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Thirty, Flirty and Thriving: 30th Birthday Ideas

Thirty, flirty, and thriving. Explore the many ideas & options available to throw the ultimate 30th birthday party that you won't forget.

By Hannah Purvis

Some are saying turning 30 is the new 20, but is that true? Scientific research conducted by psychologist Donna Dawson points to yes! Over 70% of subjects in the study reported feeling their happiest by 33. This was due to a variety of things such as higher instances of financial stability, support and social network available, higher self-esteem and career mobility, and more.

With that being said, it seems like your best years are ahead of you and I think we can all agree that’s a great reason to celebrate! As the classic film 13 Going on 30 puts it, you're now officially ‘thirty, flirty and thriving!’

So how should one go about throwing a 30th birthday party? The options are endless! We've got you covered with a few fun ideas that will make this birthday celebration memorable.

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1. Wine Weekend

Gather a group of close friends and book a wine weekend to celebrate! Some locations even offer shuttle bus tours between various vineyards and on-site lodging so you're fully taken care of from the moment you arrive.

Wine tasting with the girls
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2. Spa Getaway

A spa getaway would not only make for a great 30th birthday outing but would also be a good gift idea. Whether you're planning this outing for yourself or a friend, consider setting up an online gift registry to have loved ones contribute towards a day of pampering and relaxation!

treat yourself to a spa day
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3. Garden Party

This fun party theme has risen in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Lean into the theme with an attire guide for attendees, tea party-inspired food and beverages, and ethereal decor! Having recently thrown a garden party myself, I can also attest to the fact that splurging on a croquet set is a great idea to bring out an activity and competitive edge in your guests!

brunch with the girls
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4. Costume Party

While we're on the topic of themed parties, we can't forget the classic and favorite -- costume party. Consider favorite TV series, movies, and video games and have your friends come dressed in character! Once you decide on a party theme for your costumes, you can brainstorm related games and activities. It's not a birthday party without dessert, so go wild and splurge on a themed cake! Lean into the good feelings that come with having your friends sing to and celebrate you!

party supplies
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5. Glamping

While not everyone is best suited to the 'great outdoors,' glamping is made for anyone. This luxury style of camping offers amenities and comforts not typically included when pitching a tent. The recent interest in this activity has made for some beautiful accommodations to pop up across the country. Whether booking a glamping trip to stay in an upscale yurt, a renovated airstream trailer, or a glass cabin under the stars, there are some seriously cool options. Many of which are situated in absolutely stunning natural landscapes!

glamping camping
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6. Backyard Movie Night

Are you looking to keep things a little more cozy? A backyard movie night could be just the kind of laid-back celebration you want for your 30th birthday! Order a movie projector, grab some pillows and blankets, and get crafty with snacks and drinks themed to your showing! Use this as a night to stream your favorite film with your closest friends. Better yet, make it a double feature!

popcorn for movie night
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7. Take a Road Trip

If you'd prefer to get out of town to celebrate, consider taking a road trip with a close friend! Chart your course through nearby cities or look online for popular road trips in the US to get inspired. Kick off a new decade with a spark of adventure!

woman taking a photo on a roadtrip
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8. Ski Lodge Weekend

Dust off your winter coat and pack your bags for a mountain ski lodge getaway! You don't have to be sporty for this idea to be fun. There are so many relaxing elements of a ski lodge outside of the typical outdoor activities! Hit the spa for some pampering, unwind in the lodge hot tub, or curl up in your cozy clothes with a good book. This weekend away can be anything you want it to be, with the bonus of an extra gorgeous view!

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Skiing in the mountain
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9. Bar Crawl

Ring in your 30th year with a personalized bar crawl of all your favorite spots! Get a group together, create a custom itinerary, and get crawling! Better yet, set up an online registry prior to your birthday celebration, so your friends and family can contribute to buying your drinks for the night!

cocktail at a bar
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10. Game Night

Are you a fan of games? Have all your friends bring their favorite board and card games to play! Come up with prizes for each game winner and if you're feeling really competitive, you can create a bracket or tier system for the evening! At the night’s end, have everyone leave their games as a perfect gift or do a game swap and trade with another person for a party favor. We guarantee that everyone will have a good time!

deck of cards
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Let The Good Times Roll

Getting older doesn’t mean that your birthdays have to be any less exciting. Be proud of yourself for all that you’ve accomplished on your journey and for all of the new adventures to come. No matter what you choose to do for your 30th birthday celebration, just make sure you’re staying true to yourself, making positive memories, and having as much fun as possible along the way.

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