30th Birthday Party Ideas
By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner
Get ideas for party invitations, surprises, decorations, food & drink, and styling.
If you're tired of the same old clichéd party ideas, and are looking for something more inspiring or just a little bit different, this site is packed with original and creative party ideas. I'm Matt James, an award-winning professional event planner who has produced events for many celebrities including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stella McCartney, among others (read more). On this site I'll share professional tips, advice, and trade secrets—that anyone can do—in order to add some creative touches to your party or celebration; whatever your budget. Note that this site does contains affiliate links to products. We may recieve a small commission on any sales (at no extra cost to you).
Below is my ultimate list of 30th birthday party ideas with lots of tips and suggestions for both men and women, including ideas for 30th birthday decorations, invitations, food & drink, gifts, and a few special surprises.
Unlike a lot of the later milestone birthdays, most people enjoy celebrating their 30th with a good party. But as this is the first milestone birthday party of adult life, you'll want to make sure it stands out as something different from previous years celebrations. Don't just rely on all the typical ingredients, like food & drink, music, and a great bunch of friends, to make it a memorable party.
For a milestone birthday, you can make it special by tailoring everything to the birthday boy and girl. Use the ideas below to make everything as personal as possible, so that it really does become a celebration of the birthday boy / girl and their life up until this point—rather than just a generic birthday party.
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Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, amoung others. Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year. Matt is also a guest lecturer at various university Event Management degree courses and is the author of Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals; the ultimate career guide for anyone who wants to get into event planning. Read full bio here.
30th Birthday Party Ideas
by an award-winning professional party planner