30th birthday ideas


Turning thirty is an important milestone in life, and it’s only natural to want to celebrate your 30th birthday with a bang. But planning the perfect 30th birthday party can be daunting, especially if you’re unsure where to start.

From finding the right venue and decorations to selecting activities that will make for a memorable evening, many elements go into throwing a successful celebration.

Thankfully, we have compiled some of our favourite ideas for creating an unforgettable 30th birthday experience – so you don’t have to stress about planning! In this article, we’ll provide tips on planning the perfect 30th birthday bash from start to finish.

Ideas for 30th Birthday


Close-Up Magician

So, you’re about to hit the big 3-0 and you want to make sure you celebrate in style. You’ve sent out the invites and now the real pressure starts: small talk with all your guests when they arrive. Let’s be honest, it’s never easy trying to make conversation with your third cousin’s twice-removed neighbour. But fear not! Hire a close-up magician and you’ll have the perfect ice-breaker.

No need to worry about boring chit-chat when you can watch cards disappear or coins appear out of thin air. Your guests will be so entertained, they won’t have time to ask about your job or dating life.

So go ahead, book that magician and make your 30th birthday party one to remember (for reasons other than just the fact that you’re getting old).

virtual wine tasting

Wine Tasting

So, you’re turning 30 and feeling all grown up, huh? Well, what better way to show off your supposed maturity than with a wine-tasting party? It’s the perfect opportunity to impress your friends with your sophisticated palate and refined taste. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to drink copious amounts of alcohol under the guise of “culture”? So go ahead and throw on your fanciest outfit, pour yourself a glass, and pretend like you actually know what tannins are. Cheers to ageing like a fine wine, or at least pretending to.

30th birthday ideas

Afternoon Tea Party

Oh, the joys of getting older. You start to realise that maybe hitting up the club every weekend isn’t as appealing as it used to be. But fear not my fellow old souls, I have the perfect solution for your 30th birthday shenanigans. An afternoon tea party. Yes, I said it. Afternoon tea. Not only does it fulfil your inner sophisticate dreams, but it also means you get to invite your grannie and pretend you have your life together whilst chomping fancy finger sandwiches and sipping a never-ending flow of tea. And the best part?

Once the tea party is over, you can kick out the old-timers and head out for a wild night of real partying. Cheers to getting older, and wiser, folks.

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Dinner Party

30? Time to usher in a new decade of life. And what better way to do that than with a fancy schmancy dinner party? I mean, who needs to celebrate with just a cake and some streamers when you can invite your closest pals over for a lavish evening of first-class dining? And hey, if you’re feeling extra bougie, why not hire a chef to really take things up a notch? It’s not like you turn 30 every year, so might as well go all out, right? Just make sure to tell your friends to bring their stretchy pants. We’re gonna eat like queens and kings tonight.

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Cooking Classes

Congratulations, you’re now officially old. But don’t worry, we’ve got just the thing to lift your spirits: a cooking class! Yes, that’s right folks, you can now celebrate your birth with the tantalizing aroma of boiled eggs and stormy kitchen activity. Hiring a professional to help fulfil your passion for fine food is a great way to celebrate your 30th birthday.

Just think, with all your closest friends by your side, you can work together to master this elusive skill… or, you know, just laugh hysterically as you burn everything in sight. Either way, your 30th birthday party is sure to be one for the books.

small group of beers

Brewery Tour

So, it’s your dirty thirty and you’re looking for a way to celebrate that doesn’t involve a tacky tiara or a Vegas bender. Well, why not embrace your inner beer snob and indulge in a brewery tour? You and your fellow hopheads can bask in the frothy hoppy goodness while learning about the methods that make each brew unique. Plus, you’ll get to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge of obscure beer trivia. Who needs cake when you can have a pint of creamy deliciousness? Cheers to not growing up!

30th birthday ideas escape rooms

An Escape Room

Yeah, we’ve seen you barking at the TV whilst watching the Cube. It always looks easy, right? How about putting your money where your mouth is and spending an evening locked in a room with your closest friends, trying to solve puzzles in order to escape? It sounds simple enough, but don’t be fooled – this is not child’s play. We’re talking mind-bending riddles, brain-teasing challenges, and a ticking clock that will keep you on your toes. Think you’re smarter than the average bear? We’ll see about that.

board games for 30th party

Game Night

Ah, the big three-zero. You’re officially a grown-up now. But who says you have to give up your love for game night? Gather up your best buds, grab some snacks and drinks, and let’s get this house party started. Board games are the perfect way to test who among your friends is the most passive-aggressive and who’s a sore loser. And let’s not forget the inevitable arguments and witty banter that come with it. Who needs fancy bars and clubs when you can have a night of friendly competition and trash talk? Trust us, this game night for your 30th birthday party will be one for the books and it’s budget-friendly too.

