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.
Spend the Day Outdoors
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.
Celebrate at the Beach
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.
Have a Wine and Cheese Night
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.
Road Trip to a Close Destination
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.