host a luau, have an '80s themed bash, or channel a winter wonderland. Whatever your preference, coordinate your invitations, décor, and dress code to the theme.

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