Games to consider: One Night: Ultimate Werewolf, Resistance, Scrawl, Trivia Night. Local to Birmingham? Check out Chance Encounters

30th birthday cocktails


Want to impress your friends at your upcoming 30th birthday house party celebration? Forget about the boring beer pong and mediocre wine, upgrade your party game and hire a mixologist for some serious cocktail-making. Not only will you save yourself time, mess and hassle, but you’ll also get to drink like the stars. Imagine sipping on an expertly crafted Martini or a zesty Margarita, all while your friends try to guess which obscure liquor the mixologist just pulled out of their bag of tricks. Trust me, hiring a mixologist for your birthday party will be the ultimate party hack that your friends will never forget.

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Weekend in Paris

So you’re turning 30 and you’re looking for a birthday celebration that’s a little more exciting than cake and ice cream in your parents’ living room. I mean, come on, this is a milestone age. It’s time to check something off that bucket list of yours. And what better way to do that than spending a weekend in Paris with your closest friends? You know, taking those cute Instagram photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, pretending you’re all French and sophisticated while you sip on your wine and eat croissants. Sounds like a dream, right? So pack your bags, prepare your liver, and get ready to see what Paris is all about. Oh la la!

30th birthday ideas

Hire a Venue

Let’s face it, turning 30 is not something to celebrate with just a cake and some balloons from the pound shop. You need to go all out, make it epic, and book a venue that will make your friends wish they had a 30th birthday coming up soon. Private rooms are a must so you can make sure no one crashes your shindig. And forget about playing Spotify on shuffle, hire a band or DJ to shake things up and get everyone moving. Feeling extra fancy? Singing waiters and magicians will definitely add that extra level of excitement and confusion that only a milestone birthday can bring. And don’t forget about the decorations, let your creative juices flow and make the theme come to life. After all, you only turn 30 once.

30th birthday party meal

A Delicious Meal

Your 30th birthday is looming? Want to celebrate in style? Look no further than a fancy schmancy fine-dining restaurant. The dress code is “dress to impress”, so make sure to dust off that tux or slip into that little black dress. And hey, the best part? You don’t have to worry about washing dishes or cleaning up after yourself – for one night only, you’re the star of the show. So sit back, relax, and indulge in some delicious cuisine as you raise a glass to another year of surviving adulthood. Birthday party ideas don’t get much classier than this.

Birmingham fine-dining restaurants:

– The Ivy

– Akamba

– Carters of Moseley

– Simpsons


Adam’s Restaurant

– Legna Birmingham

– Purnell’s Restaurant

– Turners at 69

– Bodega Bar and Cantina

fun 30th birthday ideas

West End Special

Listen up, ladies and gentlemen! It’s time to gather your close friends and celebrate the big 3-0 in style. And where better to do it than the fabulous west end of London? You don’t need to be a theatre critic to appreciate the world-renowned productions and breathtaking performances on offer. And let’s not forget the luxury of a swanky hotel room complete with all the bells and whistles, order room service (hello, midnight snacks!). So leave all your worries at home, put on your finest party attire, and paint London Town red for your birthday. Cheers to the next decade!

fun way to spend your 30th

Rock Climbing

Forget the cliché outings and save the bar crawl for another milestone. Rock climbing is where it’s at, my friend. Not only will you be surrounded by the great outdoors, but you’ll also be able to conquer your fears and prove that you’re not as much of a couch potato as your parents always accuse you of being. Plus, there’s nothing quite like spending an entire weekend dangling off the side of a mountain with your closest friends. Trust me, you’ll bond like never before. And let’s not forget the greatest benefit of all – rock climbing is amazing for the mind. It’s like a workout for your brain. So why sit around sipping cocktails when you could be climbing to new heights with your best friends?

good friends at BBQ


Oh, the joy of throwing a BBQ for your 30th birthday party! The smell of burnt sausages and the sound of flamed grilled steaks are sure to attract even the most health-conscious of guests. And who doesn’t love a few days of food poisoning as a party souvenir? Fun times, indeed. But if you’d rather save yourself the hassle of playing chef, why not hire in the professionals and ensure a stress-free party? I mean, who doesn’t love being able to actually enjoy their own birthday bash instead of being chained to the grill all night? So, skip the food poisoning and consider all the fun ways you can celebrate your big 3-0 without the added stress. Check out Lazy Pig for your milestone birthdays and good food.

30th birthday ideas

Live Music

So, you’re turning thirty huh? Congratulations! You know what they say, the third decade’s the charm. And what better way to celebrate this milestone than by hiring some live musicians to bring in the ambience? You can go for something low-key, like a soothing acoustic guitar as you sip wine and contemplate about the years gone by. Or, if you’re feeling like you’ve still got that youthful energy in you, go all out with a festival-style band that’ll make everyone wanna jump and dance around in your own backyard. Either way, live music hits differently. So, start planning and have those musicians bring their A-game.

main event comedy

Hit the Comedy Club

For your 30th birthday, look no further than the good ol’ comedy club. There’s nothing better than getting your laughter on while sipping on a few cocktails. Just a word to the wise, dear friend: steer clear of the front row. Unless, of course, you want to be mercilessly roasted by a stand-up comedian. I mean, hey, some people are into that sort of thing. Regardless of where you sit, make sure to curate a top-notch guest list to ensure a night filled with laughter and good vibes. Happy birthday, buddy!

30th birthday ideas

Sky Diving

Say goodbye to traditional birthday party ideas because we’re about to take things to new heights. Literally. Have you ever heard of a road trip? How about a sky trip? That’s right, folks. For your 30th birthday, we’re taking a leap of faith – quite literally. If you want to see 31, make sure to pack that spare parachute. Trust me, I’ve heard some horror stories. But think about it, how many people can say they skydived on their 30th? It’s the ultimate way to celebrate entering a new decade of your life. So, who’s ready to take the plunge?

30th birthday ideas

Spa Day/Massage Treatments

So, you’re turning 30 and all you can think about is how to recover from the birthday party you’re planning to throw. Fear not, my fellow procrastinator, because the solution is easy and enjoyable: a spa day. And not just any spa day, my friend, but one where you can indulge in some reflexology to flush out all those toxins from years of questionable life choices. Sounds perfect, right? And the best part is, after you’re all flushed out and feeling refreshed, you can go right back to making those questionable choices – with a little less guilt this time. It’s all about self-care, am I right?

on the beach

Beach Getaway

Looking for the perfect idea for your 30th birthday? Look no further than the stunning beaches of the UK’s southwest coast. With views that’ll take your breath away, these beaches are the perfect place for celebrating your special day. Make sure to pack all the essentials: a bucket, spade, and inflatable arm bands – unless the idea of being rescued by a strapping lifeguard is more your thing. Who needs arm bands anyway, right? So pack your bags, grab your friends, and get ready for an unforgettable beach getaway.

camping away with friends

Camping Trip with Friends

What better way to celebrate than with a good ol’ slumber party in the great outdoors? That’s right, pack up your sleeping bags, grab some torches, and don’t forget to smuggle in some secretly stashed chocolate hob nobs. Because what’s a camping trip without some midnight snacking? Plus, who needs fancy hotel rooms and room service when you have the stars as your ceiling and nature as your playground? It’s time to create some unforgettable memories with your closest friends by your side.

learn a new skill dancing

Swing Dance

Listen up folks, it’s time to ditch the cringe-worthy nightclub scene and put your dancing shoes on for something a little more retro – swing dancing! And what better occasion to celebrate this fabulous era than your 30th birthday? Get ready to transport back to the swinging 40s with your best friends by your side and your dapper suit or fabulous fringed dress on. Not only will you be showing off your amazing moves and impressing your crew, but you’ll also have a blast while doing so. So let’s shimmy and shake our way into another year of fabulousness!

30th Birthday Ideas


Turning 30 is a big milestone and it’s important to mark the occasion in style. With so many fantastic ideas for celebrating your special day, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether it’s hitting up a comedy club with friends or taking on a daring skydiving adventure, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this momentous birthday. For an unforgettable party without all the fuss, why not hire some live musicians or plan a BBQ? Or if relaxation is more your thing then hit up the spa or take yourself off on an idyllic beach getaway! Whatever way you choose to commemorate turning thirty make sure that it’s something truly memorable – after all, life begins at 30!

About Chris

With over 20 years in the party planning industry, Chris is a true maestro of celebration. He doesn’t just throw parties; he orchestrates memorable experiences that become the talk of the town. His speciality? Close-up magic entertainment that leaves guests wide-eyed and gasping in disbelief.

When it comes to milestone birthdays, especially the big 3-0, Chris knows how to create an event that’s about more than just adding another candle to the cake. He brings the element of surprise, the thrill of the unexpected, and the delight of pure magic right into the heart of the party.

With his unique talent for close-up magic, Chris doesn’t just perform tricks; he weaves spellbinding stories that captivate his audience from start to finish. His magic isn’t of the rabbit-in-a-hat variety – it’s intimate, interactive, and utterly astounding.

In the world of parties and special celebrations, Chris is more than just an entertainer – he’s a memory-maker. And with him at the helm, every event is guaranteed to be unforgettable.

Based just outside Birmingham, but covering all of the UK, Chris is ready to rock your party!

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